Tomassi – Cimmerian

I’ve been trying to put together another Chasing The Vibe mix but have been busy and kind of lazy at the same time. A few days ago I downloaded all the tracks but for some odd reason, they’re not in the folder I created.

This caused me to see if Beatport allowed you to download tracks again. Well you can, but they charge $.75 to do so. What was cool was I could go back and see all the tracks I’ve downloaded.

Over the course of 11 years, the number is 936. This was after I probably purchased in the neighbourhood of 200 vinyls. Let’s just say DJ’ing was an expensive hobby.

I hardly do it at all now. I sold my setup a few years back when I need the money. Now I mix using digital software which sucks. But it’s cheap and easy.

Anyways, back to all these tracks I’ve purchased from Beatport. I found a bunch of old tunes that still sound great to this day. For so many of the tracks I can remember using them for live or recorded mixes.

Back in 2010 I created a two mixes which I really enjoyed. But over the course of the last 6 years, I’ve lost them due to hard drive crashes and deleting the server they were hosted on.

I wanted to see if they were out there on the internet. So I searched my DJ name at the time (Tomassi) and one of the tracks. What did I find? An old Soundcloud file I uploaded to my account!!! I’ve downloaded it and re-uploaded it to my personal SoundCloud account. It’s below for your streaming and download pleasure.

Ferrack Dawn – Narcotics (Tundra’s Quiet Daze Mix)
Guy Gerber – The Hollywood in You
Eelke Kleijn – Theme For Nosey (Tigerskins Be And Me Remix)
Robbie Pardoel – Machines (Neil Quigley Remix)
Charlie & I – Grapefruit & Strawberries (Manuel Sofia’s Half In Barcelona Remix)
Silinder – Nil By Mouth
Neil Quigley & Clycon – Clear For Take Off (Neil Quigley Remix)
Henry Saiz – Rhimemaidens
Schadenfreude – The Road Leads East (Dyno Remix)
Peter Horrevorts – Bloody Hands (Marc Marzenit Monster Remix)
Hernan Cattaneo Feat Tomomi Ukumori – Cripsis (Quivver Remix)
Alex Dolby – Polarity (Tonnsaied Remix)
Chrisitian Fischer – Advanced Parnormal (Paul Nazca Remix)
Miquell Santos & Philip Michael Andersson – Endless (Guy J Remix)

Joca – Chasing The Vibe 001

Vibrations effect our mood. Sometimes there’s bad vibes and bad moods. But we try to stay away from them.

Instead, we’re trying to chase the the positive vibes. Music is a great way to chase positive thoughts, feelings and vibes. Doesn’t matter it’s it’s pop, country or electronic, it all has positive and happy elements. But for me, my brain is drawn to electronic and more specifically the deep, tech and progressive house genres.

Now I haven’t put a mix together in a couple of years. And even at that, I haven’t mixed on a regular basis in probably 6 years. I got away from. I didn’t have the time or desire. But I’ve been inspired by some amazing mixes and tracks over the last year that I wanted to pick up mixing again. This will be a regular mix series for the rest of this summer.

A common theme with all my mixes is melodies. And in terms of structure, I like to start with slow and chilled out deep house. Midway through I like to pick up the energy and move into darker tech house. The finishes are always comprised of uplighting progressive house.

Chasing The Vibe is no different. Overall this is my favourite mix to date. The mixing, the tracks and levels are bang on. Hope you enjoy!

