Tuesday, June 30, 2009

..so my crazy friend decides 2 page my cell phone, and left the number 2 a TATTOO shop... HA HA, very funny MF... I will NOT lose the bet!
I thought I'd died & went 2 Heaven, till I discovered that the "Prince" that wanted 2 friend me on FB wasn't actually HIM. :-(

Monday, June 29, 2009

The TATTOO Bet

Erica LaFay and I make the ultimate bet... Y'all root me on!! :-)

Alright y'all... I've experience an entire emotional roller coaster today. Time 2 retire 4 the night. Early day tomorrow... MUAH! nite!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

...i wasn't talking about the property OUTSIDE... think about it. it'll come 2 u... (Read Between the Lines)
Alright now... it's almost time to start accepting applications for a MAINTENANCE man. Gardner. Landscaper... Chimney Sweep... Dang!LOL!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

The WARMTH Sessions tonight... NOW. 7pm - 9pm EST. www.warmth313.com & www.lubricatedrecords.com Come and listen. I'm hosting... Yeah!
Life is amazingly beautiful, undeniably fragile & unfortunately short. It must never be taken 4 granted... Please take time 2 love...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

whoever said death comes in 3s, needs 2 be bitchslapped... I'm totally at a loss 4 words. I'm so in tears right now... Love while u can!
R.I.P Farrah Fawcett & Ed McMahon... wow, it seems like more & more familiar people are dying as I get older... It scares me sometimes..
I forgot 2 tell u.. it's a hybrid of Techno & House... u know how I love 2 blur the lines... :-) (think "Tears" + "Jaguar" + "Blackwater")
Oh lord, I done messed around a made a HIT track! Time 2 hand out a COUPLE of promos... Let's make some NOISE, y'all! (hit me up, mmkay?)

Monday, June 22, 2009

...if u only knew the real pain.. the real struggle... only THEN would u understand, why I am the way that I am...
DJ mixes 2 make -- auditions... whatever u call it. I hate the formalities, but I guess that comes with the job... Oh well, right?
Are u ready 4 a fabulous Monday? Thanx 2 everyone 4 the lovely Father's Day wishes... Big hugs and much love 2 u!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day 2 me... and all of the other fathers out there... STAND UP & TAKE YOUR PLACE!!! This is our day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Aaron-Carl remixes Official National PTA Theme Song!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Honoring the billions of children and child advocates around the world, international multi-platinum recording artist and Billboard star CeCe Peniston and National PTA made PTA's new song, "Above Horizons," available for download at www.PTAmusic.org. Peniston & CEO Byron Garrett recruited Detroit Electronic Music Producer Aaron-Carl for remix duties.

"It is such an honor to be a part of such a monumental event," says Carl, a father of two. "I feel like I'm doing my part to show children that with hard work, we can all achieve our dreams."

The release of the song coincides with National PTA's unofficial announcement of DownloadFundraiser.com as a PTA National Member Benefits Provider, and the "category exclusive" digital music retailer for National PTA. DownloadFundraiser.com will help PTAs around the country with their fundraising efforts by offering them their own customizable digital music store which will offer downloadable music, ringtones and music videos. DownloadFundraiser.com and Neurotic Media are managing the sale of "Above Horizons," which is available at www.PTAmusic.org.

It's available in three different versions: "Above Horizons (Original Mix)"; "Above Horizons (Status Mix)"; and "Above Horizons (Aaron-Carl Mix)." The cost is $1 per download or all three mixes are available in a 'bundle' for $2.25. Ringtones of each mix are available for $2.49.

