In the Mix: Turn Up the Tempo with Elijah and Skilliam

Elijah & Skilliam Boiler Room Leeds DJ Set: Elijah and Skilliam from the group of famous DJs referred to as Jamz, started off their accelerated set in a unique way; they completely neglect the common approach most DJs take of ‘building up’ their set and performance. The two employ very lively tracks in their mixes, enticing the crowd with every second of the performance.

Though it is impressive that the two DJs delved directly into their set holding nothing back, the sound can become a bit overwhelming at times, leaving their audience with barely any recovery time. Elijah and Skilliam appear very prepared, confident and ready to put on an incredible show at Leeds Boiler Room. The two include several songs with prominent male vocals in a perceived genre of Afrobeat. The performance really picks up in terms of audience when the artists play a rhythmic verse about coming to a house on "Park."

The crowd is simply vibing with these talented Jamz DJs; smiling, dancing and mingling with the other fans around. The two switch off at about four minutes in, and this switch really prompts the DJ to show off everything he is capable of. The artist mixes intense synths and rap music to create a very distinct sound that is incredibly hard to define.

With every two minutes, the duo transitions their set into new, exciting sounds while mastering the same guiding theme of afrobeat dance music. Finally, at the halfway mark, the group begins to slow down the tempo of their set, just so they can take the performance even further with intensity and dance.

Elijah and Skilliam have great skill in controlling their tempo, mixing fast-paced rhythm to slower rhythm without a clear transition. As these two artists grow and learn, their performances and fan-base can only improve. The final minutes of their performance is characterized by groovy songs like 'Lemon Trees', including unique techno qualities. The two DJ's Elijah and Skilliam succeeded in putting on a very thrilling show at the Boiler Room in London. 

Kind of Blue – Miles Davis: Kind of Blue is a trademark of excellence, grace and musical breakthrough. This record is universally known, appreciated and sought after as one of the most pivotal pieces of Jazz music. The album was released in 1959, creating the groundwork for quality music in its very core — using natural instrumentation and improvisation. The band that composed this record was made up of some of the greatest musicians ever heard, including Miles Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wyton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Cannonball Adderly and Paul Chambers.

The amazing thing about this record is the unrefined, organic nature of how the album was recorded. These artists had never played any of the pieces or become familiar with the songs on Kind of Blue. Instead, Miles Davis only provided his band with the themes and chords of each track, and the talented musicians improvised throughout each song, producing one of the most legendary albums of all time. 

Davis picked up the trumpet at the age of 12 and has forever impacted other trumpet players to follow in his imaginative footsteps. The opening track ‘So What,’ gives us a great preview to what this group is really capable of producing together. From Paul Chambers' graceful, feel-good bass, to Davis’s erratic, impeccable timing and variation on the trumpet in ‘So What,’ this track will absolutely take flight of your feet and emotions.

The second track on the album is more predictable, whereas ‘So What,’ is completely unstable. The second track ‘Freddie Freeloader,’ is bluesy, soulful and patient. Wyton Kelly substituted in for renowned pianist Bill Evans on this classic track. Third track, ‘Blue in Green,’ is the softest composition of the record. Davis’s trumpet lines—muted and not, are gorgeous upon the soft piano and bass. Bill Evans delivers us an incredible solo on the piano to complete the sweet track.

Following ‘Blue in Green,’ the record returns to a more variable approach, speeding things up first and foremost with ‘All Blues.’ The 11-minute song carries the most unusual of scales, and returns back to a slower, softer feel with the final track ‘Flamenco Sketches.’ This final track is hopeful and buoyant, while seemingly mysterious. ‘Flamenco Sketches was composed by Bill Evans, and created in a very interesting way. Instead of using a typical method of passing around sheet music with the first 12 bars of the song, Evans instead wrote down the notes of five different scales – each representing a different mood. Evans instructed the band to “play in the sound of these scales,” and ‘Flamenco Sketches,’ was conceived shortly after. It is no wonder Kind of Blue is the best selling jazz album of all time; as it has forever shaped modern jazz.