Friday, 23 May 2014

DJ Timber "Mind Power" Reviews - What the people say...

Pluto (Ruffneck Attack, Ukraine):
"Man, I hear nastiest beats every time when you on the 1 and 2's, for me that's enough to express myself in a way I want to!...We know how it should be and that's why we support You!...Mixtape - banger, so no more need to discuss! Much love!"

P (Bad Taste Cru, Ireland):
"Highly recommend any bboys/bgirls to get the new DJ TIMBER Mind Power Mix. Got the full version and its great. IMO his best yet."

Easy Joe (Doperoc, Germany):
"Dopeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!"

Just Roc (Mighty Zulu Kingz / Floor Gangz, UK):
"Fuck winning any competitions this is by far the biggest honor for me in my breaking career. To be on the cover of the new mix tape by my mentor and teacher DJ TIMBER Timber Love Guaguanco! This means more than winning any competitions. Thank you brother it's truly an honor for me, you have been there for me since day 1, always an inspiration to me in breaking and in life! Spread the word if u want to get down to the freshest sounds!"

"Damn u know its a fresh mix tape when it makes u get down at 2am listening to it hahahhahha thanks Timber Love Guaguanco the new mix is insane"

King Ippy (Australia):
"I listened to the first 13 mins at the airport yesterday but I flew Into Sydney and haven't had a chance and don't have my laptop either. But I will have wifi soon and can't wait bro! First 13mins was fire was mad hyped bro well done!!"

Lean Rock (Horsepower, USA):
"Damn!!!! Jesus!!!"

Focus (Flow Mo, Finland):
"Timber on the new mix. Support and buy a cd, i know I will"

Chaz B (Stance, Scotland):
"Holy mother of fucking shit! EPIC!"

Johnny Yayo (Fresh Sox, Australia):
"My brother droppin heat!"

Doy (Force 10, UK):
"What I heard from the preview had me sold!!! Support your own & get down and dirty with 60 minutes of Agarwood aural delights from the man-log DJ Timber!!"

Poe One (Style Elements, Mighty Zulu Kingz, USA):
"Booooom!!!!!!! Yo the beginning along had me fuckin bugging out!! Im dead tired and that shit made me stand up and rock a bit just now in my hotel room. seriously"

David O' Grady (Ireland):
"YESSSS now this is what PayPal was invented for LOL I'll definitely be grabbing this tonight when I have a decent internet signal!"

Mouse (Mighty Zulu Kingz / Floor Gangz, UK):
"Get one people, trust me this shit is the la bomba!!!!!!!"

Aleman (Mighty Zulu Kingz / Actitud Salvaje, España):
"Sobran las palabras, cuando alguien del calibre de Timber Love Guaguanco sacan trabajo nuevo!!"

Hatsolo (Flow Mo, Finland):
"DJ TIMBER ON FIRE! Check his new mix and support!"

Heikki (Finland):
"Thanks man! This is one of those must support things! ...besides i think im the winner in this deal... getting so much good music for the low price :)"

Aidan Leacy (Leacy Brothers, UK):
"this one is my favourite mix i hear from you. just my tempo."

Yu-Jin (UK):
"loving it, such a good selection. respect. take my money haha!"

Freeze (Ghost Crew, Sweden):
"Badass 4 sure. Right up my flava…"

Jelly (Bad Taste Crew, Ireland):
"Yes Timber! Pure fire, such a nice mix of genres, expertly selected, and mixed, Well done man! Definitely one of your finest yet man!"

Moysex (Actitud Salvaje / Dynasty Rockers, España):
"Escuchando una y otra vez, entendiendo el sonido y el por que una persona elige estos y no otros discos. Tremendo trabajo dj Timber Love Guaguanco. No hay b.boys sin este disco en las manos. No hay excusa... PEACE & BE WILD!!!"

Zeshen (Havikoro, USA):
"I'm sending ya some loot"

Suninja (Doperoc, Germany):
"I was walking down the street and couldn't even walk straight hahaha"

Vex Byun (Korea):
"Thx for much inspiration Music!! you're so Dope:)
i'll always turn it on at the break session!"

Padoo (R4M, España)
"Por fin hoy pude entrenar tranquilo y disfrutar de la mixtape!!! me ha encantado y me parece uno de tus mejores trabajos. Has armado un trabajo TODOTERRENO....para batalla, lab, para simplemente disfrutarla en el coche o para follar!!!! jajajja funciona en todos lados.  Un CLÁSICO!  Congrats bro, lo volviste a hacer!"

(Click the menu button where is says "Download: DJ Timber - 'Mind Power' €5,00 EUR" to choose between Download (€5), CD (€10) or a Download of 'Mind Power' + 7 other DJ Timber B-Boy mixtapes (€15)) and then click the "Buy Now" button to order

DJ Timber - 'Mind Power' Mixtape

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Selling mixtapes? ¿Vendiendo Mixtapes?