About PTA:

As the nation's largest volunteer parent organization, PTA comprises more than 5 million members, including parents, students, educators, school administrators, and business and community leaders. With more than 25,000 local units, PTA flourishes in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned about the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Download "Above Horizons" HERE
Well, I must apologize for not doing the radio show... I'll return next week, with a vengence! At least the drama is over 4 tonight...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gonna be crazy today... Doing the radio show, of course. PLUS finishing a remix... PLUS doing the last half of my sleep study. AAHHHHH!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

OMG! Jimmy Clanfield (UK) served one helluva remix for Erica LaFay's "Rain." I can't wait 2 put it out. This is gonna be a bona fide hit!!
Sleep apnea is a serious matter, NOT 2 be ignored. I just came home from my sleep study. If u've never had 1, TAKE 1. It's a lifesaver...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nobody else can love u if u don't first love yourself. It's easier said than done, but hey... EACH DAY is a new chance to make it happen!

Monday, June 15, 2009

My label now has its own channel on YouTube. Feat. Erica LaFay's live performance of "Rain." http://ping.fm/nK5fT LINK!
Alright y'all.. I still need nearly 700 more "fans" to link to me. http://ping.fm/18bdm
Did a few things on my YouTube page. I will add more vids and stuff soon, so subscribe if u want 2! http://ping.fm/uP5L5

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Michigan Pride was AWESOME... Erica was FANTASTIC... The crowd LOVED her. I'm proud! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported. MUAH!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I'm a bundle of nerves right now... Performance is just a few hours away. Pray, meditate, something... Everything will be alright!!!
DJ Bone said it best... "Are u funky with the machines? Or do the machines make you funky? Who programs who? Do the machines program u?"

Friday, June 12, 2009

oh... and there IS gonna be a WARMTH Sessions tonight. I'm gonna do it from here.. :-)
up here in Downtown Lansing, in my hotel room... wanting PIZZA! It's such a beautiful evening outside... Can't wait 2 perform tomorrow!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I think everyone who cares about Dance Music should read this article... Truer words have never been spoken! http://ping.fm/RoPA1
I've learned to respect exactly WHY people drink coffee in the morning... I never thought I'd join the ranks, but now I'm a believer!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I normally don't get THIS excited about my own productions, but y'all GOTTA hear this one... "RAIN" by Erica LaFay. http://ping.fm/EXArh

AC's latest revelation... Miss Erica LaFay!

Yes, people... I met a girl. A singer from my neighborhood... We made a song together, and OMG, is it fierce! It's called "Rain" and although it's fresh from the studio, I want you all to hear and enjoy it. So, here's a few links I think you should check out.

To hear "Rain" by Erica LaFay, click here.

Let me tell you, the response was so good so far, we made an official ringtone... So, if you'd like it, click here. Or you can just text "ERICALAFAY1" to 69937 and download it that way.

Oh yeah.... And for those who couldn't wait for a CD -- believe me, I've already been asked, y'all!!! You can get it HERE. Right now, we have remixes in the queue, but I'm gonna release those (on Wallshaker, of course) at a later date... But y'all NEED this song RIGHT NOW!

I KNOW this is probably asking a LOT, but I'm asking anyway... When you DO visit her MySpace page, send her an add request -- give her some feedback. Let her know what you think of her debut single, produced by yours truly!

Alright, can you tell I'm excited?
Thanks for listening, and as always, I'll keep u updated with all the latest.

Big love,
AC

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I think this Sunday night dinner party thing is getting to become a tradition... Tonight was so much fun! Great pasta, great times! :-)
Ahh, yes... and on the SEVENTH day, He made PRINCE! Happy Birthday Prince! <3 <3 <3... Dang, he's 51! But he still looks fabulous!
..aright, y'all.. I am DETERMINED to finally learn Bid Whist... WHO said it was just like playing SPADES??? oh noooooo....

Saturday, June 06, 2009

...ok. I guess I have to move on, but I'll keep the light on, just in case u decide you're ready to come back around... u know who u r...
...take me 2 the light... i walk by faith, not sight...

