Epic 80s Rock

This mix definitely doesn’t hold to a square 32-count beat, but has some fun classic tunes for a bootcamp, Crossfit, or spinning class.

Some of my favorite tunes include:

  • Sweet Child of Mine by Guns ‘N Roses
  • I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett
  • We Will Rock You by Queen
  • Nothin’ But A Good Time by Poison
  • Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC


Check out the playlist and grab it here: https://soundcloud.com/djepic-910/01-dj-epic-80s-rock-mixtape

Length: 43:10
Format: Continuous
Tempo: varies

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

Songs From Your Formative Years

“Songs From Your Formative Years…”

I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from readers that the 80s is hands down one of the favorite decades for purely fun workout music.

I have to agree that, for me personally, the 80s were definitely a fun time. I graduated from high school in 1984 and college in 1988 so a lot of 80s tunes definitely bring back some strong memories.

If you agree, take a walk down Memory Lane and check out this list of “100 Best Songs of the 1980s” complete with music videos created when MTV was in its infancy.

Or for pure workout elation, download this DJ mix of some great remixes of songs from both the 70s and 80s including:

  • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne
  • Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
  • In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins

Length: 33:09
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 134 bpm
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Posted on Oct 21, 2013

“What’s On Your Classic Playlist?”

“What’s On Your Classic Playlist?”

rolling-stonesI definitely love discovering new music from either new artists or some of my favorite singers who come out with a new chart topping tune.

But then again, there are times when the tried and true feel so comfortable, like an old pair of 501 jeans that you’ve washed so many times, they feel softer than cashmere.

Oldies or what I like to call “classics” can instantly transport you back to an emotional place and time from your past.

Here’s a walk down my personal Memory Lane…

“Barracuda” by Heart splashes me down into the swimming pool of our new house in the summer of ’77, the same summer that Star Wars came out. My brothers and I lived in the pool that summer and it was the final days before the worst school year of my life.

“Heartache Tonight” by The Eagles plunks me down in my junior high school multi-purpose room during our eighth grade dance where the boys stood on one side and the girls on the other. All I wanted was for a boy named Ernie to ask me to dance. He never did.

“Leave It” by Yes takes me back to college where that band came to play at the Greek Theater in Berkeley and you could hear the cheers from the crowd (and smell the marijuana in the air) for miles.

Although Classic songs might not always be motivational or upbeat, they still have the power to tap into your emotions. And at the end of the day, you are the only one who decides what motivates you to move.

Check out this playlist from Rolling Stone Magazine of their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time if you want to trigger some memories of your own:

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

Totally Radical 80s Rock Playlist

“Totally Radical 80s Rock Playlist…”

cherry-pieIt’s true that studies have shown that music has the power to stir emotions and that your emotions can help you power through a workout or any other challenge in life.

If you want to read more about how music impacts your emotions, check out “How Music Can Fuel Your Emotions.”

I’ve had more than one class member tell me that they love it when I play songs that he/she recognizes and that those songs really inspire them to work harder. It’s common to hear someone say, “Wow, time really flew by” when I play the oldies or what I like to call “classics.”

The challenge, however, can lie in making everyone happy when you have a wide range of participants who come from very different generations. That’s why I tend to mix up my music so that each person is sure to recognize at least a song or two during the course of the class.

The decade that probably puts me in my “happy place” the most in definitely the 80s. That’s the decade I went to high school and college and so many of those songs trigger a ton of memories. Some good, some bad.

If you’re also a fan of the 80s, check out this 80s Rock Workout playlist on Spotify:

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Posted on Oct 3, 2013

The Need for Speed…

“The Need for Speed…”

topspeedI received a lot of comments from readers on a recent post about the definition of “good workout music” saying that when it comes to exercising, they love upbeat, fast-paced music.

I have to say that, although I am a big fan of mixing things up, I love my music fast and I love it loud!

I was participating in an indoor cycling instructor training earlier this year and the main gimmick of this training centered around using videos projected onto a large screen which simulate cycling on the highways of Italy or through the forest of Yosemite.

Because the training company really wanted to emphasize the importance of the visual props, the Master Instructor leading us through the training advised us to keep the volume of our music lower, more like background music than anything else.

He said that the verbal cues you give in conjunction with what’s going on in the videos will be the more motivating factor and that music would only be a distraction.

However, as he led us through a Master Class, I felt less than inspired. And from where I was sitting, I was able to observe that the other instructors and gym members were putting out an average effort at best, until…

This song came on:

Suddenly, all of the instructors started hooting and hollering and everyone instantly started spinning a lot faster and sweating a whole lot more.

That just confirmed for me that, in this instance, the music was by far the more motivating factor.

On that note, check out there two great, F-A-S-T continuous mixes.

#1: Top Speed, Classics Edition (180 bpm)

Length: 53 minutes
Format: Continuous and square
Tempo: 180 bpm

#2: Cardio Mix by DJ Javier 

Length: 33:34
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 152 – variable

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Mashups: Hot or Not?

“Mashups: Hot or Not?”

Are you a fan of mashups?

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, in the music industry, a mashup is a song created by blending two or more songs together so that they work together seamlessly. This is not to be confused with a “medley” where a DJ will mix two or more songs together in a sequential order.

With a mashup, it’s like two songs are playing at once. Here is one of my favorite examples of a great mashup which blends together Madonna’s “Express Yourself” with “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga:

I’ve talked to some people who say they think that mashups basically take two great songs and make them sound terrible together and that they wind up frustrated and wishing that they could just hear the original tunes.

Other people LOVE them! Myself included, provided the DJ who mixed it does a good job of honoring the integrity of both tunes so that they enhance rather than compete with each other.

Recently I talked to some spinning instructors who say that mashups are all they play anymore and that their students are always begging for more.

How do you weigh in? Leave your comments below.

Here’s one of my favorite mashup mixes which pairs up 80s classics with some of today’s current hits. I ran to this mix the other day and felt like I was flying up and down hills.

Length: 44 minutes
Format: Continuous & square
Tempo: 130 bpm

Click here to download.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013

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