I was taking a shit the other day and it dawned on me that I am really familiar with my gear and am insanely organized, so I decided to see if I could spin a set without my vision. I have never attempted this task before, not even a practice run. I just called up Johnny 5 to film, borrowed a video camera from Chris the Junglist and gave it a shot. I think it went surprisingly well. I was spinning like I would at a live show, meaning none of the tracks I picked were pre selected, aside from the intro track. I wasn't even able to see my songs but I had markers in my CD wallet that I could feel so I knew where I was in the book. I chose the intro track because there is a sample of a rasta saying that he doesn't read sheet music, he just feels the music, and I felt that was very appropriate for this challenge. I slipped up a couple of times, but nothing that was so awful that I needed to start over. I recorded the audio in my laptop, so here it is untouched, or modified in any way.
We managed to make it to about 40 minutes when we realized that our memory card on the video camera was full and had stopped recording 15 minutes prior, so we decided to wrap things up.
When I was mixing, I felt like I was very connected to the music because my sense of hearing was extra sensitive due to my lack of sight. I truly feel like using your ears to mix, and not using a laptop to follow wave forms, is the best way to deliver your sound. I won't go too deep into my philosophies, but I had a really fun time and I felt like I was having an out of body experience so to speak. I definitely wa in my own little world. I'd be down to try it again sometime when I am prepared a bit more. After I finished, Johnny and I went to get some Chinese food and my fortune cookie said, "Avoid Unchallenging Occupations. They Waste Your Talents."