We Like to Jam

January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

…especially during the holidays. Fortunately for us, we have our very own in-house DJ! DJ Arkatekt is a double-threat; architect by day and DJ by night, every year he puts together an awesome track to help us celebrate the holiday season. We all pick songs we like – this year was an 80’s theme –and Arkatekt does the rest, weaving them together and filling in the blanks to create an awesome single track that we can listen to throughout the holiday season. But this is not your grandmother’s holiday mix – no bells jingling or chestnuts roasting, this track is meant to be enjoyed all year long! The playlist in progress – 80’s style.

Here’s a little bit from the Arkatekt himself:

“This is something that is definitely planned out, not done overnight.  Strategy is involved from going through the song choices (which is why I ask for 3 options from each person), listening to the tracks, and doing MULTIPLE test mixes to see what songs blend together with others cleanly. After all this is complete, I then use another program to ‘Master’ the volumes so that it is a clean listen.

Like architecture, that’s the way I like to approach my mixes!
Thorough and thought out…PROCESS!”

And now, this year’s track listing:

Arkatekt Intro
80’s Breakbeat
The SmithsHow Soon Is Now
BlondieThe Tide is High
Bill WithersLovely Day (‘88 Sunrise Remix)
Peter GabrielSledgehammer
Iggy PopLust For Life
The JamTown Called Malice
U2Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Blow MonkeysDiggin’ Your Scene
Wang ChungDance Hall Days
Run DMCWalk This Way
INXSI Need You Tonight
SurvivorEye of the Tiger
Rob Base & DJ EZ RockIt Takes Two
Queen & David BowieUnder Pressure
Depeche ModePolicy of Truth
Wham!Everything She Wants
MadonnaHoliday
CameoWord Up
Michael JacksonBillie Jean
Information SocietyWhat’s On Your Mind
EuropeThe Final Countdown
New OrderBizarre Love Triangle
FalcoDer Kommissar
YazSituation
Bon JoviLivin’ On A Prayer
Pet Shop BoysAlways On My Mind
Tears For FearsChange
Run DMCYou Be Illin’
Gary NumanCars
MadnessHouse of Fun
IndustryState of the Nation
YelloOh Yeah
B-52’sLove Shack
Elvis CostelloI Hope You’re Happy Now
The Rolling StonesShe’s So Cold
StyxMr. Roboto
B-MovieNowhere Girl
DevoWhip It
The Go-Go’sVacation
Joe JacksonSteppin’ Out
Peter SchillingMajor Tom
The CureBoys Don’t Cry
Billy IdolDancing With Myself

This process has become a great tradition for us to end the year and the coolest gift to enjoy in the next. We hope you’re enjoying the new year so far, too.

Here’s to an excellent 2012!

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