DJ CKLOKWīZE: Top rankin’, high grade, Roots Reggae, Latin and Afro Beat dance and listening tracks with live performance on keyboards and vocals.
I’m a DJ, but really a 'selecta' (selector) in the traditional Jamaican sense. In JA a 'selecta' is one who selects tracks while a DJ is a rapper. I select deep, soul igniting tracks that focus mainly on the Reggae, Latin and Afro Beat (not ‘Afro Beats’) idioms and their many offshoots. But then I add a live performance aspect where ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN as I mix, re-mix and jam along to tracks sometimes altering them so much that they take on a new mind bending, soul enticing meaning. I always bring a keyboard, or a melodica, an effects pedal, a microphone and perform along to a looped and dubbed out sections of a track.
It's all about getting to that point of releasing tension and bringing on the ecstasy that builds in your body when the right sound hits your eardrums and rumbles the part of your reality that knows the transcendent.
Reggae, Dub, Ska, Rocksteady, Dancehall, Reggaeton, Afro beat, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Banda…from artists known and artists you may never have heard of.
Why "CKLOKWīZE"? Here's the story: Many years ago while teaching at the amazing JAZZ CAMP WEST (check it) I was sitting on the deck amidst the redwood trees in Northern California (Half Moon bay) and some of my students sat with me. They kept calling me "Clockwise" followed by a little demonic chuckle. Obviously I had been the subject of a roasting the night before. Finally I said., "OK, give it up. What's this Clockwise ting?" And they said, 'Well, you're the only teacher we've ever had that keeps telling us to turn it up!" Nuff said!