1 – Turmstrasse – Der Tanz Der (Gluehwuermchen Kollektiv Turmstrasse Dirt Glow Remix)
2 – RJ – Nie
3 – Jacob Groening – Never End (Powel Remix)
4 – Pysh – Visions
5 – Of Norway – Spirit Lights (Lehar Remix)
6 – Aera – You Know Juno (The Drifter Remix)
7 – Vince Watson – Deja Vu
9 – Oliver Weiter – Takkie (Einmusik Remix).mp3
10 – Javier Portilla & Sotela ft. Emalaine Your Eyes (King Unique Remix)
11 – Alex Niggaman – Earth Symphony
12 – Cristoph – Slowly Burning feat Jem Cooke Dub
13 – Christian R Kasall – Senses
14 – Andre Sabota – Solaris (James Teej Saturn City Remix)
15 – Bastards Of Funk – Nitro Cannon (Matias Chilano Remix)
16 – Valer – Forgive (Dmitry Molosh Remix)
17 – Stas Drive – Dune
18 – Guy J – Nirvana


Week 3 in Buenos Aires

Don’t Drink The Water In Argentina

Being a SEO guy, I’m trying to optimize this post for people who might be asking “Should I drink the water in Argentina”. Well, the answer is no!

If you read my week one and week two posts, you’ll know that my stomach was not pleased with being in Argentina. I had assumed it was the food. I was wrong as I so often am!

I’m positive I found the culprit! Well, not me but my new roommate.

Within a couple minutes after meeting him, I told him about my stomach issues. He asked me if I was drinking the tap water. I had been and he suggested that was probably the cause.

Surely enough I started buying and drinking bottle water and magically my stomach issues went away. Thanks Nico! After my stomach troubles went away I really started to enjoy myself.

Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here

That was my thought before I moved into this new apartment on St. Patties Day. I was so busy with work and not really enjoying my time here in BA. I needed to move out of my current place as I only booked for a week. There wasn’t much out there for me but I found a cool spot in an area of Buenos Aires that I really liked so I booked for a week. What was better was that it was priced very well but I was still had thought hard about leaving after the week was up.

One slight drawback is that it has a single bed but I didn’t know how small it was until I got there. I don’t think I’ve ever had a single bed before!


So I caught another cheap taxi (taxi’s are really, really cheap here) to my place. It was a three bedroom place and as my landlord walked me to my room, I asked if anyone else was living there. She said there was a German guy Nico and English girl Sophie.

Ok great I thought, they probably know some english! My Spanish sucks and being so busy with work, I’ve had little time to learn more.

I met Sophie briefly when I got there and she was really nice and friendly. But I had some work to get done so I retreated to my room.

I got sidetracked from work right away. An idea came into my head a day earlier and that was to cut my trip short in BA and head to Miami to check out the Miami Open Tennis Tournament and WMC Electronic Music Festival. I love tennis and electronic music. It would have been a chance to see my favorite tennis players and all the DJ’s who’s mixes I’ve listened to for the last six years in one week.

Hernan Cattaneo and Guy J on a boat cruise was the biggest reason for this. I have listened to their mixes and productions constantly for the last six years. Seeing them play on a boat cruise would be one the most amazing experiences I could think of right now.

So I went to work trying to make this happen.

Switching my flight was possible but for a cost of $700 though. Ok I said, I could deal with that. Next up was finding accommodations. I put the feeler out there with my good friend Graeme who I’ve connected with this past year and now lives in the Greater Miami area. He was going to be in town but wouldn’t have a room for me to stay.

To AirBnb I went looking for places under $60 a night in a 50km area outside of Miami. The results, very sad. These places make anything in Esquimalt look like 4 star hotels. There was really NOTHING out there. Even 2 star hotels in the area wanted close to $90 a night.

I had spent way too much time on possibly cost scenarios that my brain was pretty fried. So my dream of heading to Miami to watch world class Tennis and to see Hernan, Guy J and Nick Warren on a boat cruise fizzled. Seeing the pictures and videos on Facebook was crushing in some ways.

 *Update, I went the very next year in 2016 and and saw Hernan and Nick on that same boat cruise.

It’s funny because doing the Miami Tennis and WMC thing has always been a trip I’ve wanted to do. The moment this trip to Miami fizzled, I was filled with regret and pissed off I didn’t do that.

But I changed my thoughts around. I work for myself and I have the freedom to do those trips far more often then I had working for a company.

With that mindset, I was no longer pissed off and filled with regret. My mood also got better as I started to chat more with my new roommates.


