Jam of the Century – Disc Jock B Hill on Chances With Wolves!

One of the coolest crew moves of all time happened this week when Chances With Wolves put up episode number 408 featuring our bud B Hill!

He texted after it came out to share the hype, and hadn’t said a word about it (to me) leading up. Just let it drop and humbly repped an incredible mix for the crew/WORLD. I texted back wishing I could have told myself this was going to happen 10 years ago…

This got me thinking… what other stuff has happened in life that I’d want to share with myself ten years ago? I know I’d tell myself about my wife (who I was with then but didn’t realize our relationship could ever be this dope), our animals, my job (and hella uncharted path to get here), putting out music on a favorite record label with my best bud, Count Bass D performing at my friends’ underground venue, ThinkTank!!

That’s a bit of what I’d put on my personal list, how about you?

Maybe its not 100% hype. Could be hard stuff you’ve been through and learned from too. Anything surprising is probably fair game.

B Hill X Chances With Wolves is such a perfect example. We’ve looked up to them and listened to them for years (thank you Mars T). And B Hill took that inspo, did his thing for a decade, digging for better records, practicing his craft, and most importantly – being a chiller people love to be around. This combo is destined for the greatness of meeting incredible DJs – why not some we put in the Michael Jordan category?

Maybe we can use this hype for what’s next – what can happen ten years from now based on the work you’re doing today. As our 10 years ago list proves – we can add milestones that we might not even think are possible. Maybe even hide your future list away in a google doc and give yourself a notification to open it in 2029.

If you find it hard to come up with things you’d like to tell your younger self, that might be a good sign to focus on uppercutting the future. A good sign to look ahead at what’s possible, and start doing the small stuff to get there now.

If you’re superstitious is this a bad omen, cart before the horse type of sich? Or is it just adding some amazing things to the back of our minds that we might slowly be working towards right now? I’m hoping for the latter and putting some crazy things in my digi google doc time capsule rn 🙂

Be you – Do you 🧡💙

New jazz

2018 Best Albums KMHD

One of my favorite things about the new year is this amazing list of new jazz. It’s changed the way I live life in that I open up a soundtrack to my days and nights I always knew existed but never really knew where to look for it.

NEW jazz. Rad new jazz created by young and old artists reflecting the times and sparking back with incredible vibes. Hope you dig <3

A spike in the normal

A spike in the normal is what’s needed for real change – the kind of change no one is prepared for or wants – since it would be a lot easier if we all stayed in our same old patterns. The problem is these patterns are doing more than blindly moving us through days. They create lasting and building impressions on us that can lead to stuff breaking down – like a car at over 100,000 miles.

Real change is hard. 99.9% of the world doesn’t know you or care if it happens, and to make it even harder – the people who do love you and want you to do you to the utmost inadvertently support and reinforce your OG patterns (except for the people around you inspiring change – maybe write down who this is in your life and try to hang with them more)! The people closest to you will benefit from who shows up when you decide to be who you are right now vs your default self pulling from years of patterns that might not be serving anyone anymore.

These norms are so ingrained in how we communicate changing is challenging – but isn’t most important stuff? 

Think about how easy it is to get weird in front of strangers. Costume up and walk down a busy street on Halloween (or Tuesday), holler from a car window as a teen: amazing stuff. Easy and while kinda fun on the surface -zero challenge. Changing in front of friends and family is – so lean into it this year! Ditch the default – be 100% you. Does the fam want a weird you-robot version 2.0 flying across the country to hang? Or the dope inspiring person you actually are, above what’s normal? 

It’s like going from kid to teen. That era when you get GI Joes and Public Enemy or Nirvana tapes on the same bday.  Or from teen to adult (by that I of course mean 14-30), when you get bottles of booze and inspiring art. It’s possible a party lifestyle and the patterns that surface can leave you with addiction, poor health, weirdly sporadic motivation – and the easiest vibe to find and hang on to is everyone still wanting you to be that old self who goes hard and gets weird (challenging?).

The people who love you will be down to see doing things to improve your life. People that miss you are plagued by fear of change and FOMO. Be you. That’s the heaviest thing you can do. Do it for you. And for the one life you have – even more, the moments you have because life can mean a lot of things, so start with today.

