This is a live recording from Mosaic's Spring Music Festival, May 2013. This mix is a straight up barn storming electro/tech breaks mix with a few 70's, 80's, and 90's gems thrown in just for a little bit of extra spice. It's a breaks banger clocking in at around 148bpm. It was recorded using Traktor Scratch Pro on an S4 controller with 3 track decks and one remix deck. Mastering was provided by Aviation Parkway...aka Andrew Meadors.Download
This is a live recording from Rumble Sessions at the Big Easy in Raleigh NC from February 22nd, 2010. Shyguy aka Danny Holyfield, Phobia aka Luis Thompson, and Jade F used to host this weekly event to much acclaim. The mix is a smooth, yet heavily mixed techhouse and techno joint spiced up with some nasty basslines, breaks, and 80's hooks. It was recorded using a pair Pioneer CDJ 1000's and a 2 channel mixer. Guest voice on the front-end is Diffuse Audio's very own J-Star...added in post-production. This is one of a few all time favorite mixes and still holds a place in regular rotation when stereos are bitched on I-40.Download
Snack (aka Chris O) starting clubbing at the ripe old age of 17 in summer 1993 and quickly developed a passion for the music that has fueled his EDM-related activities ever since. In 1994 he sold his guitar and bought his 1st pair of Technics. In the fall of 1997, Snack moved to the UK to “study abroad”. While his original intention was to bring the then fledgling drum and bass sound back to the States with him, he found himself caught up in the raw energy of hard dance/UK hard house and promptly shifted focus. While attending all night/day afterparties abroad he developed a love for deep, sexy house music. To this day Snack’s styles span a broad range of 4×4 and breaks….from deep and soulful house and techno, to skull-crushing yet funky techno, to smooth and progressive trance. Snack is able to deliver a wide assortment of fresh grooves to the dance floor.
Upon his return to the states in spring 1998, Snack fully immersed himself in the scene as partner in one of NC’s most successful production companies, Sonic Boom. The Sonic Boom parties of 1998-2001 affirmed Snack’s reputation as one of the region’s leading DJs and gave him a suitable outlet to refine his technical skills. During this time, Snack was asked to manage techno and trance inventory for Wax Worx, the leading record store in the area. This led to an opportunity to host a Thursday night residency at Legend’s in Raleigh for over a year with his partners in crime.
During 2000 and while still a student at North Carolina State University, Snack procured a position as Sales Director at one of the country’s leading college radio stations, WKNC 88.1FM. He held the position for 2 years and generated more than $15,000 in revenue for station’s treasury. During his tenure at the station, Snack also served as Afterhours DJ and heightened public knowledge of what has become one of the top EDM radio show formats in the country.
In summer 2001, Snack co-produced and engineered a remix of James Fusion’s “Shock Drum” for 12″ vinyl on Milk Recordings. For many years, Snack worked closely with Milk Recordings’ Billie Blaze and Primal Instinct’s James Fusion to desseminate some of the most upfront, banging techno/NRG released on the East Coast.
Throughout the course of his nearly 20 year career, Snack has had the honor of opening for or playing along side world reknown artists such as Jon The Dentist, Hipp-E, The Dever, Halo, James Fusion, Karl K, Pish Posh, Soulslinger, Doc Scott, Pete Moss, DJ Who, Dara, Samm-E, Charles Feelgood, Scott Henry, Terry Mullen, J-Majik, Angel Alanis, Odi, Danny Da Wildchild, Bad Boy Bill, Richard Humpty Vision, CZR, Dread, Dieselboy, Phantom 45, and many others....as well as countless local and regional favorites. He had the privilege of performing just about everywhere in NC and TN and has even made a few appearances in the midwest, southeast, the west coast, and the UK.
Throughout the mid to late 2000's Snack's activities included promotion, DJ’ing, artist management, and production efforts. As a Gruv Glu, Diffuse Audio, and Deli Fresh DJ, Snack organized, promoted and otherwise facilitated larger semi-monthly events in area and worked behind the scenes to keep EDM alive in North Carolina. As a DJ, he continued to hone his skills and was known throughout the area to absolutely deliver ‘the heat’ each and every time he played. When not directly performing, Snack often functioned as a liaison, conflict resolution specialist, social lubricant, and scene shrink.
After starting a family and in early 2014, Snack retired from the scene...choosing to focus on more strategic initiatives as a mature responsible adult :) . He still, however, lives and breathes underground electronic music as its very much a part of his identity. Legend has it that on any given night, he can be found wandering the streets of Raleigh, pondering the perfect 150bpm mix and day dreaming about a new tough-as-nails 12" cut on Tinrib.