Text by Aoloa Patao
You know when you wake up in the morning still drunk and exclaim, “Last night at the Addiction was so crazy!”? Well yeah, you can blame it a little on the alcohol, but let’s just say resident DJs Compose and Anit have a great deal to do with that. And now, with the support of that very nightclub, they’ve just released their debut, collabo mix entitled, “Work!,” so you can get turnt up wherever you go.
In today’s age of social media and instantaneous online-sharing abilities, mixes that are uploaded on the Internet tend to be live DJ sets that are recorded at one click of a button. It’s not too often that you’ll find DJs who go into the studio and carefully record track by track.
“It’s a little different because it’s a hard copy, which nowadays is not so common anymore, so we wanted to approach it a little differently,” says Compose. “Usually, to what people may or may not know, normally we just press record, which is cool too—it’s a different feel, it’s more organic that way. But this way was well-thought out, and everything was meticulously picked at.”
Throughout the interview, Compose and Anit would sometimes finish each other’s sentences, leading one to believe that DJing together would be no different. Together they would go into their sound engineer’s studio, DJ Mike D., and figure out what song would work in the right position.
“We actually [individually] created a list first and then we joined it together on my lap top and then went on from there,” says Anit. “That’s how we came with a common sound, but we actually had a lot of the same stuff we wanted.” Compose chimed in, “What was crazy was that [the mix] wasn’t done separately, we had input on each…” “Yeah, every transition we worked together,” Anit said, finishing Compose’s sentence.
This most likely has to do with the fact that they’ve been working together for the past two or three years—they’ve acquired an ear for each other’s likes and dislikes in music. They are very enthusiastic and supportive of each other’s disc-jockeying prowess and have a mutual understanding of what does and doesn’t Work! (pun intended).
“What’s really cool, I’m just speaking for myself, I’m lucky to have a DJ that I work with that I can still learn from,” praises Compose. “I always learn from everyone I work with, but especially her—I think we push each other and not in a malicious way.” “Which is rare because usually your partner will just be like, ‘Hey, what’s up,’ but we check up on each other—it’s a good relationship, he’s like my brother,” adds Anit.
But the process of creating “Work!” couldn’t be all smiles and positive attitudes, right? Much like with any creation, whatever the medium, there has to be some hardships. The biggest difficulty for the super duo? Wanting to add more songs to the mix. So much for hardships, huh?
“It’s kind of funny. We were working on it for about a month,” says Compose. “Literally to the last second we added a song at the very, very end, which was really cool.” Tyler Dickinson, the Addiction Nightclub GM, would second that. “It was to the point where literally, I sent it to get produced and they’d be like, ‘Wait, wait!’” he laughs. “I told the graphics guy doing the back [of hard copy holder], don’t kill me ‘cause they kept changing it. I was like, ‘Is this it? Is this it?’ Probably happened like five times.”
Despite their “hardship” creating this project, DJs Compose and Anit’s eclectic, aggressive 37-tracked mix is fire, no questions asked. Some have already obtained the hardcopy, most are waiting for the link to drop. Wait no more. Let it be known though—YEAH, there will be a “Work! 2.”