Showing posts with label Updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Updates. Show all posts

April 7, 2021

Dark Flow Designs Etsy Shop - Visually Stunning Kaleidoscopic Art

Dark Flow Designs

I am unveiling the launch of my brand new Etsy shop, Dark Flow Designs! Over the past few years, I have enjoyed creating various abstract artwork. Two years ago, I used this artwork that I have created for my DJ Dark Flow music releases, namely my Cracking the Code and Backwords Thoughts singles and my Crystallize album cover. 

Now, I am pleased to announce that many of these unreleased abstract pieces will be available for purchase as wall art decorations to enhance any living space or creativity. Take a look at the shop by following this link, and stay tuned for newly released artwork from my visual branch of creativity, Dark Flow Designs! Stay creative and stay safe. 


November 24, 2019

Update: "AirdriftSignals Recommends...", AirdriftSignals' Official Spotify Playlist Now Featured In Every Press Package!


Now, at the top of the website and also along the right sidebar of any page, readers and artists can access "The Playlist", the Official AirdriftSignals Spotify playlist, featuring in reverse chronological order all of the hottest tracks from all the artists covered by the magazine!

All services now come with the extra benefit of having artists' biggest tracks included in this playlist in our ever-expanding platform and our commitment to giving artists a strong and dedicated online presence! For further details, please visit The Playlist or the Contact & Rates tabs of the website and stay tuned for further exciting developments!

October 29, 2019

Update: Satellite Beats: Earliest Transmissions OUT NOW!


How do I begin? Satellite Beats... Where do I go from here? DJ Dark Flow... As an aspiring songwriter and musician, a 15-16-year-old me was lucky enough to collect and get my hands on various electronic equipment, a keyboard, an acoustic and electric guitar, and a digital recorder. With these circuits and machinery, I was able to begin to fulfill my dream and passion for songwriting by creating acoustic, electronic, and industrial atmospheres full of mystery and dread, and from this era of my musical experimentation, I produced a lot of wide-ranging material under my first musical alias, Satellite Beats. After years of having the songs on my computer, I decided to curate and release this compilation album of my earliest recordings.

As I made music with my high school-created rock band Breathe (named after the Pink Floyd song of the same name), I also explored this galaxy of sound in my own bedroom, discovering new effects, recording tricks, and ways to make music, and I captured these sounds on my 16-track Fostex recorder. I never officially released these besides trading out songs to stream on my Purevolume and Myspace (yes, many years ago) band accounts. Here, before you, is the surviving data, and my best, most interesting solo material to come out from those years. Some songs are very electronic and danceable, others are heavy, industrial tracks, and a couple are dark, acoustic/electric compositions. May this give insight into my musical being, where I came from, and how far I've come in the years since with the release of my debut full-length album Crystallize in June of this year. Stream Satellite Beats: Earliest Transmissions now on any music platform, feel the raw energy and creative tension within, and keep listening to DJ Dark Flow. More new and original releases are sure to come. Peace~

September 17, 2019

Update: 3 Page Interview with Verb'z Up Magazine!


I was lucky enough to get a featured interview in the independent, Texas-owned Verb'z Up Magazine!! Here I was able to go in-depth into my background in music and what inspires me most, as well as some of the plans I have for the future as a multi-genre, multi-medium artist! You can purchase physical or digital editions of issue #10 of Verb'z Up here. Support this magazine, check out my latest paperback novels, and keep on drifting to DJ Dark Flow~ Peace. 

UPDATE 9/25/19: The Verb'z Up Magazine issue #10 is now available for FREE viewing and reading here. Just register and you can read the interview in the back of the magazine! 

July 20, 2019

Update: Backwords Thoughts Single OUT NOW


The final supporting single from my debut album Crystallize, Backwords Thoughts, a revisit of my instrumental bonus track, is out now! Featuring verses by Long Island emcees B. Dvine and Thomas Coppola (both who I have reviewed in the past and Thomas who I have just recently interviewed), Backwords Thoughts is a fully-fleshed out idea with jewels of knowledge for your ears. Listen now on Bandcamp or any other streaming platform that you choose and listen to my album Crystallize on all music streaming platforms!

July 2, 2019

Update: Interviews Incoming


As an ongoing attempt to bring my online publication to the next level, I will start publishing focused and unique interviews on the AirdriftSignals platform. When there are new music releases from independent artists, I will provide an opportunity for the artist to speak for the music themselves, and also give their insight into what goes on in their creative process. This will usually be accompanied by a full review of the artist's latest release that will follow up as the next entry of this publication.

I hope more artists will join and be a part of the AirdriftSignals community of artists, fans, and readers. Stay tuned for this new and exciting format for independent art, and keep on drifting.

April 23, 2019

Crystallize DEBUT LP by DJ Dark Flow OUT NOW!!!!


This June 1, 2019, Crystallize, my debut electronic LP, will be released into the world on all music platforms! I have had a long and exciting journey with music ever since my DJ alias was founded in 2008 for my late night radio program. Now, 11 years later, and 4 years after the release of my debut self-titled EP, comes my first full-length release!

A collection of heavy and smooth electronic tracks trade the spotlight in this kaleidoscopic release, and I hope I can convert some new fans of electronic and hip-hop music over to my current and future releases! Crystallize is a photographic snapshot of my production sensibilities now, where I've been, and the seeds of what more may come from it in the future.

