Quiet Entertainer Drops Intelligent Design Album Release Tour Mix

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Here it is. I recently did the Album Release Tour for my latest record, Intelligent Design. I wanted to put up the set I did for that tour. I focused mainly on playing my own tracks, remixes, and mashups with just a few exceptions. Also, I played keys a few times on this mix. It’s out there for all the world to hear now. Let me know if you’re feeling it. Here’s the track listing as well.

Track Listing:
Quiet Entertainer – Sunset
Quiet Entertainer – Wishful Thinking (QE/David Banner Mashup)
Quiet Entertainer – Companion
Quiet Entertainer – Waterfall
Quiet Entertainer – False Alarm
The Billy Goats – Hey Girl (Quiet Entertainer Remix)
Quiet Entertainer – Better Days (QE/Daft Punk Mashup)
Quiet Entertainer – Machismo
Quiet Entertainer – Insomniac (Remix)
Kraftwerk – Man Machine (Quiet Entertainer Remix)
Quiet Entertainer – Now I Know (QE/Boards of Canada Mashup)
Sam & Tre X Blue Sky Black Death – I’m A Stoner (Quiet Entertainer Blend *instrumental*)
Clams Casino X Gold Panda & Star Slinger ft. YelaWolf (Quiet Entertainer mix)
Minnesota – Jetstream
Mutemath – Odd Soul (Quiet Entertainer Remix)
Nacho Picasso – Benjamin (Instrumental)
MartyParty – Cocaine
Quiet Entertainer – Self-Esteem (QE/PANTyRaid Mashup)
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says (ETC!ETC! & Brillz Bootleg)
Fine Cut Bodies – Beaver Blink (Ooah Remix)
Quiet Entertainer – Sincere
Quiet Entertainer – I Am

Quiet Entertainer Releases New Record: Intelligent Design

Quiet Entertainer Intelligent Design front cover

My new record is finally here! It’s called Intelligent Design. It’s the most rewarding collection of music I’ve done because you can start to hear a new production style and writing style that I’ve been working on. It perhaps isn’t new to some producers but it is definitely a part of my own personal growth. So I feel great about it! You can download Intelligent Design for free here!

Quiet Entertainer Intelligent Design Back Cover

If you can’t see that image, here’s the track listing.

Now I Know (Hunz cover)
Better Days
The Billy Goats – Hey Girl (Quiet Entertainer Remix)
Sam & Tre x Blue Sky Black Death – I’m A Stoner (Quiet Entertainer Remix)
Clams Casino x Gold Panda & Star Slinger w/ Yelawolf (Quiet Entertainer Mix)
Set from the MUTEMATH Tour

I’ve released some of the tracks before as one-offs on soundcloud but I’m glad to finally put it all together on an official release here along with my brand new original material.

Don’t forget that you can download the entire album for free here.

Additionally, I’m having an album release mini-tour starting today! I’ll be in Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Clarksville this weekend promoting the Intelligent Design release!
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Thursday will be in Murfreesboro, TN at The Social with Dotcom, Body of Light, Crayons & Antidotes, and Boyfriend.

Friday will be in Nashville, TN at Cafe Coco with Last of the Horsemen, Spoken Nerd, Rally & Don Cruso.

Saturday will be in Clarksville, TN at The Coup with Blak Tha Map, My Day At The Races, Spoken Nerd, Smokee B, & Kid Dead.

The Billy Goats – Hey Girl (Quiet Entertainer Remix)

Billy Goats Quiet Entertainer Remix

Here’s my remix of The Billy Goats track “Hey Girl.” Basically, it’s kind of a mashup with that track and “Khanada” by Reporter. I like the Reporter track but I wanted it to be beefier for the live show. I liked the Billy Goats track but I wanted fewer lyrics. So this was the best way for me to get the feel I wanted in both areas! Started playing it live in the Spring. Let me know what you think in the comments.

9 Favorite Shows From 2011

The year is almost over! New Year’s Eve is a busy time of year for DJs. I’ve got two big shows coming
up this weekend. I’m grateful for every opportunity to do what I enjoy. Meanwhile, I want to look
back at some of my favorite shows of the year. Here they are in no particular order (maybe
chronological though).

1. Me with This is ART in Knoxville.
We did this show way back in January. It might be my favorite. It was the show that I unofficially
anointed myself as This is ART‘s understudy. This was the first of a bunch of shows we did
together this year. For this one, he gave me a great opportunity to go out there to Knoxville and
showcase my unique live PA set. They have a great music scene in Knoxville. We were part of
Midnight Voyage, which is a great weekly party based around their UTK radio show. Also with FTW (Meatball Madness & J-Mo).

