2 years! The-Lost-Art.Com thanks everyone for the support on our B-Day! :)
ITS THE-LOST-ART.COM’S B-DAY!
It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun. This project started out as an idea and because of the support and care from the public, we have made it to our 2 year mark. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the best DJ’s, Producers and listeners in the world. We as TLA have not even scratched the surface of what this company is about. We have some special announcements to make in a month or 2 , and its getting better with time. we are a very young station and have learned many lessons along the way. We would not be here without the hard work and sweat from the admin panel along with the committed DJs/Producers of this station. The overwhelming response to our cause has been nothing short of humbling. Its amazing what 2 turntables/CD players can do for the world. Its the hard working producers that deserve most of the credit. Without this amazing production, nobody would be here. Its been such a great relationship between everyone involved in keeping this craft and music to a true art form. There is nothing else we would rather do in this world then to put a smile on someones face with the power of music and showmanship. We are looking forward to many more years with all of you.
Here is a GREAT write up by Core Magazine. This is a close look at why and how The-Lost-Art.com is here.
Natural Nate – The Lost Art Of ‘Real’ DJ’ing “Featured”
Written by Leah McKenzie
If you haven’t got a cup of coffee, I suggest you go make one now! This is a brilliant, in depth insight into The Lost Art of DJ’ing with DJ Natural Nate, a US DJ whose intention is to stay true to all that’s great about music. Coffee done? Get ready for the ride…
Hi Nate, great to catch up with you today! You’ve kindly agreed to chat to Core about life, The Lost Art, great music and the scene in the US……Thanks! ;o)
I can remember the time that the DJ was looked at as a highly respected psychologist of the night. These people were the true soldiers of mentality because they knew how to make you dance and feel the right emotions in that moment, in time standing still wishing the rush would never end. This was always accomplished with 2 turntables and a pitch control. The DJ was the whole backbone to what we used to call the underground. These people set the true standard for the show because it was about the skill these artists were going to bring. Were they going to have a good night or a bad night by the unforgiving pitch and wheels of steel? The turntables don’t lie. Either you can mix or you cannot. This is not something that everyone can do. It take YEARS of respect for the turntables to be able to talk without talking at all. It’s those moments in time, with a DJ never knowing if its going to be perfect due to the 1000’s of things that could go wrong. It could be a speck of dust or a scratched record. To recover and still rock the crowd is truly what it is about. It’s not the music itself, it’s the showmanship and attitude of the craftsman taking you to another dimension. To have these incredible and flawless sets by the power of the hand and mind was the whole attraction in itself. Living on the edge of a pitch. You could tell a lot by how the artists is mixing; his emotion, mood and excitements. Making music with the music. All of these DJ’s showing the highest respect to the producers by using the music and influencing the sales. I have always said it takes a good DJ to have a good producer and a good producer to have a good DJ. As this states, it goes hand and hand together. The DJ is highly underrated these days with mix programs and syncs. There is really no human emotion in it these days and that’s what really lacks in the whole industry today. There is a huge misconception about what a DJ really is and does in today’s standards. I know what the craft of mixing has done for my life and just respecting the people who have helped me along the way with their production. It is absolutely priceless. I have been able to express myself in many ways and push myself to make accomplishments to remind myself I’m alive and can do these things for others too. Mixing & music has been a humbling and life changing experience to this day. Stay true to yourself no matter what happens and nothing else matters. There are not too many things you take with you when you leave. Be sure you take your word, integrity and honour with you at all cost.