My digital discography is specially discounted at this time, and pre-orders of Crystallize come with early downloads of my title track and last single, Cracking the Code. All in all, it's been a neverending journey of growth and discovery. Here's to hoping you will join me on that journey.

Bandcamp Pre-order: https://dj-darkflow.bandcamp.com/album/crystallize
Crimson Sky Paperback (+FREE OST Download Offer): https://dj-darkflow.bandcamp.com/merch/crimson-sky-paperback-edition



April 7, 2019

Milestones Part III: Writing

Ever since I was exposed to music, I really felt an appreciation for written lyric, and wanted to be a songwriter myself... As you might already have noticed, all of my milestones and creative passions funnel back to music. For that I always have to thank my dad for inspiring me and promoting it in my life. From writing written lyrics with my acoustic guitar, I began to get a feel for rhyming and poetic storytelling. It was exhilarating creating and recording my own acoustic songs on my 16-track Fostex, some of which are still around today, buried in my computer files. 

Additionally, reading fantastical stories of adventures in western wastelands (Stephen King's Dark Tower series) or bleak post apocalyptic winters (Cormac McCarthy's The Road) would leave marks forever burned into my memory. As I combined these and other intense stories with instrumental playlists I would create, I was enthralled and inspired by the power of written storytelling.

As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, I was interested in exploring a broader school of literature and chose the degree path of English with a concentration in Creative Writing. It was a rewarding experience and it helped facilitate more regular writing exercises and poems. I also created a personal blogging space where I'd promote my college radio show and at this time, I put it on myself to start writing music reviews to music that I believed needed to be heard.

After graduation and looking beyond into what was in store for me, I started searching job sites intent on finding a writing job that would be both worth my time and creative. In this search, I found a very interesting ad from a psychotherapist who was looking for a writer to adapt his book into a screenplay. His name was David P. Johnson, and he had a book which was based on one of his patients. His book's called Nine Little Ronnies, and it was a true story account of dissociative identity disorder in his patient, and the repressed memories of his abusive childhood which came flooding back to him in his first year of therapy. For me, it was a heartfelt, tragic, yet fascinating story that needed to be told! There wasn't any payment offered, just the experience of working on a creative retelling of Dave's factual account of the therapy sessions, and the copyright license to share Dave and Rick (not Ron's) story.

As a young kid, I was always drawn to psychological thrillers and stories that focused on mental disorders, and I took it a step further as I researched and took notes on several movies based on this exact subject of multiple identities, including the historic film Sybil. I was intent on keeping Rick's story as close to the facts and reported sessions as possible. Although it had taken me some long stretches of breaks, I was proud to complete my 130 page treatment of Dave's book in 2014, and I was ready to start seeing ways to shop it around to writing festivals and cold email literary agents. At the same time, I had successfully compiled my first collection of poetry into my first collection: Poems of My Past, and subsequently published it on Amazon Kindle and paperback.

I felt hugely accomplished as a writer, having fully realized two large writing projects, and ready to present them to the world. In the years following, I took a break from my writing, and started to focus on my own original electronic music production, as my radio show was coming to a close in early 2015. The overnight time slot no longer worked for my schedule, and I was intent on keeping music in my life. These years, in 2015 and beyond, I started releasing my first music (debut self-titled EP and singles) as DJ Dark Flow, and left my writing on the back burner.

In 2018, after the release of my single "Cracking The Code", I was ready for my writing to get reignited. In April, I realized that I had let my music journalism fall to the wayside (with exception to a couple of good friend's hip-hop albums), and as a result, I had let plenty of amazing albums get released without having the opportunity to write a solid review of them. I vowed to not let my writing sit on the sidelines again as I developed further musically, and last April, I released my first review in over a year, for Jack White's funky, experimental rock album Boarding House Reach!

During this late spring and summertime of 2018, I also unearthed a work of written fiction I had written while in college, inspired by heavy, dark electronic and industrial music. I was just under 50 pages into my horror story, and I had left it unfinished, but over 90% outlined since nearly 7 years prior. I pledged, as I worked on my full length debut electronic album, and while regularly writing music reviews, that I would also commit to finishing my first original literature, Crimson Sky.

Crimson Sky was originally inspired by the industrial, dark, orchestral music of Nine Inch Nails's album The Fragile, a huge musical influence for me and an incredibly visual album for the amount of different sounds that flows through it. It was an album that inspired story ideas in my head, and these story ideas became what's now known as Crimson Sky. Because of this early inspiration and listening to my own instrumental playlists while reading books, I always desired to create a written work, but also to compose an original soundtrack to accompany this written work. I saw this as the ultimate combination of both of my passions for music and for storytelling. After my writing was finished (I was feverishly aiming to hit my personal deadline of release before Halloween and my 30th birthday, October 29), the music came almost magically. It flowed right through me and into my production program, Logic Pro, and before I knew it, I was a creator of a project and a story that I had been dreaming up since my days in high school!

Crimson Sky, the book and original soundtrack, was released on October 20, 2018, on Amazon and all music platforms, in Kindle and paperback editions. I had a great amount of support for this release and I still intend on sustaining its momentum into its 1 year anniversary. This April of 2019 is my 1 year since pledging to write more regular music reviews, and become a valuable press asset to any independent artist who needs promoting. Since a year ago, I have written 17 unique album reviews and several personal update posts. I have been continually impressed by my turnaround time for new albums which come out and catch me by surprise, and I have opened up the door for "retrospective" reviews, as well as "masterpiece" albums (as I would rate them) that have been released during my lifetime.