My mother and I always talk about connection. Connecting with people is what both makes us feel alive and kicks starts the positive vibes. But we want to connect with people we know or don’t know on a deeper level.

For me I was excited about meeting my new roommates. I can be isolated at times and comfortable on my own. So basically an extrovert. But outside of meeting Pablo and a few other friends Gustavo introduced me, I was 10 000 miles away from any connection I have on this earth. Sure, I’ve used non verbal forms of communication to talk to some of you. It’s not the same though. I needed to feel connected.

For the first two weeks here, I was feeling flat and needing energy.

My vibe was getting better here after the first few days with my roommates. Although I had lots of work to do, I was able to chat with them a fair bit and knew they were open and easy to talk to. Sharing accommodations with two people you don’t know can be great or awkward. Thankfully it’s been great so far.

We’ve gone out for quite a few dinners and spent plenty of time in the apartment chatting. The topics have been diverse and we seem to share a lot of common interests and values. We had quite a long night on Friday where we went out for dinner and came back to the apartment and started talking about the media, world problems and how much we care about the Earth and are sad to see it being ruined by greed.

It’s been a really good experience for me and I’ve enjoyed their company a lot. I had only booked this apartment for another week as I wanted to leave my plans open. But I liked the vibe so much that on Tuesday I booked for another month.

Nico is probably leaving at the end of the month to travel around before heading home to Germany. Sophie is here until the middle of April which would leave me alone or with new roommates and if so, it’s been great connecting with them.

Location, Location, Location

This city is massive. What’s cool though is each neighbourhood feels like a city inside a city.

My Location for the next month

The other reason I booked for a full month was the location of this place. The 4th night here Pablo and I had dinner in an area called Los Canitas. I knew after one night this was the neighbourhood where I wanted to stay for a while if I wasn’t going to travel around. And here I am.

It’s close to Polo fields, lots of great restaurants and the Race Track so I can go Gamblor mode. Seriously, I’ve been there once and only spent $10. This neighbourhood is also a little more quiet and upscale so it’s safe.

Empanada’s Count

Now is a good time to interrupt you with an empanadas count. I think I am at 28. They’re like a mini pizza pocket but with more options. I will likely break a 100 as Empanadas Gourmet is 50 steps from my front door and they have cheap empanadas.


What did I do this past week? Well last Tuesday was St Patricks Day and I spent that with Pablo at an Irish Bar in his neighbourhood of Belgrano. It was fun to see how much the locals support an event. Maybe it was the fact they could drink on a Tuesday until 2 Am, who knows. They had a great Irish band bearing the heat and playing some Irish tunes on bagpipes and drums.

St Patricks Day 2015 Buenos Aires Belgrano Down Town Matias

The next night I met up with girl from Tinder who has from Colombia. We had a nice night and ate some Mexican at a great restaurant named Taco Box in Palermo. Once again this was another restaurant that had great ambience.

Not my photo but wanted to share what the inside looked like

The next few nights I joined my new roommates for some dinner and drinks.

Thursday night was Nico’s birthday. We had drinks at the apartment with a few of his friends from school. He had friends in the program from Holland, Wisconsin, Austria and here in Buenos Aires. We enjoyed some laughs and exchanging things about each others countries. Felt kind of like a hostel in a way.

At 1 AM we made the walk into Palermo to grab a beer. Not much was open but we made last call at this tacky place called the Tiki Bar. We chatted for a bit and we got on the topic of drinking and driving. The guy from Wisconsin, Herman, was only 20 and it came up that when he goes home, he can’t drink legally. But he’s been driving for 4 years now and I thought this should be implemented in Canada where you can’t drink until your 21 to give kids more time to mature before drinking so they now their limits better.

Friday night Nico, Sophie and myself try some Arabian cuisine. The meal was cheap and half decent.

Comidas Arabas Buenos Aires

Afterwards Nico and myself got the craving for some late night ice cream, very common here in BA, and headed for Persico. I got a Dulce De Leche Con Brownie. Dulce De Leche is a right caramel type syrup that the country is addicted to. Here’s some Google Images you can look at.

