I ran the London Marathon in April and raised money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of my friend, Lee, so it made total sense to dedicate my next show to something that had been my life for the last six months.
During training I monitored my heart rate and replicated this through the BPM of some of the tunes in the mix. The tempos are quite varied and I did this to symbolise the changes in heart rate from resting to training.
I came across an article which explained the effects of the heart rate when experiencing different tempos, this article suggests that when changing the tempo from really fast to really slow, it has a similar effect on the body as if you were meditating. The article can be found here , I try and replicate this in the mix by playing #05 by d’Eon (one of my favourite tunes) followed by a ‘Heart Opening’ Chakra vibration used for meditation. I also copied some of the text from the article in a ‘text to speech’ generator and include it in the mix.
When training, I listened to a lot of footwork/juke and jungle, so it was great to include this in the mix as it’s music that I listen to a lot, but haven’t included it in my Radar shows yet.
Another aim for this show was to change the tempo quite a lot, again to replicate the changes in heart rate. This was done quite often by switching from 33RPM to 45RPM on the turntable and by playing tunes that were a bit all over the place.
I included songs that meant a lot to me, Stray – Triangles, Knwledge – Sewintoyew both sit very close to my heart. I also ended on Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground as it reminds me of Lee.
This show meant the most to me as a lot of it came from my heart, and dedicating a mix to my efforts in the marathon is obviously something quite personal.