Ultimately, I am not going to let writing fall away from me again. Once my debut full length album, Crystallize, is released in May, I will be putting together my third publication, my second poetry collection in my ongoing poetry series, Poetry in Motion: Oceans Overflowin', for a hopeful release this coming October, and I'll continue developing my next couple of novels in the genres of a science fiction thriller, and an epic psychological fantasy. There are a lot of stories I have to tell and poems I have to share before my time is up. I hope to have the chance to share this with you. 


March 19, 2019

DJ Dark Flow's Masterpiece Crate: Introduction (Titles Subject to Change)


Every so often, an artist or a group releases an album that fans often consider one of their best pieces or work, or even a masterpiece. In my lifetime, I would argue that a great number of music albums have achieved this high class distinction. Of course, every pick is a highly subjective and personal matter, yet I would go as far as to say that many fans of the artists I listen to would mostly, if not whole-heartedly agree with me that there are music albums out there which reach this class without question. Thus begins my introduction to DJ Dark Flow's Masterpiece Crate.

I have been affected musically by a wide variety of music genres in my life. I wanted to pay tribute to albums which have released in my lifetime by creating a new series of articles focusing on this highly personal collection that I hold up high. As a general rule, I didn't want to get into any of the undisputed classic albums that have released before my time, so anything older than my 30 year history (pre-1988) will be omitted from this series.

Additionally, I will not attempt to put a number rating at the bottom of each article. It is obvious that I already think very highly of the music I will be covering, and they will be covered in chronological order sorted by release date and year. For this new and exciting series, I came up with a list of 49 essential albums that have released from 1991 all the way up to 2017.

There are plenty of other albums that didn't make the list that I know other listeners may ask why they're not on here, but that explanation simply comes down to the fact of what I was exposed to growing up and what affected me personally. So over the next year or so, I will start releasing breakdowns and examinations of these 49 "masterpiece" albums starting with the first album on the list, Nirvana's worldwide commercial breakthrough, Nevermind.

Stay tuned for this new and exciting series, and feel free to drop comments as these articles come out. Discussion about music is a communal experience, and the understanding achieved from the music of these great artists is the greatest gift they could have hoped to give to us and the world. Peace.

January 27, 2019

Milestones Part II: DJ Dark Flow


After I put my radio show on an indefinite hiatus in 2015, I was fully committed to developing myself musically, having now more free time to focus my energies on original music production instead of planning for 4 hours of radio programming every week. As I explained in my first chapter of Milestones, music was ingrained in me from a very early age, since being exposed to various rock n roll by my father, and I quickly forged my own path in musical discovery. I always had the desire to be a musician, and was influenced by groups in high school such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Mars Volta (all of which reinforced my interest in musical experimentation and drawing outside the lines of "mainstream music"), and Nine Inch Nails (a group known for being a one-man act who had an enormous influence on my motivation to make music all on my own) among others. When moving to Connecticut with my family, I quickly tried to make friends and form a band. I was able to form a 3 piece rock group, which eventually became a 4 piece with the addition of a keyboardist, and we donned the name Breathe, named after the Pink Floyd track off Dark Side of The Moon.

During this same period, I was gifted a Fostex 16-track recorder by my father after probably nagging him and asking him enough about it. I will always be grateful for my father for encouraging me to keep up with the music, taking me to trumpet lessons, making sure I was practicing with my guitar, and enrolling me in guitar classes and jazz band in school. He was later supportive of me getting into college radio, after I found out that there was no formal schooling on studio recording engineering (as it turns out, I ended up becoming a self-taught music producer on my own).

With Breathe, I was able to take my music practice and skills to the next level, getting my first taste of making my own recordings, both with the band and as a solo artist in my bedroom studio (monitors, mic stands, keyboards, electronic effects boards, and electric and acoustic guitars were all neatly set up there). From this time period between 2004 and 2007, I created a small body of recordings with the band, as well as a number of solo tracks, which sounded heavily electronic, experimental, and industrial in nature. I had to pick a name to differentiate my recordings from my group, and so I settled on the moniker Satellite Beats, giving a nod to my love for space rock and electronic music. These recordings I've made still do impress me, and they have been released here and there in the ether of the internet. They were my first forays into electronic music making using multitrack hardware. 

After my group had disbanded when some of us left for college and others still had yet to graduate high school, I took a break from music production and put all of my creative time into building my brand as a radio host and electronic DJ. I occasionally put in some time creating some minor remixes (when I would come across song stems and acapellas), but mostly, I was interested in creating exciting radio mixes and featuring musical guests. In the beginning of 2011, my graduation year, I started creating dubstep mixes and electronic mashups under my DJ name. These are some of my first releases. I was aware that my time with UConn's radio station was coming to a close, but I wanted to keep being creative and stay relevant, so I called and asked around and booked a few live DJ shows. I was inspired by a couple of my DJ friends, DJ Daysix and DJ Slav, who I met and spent some time with, and I wanted to get into the scene of live DJing at popular hangouts in CT.

After a number of live shows at some popular places and people's houses and my continued releasing of mashups and DJ mixes, I started to become uninterested with mixing for a live audience, since I had no original music to work into a live set. I felt like this made my persona almost a bit hollow and still not fully formed. Sure, I could mix electronic tunes together and string together a flow of fun, danceable beats, but I didn't have anything I could truly call my own. I decided to stop my ventures of playing out, and around this time, I was actually granted an extension on my radio program through WPKN in Bridgeport, CT, which I started volunteering at in September of 2011.

