Monday, July 28, 2008

'In the Mix' DJ Battle Rules and Guidelines

  • Free and anyone can enter the battle
  • DMC format. You will get one three minute routine that is judged by a panel of DJ's.
  • Contestants must bring their own records
  • Vinyl only. You will not be allowed to use CDJ's or software programs (serato)
  • The Lab will provide the DJ equipment. Two technique 1200's, Vestax 05 or 07 mixer and Shure M-447 needles.
  • Cash prize for first place. Second and third place prizes TBA.
  • Register online by emailing us at or call 802.863.8500. We need your full name (not DJ name) and phone number.
  • Registration deadline is August 15th (day before event). No exceptions.
  • Battle begins at 9:45pm so make sure to be ready and present for competition one hour prior.
  • Monday, July 21, 2008

    the Lab Membership cards are here!

    Students or non Lab members can now order their Lab memberships online. It's easy. Select which program you would like ( 1, 3, 6 or 12 Month membership) and when you receive a confirmation from paypal, you will be able to pick up your membership at the Lab studio (*membership term starts day of purchase)

    Friday, July 18, 2008

    Saturday August 16th 'In the Mix' (Symptoms Collective website launch party)

    Lotus Entertainment in conjunction with Symptoms Collective presents 'In the Mix' Saturday August 16th 2008. In the Mix is a series of events taking place at the Echo Center. A live DJ competition presented by The Lab, Fashion show, art exhibit and live music by locals 2nd Agenda, Scroll and Forest. Plus a special performance by the CHEEKS Hip Hop dance crew! 21 to drink. All ages to party!! Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 day of. Purchase tickets at Steez Clothing 104 church st #2 Burlington, Vermont. We will have online tickets available soon!

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Rock the Net: musicians for Net Neutrality

    "Net Neutrality is the principle that preserves an open Internet. It’s all about choice, freedom of expression and access to legal content. It’s also how many of us discover new music. But if big telecommunications and cable companies have their way, you may only be able to hear what they want you to hear"

    Sunday, July 13, 2008

    KP3 Touchpad Dynamic Effect Sampler

    The Mack-Daddy Of Kaos! Have you perused the amazing pocket-size Kaossilator Touchpad Synthesizer and the equally stunning Mini-Kaoss Touchpad Effects Processor but wanted something with a little more musical meat? Well check out the KP3 Touchpad Dynamic Effect Sampler. The KP3 combines features from both the Kaossilator and the Mini-Kaoss Pad in a desktop based format with stunningly cool LED lights underneath the touchpad based control system that follow your finger. What's more you get the ability to sample sounds, use MIDI, and store the whole mess on an SD Card. LINK

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    the Puppet Mastaz

    "Puppetmastaz are the only toy-band in the world. They come from Berlin, and do everything like humans, from producing to ripping the phatest beats.
    After their early success and heavy rotation on MTV in 2000, their debut album "Creature Funk“ (New Noise/EMI, 2003) puts the puppet-crew on the international stage. "Creature Shock Radio“ (Louisville Records, 2005), an album Eminem, 50 Cent and the Muppetshow would have gladly spawned, confirms their rapstar status.
    Since 2004, Puppetmastaz have put on more than 180 shows (incl. Roskilde and Sonar) and delighted more than 150,000 people around Europe. The fantastic live energy of the shows demonstrates if need be, that the Puppetmastaz are no muppets! They know their stuff and rap like no other.
    Puppetmastaz are Mr. Maloke (founder of the crew), Panic the Pig, Snuggles, Wizard, Pit, Lisa, Frogga, Groucho, Richelieux, Ducci Procetti, Dino and Ricardo Prosetti, Bloke, Dogga Dacoda, Hammerhead, Dojo, Ryno, Buddah, Flix and Croucholina" (thanks Christine) LINK

    Lotus Entertainment's 'In the Mix'

    Think you got what it takes to be a great DJ? The clip from the 1992 movie Juice starring Tupac should get you hype. The Lab is hosting a DJ battle Saturday August 16th 2008 at the Leahy Echo Center in conjunction with Lotus Entertainment's 'in the mix'. Free to enter and will be judged in the 'juice' format. Registration and more information on the event to follow soon!

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    Vermont Rock Camp (with the Lab soon to be introduced)

    "Rock Camp provides a forum for students between the ages of 11 - 17 to work closely with area professionals on the fundamentals of rock music performance. For five days, students and faculty work together rehearsing, writing and arranging a short set of material for each band to perform in concert on the final day of each session. Bands are formed on the first day of camp in the following possible styles: Classic Rock/Blues, Punk/Hardcore, Reggae/Jamband, Metal, Singer/Songwriter and Funk/Hip-Hop"

    Saturday, July 5, 2008

    MovieWavs website

    From A to Z. All your favorite movie quotes and sounds FREE at your finger tips-both in wav and mp3 format! Enjoy

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008

    Producer of the month: DJ A Trak (sorry Polow Da Don)

    Me and My Sneakers Ft. Lupe Fiasco produced by A Trak

    It was a toss up between this and Nas' new single Hero produced by Polow Da Don (fire) but we had to go with A Trak. We're in the planning stages for the next Behind the Beat series coming sometime early next year (get ready) and we wanted A trak. Why? Well to name a few of his accomplishments-World DMC champion, touring with Kanye West, starting his own label Fool's Gold, producing heavy tracks for Kid Sister, Kid Cudi and just recently wrapping up his Nike compilation the Running man....whoa. But because A Trak only wants to take on 'bigger markets, Vermont not being one of them' (very disappointing email from his agent) we will not be booking him anytime soon. No worries, we can at least share his new track with Lupe and let you all know we have someone just as exciting (maybe even more) in the works. Stay Tuned