Forget normal. Save time, live bold. What’s a more awesome, inspiring, and challenging path? What’s a change you could make today that would hype up the people around you to better themselves?

Jams of the Week 64 & 65 & 66: Frenz & Strangerz & Myrrh

Welcome to the happiest 4 seconds of music I can think of – on repeat. 

Ever since revisiting Friends by Whoodini all these cuts moved in my head (again).

First was DOOM’s Deep Fried Frenz off the MM..Food LP (just listened to this podcast w DOOM yesterday – so good, so inspiring!) – then after playing that and the inster for it (also included here) for days I got back into the og sample: Ronnie Laws Friends and Strangers.

I had a tape with a live version of the Ronnie Laws cut back in the day… It eventually died from overplaying. Second jam of the week from that tap actually – here’s the first. Not sure there’s a happier tune/loop and so nice to hear DOOM riff it.

Peep the archived Jam of the Week playlist on Spotify and YouTube

Orange heart/Blue heart

Letting the microfiche chill

I was sitting this morning and trying to connect, regroup, do whatever it is I’m trying to do with meditation (probably a forever question…). I started to think about why it’s so hard and maybe even a bit scary to let everything go and just sit.

My mind raced with stuff I want to do, have to do, loved ones in pain, ideas for breakfast – the whole 9. As I sat there it started to feel like when I was a kid and got to use microfiche.

I remember moving it back and forth really fast to make it look like a trippy pile of facts and dust. This is what I was seeing – a never-ending rotation of stuff. Once I acknowledged it and made a clear intention to let the microfeesh chill – after a few breathes – it did.

The scary part is getting there meant looking myself in the core. Not a bunch of cool goals and dreams or even regular tasks – just staring straight in at myself at ground level. Getting here felt good and like I was able to have the courage to see what’s really inside VS everything I do or want to do.

Maybe you can try this out – whether or not you meditate or used to get trippy with the microfiche. A short walk or before falling asleep would work. Try seeing yourself as who you are, not what you do or plan to do.
Hope you dig, and if you want to let me know how it goes
🧡💙

Busy

We’re not so busy when our mind and body is totally still – it can all go away for a sec and give us a sense of connection to everything else…

Had a cool feeling yesterday I wanted to share. I basically tried really hard to forget all the stuff in my mind/body – the to-do’s, the frustrations, the joys, the family stuff, the aches in certain body parts… I let all that go for a sec and let my mind and body get totally still.

And it all went away.

My anxiety around being super busy with work stuff, gone. My overthinking what the hell is happening inside my left knee lately, also gone.

It gave this awesome sense of connection to the world around me, where beyond all the stuff, we’re all in the same boat. We’re all just here starting from scratch every second, even though it feels like so much is set in stone.

What was rad is I was able to carry this attitude into my day for a bit. I definitely forgot about it a lot, getting busy with work stuff, feeling overwhelmed at times… but when I just sat back into that feeling it helped me get a perspective on everything I was doing, what’s important, what I wanted to do, and what I accomplished or didn’t.

 

Jam of the Week #58: Celestial Blues

More trippy and simultaneously literal awesomeness thanks to listening to records with my bud STLB3… Also heard recently on Liquid Beat Radio 👌

Andy Bey – Celestial Blues from the 1974 Experience and Judgement LP

We must get closer to the essence of life
But be aware that it takes courage and strife
Expand your mind, don’t let it wither and die
You’ll find that it lifts your spirits high to the sky, high
So c’mon, meditate

Find archived Jam of the Week playlists on Spotify & YouTube

Jam of the Week #56: Audio Champion (and the power of radio!)

This might be a bit on the mellow/trippy side but hearing it gave me some of the coolest feelings of my week.

Audio Champion by Isotope 217 from the 1999 Utonian_Automatic LP

I heard Audio Champion while listening to KMHD Jazz Radio a couple days ago. Such a great station btw, way beyond standards, tons of hype tunes and great DJs. Anyways it completely blew my mind open/apart. Here’s why: I’ve listened to Audio Champion on a cassette I dubbed of a trip-hop show from a college radio station in St Cloud, MN (KVSC) thousands of times!! It was right where the tape flipped and restarted so I never knew who made the track.