2. Me with Spoken Nerd, Manchild, The Billy Goats, & Get Got
This was my Almost Too Good To Be True show at The 5 Spot. The 5 spot is one of my favorite places
to play in Nashville
. Great vibes. It was also the show that I was kind of in charge of. Good
weekend for all of us. Great to do a show with friends. I got a lot of great video; including a
special moment with the MCs getting on stage with me and Jed Smith while freestyling.

3. Me with Evolution Control Committee, stAllio!, DJ Empirical and Pimpdaddysupreme at The End.
I felt like such a rock star that weekend. Great to mix it up with some pioneering electronic artists. I was inspired all weekend by watching ECC do their thing. Also the night before, I saw Hobbledeions. That was awesome.

4. me with Get Got, Sharone Digitale, & Orig the DJ
This was our I Love Trip-Hop show. It was a concept show from Orig (You know Orig the DJ). So we both like vibed out hip hop and trip hop. And he had a connection with Exit/In. This was a great show because it exposed a lot of people to Sharone Digitale. Also, this was a great show with Jed Smith. Jed has been drumming with me for a little while now. This was my favorite time to play with him. It sounded good and it felt good. I remember that most everyone was there to see Get Got and then a few people stuck around for Sharone Digitale. By the time I went on, there were just a couple of people left plus all the artists and bands. But that last group of people were going nuts for our set and dancing it up. It was one of the most fun shows I’ve done in a while. And my first time at Exit/In since Valentine’s Day in 2007 (my 2nd worst show ever). This was a great redemption show.

5. me with The Billy Goats, Smokee B, Bobby Exodus, Ugly Lovely, Darian D & Jermy J, Ol Man
& Blak Tha Map at The Coup
This was fun. We made it kind of a hip hop festival in Clarksville. Up to that point mostly
everyone had been doing only dubstep and bass shows. So it was very cool to get a group out to see
some good hip hop. We didn’t pack the place but we had a good sized crowd of people who were
really into each and every artist. I was glad to have put that show together. Also, it was good to
get some shows for guys like Darian D & Jermy J. I don’t book for other people really anymore. But
when I do, I’d rather it went down like this.

6. me with This is Art & Satoru at 12th and Porter
This was a Name Your Own Price show! I was scared of how that would go. We packed the place out. I had a good crowd for my set. I got to collab with Art on stage the way we did in Knoxville. I met Satoru. Met the sound people and light people at 12th. Also important, it was the first show I had done after releasing Q-Gaze. So it was the only time I had ever done the Q-Gaze mix live from start to finish. I got a great response. This was my favorite show I’ve done in Nashville.

7. Silent Disco with This is Art, Dope Dialect, & Beat Repeat.
This was very cool. Only because of the uniqueness of the Silent Disco. My set went surprisingly well. If you’ve never been to a Silent Disco; you have to try it. It’s very different. But I like it. I want to do more of these. The headphones made my computer voice trick more effective!

8. Sayonara at 12th and Porter.
My favorite show is always my next show. And this one is Tonight! It’s free. I’m opening. It’s Arkiteqt‘s debut performance I believe. Glad to be a part of that. Also with Ziggurat, Beat Repeat, Blaque Masque Bellydance and Umbra Fusion Bellydance in the main room. Squake, Saejma, Suga-Free, & Chris Rodriguez in the lounge room.

9. UNIFY on New Year’s Eve
This party is too massive to sum up in a small blurb. Yet I try. 3 rooms. 40+ DJs. Mostly dubstep with some drum and bass and house. Then there’s me. haha. Click the flyer!

Live Concert Pics by Raywen.org, Audible Imagery, & Ramiah Branch Photography

Interview with Orig The DJ. Part One: How MASHVILLE Began

Orig the DJ Mashville

Orig The DJ

Ray Riddle is known in the Nashville music scene as Orig the DJ. Every time I talk to him, he’s always giving me advice or telling me stories. He is always trying to give encouragement or teach anyone who is willing to listen. I personally have benefited from numerous conversations. I thought it’d only be right to have an interview with him on this blog. However and thankfully, he gave me so much information in the interview that I’m going to have to split it up into 3 or 4 parts. Here’s the first section of the interview where he discussed his origins in the Nashville music scene and the origins of the MASHVILLE dance party.

Orig the DJ Mashville

Orig The DJ

QE: What were you saying before about DJing versus having a day job?

Orig: Several years ago, I did that. I quit my job. I had went to SAE; graduated in 2006 and also going to work. That was interfering with my grades. So I quit my job to focus on school. Once I got out of school, I decided that instead of going and getting a day job; I pursued the music industry because I just got out of school for it. So I just did interviews with a lot of studios in the music row area; I just put out an email to all the studios and I got a reply back from four. They brought me in, and pretty much every single manager that I interviewed with told me “Look we can’t hire anybody; we can’t even have interns right now” Around that time big studios started falling and it came down to 4 major studios in the industry. Now it’s all private studios and personal home studios. Everyone’s able to do that now. I had bad timing with that.

