The DJ and Their Music

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The DJ and music, what strikes me most are that many DJs only use one style, while you can make it much more exciting for the audience by using different styles. In general, this holds the public’s attention, because it is not preconceived what they can expect. But you have to dare to let go of your one style, try to explore, there is still a lot to learn for you as a DJ. This does not mean that you cannot or may not play your style, but we as a DJ must also dare to explore, it is so surprising that many do not know at all what is for sale in the music world. There are usually so many opinions and so many types of music, this time I will explain Santana in more detail.

One of the greatest bands ever, Santana is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1966 by Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana. The band has gone through multiple recordings and performances throughout its history, with Carlos Santana being the only consistent member. The singer has many styles, including Latin rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, Chicano rock, jazz fusion, yacht rock.

Some of the most famous songs are Black magic woman, Maria Maria, and many more. His style has been underrated for a long time. But in the end, he was able to win several awards. By 1969, the band had secured a record deal with Columbia Records and Bill Graham as manager. Malone had already left the band by this point, as he had been convicted of manslaughter and had started his sentence in San Quentin State Prison. That May, the band entered Pacific Recording Studios in San Mateo, California, and recorded their debut album, Santana. Composed mostly of instrumental rock tracks, the album contains their first two singles, “Jingo” and “Evil Ways”. To promote their debut album Graham, who was asked to help organize the upcoming Woodstock festival, agreed on the condition that Santana would be added to the bill. Santana performed a 45-minute set in the afternoon of August 16, the second day. The performance launched the group to international fame, and the album, released on August 30, 1969, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. “Evil Ways” went to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I myself was a singer in a band, once started as a chorister in a church. We had the honor of performing as a support act for Santana. I have to admit it was a real hoot. Exiting, what more could you wish for it was simply superb.
During those times I was able to learn so much more about music. Due to health issues, I, unfortunately, had to cancel the band. I have continued as a DJ for almost 11 years now. It is fantastic to delve further into music and its styles.

2013–present: Reunion of the classic lineup, Corazón, Santana IV, and Africa Speaks
On 2 February 2013, Carlos Santana confirmed that he would reunite his classic line-up, most of whom played Woodstock with him in 1969. Santana stated that he was reuniting the group with the intention of recording new music. Confirmed for the reunion were Neal Schon, who was in the band in the early 1970s where he traded lead guitar work with Santana before leaving with founding Santana singer-organist Gregg Rolie in 1973 to form Journey; drummer Mike Shrieve and percussionist Mike Carabello. Santana said of Rolie, who played with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band for the last two years, “I’m pretty sure Gregg’s going to do it.” In February 2013, Rolie told, “it’s (the reunion) just a matter of putting it together and going and doing it. I would do it. I think it’s a great idea. People would love it. It could be great !”[18]

In the meantime, Santana released on 6 May 2014 a new studio album entitled Corazón and on 9 September 2014, Corazón – Live from Mexico: Live It to Believe It, a new live album (on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray) of their show on December 14, 2013, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

On 15 April 2016, Santana released Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunited the early 1970s classic lineup of Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album marked the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet had recorded together.

2021: Blessings and Miracles
On 18 and 20 August 2021, “Move” and “She’s Fire”, the first and second singles taken from Santana’s (then) forthcoming new album Blessings and Miracles, were released, and it was announced the release of the album on 15 October 2021 via BMG Entertainment.

Santana still exists.

DJ Aphrodite (Lynn)


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Written by: Lynn Matthieu

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