So the other night it honestly felt like they were playing my dubbed tape on the radio! The one I made by stringing speaker cords for antennas down the side of my house to get good enough reception to make!

19 years later I’m on my couch and Tucson and it comes on… this time including an interview with the artist. Randomly or just because this track SLAYS, Audio Champion is what they lead into the interview with. If they hadn’t played it I still wouldn’t know.

This the power of radio. Showing you anything is possible. Another means to the hype. Radio gets me hyped because I get to share the hype from DJs worldwide. The vibes they put into their show get transmitted to me and even when its an internet stream VS terrestrial radio (am/fm)… that hype bliss comes out every time. 

Hope you dig!

Here are the links to the Jam of the Week archived playlists on Spotify & YouTube

And here’s list of radio shows and stations I love to get you started with some radio hype. Please send your fav radio shows my way too. 🧡💙

chanceswithwolves.com

xray.fm

kmhd.org

https://xray.fm/shows/the-impact-sound

https://xray.fm/shows/galaxy-my-dear

https://xray.fm/shows/optic-echo-presents

https://xray.fm/shows/nightschool

https://xray.fm/shows/searchingforthesound

Stay hyped

Stay with the dopeness that brought you to where or are – or remember that dopeness when you’re feeling less confident. We put so much hype energy into job searching, life searching, moving, creating relationships… But once we arrive it’s so easy to get stuck into the day-to-day of this stuff. We get distracted by negative factors we couldn’t see coming in – although I’m sure we would have predicted it wouldn’t always be easy, as most awesome and impactful things aren’t.

Putting this down as a reminder to myself – hope if catches yall in the right place too. ✌☁

Jam of the Week #50: I Dream Too Much

Sun Ra Arkestra – I Dream Too Much from the 1987 Reflection in Blue LP

Jam #50 – selected by my dreamiest brother – STLB3

He brought the record down over the weekend and we sat and listened to the track a few times exploring what it might be about.

Sun Ra didn’t write the song and I imagine Jerome Kern who did intended it as a love ballad. In the hands of Sun Ra, it turns into a haunty space orchestra jam that could be about love or dreaming your way into the galaxies.

Dreams are what fuels us to do more in life – but they can only go so far if they stay inside, aren’t shared with friends or fam, and aren’t offered to collaborators who could make them even better.

“I’ll build a world of abstract dreams and wait for you.” – Sun Ra 

🧡☁️💙

Archived Jam of the Week playlists are avail on Spotify & YouTube

Maximizing post-travel inspiration

I’m just back from a trip where I spent time with my parents, a bunch of crew at our 17th annual yearly camp out, and my sister and her 3 awesome kiddos.

Here are 6 reasons I’m freshly hyped and how I’ll use these travel vibes to crush it.

1 – Coming home

Years of jobs, relationships, and everything life has thrown my way lead me to my current house in Tucson, living with my amazing wife and our dog and cat. As much as I love the vacay vibes – coming home is kinda the best. It represents returning to my intention – the space in the world I’ve worked hard to create.

Our place feels like vacation sometimes, from the homemade blue curtains my wife made out of fabric I thrifted in northern AZ flapping in the wind, to the outdoor cast iron tub in our backyard, to the shed my friends helped deliver, fix up, and paint into the trippiest/hypest creative space.  We laugh and remind ourselves “This is real life!”

Coming home is a reminder to maximize this inspiring place! Oh you have a rad recording studio? Use it! A dope bike – hop upon! An amazing parnter – hang out with them a ton!

2 – Unreal friend/family support 

Sharing space and time with a crew living vastly different but inspiring lives is like reading 2,000 self-help books at the same time while swimming in the coolest waterfall you found on a cross-country road trip with your dog.

It’s such a great challenge to do you to the utmost.  The crew isn’t going to check up on me when I get home – “Hey, Nick are you still feeling super inspired by your trip, I hope so!”  It’s more like – go forth and kill it – we believe in you, and that should propel dopeness until we hang again and re-up the hype.