As a musical persona, I felt like I needed some visual branding as well. I had a clear vision of what I wanted for DJ Dark Flow, but I didn't necessarily have the expertise to pull off the images that were in my mind's eye. I enlisted a couple people along the way to help me realize my logos and designs. One of them was a buddy of mine from San Diego, Dan Morris. At the time, he was a vocalist in a black metal band called Gravespell, which I thought had a very cool and heavy vibe. My interest in electronic music and dubstep in particular had elements of dark sonic landscapes and gritty, hardcore production, and sometimes some songs in the genre even sounded like the chaotic grinding and riffage of heavy metal music. This was something about the genre that interested me greatly, as I was always a fan of the heavy, hard hitting sounds of metal or industrial music growing up, listening to bands like System of A Down, Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, or Nine Inch Nails. This sound was very much an influence on me musically as well as visually, so I felt confident in my collaboration with Dan to create my very first logo.
The end result was a great accomplishment for us, and I felt like it was something wholly unique and made a statement. I didn't care that it might appear difficult to read for the uninitiated, but instead, wanted to put it out there for all to see. It was all the elements that I felt like defined my alias: ideas and music flowing smoothly like a river, organic and ancient looking medallions rising out from the depths, and ultimately chained together by heavy metal links. It was my first real visual branding for myself, and I quickly ordered limited prints of posters and shirts, which I promoted at some live events and while on my radio show. Beyond my main river logo and various other designs, my visual branding took a backseat to single and cover artwork as my original music began to take form.

Leaving WPKN left me with all the time I needed to re-focus. I just had to figure out how to use a digital audio workstation, or DAW. Growing up, and while in high school, I was persistent with my Fostex 18 track, and my parents had enrolled me into a summer camp for learning Pro Tools. It was an interesting, yet highly complex computer software, but with trial and error, I was able to compose my very first electronic song using this program, for my alias Satellite Beats, called Anything and Everything. It was a basic heavily effected guitar track, with a repetitive house beat. I was amazed with my creation. Following this summertime retreat, I attained a copy of the software for my first macbook, but sessions using the program proved highly frustrating. Getting myself started took the longest time, and sometimes, the sound would just mute or create a horrible feedback loop, and I felt completely at a loss for solving these problems within the program. Ultimately, I had to walk away from using Pro Tools, since it created more headaches than music. 

This exploration of music software programs continued, but was left on the back burner while I ran my radio show. In the late summer or early fall of 2014, several months before my final broadcast, I linked up with a buddy of mine who I had on the show several times, and worked his music into my setlists. His stage name was Ancient Origin, who made music in the genres of 8-bit, electronic, IDM, jungle, and breakcore tunes. As we worked together, or rather, on our own tracks at his house, something in my head clicked while I was working with a new DAW, Apple's Logic Pro. This epiphany I had jumpstarted production on my first original release as DJ Dark Flow, my debut self-titled EP, in the summer of 2015.

My first release was an exploration of several different genres: electronic, dubstep, jungle/IDM, dark trap, and hip-hop. The goal was to filter all of my musical influences into my music, but not pigeonhole my producer persona into any one style. This release saw the help of a couple of my good friends and collaborators with my radio show, Ancient Origin, once again, and B. Dvine, who laid down an awesome verse on my final bonus track. I chose these two for being inspirations to me, witnessing their musical production and talent during Adrift In The Airwaves. They paid me back with amazing support and collaborations. The artwork itself was a gift from a co-worker of mine when he was up listening to my late night show, and was inspired to give me a cool graphic of my name over an up-close shot he took of tree bark. I knew upon my first glance that it was going to be the cover art of my first EP.

Giovanni Piris worked with me again on my follow up single artwork, delivering a high quality scan of a gigantic Buddha statue being taken down by soldiers, for my two track release, SO)L, in October of that year. After several more small releases over the next few years, releases which saw me experimenting with even more genres, such as jazz, drum n' bass, and witch house, I was feeling ready with my musical development to start forming a full length album.

Going through all of my previously incomplete musical projects in Logic, I was able to see some of my forgotten ideas in a new light. One of the many great benefits of creating music in a computer program is always being able to build on ideas which you have left on the cutting room floor from previous sessions. Some of these snippets of music started to create new inspiration, when before they didn't seem to go anywhere. One of my arhythmic drum beats that I had created eventually formed into the first single which will also appear on my debut album, Cracking the Code. It became a pretty neat dubstep track, and I was surprised with how it formed out of a previously abandoned beat. The spring of 2018 was also the year I was able to get all of my music onto streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. I was ready for a full, worldwide musical presence, since my sound had evolved and grown, and I wanted to be available to listen to, anywhere and anytime.

I promoted my new single with the promise and expectation that my EP, titled Crystallize, was going to be released by the summertime. That never happened though. I felt stuck on several of the songs, and ended up taking a break. In the meantime, my interests shifted during the summer period to an unfinished work from years ago, a horror story I was writing, called Crimson Sky. I had several book ideas, and I wanted to release one as a special "multi-genre" work, which incorporated music. As a shift to take my music production skills in a different creative direction, I decided to put all of my attention into completing Crimson Sky.

