macedonia (eclecticon)

feelin' it @ sound unity project 2.  upstate new york.  late july 2003. date/time of birth: november 5, 1973 / 4:02 p.m.

insect alter ego: "skeeter" (like a mosquito, only less threatening)

other aliases include: terrique esso, dr. strangebreak, tau neutrino, the rhythmic geriatric.

self-description: “75% instrumental, 25% vocal. percussive man child. human sparkplug and resident dj cheerleader. the anti-MC. also a recovering Okayplayer. student of the turntable ebb and flow.”

Ask his moms - Macedonia’s been mixing in some way, shape, or form for most of his life. However, it was the fall of 1993, while taking a semester off from college, that he decided to take it seriously. He started off blending jazzy house, breaks, and trance using a turntable and CD player (only one of which had pitch control).

One year later, Macedonia attended his first Giant Step party in NYC. After witnessing a live performance by a Swiss hip-hop band (try and picture a blond-haired, blue-eyed female vocalist with the resonance of Mary J. Blige) as well as hearing The Mighty Bop, Prince, Barry White, Digable Planets, Rick James, The Notorious B.I.G., Soho’s “Hot Music” and dozens of other tracks all spun in the same night, Macey had finally found his signature sound: EVERYTHING.

Macedonia’s DJ sets link the analog with the digital, the electronic with the acoustic, the sampled and programmed with live instrumentation. Handling rhythms both of a downtempo and uptempo nature, jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, house, techno, and breaks all share turntable space. Past appearances have placed Macedonia alongside of Nigel Richards, Reid Speed, Jordan Vesteyo, DJ Wally, Swingsett, and Chillfreez.

For more than half of the ‘90s, he served as a member of WCDB Albany 90.9 FM (SUNY Albany’s own student-run radio station). During that time, he co-hosted CLUB 91 (an underground dance mix show) for three years and created REVELATIONS (a new school jazz/urban alternative show) in February of 1995, which ran for a period of three years. He also had a few record reviews and a poem featured in URB Magazine during that same year.

The year of 2003 led to a stint at RECESS Wednesdays @ Orchard Bar (NYC), where he was a rotating resident DJ for most of the year. Since then, his DJ gigs have ceased almost entirely, partially due to burnout and mostly due to a severe allergic reaction to shady bar owners. He is, however, currently affiliated with Koncepshun, a collective of event organizers, DJs, producers, and MCs. Most of his creative time these days is spent hard at work on his blog as well as two podcasts: Radio BSOTS and endless shouting matches with yourself. He is also a contributing writer to Impose Magazine.

Macedonia’s musical influences include Frank Zappa, Prince, Carl Craig, Squarepusher, Madlib, Prefuse 73, Mouse On Mars, and Kirk Degiorgio, along with a host of others. His claim to fame is “making superior mix tapes with inferior equipment.” Macedonia is happily married to his eternal life partner Elizabeth and they live in a third floor attic apartment in Mount Vernon, NY. They are proud parents to Simone Elizabeth Smith, born on August 23, 2006.

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NOTE: see "wrecka stow woes" for an addendum to this bio. you can also click here for more first-person perspectives. anything else you need to know about this man can be found on his blog.

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