Friday, June 05, 2009

for those who asked me... you can hear a preview of "Rain" by Ms. Erica LaFay on her MySpace page. http://ping.fm/RS1lz
thanks everyone, for listening! Hope u liked the song... "Rain!" Have a fabulous night, and stay in touch, alright?!
alright y'all... the tune I've been working on all week is now being debuted tonight on the radio show... http://ping.fm/z570x 7pm EST

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Miss Jocelyn Brown said it best... "the power of the groove can change things..." (It's Alright... ...I Feel It!) God, I <3 House Music!
Maybe I shouldn't WAIT for something to happen today... Maybe I should MAKE something happen today! Yeah... that sounds like a plan!
..feeling like I felt when Veronique & I wrote "Use Me." Come on, Jesus. I'm ready. What do u need me 2 do?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I can't wait to start touring Europe again... What's it gonna take to make it happen? Flightsharing? ...I'm ready, y'all!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

wrote a new tune... calling it "Rain." Debuting it Friday on the show, so u can feel the pain... Thanks 2 my gurl, Ms. Erica LaFay!!!
It's OUT today!!! "I REFUSE" is out TODAY!! Check the remixes, y'all... WOOHOO!! http://ping.fm/dMazL

Monday, June 01, 2009

Thanks for all your answers. I wrote a blog about it, explaining it all... http://ping.fm/DJP62

My latest revelation...

This morning I sent an e-mail to a vinyl distribution company. When I told them I was looking for a "home" for my label, they asked me to send them some music for consideration. My first thought was: Really? ME? After 13 years of successful records, you're telling me I actually have to AUDITION? But then I got over it. I put the old ego aside, and humbly submitted my music for their approval. Believe it or not, it felt good! I felt confident that they'd enjoy the new stuff I was producing.

A few short hours later, I frantically checked my e-mail, and received the reply: "...We probably won't do too well with the more uptempo tracks. When it gets more midtempo and sweaty & deep is when we could work it..." I was like WHAT?! WHAT?! (Calm down ego... calm down...)

Here's where I got confused. Mind you, I do many different styles -- and according to a recent review I read on Discogs, I do many different styles, yet I manage to "hit the mark" every time. (Thank you!)

The company specifically asked me for soulful deep stuff -- ie. Sky, My House, Crucified, Wallshaker... I sent them "Simply," "I Refuse" (both Rennie Foster & Quentin Harris rmxs), "Alright" (duet with Veronique) and my remix of Lady Blacktronika's "Lose My Life" (which was recntly hailed as the "deep house" track of the year). Was I wrong? Is "Simply" not soulful? 'I Refuse?" Are you KIDDING ME?

But anyway, realizing that I can't please EVERYBODY, I took a poll... You may've remembered the "tweet" I sent this afternoon, asking which styles you liked best. And as you might've guessed, the responses were all over the place. I've gotten love for "I Refuse," "Simply" and others like "Sky" & "Crucified" -- and even a few ones like "Drive (I'75)" and "I'm Not Free!" A few responses even said "All of the above!"

Well, as flattering as these answers are, I realize that it's not going to make a difference to the company. It's their money, their choice. They're going to release what they want, and if they only want to re-hash my old songs OVER and OVER again, okay... But really... How many damn remixes of "Crucified" can one do? Or "My House" even? I love these songs (obviously, I WROTE them!), but as an artist, I also love to evolve.

Don't get me wrong... I LOVE that my records have longevity. In fact, it makes me feel so good to know that people are actually following me and LISTENING to the tunes. I guess there's always gonna be that big divide between doing it for the LOVE, or strictly for the MONEY...

Nothing's worse than someone else telling you what YOU'RE worth...

In closing, I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my poll. Your answers proved to me that I can simply be MYSELF -- if that's deep, midtempo, uptempo or even ghettotech, it doesn't matter because somewhere in this world, YOU ARE LISTENING... I appreciate that. So I may have missed out on a vinyl distribution deal, but at least I KNOW what I've suspected all along. GOOD MUSIC is GOOD MUSIC -- and you'll find it one way or another...

Thanks again...
AC
Pick your favorite: The midtempo stuff like "Crucified" & "Sky," the more uptempo stuff like "Simply" & "I Refuse" or the ghettotech stuff?