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"HOW CAN WE BOOK SKYLAB2000 FOR OUR CLUB/PARTY/EVENT?"
We are no longer using a booking agent, so please email or call us directly. Click HERE for contact info.

"WILL YOU REMIX OUR TRACK?"
Yes, if we like it and truly think we can do something good for you and the track. We prefer to do remixes for things that have an actual planned release, but terms are very easy and not expensive at all. If you have a good release planned, CONTACT us about a remix.

"HOW CAN WE SEND YOUR OUR TRACK/PROMO/REMIX?"
Please send a link to a downloadable mp3 file. Zipped files ares fine too, if you have multiple files to send. You can also use Dropbox, by clicking here:
Send me your sounds

"WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME SKYLAB2000?
In 1973 the US government launched America's first space station. It was called Skylab. Pretty amazing stuff for it's time, but it was plagued with problems. Communications broke down, a solar panel never deployed, and the stabilizers didn't stabilize. After a shaky start, the station was quite successful and three crews lived aboard over the next few years. After 5 years, the station was done being used, and a lot of good stuff had been learned. Here's the bad part! It was now about to fall out of it's orbit and the 78 ton space station was to crash to earth. There was worldwide concern, as there was no predicting where it would fall. All over the world the was "skylab panic", and worry that it would crash onto a populated area or a major city. On Tuesday July 11th, 1979 it did crash to earth. Skylab broke apart and hit the ground in an un-populated area of western Australia. No one was hurt and the panic was unfounded.

HOW DO I BECOME A FAMOUS DJ?
I have no idea. I will say that it helps to be as good as you can be, so that everyone wants to see you more than anyone else. You should try and stand out like a sore thumb. Throw some events in your city, get folks out to hear you, and become an integral part of the scene where you live. Think about what is so special that people need to book *you*.

Selling yourself is a bit like peanut butter. When you go to the store do you buy Jiffy or Skippy brand, or do you buy "MysteryPeanutButter". The mystery brand may be super tasty, but what are the odds of you buying it? Is your working name and reputation great because you've WORKED to build a name and audience, and now people want to see you, and will pay hard earned money to do so?

That's what a DJ is at an event. You are brand name Peanut Butter. If your local store only sold brands you never heard of, you'd shop elsewhere, right? Make your brand the best known it can be, AND the best you can make it, and then try to make sure many other people (your fans) agree.

"HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN SKYLAB2000"
Initially there were two of us, Dennis and Stuart. Then we added a singer, Alissa. We toured with that lineup for our first year. David eventually replaced him, and we did a few more years that way. David was a live performer didn't do writing or production, so when he left in 1999, Dennis took over his onstage role as well.

"HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS?"
The first independant vinyl release was way back in December of 1992. What became skylab2000 started in 1994.

"WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE?"
For live sets, we use a selection of synthesizers and a sampler, controlled by a classic DOS computer based sequencer. Most of the gear is hardware, with synths from Yamaha, Korg, Roland, and Future Retro.
Almost all of that gear has been modified in some way. We mix that with some modern machines, and some VSTs.

In the studio, synths, samplers and effects from Roland, Korg, Yamaha, Future Retro, Electrix, Midi Solutions, Waldorf, Mackie, Behringer, Harrington, Pantomime4, and Alesis all have a place.

For idea sketches and remixes, Ableton Live is our current choice.

For final mastering, I like Sound Forge with various plugins.

I often get asked "what gear should I get?" There is no easy answer to that. If I asked you what kind of car should I buy, could you answer? Not so easy. There's so much great gear out there, that it's hard to go wrong. We started with very basic stuff, and not a lot has changed. Go to a store, or download a demo, and just see what feels right for you. The way I do like to things is a lot different from how you might. We all have our own methods.

Remember that good music can be made on any gear. The most important gear is talent. Anyone can buy a cookbook and a pot. That doesn't make you a chef. :)

I'd be happy to answer specific questions.

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