I set myself a personal deadline to release in it time for Halloween, and I had the most of the story outlined, I just had to finish writing it and compose an entire full length score which would match the mood of each chapter and scene in the story. It was a challenging, but very gratifying project, seeing my writing and music come together under one title. I ended up releasing my work in paperback and digital formats on Amazon, and my original soundtrack on all music platforms, simultaneously on October 20th. I had a piece written about it in the local newspaper, and I had a moderate amount of book sales since then. I still haven't had the chance to take my book out to live readings with a compact speaker to play alongside, but that's something I have been meaning to do to continue to promote its release. This was another aspect of my musical capabilities that I wanted the world to see: to show that DJ Dark Flow is not just one genre, or even medium. It was my tribute to horror movies and film soundtracks, and I hope to one day be hired as DJ Dark Flow to compose a full length score for a television show or film.

All of this growth brings me to where I am today: on the eve of my latest release, Crystallize, upgraded from EP to full length debut electronic album. Since the end of the year, I have felt tremendous creativity with several songs where I was previously stuck, with some of them becoming complete within just a couple of weeks. I am still constantly surprised by how fast and agile I have gotten with using Logic Pro, and I believe that I will only become more skilled, as it is with anything. I would highly recommend the program to any aspiring artists, as it has brought me much joy and music that I am proud to present to listeners today. My album Crystallize, I plan on releasing by March, if not April or May at the latest. I have just a couple more songs, out of the 8 that will be on it, to finish forming and putting the finishing touches on, but ultimately, I will be very satisfied with the final product, and achieving this great milestone in my professional and musical career.




December 13, 2018

Milestones Part I: Radio


From a young age, I was always influenced by music, being stimulated by my father’s ever-growing collection, and eventually forming my own interests which sometimes deviated from what my parents found acceptable. Nevertheless, I remember the nostalgia from days of sporting a cd mix or album in my jog-proof Walkman on the way to school. Music still had that feature of physicality and gentle handling that made the experience all the more rewarding, and I doubt today’s generation will ever feel that simple pleasure of having a few CDs or CD wallet where your precious few choices mattered and made the soundtrack of your day. The only way future kids and young adults could discover the pleasure of handling music would be to discover vinyl records or invest in their own stereo cabinets, but I divulge. The point I am trying to make is that music has been ingrained in my being since I was very young, and if not for a chance presentation during one of my first general elective courses at the University of Connecticut, I may have never become a longtime radio host and DJ in February of 2008.

You would think that I would have actively sought out a time slot all on my own, after everything I have said so far, but I was never an active radio listener myself. I never took to the music that was played on all the major channels, and optioned for my own path of discovery instead, so I was very much in the dark about college radio programming. When I learned that UConn’s radio station, WHUS 91.7FM, was focused on providing a vast open variety of genres and social topics to the local campus and surrounding towns, I was sold. I had developed such a long list, or library, of artists in different fields, that I was over the moon to have the opportunity to share my musical tastes over the airwaves.

After promptly signing up and training, I was offered my first time slot, from 3am to 5am Wednesday mornings. Now was the tricky part: I had to come up with a name for my show, and an alias for myself, which would feel right, and stay with me for a long time. It wasn’t my intention of having multiple artist names or not seem solid with one identity. It was during these late nights when I came up with the name “Adrift in the Airwaves with DJ Dark Flow”. The name of the show came from my fascination with the word “airwaves”, and thinking about how the radio waves are broadcasted to people’s car systems, radios, and now computers. I wanted to make a play on the word, and I brought it together with my interest in outer space, as well as the double allusion to riding the waves as if on water. The goal, in my mind, was to create a program which sounded fluid, and even though I had multiple genres I wanted to play with, have them transition in such a way that the listener might not notice, or so that the switch in material made sense with the flow of energy from song to song. I wanted my listeners to feel as if they were drifting through a movement of different sonic landscapes. As for my name, I applied the same notion, as a curator of multiple styles of music, but with a dark twist, and a dichotomy of aggression versus soft beauty, and also based on the dark flow theory of our universe at the time.

From then on, DJ Dark Flow became a part of me. In a way though, it was always a part of me. Both words apply deeply to own personality. I grew up reading as many Goosebumps books I could get my hands on. I loved space movies and horror films, and often a combination of the two. I played horror video games and eventually started getting into heavy metal music. I was obsessed with the existential crisis and fascinated by the exploration or discovery of what’s unknown, and that formed the basis of my curiosity and imagination. I was always drawn to the darkness and I don’t know why. I guess some of it could be attributed toward adolescent rebellion, but I also believe that consuming or creating some of this work is good for mental well-being; sometimes art is therapy, and works as the vessel to channel stress or aggression, or even exorcise personal demons.

The Flow part of my name reflects my general easy-going nature, with my philosophy of taking life as it comes, trying to be flexible with life’s many obstacles, and being mindful and gracious with its gifts. Now I haven’t had an extraordinarily hard life by any measure of the imagination, and for that I am grateful for, but I do believe, or hope, that my essence of being would be more or less the same in a different set of circumstances. Now that I have picked apart my name, the mission of my show becomes all the more clear: to share music that is either ignored or missed by mainstream stations, and to nurture a community of like minded fans and artists, and that’s exactly what I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to do over the following 8 years.

I made many friends through the show, and some of them I probably would have never met if they hadn’t heard the program through their radios. My first chance encounter and music buddy I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and making friends with was done exactly this way, when one day, during my second time slot I got, from 1pm to 3pm, I was announcing over a mic break that I would be willing to play anyone’s original electronic music or DJ mixes if they wanted to have the promotion through the air. I wanted to create a platform for those who didn’t have access to the station. It wasn’t even 10 or 15 minutes later when a tall, cool looking dude walked into the studio. He had a mix CD in his hand and he introduced himself as Will Haynes aka BEATGOSZIP aka DJ Daysix. He said he was delivering pizza in his truck and he had it tuned to 91.7 when he heard my mic break, and luckily, he had a CD of some of his mixes on there. It created a feeling of immediacy and connection that was just awesome and couldn’t be replicated any other way, and moments like these happened many more times over the years.