I knew I do a better job than those who I worked for and the opposing companies. I was tired of the disrespect for all of the hard work we had enveloped and pushed hard for the idea we could do it on our own. I had a few true friends left in the industry and a good enough name to say “LETS TRY IT”. We had nothing to lose nor gain. Debonaire was a huge influence to building a better company with honour and respect for all. I had asked for some advice and if he would help back the station. This was a huge kick start to my confidence – we could actually pull this off along with a few other major players. I had been working on an idea for the break dancers because they were pushed out of the clubs once the true underground died. From the movie “Raiders of The Lost Art” I had an idea of saying “Breakers of The Lost Art” with a break logo, meaning “where are they all at”, calling them back out to the dance floor. After having a falling out with those that did not want to truly change the internet scene, I needed a name for this project. It did not take me long to realise we could include everyone now. Not just one genre. It always goes like this: “My genre is better than yours. My skills are better than yours. I’m better, I’m better and I’m better……………”. Well PROVE IT! The station is huge on put up or shut up. Instead of saying you are better, or your genre is – PROVE IT! The Art of the DJ’s was almost brushed under the rug. It was a computer and control infested place and we needed something that would not exclude anyone from being involved with this idea of keeping the DJ and true mixing alive. I went back to the breakers shirt idea, and said If I dropped the breakers from “Breakers of the lost art” it said it all. From the art, music, dancing, DJ’s,etc IT COVERED IT ALL! The art of mixing was dying. It was meant to be. It really found itself, and it was catchy at that. I took the few true friends and DJ’s I thought I had at the time and we opened the-lost-art.com with a splash page and a Ustream channel. Basically nothing, but some really good DJ’s and a idea of preserving the pitch (all devices that actually mix and not sync) DJ=Disk Jockey. No excuses allowed.
The-Lost-Art.com was just an idea. This project would never be here without the many that have brought this place to where it is. We’ve made a lot of mistakes trying to find the right system in front of the world. I have left this open as a book for people to read. The public has watched this roller coaster of ride with TLA demanding to stay true to your words and your business. In a lot of ways, I can say I have lost more with this project than I could have ever imagined. This project was never intended for just anyone. As a matter of a fact, it was meant for the few and the proud. It kinda sounds like a marine. That’s what this group is to me – true soldiers to life and the music. These people are the TRUE DJ’s that need to be respected for their talents, that they have been extremely committed not only to themselves, but TlA as well.. Our Dj’s are some of the most sought out DJ’s on the planet. Not only are they the best people we could find as a person, but they are just awesome DJ/producers. Our DJ’s are given the chance to learn the industry and are highly trained for their own success inside and out of TLA. I’m really proud of this rare and loyal crew. We don’t look for the best DJ’s in the world, we look for the best people first. With the knowledge we have at this company, we can teach someone with heart the trade. What they do with it is up to them at that point. Many have come and most have gone. This project is about your integrity to yourself and your word first. Being a DJ and the music has always come second for me. The one thing I have always held dear to myself is my brutal honesty and loyalty to those that are loyal to me. That’s soooo hard to find in this day and age. Greed’s and wants are temptations that most cannot overlook. I have never walked nor had to cut anyone’s throat to be where I am at. I have done it all with respect for the craft, music, producers and the listeners. We take morals very serious at TLA. That’s the second thing that has made us who we are. Our honesty and integrity have always won our wars. We are proud that we have a voice that people listen to and we would not trade that for the world. We have been able to stay true to ourselves in an industry that just slaps labels on the masses versus what it really is. We do not look to just fill our slots. It has to be the right person to work as a team first and foremost. We have never asked for another DJ to play on our station. We have never used someone else’s technology other than our own ideas to products in use. It’s a very humbling thing to see so many other companies adopt our systems into their own projects. You can see it in one way, shape, or form everywhere. We have set the highest standard for a quality site and artists. We are one of the only sites to be secured and certified to prove we care about our company and the public: http://tinyurl.com/996ojlt. We own 23 domains to the site and our techs and admins are some of the best in the world. Our company is a non profit site and all donations go into future projects and technology. We have many ground breaking ideas and tools right round the corner. I feel like I was responsible for the turn of the industry and now I feel like I have to finish it. We said we would do it better. We said we would put our DJ’s and producers on a bigger platform. We have said many things and we are proud that we have kept true no matter what the outcome was. It’s always a two way street with people and businesses. We have always believed in second and third chances and if the relationships have gone, it really boils down to their own commitments with self. We have been a MAJOR force of putting companies to artists on their real start to the industry. Everyone that has worked with the-lost-art.com has gained something from this. The-Lost-Art.com has done so many things for others and we will always be remembered for doing it our way. It takes a certain person and artist to be an Internet DJ at TLA. These are people I would take into battle inside and out of The-Lost-Art. These people are committed and give a great representation to what it takes to be labeled a true DJ. These are the elite of the elite and I’m proud to have had the chance to create a place no other than The-Lost-Art.com with all of these people.
