Broadcasting From Brooklyn

by Ricardo Gutierrez

Hello all. Thanks Ta-Nehisi for the warm welcome. I'm excited for the opportunity to speak to your community for a week. Attempting to fill Ta-Nehisi's big shoes and keep up with the other guest bloggers is both scary and humbling. I'll do my best to keep my Avias off your mom's glass table while I visit your living room. 

Since you've probably never heard of me, there are just a few things you should know about me. I have several interests that include DJing, music production and photography. I've recently begun learning the way of the homebrew. I love watching, reading or hearing anything to do with craft. Any craft will do because it's process that I love the most. I fight the good fight of keeping up with my subscriptions to The Atlantic and The New Yorker while slowly getting through various books. It's a fight I often lose. Most importantly, I've spent the last decade paying my bills as a Mastering Engineer. But perhaps a little more telling is the fact that I get very little work done if there are any episodes of Star Trek or The West Wing on the telly, even though I've nearly seen them all (except for DS9, working on that).

I am extremely excited to be weeks away from moving into a new studio in Harlem. I should note that when I was asked for names for the new wing of the studio that will house my room I suggested the Alpha Quadrant. We'll see how that goes.

I am often blown away by the depth and wit that you guys posses. I hope to pick at your large brains with some issues that have plagued my field for a while now. I would also like to share some of the many reasons why music and it's creation is something I hold very dear. Finally, we'll be trying a little experiment this week. Per TNC's request, I am cooking up some daily DJ mixes for you guys. Nothing too long. Just long enough for you to listen to while you have at that turkey sandwich at your workspace.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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