After graduating, I had no choice but to leave WHUS in 2011, because my commute would have been far too long to continue the show. Still, I was determined to take my program to another community radio station. After a few months of research, I discovered WPKN 89.5FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I signed up to start volunteering, and quickly got in and continued Adrift in February of 2012. The next three years contained the most growth for my program in musical diversity and community.

During this period and revival of my program, I've had the pleasure of meeting many talented independent artists, many of whom became good friends. Some of them were brought in by mutual friends we shared, and others had interesting chance encounters as well. I remember one show, where during a mic break, I believe I had one of my semi-regular guests in the studio, E-ryDa, and we had a call in, something that I welcomed during my program, but had little success since my time slot was during the wee hours of the morning between 2am and 6am on Wednesdays. What followed was an exchange with an artist who was requesting himself, and after the brief awkward exchange over the air, we became acquainted with each other, and Long Island emcee and producer B. Dvine became one of my most regular guests during this time, calling in during nearly every show thereafter, and I returned the love with features of his tracks sprinkled in with my eclectic mixture of hip-hop and electronic music. He even took it a step further and produced an exclusive freestyle series for Adrift In The Airwaves.

The radio love didn't just come from the Connecticut or tri-state region. The benefits of the internet brought WPKN to anywhere in the world. Artist friends from different states or even countries, such as Jimmy ELE from Florida, or XL, formerly called Sticky Bud, from across the pond in the UK, were some of the artists who's ideas I felt were aligned with my own and the message of the show, and their music started to fit into the regular rotation. There have been regular listeners in Hawaii, Alaska, as well as Michigan, Vermont, and the Carolinas, to name a few. Some artists who became regular guests on the show were DJs who played a lot around the New York or Connecticut area, such as DJ C-Kaos or DJ Daysix. Others I have had the pleasure of featuring on my show in slightly less frequency, but with the same great result of an awesome communal radio experience, such as Ancient Origin, DJ Slav, Eddie G (from WPKN's own Lounge Sounds!!), DJ Deafstar, or Cykada. Some of the hip-hop artists I've had on the show were already prolific in their craft, such as Jahan Nostra, B. Dvine, or E-ryDa, and had released their own full length albums or mixtapes during my tenure at WPKN, and I have had the pleasure of rotating, debuting brand new tracks at the time, and even writing and publishing reviews of their musical works. Ultimately, there are simply too many guests to name during the WPKN years. I have enjoyed working with them all.

Another feature that became a part of my show was the introduction of pre-recorded social, or "truth", commentaries during the last hour or so of my colossal 4 hours that I had to fill. Through my time on social networks, I became acquainted with a person very dedicated to the task of recording shows on various topics of interest. Jason Bailor, then became an important addition to some of my shows, as I would very much like to put on the final hour, a pre-recorded show of his, which always was presented with very well-informed and researched data, and the show-within-a-show became a part of Adrift In The Airwaves. Jason also ventured into electronic music production and DJing as well, and I started to promote him in this new venture of his. Another couple of "truthers" I had contact with and was able to play some of their pre-recorded interviews.

This journey doesn't just disappear. It is recorded history, the memories and the community that became a part of it, and altogether, there are 182 recorded shows which document some of my first recordings when I decided to archive them in October of 2009, up until April of 2015, when I had my last show for WPKN. I went from just naming them with the date, to eventually writing in parenthesis anything significant or standout about any particular show. If any guest or artist took part in any show during WPKN (2012-2015), there will be a mention of it in the title of the show. All of these shows have been graciously hosted by Internet Archive, and can be downloaded in whole or in part, if there's a favorite show of yours.

This isn't the end of Adrift In The Airwaves, either. Somehow, someway, it will be back, either in a podcast format or traditional FM/internet stream, but when that day comes, I will be happy to continue to build our community of prolific and talented artists who were so willing to take their time to be a part of the magic. And so ends the first chapter of my personal milestone and creative leap. When I left the radio, I had a lot more time to develop musically, which is why part II will focus on my creative steps I took as DJ Dark Flow solo...
From Left: C-Kaos, Zack from Off The Dome, DJ Daysix, B. Dvine, E-ryDa, Jahan Nostra, Cella, and myself
From left: DJ C-Kaos, Zack from Off The Dome, DJ Daysix, B. Dvine, E-ryDa, Jahan Nostra, Cella, and myself during my final show. 




October 20, 2018

Update: Crimson Sky Kindle, Paperback, and Original Soundtrack OUT NOW!


My debut in literature is out now, a horror novella called Crimson Sky! It's a short story that became expanded into a novella, which is the length between a short story and a full-length novel. To coincide with my Kindle and paperback's release is the Crimson Sky Original Soundtrack produced under my musical alias, DJ Dark Flow. As a companion piece, it can be played simultaneously while reading or on its own, as each track contains a specific mood that's intended for different sections of the story. Right now, you can view all of my available paperback and kindle books exclusively on Amazon, here, and the Crimson Sky OST can be streamed or downloaded on any music platform you choose! Enjoy a scary story this Halloween season, and enjoy the music. Keep on drifting~


May 14, 2014

Lots of Changes and Content - Blog Updates!!!