I grew up not having the best at sometimes. I never looked at it as a disadvantage but a means to say I can still do the same thing you can with less. My urge to be #1 with less has been one of my strongest points. I have never been the guy to care about what others think. If someone is pushed down, reach your hand out and help. I have always stood up for the underdog and the less fortunate. It’s not their fault and everyone has a talent or a skill worthy of life and respect. Everyone needs a chance or 2. I have always felt like the underdog myself and have only wanted chances in my life too. I will always go out of my way to ensure someone’s life is better. I love for someone to say “no you cannot!”. Proving people wrong with a strong mind and will is priceless. Staying true to your word is more important than losing everything around you. It’s important to know standing alone is actually doing the right thing no matter how badly you might think you’re going to lose it all. I have humbly been on top charts as a DJ and a producer. I am also the current World Record Holder for the fastest mix DJ. I hope one day to pass this torch on to the team at TLA. All of this would never have been possible without the people and producers behind me. The Lost Art is a gift to all of these people, saying thank you for what they have helped me become. I think it is so important to give back. Not enough people are just willing to help these days. That’s why we are losing the DJ war against computers and controllers. Not only because of price, but because people want everything handed to them. To be a DJ takes years of loving the music and the craft itself. Most people do not have the time, nor the will, to have this true label we call DJ. I have a lot of respect for the music lovers and passion they have to be a DJ. Sync and mixing both say what it is. If its not pitching, its not mixing. Plain and simple. DJ=Disk Jockey and if it does not have a disk? It’s not a DJ. Let’s be sure we stick to the basics here, the biggest problem I have noticed is way the new generation thinks Sync is being a DJ. Most producers that make their own music have not studied the craft of mixing and most DJ’s have not studied producing. It’s hard to be good at both – both crafts take an extreme amount of time to learn. Big headliners use programs and computers to run THEIR own music they have made. The younger generation mistakes live P.A. for actually DJ’ing. It’s the truth. The Lost Art has no problems with others using technology to present their own music. Being a DJ is respecting the craft and promoting others to keep the industry alive. Being a DJ is about the showmanship and true ear to making music with the music. I do have a few friends that are handicapped and this sync has been a great tool for someone that cannot function the decks. There are good ways this tool can teach young kids and the impaired but would always recommend to know what you are trying to be with your devices. We are here to keep the art of mixing alive, with the pure respect for what it is and where the whole culture came from. Mixing is a voice and a way of life, not a fad. We will keep the march going for the sake of true showmanship and demanding to have true talent in the industry. Radio gives people the chance to prove their real talents and consistency to themselves to say they are a true DJ. We are proud to be the highest quality site in the world because of all of the people involved. It makes it tough to want to let someone down at this point. Our 2 year mark is Oct 31st 2012 and we finally have the engine built. We have not even tried to market this place nor have we pushed the gas pedal in. Are are excited about the future with this mighty team we call the-lost-art.com!