A couple years ago at the same campout 2 of my main dudes took me aside and thanked me saying they might not be here if it wasn’t for me. Both are incredible artists, musicians, friends, and humans. Thinking about it still makes me shake a bit. When doubt comes up I go back to this memory and know if these 2 have my back this hard I’m 100% good.

3 – Kids

Kids are better at living in the moment then every adult who’s ever preached or read about it.  A couple years ago the first thing my then 6-year-old niece said to me after not seeing each other for more than a year was something like “If you close your eyes really hard it looks like a laser light show.” Hells ya it does!

Same kiddo this year was going super hard jumping off the dock and boat like it was no big deal. She didn’t brag about it – just wanted to do it over and over and over again! Reality is she humbly conquered a fear and it’s f’n incredible! Last year she was scared to do both. Now it’s second nature. Killing it ✓ moving forward ✓ and having fun ✓

4 – Sacrifice

Crew-ups like this get you thinking about people who couldn’t make it. As an avid hater of FOMO, I get inspired by the sacrifices they’re making to do what they need to do.

My brother is killing at work and couldn’t come. It would have been dope to hang but he needed to keep crushing it for his life and that’s exactly the choice he made. Same with my wife. I missed her a lot but what an amazing person she is to prioritize the incredible work she’s doing.

My sister had to take off to go run the summer reading program at the library she started – DOPE! My best bud had to roll early to get back to Detroit and prep for leaving to go cook on the Drake tour. Fun Professionally amazing!

5 – Passion

My 14-year-old nephew is so down for this new X-Box game its crazy. When I told him I didn’t know what it was he stared at me blankly for the weirdest 10 seconds we’ve probably ever had. Totally cracked me up and reminded me how down I used to be for stuff at his age!

I was into vids, basketball, Wu-Tang, and Tribe. I remember listening to every song on every CD I owned with a best friend – carefully deciding that Award Tour was the greatest song in the world. It was for sure the most important thing to do that afternoon – and we questioned it Ø!

6 – Parents

I’m incredibly lucky to get to learn from parents who’ve been married for 46 years. They’re so inherently down for each other at this point it’s one of the sweetest and inspiring things I witness.

They have a small sailboat and are the coolest team for getting it set up and out on the water. I got to be their boat hand which mostly meant watching them carefully rig the boat and make sure their partner stayed safe while hopping on and off during the process.

They eat together, volunteer together, and talk about the future together. They live each other’s dreams realizing how much one partner benefits from the other’s – whether it’s living on a lake in a small town, or traveling to a specific place to escape the cold Minnesota winter. It’s a version of compromise that isn’t really compromise at all, but being down for your partner and knowing them being happy will make you happy too.

What motivates you post-travel? How do you use it to do more of what you love? Comment or send that hype my way!  nick@hype.church 

Thank your jealousy!

Ever been annoyed by someone’s payout? Could be monetary, or maybe they’re getting a lot of props and respect for something they created, a  promotion or a crazy job offer, and maybe they’re just experiencing hella good luck and fortune.

I’m finding myself here right now and this morning I realized I’m looking for the exact same thing. All of the negative emotions I was feeling and directing towards this person instantly went away as I would have to put the same wack pressures on myself to be totally honest and just.

The annoying feeling I was having is jealously straight up. It shouldn’t be this way. They shouldn’t have gotten this/that. Totally 100% jealous wackness. I justified it past jealousy and -even worse- kept making it a topic of convo with fam and friends 🤮

I bet we can put almost anything bugging us to this test. Dig deep – try and find the part of you that wants the same payout (money or not). Call yourself out. It feels really good and nobody has to know anyways – besides not having to hear you talk shit about someone (pretty good trade)!

Even more meta (I think) is that this person’s fortune might have actually seeded my idea! I was so astonished at what they accomplished, my idea probably subconsciously gained steam! Because if anything can happen (and it totally can) then it’s less crazy to think about accomplishing my dreams.

If it wasn’t jealousy we’d celebrate and honor the good fortune. No little voice would find it annoying or unfair. With the garunteed inmperance of life, why not acknowledge, give props, and move on as opposed to adding a lingering negative thought cloud to your head?

For me it took figuring out I wanted the same thing this time, and directing all that negativity on myself seemed like a less cool way to move about the day than staying at peace and trying to do the incredible work we’re all capable of doing all the time.