What's up drifters!!? There have been so many changes to DJ Dark Flow and "Adrift In The Airwaves" since my last post on Airdrift Signals a year and a half ago. (:

Since slowing down posting music reviews after securing a full time job in 2012 (all my music reviews for Surviving The Golden Age can be viewed here), I have made myself a weekly 4 hour time slot on WPKN 89.5FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Every week, I feature independent and local artists, either through their music, or as live in-studio guests or callers, mixing experimental electronic music, dance music, hip-hop, and psychedelic rock infused with abstract reggae and world styles. 

My guests have multiplied and my phone callers have consistently joined in these late-night ventures through music and commentary. There is a great community group page on facebook where artists and fans can network and share music for submittal to be played or featured on the show!!

Keep your eyes peeled on the WPKN archives for recorded through the weeks (My show is always the first link under Wednesdays, or personally message me to get any recorded show if I featured you or your art in some way. (:

In addition to all of this, I have begun collaborating more with graphic designers, musical artists themselves, over the visual conceptions I have had for DJ Dark Flow and the show. The end results have started to print on my first pressings of posters, stickers and t-shirts!!! You can visit the DJ Dark Flow / Radio store to support my artistic endeavors in music and art as I move forward with my vision. 

As if that wasn't enough, I finally built a custom website for DJ Dark Flow!!! Visit my personal website for everything DJ Dark Flow and "Adrift In The Airwaves"!! Everything is connected through this center point here and branches off from there.... Listen to any one of my many electronic mixes on the home page or read in my about section my influences or extensive biography that chronicles my history of becoming DJ Dark Flow (; Contact me directly through there or visit the online store, or this blog, or the facebook pages!! 

Finally, I have released recorded shows from the past 5 years of the show in its 6 year span in a special internet torrent!!! You can download the torrent containing all of the 146 recorded shows through Mid-March of 2014, plus extras featuring interview clips, guest mixes, and my long missed original radio intro collages through my first few years of the show!! 

Please take your time to check out all of my artistic content, and consider supporting my musical movement of bringing local and independent people and their fans together for a truly remarkable radio experience!! You can either support my Podfund campaign or by purchasing a piece of merchandise that I have worked hard to create (: 

Peace for now, stay in the flow, and until the next blog post (because I am going to start posting more), keep on drifting~



January 2, 2012

Music reviews, and writing for Surviving The Golden Age!

It's been a few months since my last review was posted for Avey Tare's melancholy, rhythm induced, watery solo debut, Down There. Since then, I have been active in my efforts to keep the music alive in the absence of my radio show, Adrift In The Airwaves. I have been producing dubstep mixes and mashups and have been trying to DJ in areas around CT where the underground electronic scene has been blossoming.
Very recently, I have been hired for a writing internship to write music reviews for Surviving The Golden Age, an eclectic music blog that specializes in DJ mixes, mashups, as well as hip-hop and electronic music. I decided that I will be posting my reviews for Surviving The Golden Age on Airdrift||Signals as well, and will be including a link to the original post. My first review covers The Nomad's sixth LP Perilous Times, a fantastic tribute to reggae, hip-hop, and dub music. The review goes live on Friday, so stay tuned, and keep on drifting.
DJ Dark Flow~

April 12, 2011

Thank you, radio listeners (+5,000 podcast downloads!!), and goodbyes.


First off I would like to say that my time here at UConn has been some of the best years of my life. Getting into radio programming here at WHUS happened almost by chance, as members from the station came to my Culture Of The College Media class to give a presentation on UConn’s radio station... I was hooked from my very first semester, and have been at the controls for Adrift In The Airwaves for over three years now.

Early on, Adrift started out as a very different show than it is now. I started off playing lots of psychedelic music, such as Pink Floyd and Animal Collective, and branched out into other genres of alternative rock and post-rock, such as Portugal. The Man or Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Since that time, my show has inevitably evolved and transformed as my musical interests shifted as well.

The springtime of 2009 was the first time that I was legitimately exposed to quality hip-hop music, as I started to get into the likes of MF DOOM, Common, Madlib, and Mos Def, and felt the need to start incorporating this into my show as well. I was also becoming more interested in electronic music, specifically that of Derek Vincent Smith, as his productions that he creates under the moniker of Pretty Lights baited me with their incredibly catchy hooks. I felt like my show was taking a turn to a more lively and energizing listening experience.

During the summer of 2010, I moved in to live with a few friends, including fellow DJ Daysix (producer name BEATGOSZIP), and that summer proved to change the nature of my radio show almost completely. Dubstep was the new music genre that I was exploring. After coming across this new form of music many times, it was this period that I lived the true life of a bass head. Going to DJ shows in West Hartford and throwing raves at our apartment only proved to me how fast this genre was catching on. I became hopelessly addicted to the earth-shattering bass.

Adrift In The Airwaves, as it is right now, incorporates all of these different forms of music, blending psychedelia with hip-hop beats, and electronica with dubstep. I am happy to announce that my radio podcast (which I started just over a year ago) has surpassed a whopping 5,000 downloads online! As of right now there are a total of 5,349 podcast downloads from all of you listeners! I could have never expected such a positive response to my show, which I have always put a lot of love into every week. I can only continue to work just as hard to deliver you loyal listeners the best music that I can.

