Mixed Emotions by Brian Norwood
Smart music for Smart People.
Flagging In The Desert #3
May 22, 2020 01:53 PM PDT
This is the continuation of the Flagging In The Desert Party that I spun in Palm Springs on February 29, 2020. It was a day full of sunshine, bliss, laughter and love. How lucky were all were to have squeaked this amazing day in right before everything came to a full stop. This segment of the day was full of feel-good vibes and uplifting anthems. Lots of energy. As always, I hope you enjoy what I did and where I went. From my heart...to your ears....!
01. Kort/Joy/Kort's Vocal Mix
May 19, 2020 11:33 AM PDT
01. Kolidescopes/Foundations/Original Mix
May 01, 2020 12:13 PM PDT
The art of creating soundscapes is a really tricky thing. There are so many circumstances that go into magic happening and there is never any way to know that it's happened until it's already in process or it's played itself out. I just had one of those really rare experiences; I composed a set that fell together so seamlessly and with such little effort that as I was mixing I couldn't believe that it was happening. I usually put more emphasis on the technical components of a mixed set as much as the messaging itself. As far as I'm concerned the messaging comes from the Spirit, a higher power, and I believe that my intuition won't allow me to put mixed messages together. So typically my obsession during the creating process is on the technical side of it. With this set I completely flipped that script. Here -- I obsessed with the messaging. This mix set had been planned for weeks but yesterday I awoke to find out that a friend and mentor had suddenly passed away and it has rattled me deeply. The set of music that I was going to create had to go out the window and I had a day to completely reimagine what this set should sound like. Now that it is finished I really am astounded. Almost every song has hidden or not so hidden messages in it that are relevant to this very moment in my life and the lives of many that surround me. So I hope that you'll hear the peace and love and that the messages will speak to you clearly. As always this music came from the depths of my heart and it gives me life to share it with you. From my heart...to your ears.
01. Astroleaf/Growing Up/Elypsis Remix
April 17, 2020 04:20 PM PDT
Welcome to Sophisticated Deep 11. You know, my creation of podcasts is a long and winding process. The amount of music that I have to sift through to find enough to put on any one podcast is staggering. And the amount of time that I spend shopping for the music is equally staggering. And once I have the music gathered and sit to compose a mix...a whole new journey begins. When I'm piecing a set together I'm focused on the "feel" of the pieces of music more than actually listening to the songs specifically. The listening comes later. I'm also hyper-focused on making sure that the songs "belong" together. Sometimes before I mix a set I'm convinced that that particular one will be the best of the best...and then I come to feel later that it's just so-so. And then other times a set will sneak up on me and will blow me away once I've actually settled in and listened closely to the actual records. Well I think with this set I have found one that has surprised me and left me speechless. I hope that as you listen to this new set that you'll allow the chords, the sounds, the textures and the vibes to entrance you and let you dream and think. As always I've composed this set with every ounce of love that I have to give and I share it with you joyfully. From my heart...to your ears...ENJOY.
01. Above & Beyond/Flying By Candlelight/Acoustic
April 01, 2020 05:02 PM PDT
I like a lot of music but I reserve LOVE for very few pieces of music. I usually "frame" my mixes around the particular pieces of music that I love the most. Most of the time my sets are built around a few songs that are my favorites and sometimes it will be literally, one song, that the entire set is built for. So I'm really excited to present to you Sophisticated Morning 70. My favorites on this set are the first song by Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction fame) "Falling", the fifth song "Perfect Motion" by Rob Made which is a male vocal remake of the incredible song by Sunscreem, and lastly "Believe" by Zhiko, which is a remake of the massive Cher hit. The sound of this entire mix is built around those 3 songs. I hope that you love what you hear and that it all lifts you up during these hard and challenging times. As always I've mixed this set with an abundance of soul and love. And it's my gift to you. From my heart...to yours. ENJOY!
01. Harry Styles/Falling/M+ike Remix
March 22, 2020 05:25 PM PDT
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March 07, 2020 07:27 PM PST
Continuation of my live performance in Palm Springs, California. This part of the day was rising in energy and crescendos into a gospel-house throw down.