Orig The DJ Mashville

Orig the DJ

Orig: So anyway, It was tough. I pursued music and it was tough. I wasn’t getting the gigs I was getting when I had a day job. I was saying yes to certain gigs that I’d rather not do but it’s money. I learned after about 5 months of doing that, that I had to get a job. I wasn’t making any money and I was making poor decisions because I wasn’t educated enough. Even though I just got out of school, I wasn’t educated in life. I ended up getting two jobs and kind of pushed all the music to the side. I would wake up at 7 in the morning and I wouldn’t get to bed until midnight and I’d be at work the whole time. Monday through Friday. Things started picking back up. Since I had the weekends, MASHVILLE started happening in 07. Prior to MASHVILLE starting, I was DJ-in at a bar, doing karaoke DJing, play list DJing. I wasn’t brining my turntables, I was just more of a personality and playing whatever music the bar had. But it was a little bit of money. I was able to quit my second job and just continue doing that. So when that stopped, I was just working my day job. I had a few other projects with other DJs like MASHVILLE…

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MASHVILLE's first flyer

QE: Can you tell me how MASHVILLE got started?

Orig: Shortly prior to MASHVILLE, I was doing Double D Tuesdays with Rob Hinnenthal (DJ Hashbrown) in Murfreesboro. At the same time, Brad Knight (DJ Local Motion) and I were talking; and we were griping about we’re not getting the kinds of gigs that we see these other DJs are getting. So why don’t we start our own night. SO we were tossing ideas back and forth on the phone. And then our friend Daniel (Dirty D) he decided to jump in on it. So the 3 of us collaborated on ideas. He helped us get it going. Daniel got us The End. He rented the End. I saved up some money for a photographer because I figured we needed to get this documented and try to bring to the table some of the ideas that Brad’s being seeing in Atlanta with his friend Caleb. They were doing Sloppy Seconds in Atlanta; and it was a night where DJs were the showcase and it was dancing and good times plus a photographer. I had known Wick-it and Kidsmeal already; so we invited them to jump on board as DJs. At that very same time, Wick-it was working on mixtape called Music City Mashville. Parallel to that, Brad and I were trying to come up with a name for the night; and Brad came up with the name “MASHVILLE” because we were wanting to do mashups. But then, he found that Wick-it had already came up with the mixtape Music City Mashville. So at the very same time, without us knowing that we were coming up with the same name; that’s how it came up with the idea of MASHVILLE and we would just have Wick-it as a headliner since he had a mixtape. So, it just made sense. So we gave it a shot. We had the first one; it went really well. Did you go out to that?

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From L to R: Kidsmeal, Wick-it, Dirty D, Orig, Local Motion, Jeffro Bodeen

QE: Yeah I was there. I actually went every month for the first year straight.

Orig: Yeah, The first one was awesome. The second one wasn’t all that great. The third one… Well, it was costing us money. Eventually Daniel didn’t want to spend that much money. He threw the towel in and said, “I don’t know what y’all want to do but I don’t want to waste that much money on it.” So Brad and I just kept it going. I put up a sum of money on it. We would just take a portion of the money we made. We didn’t make much from the door. We’d keep a little bit but we’d pay the DJs and then we’d pay ourselves. But we’d still have to come out of pocket. I had the idea of letting the other DJs know that we need to build this, if you could just help volunteer your time and talent. we can take the money that we make and put it back in to it. That way we wouldn’t have to come out of pocket. Because, yeah you’re getting paid but I’m coming out of pocket and then I’d be the next Daniel in line. And it would stop working. So that’s how it started. we kept funding it out of our own budget. Eventually, it kept going and picking up. We started averaging a hundred people. the next year, Brad was leading it at that time, and I was helping him. Just making sure that everything was running smoothly, contacting everybody and making sure everybody was on for the night. Keeping up with lineups and everything. Brad eventually had to focus on his own carpet cleaning business so he couldn’t focus on Mashville. So it was Brad, Me, Wick-It and Kidsmeal. Whenever Brad decided to not lead it, I picked up the baton and started leading it. Wick-it had invited Mike Vulcan to DJ. And he did such a great set…

QE: Yeah I remember a lot of us saw him at a July 4th party and he ended up playing the very next MASHVILLE…

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Mike Vulcan

Orig: Right, Wick-It saw that and was really impressed. He invited him to come on board just as a guest. And then after his set, Wick-It had suggested why don’t we throw him on as a resident DJ because he’s brining something different that’s going to help balance us. And he was a perfect fit. Bateman came along shortly after that as a graphic designer. (QE note: Read my interview with Bateman!) We were designing our own flyers; we were hiring other designers. Bateman offered his talent and services just to be a part of the crew. Eventually, he took the bull by the horns. He started managing it. It kind of shifted. He had a lot to offer. a lot of enthusiasm; a lot more resources. He wanted to do it, and we let him do it. He eventually started DJing. He was opening. He wasn’t quite a DJ, he was an MC. He’s a very talented fellow. He shortly became a resident DJ. What else? I know in 09, Christ Mironescu of Everything’s Nice sat down with us at a meeting and offered to help us out. He helped us get the Limelight for the first quarter of the year. It was fun and different but it didn’t quite work out; it was just too big for our scene.