The words of a CD/mp3 ‘DJ’ on the Spanish B-Boy scene (en Español abajo!):

“It’s 2014 & as break DJs we make mixtapes for promotion, it’s always been like that… When I started to get into this music, I bought a DJ Bles One mixtape in the year 2000, which for me was an incredible discovery! Until 2003 even I had to sell some mix tapes, I remember that I sold CDs with 3 mixes “a la carte” for the various musical tastes of the b-boys, who bought them at 5 or 6 euros each, and I did this to pay for trips to competitions as I was just starting out I either wasn’t getting paid or was getting paid small amounts to spin so I had to sort out somewhere to sleep, pay for my food, travel etc etc.

Eleven years later, now in 2014, I think it’s SHAMEFUL that DJs with big names, who get paid well to spin at events, who are not producers, just DJs, who play the music of other people (which they have previously bought, like ALL DJs do) release previews of their mixtapes with slogans such as “next mixtape 5 euros” or “mixtape $10”… If there are real ARTISTS who compose, produce and make their music with “Name your price” on Bandcamp with original recordings then who are you as a DJ to take the work of other people and decide that you can sell it? I’m sorry but in 2014 I think that it’s a DISGRACE to do this when you can share your music, allow free downloads, but to earn money from it? NO! The music is, and should be free, and even more so when you don’t make it”

Time to set the facts straight:

DJs have NEVER made mix tapes for ‘promotion’!!! ‘Hustle’ has always been part of Hip Hop, since block partys DJs have sold mixtapes as a means of getting an extra money together. Where does this money go? Well, in the majority of cases that money goes back into buying records (& sometimes needles, headphones, equipment etc etc). Promotion is a welcome side effect but it has NEVER been the reason anyone who has a name in this game has made a mixtape.

Record buying addictions are not cheap, even if you play off Serato downloads don’t sound the same and let’s face it, if you get deep into digging then what you are buying probably doesn’t exist on mp3. More and more record shops are closing which leaves us with internet buying, postage rates are getting higher and higher, it now costs $19-$21 to post just ONE LP from USA to Europe (never mind the price of the record), and within Europe postage prices aren’t that much cheaper.

‘Real B-boy music’ does not exist, no bands have ever made albums of ‘b-boy music’, we dance on the break which is cut up by the DJ, this is the original & most primitive form of ‘beat making’ or ‘producing’ in Hip Hop. So in effect, when you cut up breaks, you become a ‘producer’. You use other people’s music to create something that did not previously exist, a good DJ will take you on a journey / tell you a story, music is the medium but the journey comes through the manipulation of the emotions of the audience.

Hip Hop as a ‘culture’ is about community and a community will only work if you ‘support those who support you’. People who dedicate their lives to our culture deserve to be rewarded. Respect does not pay rent, records or provide food on the table! Buying mixtapes from REAL DJs this will allow those DJs to buy more records to play for YOU. In 15 years of DJing I guess I’ve owned 4,000 to 5,000 records, which isn’t even that many compared to some people and every week that number gets bigger and bigger.

Too many people within our ‘culture’ complain about having to pay to support people doing things for our culture, how many of us don’t know someone who has complained about having to pay a small amount of money to get into an event, practice spot, workshop or buy a DVD, video, mixtape etc etc when they have no complaints giving away their money for drink, cigarettes, weed, nike, adidas, puma, reebok, mcdonalds etc etc. Music is the very reason we dance (if it isn’t then something is going very wrong) so why wouldn’t you support those who provide the soundtrack to your events, jams, competitions, practice sessions in order to enable them to get new music to play for you?

On a note to the person who wrote the original text: If you have ever been paid money for DJing, but yet try and criticise someone else for doing the same, you are nothing but a hypocrite.

I’d like to finish this with a huge heartfelt thank you to all those who continue to dedicate their lives, time, energy, effort, money to support OUR culture and community by giving something back, whether it be from organising events, teaching workshops, making headspin hats, dancing when they hear music they like, coming up and showing their appreciation for a job well done to sharing a little of their money for something they love. Your positivity and support makes this life worth living

For those who want to support you can get my mixtapes at or . Always turn negativity to positivity, 

Timber - Mighty Zulu Kingz / Bad Taste Crew / Horsepower / Actitud Salvaje


Las palabras de un ‘DJ de CDs/mp3’ en la escena del B-Boy español…

“Estamos en el año 2014, y los dj’s de break como tal hacemos mixtape como forma de promoción, siempre ha sido así… Cuando yo empecé a consumir este tipo de música, conseguí en el año 2000 la mixtape de Dj Bles One que para mi fue un hallazgo increíble! E incluso yo misma hasta el año 2003 tuve que vender alguna mixtape, recuerdo que vendía cds con tres sesiones ‘a la carta’ de los gustos musicales de los bboys que me las compraban por 5 eurillos o 6, y esto lo hacía para costearme viajes de campeonatos a los que iba a trabajar y a penas cobraba o tenía que buscarme sitio para dormir pagarme la comida: o para compartir música más complicada de encontrar con la gente.