It’s been tough to keep other’s integrity true, but not for ourselves. I had the honour of serving my country in the Marines and made several achievements. I was Honour Man and Ironman along with my platoon being Honour Platoon. I have worked with the best people in the world my whole life and have done some amazing things by being honest and respectful at all times. Being a team is the only way we can over come these challenges. It is a battle of what a DJ is, and keeping the art alive. We take it very serious. It has never been tough to know where my morals have been. I have stood alone many times to find myself later in years happy that I did not sell myself out nor the people around me out. I have tried to be the best friend I can be to anyone that needs some support, that’s all we’re looking for. Just to be noticed and respected. It always starts with yourself first to be able to have a true support system. I would rather have 2 true people than 100 fake people to make up the numbers for the 2. It has never been hard for me to live up to my words. Your words are all you have in your life – be sure to live by them. I have set the highest achievements possible not only for myself, but for everyone around me. I love to push people to the max because I know they have so much more. My team pushes me and I push them to be the best. As I always say, perfect practice makes perfect. Do your best at all times. Practice is just practice if you don’t strive harder. We are an extremely close family, built on honesty and respect. The talent is so amazing at the lost art. DJ for DJ, I will take anyone of these guys into war. I’m extremely proud that the public and these people of TLA keep me on my drive. I could not do it without them. This is a DJ creed I said for myself and my morality for what I do as a DJ. This is a work in progress…
I think everyone strays away at one time or another in life. I have never been perfect nor will I ever be. We all have to learn lessons in life whether it’s trying to fit in or proving who you are. I have done a lot of things I shouldn’t have, but at the same time I would not be who I am today, saying anyone can make something of themselves. All you have to do is believe in yourself and others will soon follow. I can honestly say that the-lost-Art.com has taught me more about life and people than I could have ever imagined. That’s all I ever really wanted from this project. I wanted people to believe in themselves and have the chance to be what they say they can be. Whether things have worked out for the best or the worst, we all have learned life lessons for the future, even if we don’t know it. I hope our morality rubs off on the world. I am an extremely fair and giving guy that wants only the best out of the people around me. Lessons are learned the hard way, but to forgive is what life is about. We will always learn and grow from mistakes in our lives. That’s what makes us human and hopefully enough to make us all realise we are after the same thing. Just a little respect. The Bruise Your Body Breaks Show has missed 2 shows in 6 years showing the dedication and thanks to the listeners that are there every week. Whether it’s 1 to 1000’s, it’s all the same to me. If someone can come and get support through our community and new music by something The Lost Art is doing, we did our job! It’s that easy. The-lost-art.com is about supporting and truly trying to make someone’s day. That’s what our DJ’s do. They make people’s days. The site is about bringing your best and being who you are. Our community is going to love you for that. I have never been so lucky as to have had this project to guide me in the right paths. I have so many people behind this, and failure is not an option. There is a lot riding on this project and people’s lives. People need positive things in their life, and they need structure. It keeps us alive, and that’s what TLA has done for so many. My purity to let people be who they are is like no other. I give everyone an equal chance no matter who you are or what level you think you are. Proof is in the pudding, and lets see what you got! I cannot say enough good things about this ever growing place we call the-lost-art.com
We have never had an issue finding DJs and keeping the U.S. side of The-Lost-Art.com extremely strong. We have never really aimed at being a 24 hour live station, but it’s right around the corner. We have taken this first two years with trials and errors to be where we are today. We really have never truly marketed this place until we were sure we had a solid product. We have a schedule tab on the site that syncs with time zones to find the Genre or DJ you are looking for: http://www.the-lost-art.com/schedule.html This is also a great place for DJs from around the world to see the slots we have opened for the future. We are an all genre station and we are looking for good people that have some dedication to themselves and the music. Keeping a solid promotion with TLA is really what it takes. We have one of the best systems in the world with a massive amount of tools for DJ’s/producers to be successful. We do train the right people and have an awesome staff that provides additional support. We have a close group where we are constantly updating our guys for future projects. The best way to get started is to look at the schedule and see if a time fits. We do host live events also, and if you can do an event that way, we are all for it! We do look for floating DJs to the system. We are human and sometimes need a fill. We are willing to work with anyone wanting to play no matter how long it takes to get these shows on. We need DJ’s that understand the craft and are willing to put it on the line week after week proving the mix. There is a blog on how to become a TlA DJ and its the start to the adventure we are seeking: http://the-lost-art.com/?p=6693. We are in the process of making a universal agreement to the station and our guidelines, etc. We have many future projects with businesses that need to know we have the right people on this team and we do enforce the best from our people to using our system. We are extremely strict on what type of devices are used on the station to insure the public knows the station is mixing. Turntables, CD players and anything you are manually pitching is accepted. Live P.A.’s with ones own music has no limitations on how it is presented. It is up the the actual artist presenting their own music on how this is displayed. Bring your best and we can meet in the middle as companies under a hub. It’s a team effort, and we are only as strong as our weakest link.