🤘🏼CREW 🤘🏼

Heros & labels

Heroes change, just like us.

When our heroes change it’s scary, because it reminds us we’re always changing. One of my new heroes is a writer, and he’s turning into lots of new writer heroes. Typically I’d spend all my time and energy on music. Researching, listening, creating, supporting… Now a lot of that time is spent reading, writing, brainstorming and buying books.

It’s scary because it questions my identity – if my identity is a musician! This is where labels can really turn against us. It’s possible to feel like seeking out rad written art is a diss to my love for music!  bummertown.com/hellno.

What if my label was just me? Or my vibe? And it can be influenced by anything I feel like absorbing in the moment?  Film, convos with friends, music, books. Walks with my dog. Staring at a bird. Fuck a label. Change (or add)  heroes. Remove any barriers and just keep giving yourself all the experiences you want – judgment free.

Part of this may be dropping some ego off, like when I stopped feeling the need to be a rapper in every conversation I have. Thanks to some rad friends I’ve learned the slow build is so much better! If you tell someone you’re an artist or – even worse, in a band, right off you might get a lackluster ‘oh, cool.’ Doesn’t really pull any weight because why would they know if they like what you do yet!? If you have a bunch of awesome collaborative interactions with someone who later finds out, ‘holy shit, you made this?’ … you just fueled your art in a rad humble way without doing anything but hustling on being you.

Jam of the Week #28: Spirits of the Ancestors

Spirits of the Ancestors by Josef Leimberg of the 2016 Astral Progressions (recently released on cassette!)

This is a mind-blowing awaking song that I’ve played probably over 50 times right when I wake up. I love what an incredible lead-in to my morning routine it is.

I was lucky enough to see it performed live last fall! They started out the show to it as the sun was setting at the outdoor LA venue. Total magic!

Fully Jam of the Week playlist on Spotify YouTube

Resume help

I don’t think there’s much cooler than a friend asking for resume help! I get so happy when the people around me are working to improve!

Looking for jobs can be just about the loneliest and most depressing place there is, and simultaneously the most hype. Lean towards friends in this situation! We all want each other to kill it. We all have good ideas. Share your resume with the crew. Bounce ideas. It also lets people know you’re on the hunt and when they hear of stuff they’ll think of you. Same thing on the universe tip, where putting it out there and opening up to the change and opportunity will eventually lead you somewhere cool, man.

This doesn’t have to live in the resume type of job search either. Anything anyone is doing to improve, change, re-vamp and look up to all the cool stuff they could be doing can and should be shared! It doesn’t have to come off as a brag to land an awesome job!

The people around me (including myself) have continually sacrificed work life for art life and vice versa. Somewhere in this cycle is a trap that says if you’re doing more on one end you’re not doing enough or can’t do the other. Fuck that depressing shit! Kill it at your art. Get the jobs you want that pay you what you’re worth. Share these vibes with the peeps around you and we’ll all benefit from your radness! <3

Here’s a kinda loose but fun daily check-in. I like how it’s hard to put some things in just one category, which is totally ok because it also doesn’t matter! Fuck you unhelpful rules! Oh and he mentioned its even ok to improve .01% on any of these because that’s still improving!

Heard this guy James Altucher on the 10% happier podcast. Sometimes the podcast is a little bro-y… but its goal is spreading good vibes widely so that’s ultimately awesome. And they have bigger guests since they have a nice budget.

James is similar. Is he just a rich white dude who gets to have fun? Idk. Never googled him but I feel like he’s white and he has admittedly been wealthy multiple times. But he’s also really inspiring and has cool ideas.

Both make me check myself, thank myself for being critical, acknowledge being too critical and hopefully see the positives they provide to people they interact with, and since they’re both kinda famous that list is big.

💯❤

Jam of the Week #24: Get On Up

Get On Up by Dudley Perkins from the 2006 monster LP Expressions (2012 A.U.) 

No big story this time. I just love this song and always thought it was a rad Friday night party starter when I’d play it out. Dudley is an inspiring artist with a deep catalog who most-definitely does whatever he wants with his art. ♡