Sadly, I will be retiring Adrift In The Airwaves from UConn’s “Radio for The People” in just a few weeks and Monday May 2nd will most likely be my last show. It is a bittersweet end to the very strong run that I have had as a radio DJ on WHUS, but I will always keep Adrift In The Airwaves alive and will keep the show up and running as often as I can.

Stay a fan of the facebook page, for future updates, and even go back through the podcast to listen to some of your favorite past shows. I really enjoyed my time on WHUS and I hope you did too.

DJ Dark Flow~

September 12, 2010

Mount Kimbie - Crooks and Lovers Review


To make my blog more exciting, I decided that I am now going to start doing album reviews of music that I have enjoyed enough to feature in my radio show Adrift In The Airwaves.

For my first album review, I decided to take a look at Mount Kimbie's debut full-length, Crooks & Lovers.

Released on July 19th of this year, Mount Kimbie's album, Crooks & Lovers is the first full-length from the electronic duo. Most of their music takes on an experimental, minimalistic vibe, that verges into the realms of dubstep and ambient music. Personally, I haven’t known of Mount Kimbie for long, but after developing a huge crush on their song “Maybes” remixed by one of their fellow contemporaries James Blake (who is also highly recommended), I had to check out their first album to hear more of what these guys were up to.

Crooks and Lovers is something best to be played through your headphones, as the atmospheric synth and guitar textures make a rewarding contrast with the wobble of the bass that can be found in most of their songs. From the very start, the album picks up with “Tunnelvision,” a short prelude echoing with vocals that sound like a distant memory. There is no time wasted on this LP, when songs like “Would Know” and “Before I Move Off” follow close by. Mount Kimbie’s reserved blend of ambient, minimal, and dubstep elements, when mixed with cut up samples and phrases of soulful vocals, makes for a very enjoyable listen. Nearly every song starts off as a simple beat, slowly building with added melodic textures. “Carbonated” is a great example of this, as a simple, empty beat slowly reverberates over time and fills your ears with sound. The peak and release of songs like “Carbonated” and “Field” are perfectly timed. Most songs are about three to four minutes long, clocking their debut album at just under forty minutes, making Crooks and Lovers a very soft but compelling musical journey. Every track is finely crafted, made for listening while relaxing, with the bass turned up. The best way to describe this group and their debut release would have to be minimalist, ambient, dubstep. As for the dubstep element, there is nothing abrasive about the sounds in this album. Every note hits your ears softly, but the overall effect is a beautiful mix of atmospheric textures, powerful beats, and moving vocals. Check out Crooks and Lovers, and try not to fall in love.

Rating: 8.3/10

Recommended Tracks: Tunnelvision, Would Know, Carbonated


April 25, 2010

Minor podcast errors, an open letter

Dark Flow here,
Since getting lucky and finding a podcast hosting site for free, there was always a chance that there would be minor issues. The site occasionally has a glitch and doesn't allow me to post my shows for a bit of time (sometimes more than a week).
THIS however will not stop me from posting my shows for those of you that like hearing what my show has to offer. My main communication and area that I update is my Facebook page, where I will be posting tomorrow's show (4/26), likely on mediafire or megaupload. Until then, I may consider moving my show between podcast hosting sites, or consider finding a good site that I can subscribe for the show.
I hope you enjoy Adrift In The Airwaves tomorrow 8AM Eastern Time till 10AM. There are lots of new tunes (and some awesome older ones) that are ready to speak to you. Tune in on the drive to work at WHUS 91.7FM, or if you're by your computer listen live online at Whus.org!! You won't be disappointed.
DF~

February 11, 2010

New Time Slot, New Music, NEW PODCAST!

I found out this past Monday night that my new radio time slot for the Spring schedule is going to be Monday mornings from 8-10AM, Eastern Time, and I'm starting back up in just a few days! I am happy with the turnout, knowing that many people will be hearing my show on the road and that it would be a good slot for many listeners. However, I realized that some of my loyal fans might be unable to tune in at this early hour to keep up with my show. So I thought to myself, 'How can I still deliver my broadcast to my fans without losing anybody?'. This is the official unveiling of DJ Dark Flow's "Adrift In The Airwaves" radio podcast! You can find my show easy, just go to http://adriftintheairwaves.mypodcast.com/and there you have it! Any new shows will be posted on my new podcast right after my show! In the meantime, I gave my podcast page a little life by posting FIVE solid radio mixes from October through December 2009. If you are new to my show and don't know what to expect, be sure to check out one of my broadcasts posted on my podcast! http://adriftintheairwaves.mypodcast.com/ This is DJ Dark Flow, signing out for tonight.

January 16, 2010

Last show for Monday, 1-3PM

This coming Monday, January 18th, will be my last appearance for this time slot. After that, it will most likely be 2-3 weeks before I'll be on the air again. Be sure to tune in at 91.7FM or you can always listen online at Whus.org!

DF~

December 7, 2009

Last Show of the Semester!

This coming Monday, December 14th will be the date of my last show of the academic semester. I will be coming back in the spring, but this will be the last one of the year.
Tune in from 1-3PM Eastern time to 91.7FM, or Whus.org to listen online!
"Adrift In The Airwaves" is a freeform radio show prepared by your host, DJ Dark Flow, to deliver an eclectic taste of music of all different types and genres of music.
Close your eyes. Let the tides take wind, as you sail where the waves crash, where the bass blasts, where the notes and the beats make a splash in your mind, and ripples trickle down in beads of sublime. Sit back and relax while you're taken sky high.
DF~