Once años después en pleno 2014, me parece VERGONZOSO que dj’s de renombre y que tienen buen caché y que además no son productores, sino que cogen temas de otras personas ya hechos (si que previamente han comprado como hacemos TODOS los das), saquen adelantos con sloganes tales como “próxima mixtape 5 euros” “mixtape 10 dolares”… Si hay ARTISTAS reales que componen producen y hacen su música poniendo “Name your price” en Bandcamp con trabajos originales, quien eres tu como dj que coge trabajos de otras personas para decidir que precio tienen? Lo siento pero he de decir que precio tienen? Lo siento pero he de decir que en pleno 2014 me parece una VERGUENZA hacer eso, y que puedes compartir o no tu música, dejar las descargas permitidas o no, pero de aí a sacar beneficio NO. La música es y debería ser libre, y más cuando tu no la compones.”

Ya es tiempo de aclarar la verdad:

DJs NUNCA han hecho mixtapes como forma de promoción!!! ‘Buscarse la vida’ siempre ha sido el primer elemento de Hip Hop, desde los block partys en Nueva York los DJs vendían mixtapes para generar dinero. Donde va ese dinero? Pues, en la mayoría de casos, ese dinero esta invertido en comprar más discos (y a veces agujas, cascos, equipo etc etc). Promoción es un efecto secundario que es más que bienvenido pero que queda bien claro que NUNCA ha sido la razón por alguien, que ya tiene nombre, en hacer un mixtape.

Comprar discos no es barato! Aun usando Serato los mp3 no suenan igual, y tal como es la cosa, si buscas tu música profundamente, lo que estas comprando probablemente no existe en mp3. Más y más tiendas discos han cerrado, gastos de envío están subiendo y subiendo, ahora para enviar un solo disco desde EEUU a Europa vale entre US$19 - US$21 (ni importa el precio del disco), y dentro de Europa los gastos de envío nos son mucho más barato.

La música REAL del B-boy no existe, ninguna banda jamas ha hecho un album de ‘música para b-boys’, bailamos en el break que esta manipulado por el DJ, es la forma original y más primitiva de ser un ‘productor’ en el Hip Hop. Como DJ usas la música para crear algo que previamente no existía, dentro de un mixtape o una sesión, un buen DJ debería llevarte en un viaje o contarte una historia, el medio es música y la historia viene de la manipulación de las emociones.

Hip Hop como una cultura se trata de una comunidad ‘apoya a los que te apoyan’. Los que dedican sus vidas a nuestra cultura merecen lo suyo. Con respeto no se puede pagar la renta, la comida, ni los discos! Comprando mixtapes de los DJs que te gustan deja que los DJs pueden amplificar su arsenal. En 15 años de ser DJ he sido dueño de entre 4,000 y 5,000 discos, que tampoco son tanto en comparison de algunos, y cada semana ese numero crece y crece. Es reinvertir en mi pasión.

Demasiado gente dentro de nuestra ‘cultura’ se queja de tener que aportar un dinerito para apoyar los que están haciendo cosas por nuestra cultura, a quien no conoce nadie que ha quejado por tener que aportar un poco dinero para entrar un evento, sitio de entreno, workshop, comprar un DVD, video, mixtape etc etc cuando no tienen queja ninguna en regalar su dinero a emborracharse, fumar, comprar nike, adidas, puma, reebok, mcdonalds etc etc. Música es la razón porque bailamos (y si no lo es, algo esta yendo muy mal en tu, ajem, ‘baile’) así que ¿porque no apoyar los que te dan la banda sonora para los eventos y entrenamientos? así que les facilitas en conseguir nueva música para tocar para ti!

En una nota para la persona que escribió el text original: Como DJ si en algún momento has cobrado dinero para pinchar, pero intentas criticar a otro por hacer lo mismo, no eres más que un hipócrita.

Para terminar me gustaría mandar las gracias de corazón a todos los que siguen dedicando su vida, tiempo, energía, esfuerzo, talento, dinero para apoyar a NUESTRA cultura y comunidad. Que sea de organizar eventos, dar workshops, hacer gorros de headspin, bailar cuando escuchan música que les gusta, venir a dar las gracias por un trabajo bien echo a compartir un poco dinero por algo que les ama. Sin tu pasión y apoyo no existiremos!

Para los que quieren apoyar se puede conseguir mis mixtapes aquí: o .

Siempre hay que convertir un negativo a un positivo!

Timber - Mighty Zulu Kingz / Bad Taste Crew / Horsepower / Actitud Salvaje