Afterwards we continued talking and our discussion turned to world problems. I mentioned to Nico the next morning that it was really great to stay up and chat on a deeper level like we did the night before.

We had such a good time Friday night we went out for dinner again on Saturday night just down from our place at a restaurant called La Colorada. With it’s high ceilings, red walls and chairs, it was a cool spot. Very loud and busy but enjoyable none the less.

The meals are very reasonably priced and extremely delicious! I’ll be heading back here again.

Sunday night I joined Pablo for some cerveza’s at this place called Anatares which is a chain of brew pubs. Monday and Tuesday were holidays here and the place was busy. Like every other restaurant or bar here it had a great ambience and nice lighting.

They had lots of photos and beer memorabilia including a Big Rock Brewery Grasshopper poster! None of it was on tab though.

Grasshopper Antares Brew Pub Buenos Aires

The next day Pablo offered to drive me outside of the city to visit San Isidro and Tigre. The drive out was very nice and the area looks beautiful but expensive. Something cool they have out on the street lights is a timer letting the drivers know how long the light will stay green for.

Stop Light Counter

One the drive we also came across this cathedral. The one thing I haven’t noticed in any cathedrals here which is much different than Europe where there tons of them.

San Isidro Caterdral Side View

San Isidro Catherdral

Past San Isidro is a small city called Tigre which is supposed to be beautiful. We got there late in the afternoon and the city streets were packed. Since it was a holiday everyone had the idea to head out there. After 30 minutes of moving 1000 meters, we decided to head back in BA.

And that was week 3 down here! Not a lot of the adventure front but some good conversation and meals. had a couple of bigger work things which are virtual complete and I’ll have some free time to do some more exploring!

Joca – Soul Good 3.0

deep house dj Victoria bc

For those that know me in Victoria BC, they know I love house music. Particularly deep house, tech house and progressive house. I’m very active on Soundcloud sharing some of my favourite tracks and productions.

In 2003 my love for House and Trance pushed me to buying turntables and loads in vinyls. I started to create mixes and they turned out pretty good.

Some 11 years later I still like to think I can mix. Instead of turntables and vinyls it’s software and mp3’s! This is fine by me as it’s much cheaper to produce a mix.

This is my mix for 2014. Click here to download my mix from last year.

My very first mix was titled Soul Good and felt the title gave off a pretty good idea of what the mix was about, uplifting melodies and bumping basslines. Granted it was Trance and my last few mixes have been house, you can still come to expect the same feel and vibe from all my mixes.

Joca – Soul Good 3.0

Soul Good 3.0 is a little different from my previous house mixes. In a way, this mix reminds me of a valley. It’s upbeat at the beginning then switches to more deeper and darker sounds and finishes off on a positive note. A lot of my other mixes simply went from uplifting to dark or vice versa. Not this one.

It’s jammed with lots of chilled out deep house that still makes you want to move your body with it’s grooving basslines.

Another staple in this mix is vocal samples. Almost all tracks have some sort of vocal sample which is rare for my mixes.

Lastly, I normally finish my mixes with uplifting progressive house but stayed away from that this time around. I’ve done it too much before. Instead I stuck with deeper house all the way through.

Enjoy the mix and here’s a tracklisting if you happen to stumble upon a track you like and want to hear more from the producer or label.

Click here for a direct download of the mix.


