Wired for sound

Paul Dailey nationwide; Jimmy Van M at ID
By DAVID DAY  |  December 6, 2006

Paul Dailey
In the hideyholes and squares all around our expansive city, pockets of electronic-music action can be found churning and yearning. Take PAUL DAILEY. For almost 20 years, as a resident at after-hours club Rise and a co-founder of the DJ Mix Academy, he’s been active in all corners of our town. Each week, from his home in Charlestown, he commandeers the HARDWIRED radio show on nationwide satellite XM radio. “XM is still in the very early stages of its lifespan,” he explains from his Comcast e-mail address. “But the last time the numbers were updated, I think I got an average of 35,000 listeners per week.” When you consider that his show is two hours on one of 80 channels, those numbers are pretty impressive. “It has helped a lot in name recognition, too. I have gotten gigs in places like Nashville, Louisville, and Ann Arbor . . . all places I didn’t have any contacts prior to starting the show on XM.” Dailey has a lengthy list of experience on terrestrial radio — he got his start at Fitchburg State’s WXPL — but he’s embraced the new technology. “For one, I have complete artistic freedom to play what I want. My show also airs twice per week, for those that miss it the first time around — or want to hear it again. The only drawback would be the lack of real-time interaction with the audience — Hardwired is completely mastered from my studio in Charlestown and then submitted via FTP — but the flip is that I can be DJing in Miami at the same time my show is being played in Montana.”

Dailey gets up to the Great White North for gigs as well. This weekend he has shows in Toronto, where he’ll help open a new club called Footwork and DJ an after-hours club until Sunday morning. His work has brought some of the biggest names in the techno world to Hardwired — people like Chris Liebing, Marco Bailey, Ellen Allien. Upcoming is a guest spot from one of the giants, Sven Väth from Ibiza’s Cocoon Club. “I know some well and have played with them on numerous occasions. Other people came about through my diligence with their management.” On top of all this, he writes on dance music for www.about.com, DJ Times, and Toronto’s Kick magazine. The man is nothing if not committed. “The rewards are immeasurable. DJing has been my life-long passion, and to be able to bring my sound and style to people across the continent is something I am extremely grateful for. It’s about having an outlet to play all the great promos I receive and push underground techno to a large audience.” We know the feeling. Dailey returns to Boston’s Rise next Friday, December 15, and he’s part of the five-city New Year’s Nation event at Felt, where he’ll spin at the VIP fourth floor after the ball drops.

Perhaps a young Paul Dailey is what Boston has in DJ DIE YOUNG. Our man Mistaker turned us onto him, and recent appearances at River Gods have more people talking. Die Young, a/k/a DJ AMIEM, has a few original productions on-line, the fun-time electro pop of “Me And Andy” and the hard-hitting filtered sound of “The Irreversible,” but what set our ears on fire is his “Holy Crap Mix,” which sticks you with an hour-long blend of tracks from Audion, the Field, and Hot Chip and a wild rework of Inner City’s anthemic “Big Fun.”

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