I’m actually shy about my own production. I have never had any training of any sort and have made myself learn this extremely hard craft. I still use hardware for my production and really have not written anything in a year to ensure TLA is on the right path. I don’t use fancy VST’s, nor anything actually. I have done most of my work off of a roland Fantom X6 and G6. I do everything from scratch. All beats are hand made along with everything you hear. I have never taken the DJ out of my production. I use a cd player to reel and time my samples versus using a computer program. True story. I’m a sucker for a remix and love the challenges of writing around a good sample. Everything is done in a real time function and all vocal tracks are done By Jiggabot and myself. Most of my tracks are raw and really were never meant for anyone else but myself. I have a collection of good tracks and they are mostly experimental. I have always pushed myself to learn the production side on my own. I have never really wanted someone to slap a tag or label on my production. In most cases, I really don’t even consider myself a producer at all. I just make ideas and doodle tracks. I have done some serious work on a release called legend. It was another life changing event for me to step out of making basic tracks to actually making a full on production that just a listener or dancer could appreciate. It took me 9 long, hard months to come up with a 21 track release. When used from 1-21 it would actually tell a story about heaven and hell, good and evil. I also tried a new thought on how to acquire more track sales by making a 5 part movie story. You would have to have all 5 tracks, especially to get the full story, as well as the 21 tracks. I did this live and never have really made such a project. I have made several test EP’S that I really did not want to sell. My last EP’s were written from true experiences. I always try to have a true meaning behind every track, and whether it’s a sample you might know, I might actually be saying something completely different then what it means. BYBB’s humble production has been up best in Label and E.P. I really do not know what I’m doing, but it seems to be working for what it’s worth. I find more passion in giving these days than anything. I have had so many producers give to me that it humbles me for someone to enjoy my crazy mess of a production. I think people enjoy the purity and rawness of the ideas, and that’s what has been my success. I do have a bio that goes more into details: http://the-lost-art.com/?p=9477 The real production comes from the hidden treasures of the-lost-art.com. We have some of the best up and coming to old schoolers in the world. I have taken some of this production state to state proving that TLA seriously has the boom booms. I would take ANY one of our producers music into battle. It really does not get any better than the DJ/producers of the-lost-art.com. Find ALL of the TLA DJ/producers here (please listen and a comment – it would mean the world to these guys!): http://the-lost-art.com/?page_id=8553
Big shouts to:
Media Sales Director/Assistant Editor
Leah joined Core Magazine in 2008 to assist with Sales/Development and became Media Sales Director in 2012. Originally from Bradford, Leah started her Media Sales career in Birmingham in 1999 after graduating from University in Paris. After having worked for various publications at management level, Leah moved to France with her family in 2009 but continued her proactive work for Core.
Leah’s role is interchangeable – whilst her main role within Core is to increase and manage the level of sales and advertising, she is also currently Assistant Editor within the team.
Leah lives on a farm in France, loves horses, her children, her husband and of course, music! She’s even been known to don the odd ‘glo stick’ on the right occasion 🙂