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Discipline

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The title of this post is a bit rich given it was meant to be out on Friday. I’m not making any excuses as I detest them so apologies. What I’m applauding however is the discipline of the DJs on the roster who’ve been consistent by way of the mashups we’ve put out over the last year. We’re now at Volume 13. 

 

A conversation which has led to a body of work that I’m proud of. Discipline is everything. 

 

You’re nothing without discipline. Discipline is doing what you hate to do but do it like you love it. 

Mike Tyson 

 

It hasn’t been easy and I would imagine that I pissed them off on a number of occasions but it’s always been about the work. Ultimately the work always got done and for that those motherfuckers have my utmost respect despite me being on arsehole. 

 

Better never stops. If you haven’t already check out the latest compilation. Click the link below.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lypzgx19lr8zkhu/AAC529wfKYsFQwjhSYM44FeRa?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR3E9Bvm1xk-64zU2MQL5NJVEWQlYmVouPISs6XQa_RQRk8CMrhw5oEyMtA

 

 

Also check out our YouTube channel Deckhead TV were we aim to deconstruct world class practitioners in the music industry, teasing out routines, the habits, the influences such as favourite books and so on that make them good at what they do. The aim of the series is to unearth the things you can nick and replicate in your own life, it's what a Deckhead does.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/deckheadtv/videos

 

You're welcome

Right Here, Right Now

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With Kobe Bryant being inducted into the Hall Of Fame by none other than Michael Jordan this weekend, I’m reminded of his legacy. It’s hard not to since his book Mamba Mentality is permanently etched on my coffee table. Besides being one of the greatest to ever play the game of Basketball, what resonates with me was that he was a life long learner. 

 

Despite being the number one high school Basketball player in the country, he spoke multiple languages, scored 1300 on his SATs demonstrating that he was capable of attending an Ivy league school, then goes on to achieve a twenty year career in the NBA with one team, a record and five NBA Championships. I could go on. Not one to rest on his laurels he was intent on his future exceeding his past. Fucking hell.

 

He showed that expanding your learning is critical to your success.

 

Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success

Scott Adams

 

Despite there being important things to do now I’ve got one eye on the future in mind for the imprint. It’s difficult because I’m not seeing much return for my efforts NOW but if I keep playing, I say playing because my job ain’t a job it’s a damn good time I’m confident the play will pay off providing I exercise the following:

 

Grit

 

Adaptability 

 

Courage

 

Saying No

 

Critical Thinking 

 

Emotional Intelligence 

 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

By the way we tried to upload a track Blinding Jesus The Hwen Rascale Mashup from A Bunch Of Deckheads Vol 12 on Soundcloud but they weren’t having it. You can listen to it on the link below. You’re welcome.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8jhs3errkvuko4t/AAAGOGRYL-G6JghSW0fd4LY0a?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR1PMKnOb31XttFsr9xfHp7rhGNE1kyttSpCWh9lFZgLOyFXcELeWKuTYdQ

 

 

The Space Program

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I may have mentioned this before but I would roughly recommend The Dairy Of A CEO podcast hosted by Steven Bartlett. He is the founder and former CEO of Social Chain which he took public at 27 achieving a market valuation of £200m. In his recent episode Steven interviewed comedian Russell Kane. Fuck me was he impressive. Talk about never judge a book and all that. He is fucking intelligent. Russell mentioned a scientific study carried out by Richard Wiseman on luck fascinated me.

 

The study revealed the role people play in making their own luck. The findings also found that it is possible to enhance the amount of luck that people encounter in their lives. In one experiment Wiseman gave both lucky and unlucky participants (in their own mind) a newspaper and asked them to look through it and tell him how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs whereas the lucky people took just seconds. On the second page of the newspaper contained the message “Stop counting — There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.”

 

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was over two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people spotted it. To test hypothesis further Wiseman placed a second large message half way through the newspaper. The heading of which read “Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.” Again, the unlucky people missed the opportunity because they were still too busy looking for photographs. What can we surmise from this? Stop preempting shit. Sadly we have this proclivity to assume the worst. 

 

They’re going to say no.

 

I can’t see that happening.

 

It’s unrealistic. 

 

And they might say yes. See it happening. Be fucking unrealistic. The Deckhead ethos is to take a punt on yourself and have a go. Prior to the pandemic I became jaded with DJ’ing. With the enforced hiatus I seemed to have regained my appetite for it. One of my clients The Maynard Arms has a garden so I rang Nick the manager, a fucking class act I hasten to add and offered to play a set for FREE the Bank Holiday weekend. He was made up at the prospect of having me, insisted on paying me, fed me and gave me all the Soda Water and Limes my bladder could handle. Not only that he booked me for the second Bank Holiday in May. 

 

It’s all about the incremental habit of having a fucking go. Do it scared. Stop waiting until you feel like it. There’s nothing wrong with going for what you want providing you’re not preventing others from getting there’s. Get with the program.

 

Let's make somethin' happen, let's make somethin' happen

Let's make somethin' happen, let's make somethin' happen

Gotta get it together for brothers

Gotta get it together for sisters

A Tribe Called Quest The Space Program

 

Travelling Without Moving

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A number of venues got in touch this week to book DJs, which is great news. It must be said fatalities and loss of income aside, the lockdown was one of the best things that could have happened to the Deckhead imprint. It allowed for reflection. To coin a phrase from one of my favourite Jamiroquai albums we were Travelling Without Moving. Whatever normal looks like I’m not interested with reverting back to what was. My past cannot exceed my future. Better never stops. Speaking of which A Bunch Of Deckheads Vol 12 is out now. Ch-Check It Out

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8jhs3errkvuko4t/AAAGOGRYL-G6JghSW0fd4LY0a?dl=0

 

 

 

Make Me Proud

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Next week will mark the release of our twelfth compilation. Time fucking flies. I’m incredibly proud of the DJs/Producers involved to date Sneaky Ollie, DJ Homeboy, Guilner and more recently Hwen Rascale. The plan is to keep releasing content throughout our Soundcloud page with a view of releasing original music next year from our label. 

The number of plays may not be anything to write home about to date but I believe that they will. More importantly I’m proud of how we’ve reinvented ourselves, the consistency shown and the quality of work. When the reward is in the act, everything else will take care of itself.  

Check out the link to our Soundclound page. We’d love to know what you think https://soundcloud.com/a-bunch-of-deckheads

 

Me, Myself & I

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With it being the BAFTA’s last week the topic of discussion yet again was nominees of colour. Not one actor of colour was nominated last year, so the British Academy had faced pressure to diversify this year's nominees. For fuck sake. If someone decides not to invite me to their home I’m not going to fucking complain about it, I’ve got my own gaft. Conversely, I’m not enamoured with the idea of being considered out of obligation either. 

Fuck the consideration of others, pick yourself. This is the motivation behind my decision to self publish my book. I’m not going to have some fucker decide whether or not my story gets told or what the artwork for the cover should be. Fuck that and if I sell only one copy I'll write another one.

The due consideration of others is not a strategy. It’s like saying your pension plan is to buy lottery tickets. Bet on yourself, formulate a plan, execute it and have HOPE. it will work out, coming soon.

 

 

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