QE: I played the last one y’all did there.

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Quiet Entertainer DJ set at Mashville!

Orig: Oh yeah, that’s right! So you know eventually we went back to The End. In 09 was when, we started testing other venues. We did Limelight and we did Mercy Lounge. Mercy Lounge was awesome. We were blessed with the opportunity to do it there. We thought we did really well but as a local act we didn’t do well enough to get a monthly lockdown. Because they have to reserve themselves for something big just in case something big comes their way. It was really fortunate for us; I appreciate Drew from Mercy Lounge for being real with us on that because if we had gotten a monthly there, we probably would have gotten rescheduled on a date because some big name could have come in or something like that. We decided to go back to The End. Bruce at the End really believed in us. There were nights when after a year or two of doing it there that we didn’t have a great night and we’d have to come out of pocket. But he’d say “Hey don’t worry about. I know next month is going to be better. I think this weekend there was something going on across the street or something.” He’s been like an uncle to us. He’s helped us out; I really appreciate him for that. So we went back there and we had our anniversary shows at Mercy Lounge. Then we started testing other performances, we got you in. At the time, you weren’t a DJ really, you were doing your performance. (QE note: read the difference between live PA sets and DJ sets) So we had that, we had some MCs. Things were going pretty well with that. The Billy Goats did their CD release. Sam and Tre did their CD release there.

QE: I know you had the Hood Internet.

Orig: Yeah! We brought in The Hood Internet. And that was probably the first actual headliner that we’d brought in from out of town. They’re from Chicago.

QE: What would you say your role in MASHVILLE is now?

Orig: Now, I’m the leader of the pack again. The beginning of this year, I started doing other projects with Big Smo; he’s a rapper in the country hick-hop scene. He’s really leading it. I was really blessed to go on gigs out of town but that left me out of the picture with MASHVILLE. And I wasn’t really around MASHVILLE. I felt kind of bad, I thought I was fading away from it. So, I was just budgeting my time and make it happen to where I get back involved with MASHVILLE. It shifted with everybody. Wick-it started getting really busy doing gigs. He’s got a booking agency and a management company. Doing really well. So I was able to come back and just make it happen for myself schedule wise where I could fit in. Bateman moved to Atlanta recently. So it just shifted just right for me to jump back in and carry it on. So for the past couple of MASHVILLE’s. Maybe for about 3 months. I’ve been kind of leading. I’ve been getting emails and Facebook messages from other fellow DJs. saying stuff like “Hey, I hollered at Wick-It and he told me to holler at you because he said you’re the one that’s in charge of producing the night and the lineup” and even though Bateman is Atlanta, he’s still doing the best he can. But he’s got a lot going on for himself as well. So, it was appropriate for me to come back at the time that I came back. So I’m back leading it. I felt really good about it. I talked to Bateman; I asked him what can I do to help and he told me it was booking. Calling DJs, booking, getting fresh acts, fresh faces. Even though I don’t have a list of DJs, I’m going to make one. I think it’s good to have one fresh face a month. There are only so many spots to fill. I don’t want ten DJs to play in a night. It’s too confusing for the sound guy, just for everyone. I think MASHVILLE has survived because of it’s relaxed production. There’s always been one guy that’s kind of leading it but everybody helps. Wick-it’s not just a DJ there. He’s the reason we got the Mercy Lounge. Kidsmeal’s brought along a lot of people. DJ Dirk who opened the past Mashville. That was probably one of the best opening nights ever. We actually had been trying to get him on MASHVILLE for 3 years.

Orig: Anyway, Brad had a lot of awesome ideas. Like I was saying; from the Sloppy Seconds nights in Atlanta. This guy Caleb. Caleb was managing DJ Klever at the time. So DJ Klever and a lot of other local DJs in Atlanta. I never went to it so I don’t really know. But from what I knew, that was a night that we were looking up to and that we were basing our Mashville idea off of. So a cool thing, Just how life happens. I mentioned Bateman moving to Atlanta. I spoke to Bateman after a month of him living in Atlanta. We had a chat and he was telling me there’s this club and he got in good with the manager. He said that there’s a possibility maybe in the future that we could get a MASHVILLE down there. Just so happens that it’s the same spot that Sloppy Seconds was doing their thing. So it’s almost coming full circle. It’s really cool!

QE: Yeah man!

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