1 – Paul Hazendonk ft Patchy – Hazy Echoes [Manual Music]
2 – David Kassi – Things You Do [Voltaire Music]
3 – Death On The Balcony – Seasons Of Nature [Suol]
4 – Juan Deminicis – Feel [Lost & Found]
5 – Henry Saiz ft Cornelia – Fill Me Up (Dake Remix) [Natura Sonoris]
6 – Eelke Kleijn – Lovely Sweet Divine [Eskimo Recordings]
7 – Olivier Weiter – Angelus [Parquet Recordings]
8 – Booka Shade ft Frizt Helder – Love Drug (Mihai Popoviciu Remix) [Blaufield]
9 – Gorje Hewek – Voltiger [Blended Music]
10 – Tale Of Us – Obscure Promises [Free Download]
11 – Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Last Day (David August Revision) [Diynamic]
12 – Matthew Dekay – Time Lapse [Maeve]
13 – Yoko Duo – Kept On Walking (Dave DK Manchester Super Jam) [Fauxpas]
14 – Moby & Skylar Grey – The Last Day (Chymera Remix) [Little Idiot]
15 – Paul Hazendonk ft Alice Rose – In The Dark (Darin Epsilon Remix) [Manual Music]
16 – Nuernberg & Nathalie Claude – Leaves Falling (Mario Basanov Remix) [Cr2 Recordings]
17 – Chopstick & Johnjon ‘Dreading The Light’ (Frankey & Sandrino remix) [Free Download]
18 – Henry Saiz – I Can Feel It Coming [Last Night On Earth]
19 – Darin Epsilon – Triad [Re*Brand]
20 – Choir Of Young Believers – Hallow Talk (Jody Wisternoff, Lane8 and James Grant Remix) [Anjunadeep]
21 – Circulation – Turquoise (Guy J Remix) [Mesmeric]

Joca – Soul Good 2.0

Joca - Soul Good 2.0

It’s been ten years since I got inspired and purchased decks and a mixer. At that time I was a trance addict. Heck, I was even on a discussion forum called!

But as I have grown older, the bpm’s have slowed down. What continues to dominate my mixes is melodies. It’s my substitute for lyrics and why I think electronic music is really easy to understand.

Although I haven’t played a live set in over four years, I still like to throw mixes together whenever I hear a lot of quality music coming out. And there is a lot of quality music coming out.

So here we are. Ten years later. My first mix was titled Joca – Soul Good. I still like that name. Hence the reason for calling this mix Soul Good 2.0.

I want these tracks and the way I’ve laid them out to make your soul feel good.

Enjoy and please share to anyone you think might enjoy!

Click here to download.


1) Navar – Take It Back [Outside the Box]
2) Dusky & Janai – It’s Not Enough [Anjunadeep]
3) Paul Hazendonk – Sunburnt (Mehmet Akar Remix) [Manual Music]
4) Sebastian Davidson – Homecoming [Nightbird Music]
5) Chaim – Orion Skies [Supplement Facts]
6) Mario Basanov – Slip Away (Daniel Bortz Remix) [Moodmusic]
7) Toky – About You (Hot Since 82’ Remix) [Noir Music 2]
8) Benedetto & Farina – Fair Shakin’ World ft Pete Josef (Oliver Schories Remix) [WHO Lab]
9) Youri Donatz – Acoc Aloc (Manuel Tur Remix) [Monique Musique]
10) Juan Deminicis – Lost On Your Skin [Outside The Box]
11) Marvin Gaye – If This World (Simon Garcia’s Private Dubtherapy Remix) [Free Download]
12) Marc Poppcke & Max Von Valentiner – Never Go Back (Santiago Garcia Remix) [Crossfrontier Audio]
13) Progress Inn – Fly Love [Vapour Recordings]
14) Darin Epsilon presents Eventide – Cosmic Discovery (Kastis Torrau & Arnas D Remix) [Perspectives Digital]
15) MUUI – Confetti In Her Hair (Luis Junior Remix) [Lowbit]
16) Guy J – Mercury [Tronic]
17) Li-Polymer – Flight To Barcelona (Andy King Remix) [Balkan Collection]
18)Unisol – Hope [Sudbeat Music]
19) Smak – In The Beginning (Praveen Achary Remix) [Stripped Recordings]
20) Cid Inc. – Divine (Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile Remix) [Flow Vinyl]
21) Cid Inc. – The Fog (Kassey Voorn Vintage Interpretation) [Futureform Music]