March 02, 2020 05:51 PM PST
I'm still kind of glowing from Flagging In The Desert in Palm Springs on Saturday. Getting to do what I love so much while being surrounded by people that I love so incredibly gives me a feeling that's pretty much impossible to describe. Thank you to all of you that were there surrounding me giving me so much happiness. Your energy feeds my soul. Now...about this music: it's a sound that I've loved forever but don't push forward in my sets very often. For FITD I decided to play house music only; concentrating on a sound that was sometimes deep and funky, sometimes piano-laden, sometimes disco-centric and sometimes driving and uplifting. But the common theme was house music. I had the time of my life and I hope that you'll hear it in this live recording (#1 of 4). The rest of the set will be up shortly. In the meantime...enjoy the beginning of the day. From my heart...to yours.
01. Dua Lipa/Don't Stop Now/Purple Disco Machine
February 01, 2020 12:37 PM PST
We say this every year...but wow, what a day it was on the beach. Every year we don't think the joy and euphoria can be topped from the previous year and then, just like magic, the joy and the euphoria is totally off the charts. This year was epic in every way. Now...about the music: if you've been a follower of mine for years then you'll know I am insanely critical of myself when it comes to my DJ performances. I believe that the (beat) mixing component of the art is as important as the musical selections. Luckily I was "on" this day. I was having such a blast behind the decks and I hope that you'll hear it as much as I felt it. Full track listing is below for those of you that follow the music extremely closely (and I know there's a lot of you). From my heart...to yours...ENJOY THE MUSIC!
January 05, 2020 04:15 PM PST
I've been stockpiling so much amazing music here lately that it was really difficult trying to zero in on what sound this podcast was going to have. What I did know what that there were three songs that HAD to be on this mix: "Keep Moving" by Boxer Rebellion, "Daydreams" by ARTY, and "Everytime" by Lustral. The Lustral straddles the line between progressive house and trance so I decided to start the mix with a chill-house vibe and then subtly build until the set crescendos at the end with the Lustral. I hope that you enjoy the journey that I take you on. Enough with the words. On to the MUSIC. From my heart...to your ears. ENJOY!
01. Lonely In The Rain/Stronger/Original
DJ Brian Norwood was born during the first seedlings of dance music as we know it today were sprouting. In 1971, the Tea Dance at Fire Island's Blue Whale was settling in as ritual and David Mancuso's infamous "The Loft" parties in NYC were just getting started. Being born in the music-rich environment of Nashville would be a harbinger of things to come. And being born in that era would greatly impact his career. In the early 90's, Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, would open its arms to Brian. This move to a more urban environment and being within the twinkle of NYC skyscrapers, is an important transition not only in geography, but of musical awakening. After attending a seminal Saint-At-Large Party with all its intendant revelry, he felt an overwhelming drive to cultivate music and learn to mix. Vinyl was still the preferred medium for DJ's, which gives Brian the unique perspective of being among the younger DJ's still spinning today who teethed on vinyl. In 1994 Brian began to play live shows. His ability to feel the energy of a room and to zero in on what crowds want to hear quickly gained him major name recognition that spread from Philadelphia to the entire nation. Over the last 25 years the notable gigs he has played are too many to count, but include events in every major American city and as far away as Maui, Hawaii and Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2011 he began podcasting for the ability to reach even more listeners. His Mixed Emotions by Brian Norwood podcasts have been streamed hundreds of thousands of times and continue to be a major asset to his musical career. The sets that have been the most recognized of his work are Sophisticated Morning and Sophisticated Chill. These sets are just as their name implies: percolating, hazy, gently rising to an alert state. However, to those unfamiliar with his breadth of music, it would be unfair to characterize him as a “chill” only DJ. It is unlikely that you would have heard music and music mixed like this anywhere else. Brian has a style of playing unique, obscure and ethereal songs that is unmistakably his. This is a true artist that isn't stuck in a genre, who can play for long sets and play to the most demanding crowds. It’s difficult to express with words something as nuanced as music by a sublime DJ. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it. He knows how important a crowd is to a DJ and how important a DJ is to a crowd and he chooses cautiously and carefully the live gigs that he plays. His podcasts can be found on Apple Podcasts, PodOmatic and HearThis. Whether you hear him at a live performance or on his podcast you’re in for a rare and unique musical trip.
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