Product

Ode to a Hairbrush

I bought a hairbrush through Amazon and when I got the box there was a note included which said, “Dear Valued Customer: First, I would like to say thank you so much for purchasing our product. We are a small family-owned business operating here in Canada. We have just launched this product and it has very few reviews. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to offer us a review of your recent purchase. One of the hardest parts of being a small family-owned Canadian Business on Amazon is getting those first sales, as nobody takes the time to leaves us reviews, however, if you could be part of the 1% of people that do leave a review, we would be INCREDIBLY grateful and it would mean the world to us. Thank you.” My word, but what an earnest and politely expressed request. I couldn’t very well ignore it. So even though I am like 99% of the other people who shop through Amazon and don’t leave reviews, this time I endeavoured to be a part of the 1% that do. I said, “This is one fine motherfucking hairbrush. It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted. It’s just the right size, shape and weight. It’s attractive, constructed of good materials, the bristles are just the right length, and they’re just the right amount of soft and firm. This might be the perfect hairbrush. I’m pleased with my purchase. What’s more, I’m pleased to be able to give my support to a small family-owned Canadian business, both by making this purchase, and then taking the time to hammer out this positive review. Time well spent, and brush well bought.” So there you go, my little good deed for the day, and I am proof positive too that, for the most part, goddamn, but Canadians sure are nice.

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Event

Only Love Can Heal

Only love can heal this broken world. Love lights the way because love is the source of the cure. Celebrating 16 years with my one true love. Thank you for yesterday, today and tomorrow. I love living this life with you, I love taking this ride with you. Thank you for everything. Here’s to 16 more.

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Music

The Arrival

New full length ill.Gates album THE ARRIVAL is out now on all platforms! Click here to listen, share, support and purchase. Congratulations Dylan on such amazing work with thanks to everyone at Alpha Pup, Talent Mantra, AB Touring and Producer Dojo. Love and gratitude as well to all collaborators and musical guests, Jordana 187, Mimi Page, UHNK, RIP Kenny, EyeOnEyez, 42 Dugg, Stephan Jacobs, Conrank, Ill-Esha, Andrew Huang and Ian Ludlow.

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Event

The Arrival

ill.Gates THE ARRIVAL tour kicking off tonight in Atlanta! Celebrating the final LP of the “Airport Trilogy” dropping this Friday! Amazing support on the first half of the tour from an-ten-nae, Aplsoz, CANVAS, DiCE MaN, ELEVATD and Kermode. If you see your city here, I highly recommend you go. Dylan has been working very hard writing new music and syncing tracks to video to offer a sensational audiovisual show. Plus this is the first time he’s been separated from his gorgeous wife and beautiful child since the start of the pandemic, so if you support the tour, you will help to make it successful, which will ease the pain of separation and make Dylan happy. And when Dylan is happy, the whole world is happy too.

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Friends

Would Be Wonderful

Asha had a special playdate with Rani, Dylan’s friend Danny’s adorable girl. Rani is three months younger than Asha but is far more fluent. This girl expresses herself so well using such surprisingly complete and advanced sentences I was in awe. I was so used to assuming that Asha was top of the heap in all regards for her age group I was taken aback when I heard Rani speak. Now I’m privately a little worried that Asha’s language proficiency by comparison is perhaps lacking. Strange since I am her mother and I don’t fucking ever shut up. You’d think Asha would have been born talking a mile a minute expressing strong opinions and debating quantum entanglement theory and shit. Anyway aren’t these little girls gorgeous. It’s so fun watching them interact and figure things out. Hope they will become wonderful friends. Would be wonderful for all involved.

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Sharing

I Had a Moment

I had a moment of serious panic earlier today when I couldn’t find Asha, I checked everywhere and then downstairs and finally outside in the backyard and she wasn’t anywhere, nowhere at all. I took a deep breath and checked the last place I could which was the studio and there she was, thank fucking god. She was safe and relaxed and practising DJing with daddy. Such a real relief to find her and so wonderful to see her calmly DJing and having a ball.

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Music

Homesick


When home stops being a place and
becomes a person then you know
it’s love

DJ LUCAS AND BRANCHEZ Homesick
COLLIE BUDDZ FEAT. KREESHA TURNER Used to
SKRILLEX, STARRAH & FOUR TET Butterflies
NGHTMRE & ALEXANDAR SMASH FEAT. GHOSTLO Speak Easy
CAMO & KROOKED Ember
SKALES AND DAVIDO This Your Body
ALICE LONGYU, MURA MASA, BÜLOW She Abunai
ZOMBOY Lone Wolf (Tony Romera Remix)
SPIDERHOUND High Grade
IMANBEK & SEAN PAUL FEAT. SOFIA REYES Dancing On Dangerous
Freedom (#1)
MUNGO’S HI FI, GARDNA, CATCHING CAIRO Back In The Dayz
ETANA FEAT. VYBZ KARTEL Baby O
SUB FOCUS & RUDIMENTAL FEAT. CHRONIXX & MAVERICK SABRE Trouble
MATRODA & RICCI Caliente (Na Na Na)
STEVEN MOSES Confessions Of A Hotboy
LIL BO WEEP MOVIN FORWARD
BLAQ JERZEE, MR EAZI, HARMONIZE Falling For U
Nights With You
MEMBA Schools Out
GRANDTHEFT FEAT. LOWELL Quit This City
SIZZLA Too Long
JOE FORD Where is the Sun
DR. FRESCH & MARTEN HØRGER Take A Step Back
CLARENCE CARTER Slip Away
YAN ZOMBIE Winter

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I Hope You’ll Like It

Finally just finished my next mix. Proofing loudly now on the living room speakers checking for any needed last minute edits and changes. Seems good so far. Stoked. A tad behind my mix a month schedule but at least it’s done or almost. Hope to post by the close of today, along with the tracklist and tagging anyone who might care, whoever’s shown interest or support for my sets in the past. The mix is super nice, I like it, I hope you’ll like it too. Yay. I must say I’m pleased.

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LOL

Back & Forth

Dylan was going back and forth with his graphic designer about key issues and points for his website. “Don’t ever mess with the aspect ratio,” said Dylan, “because then I’ll look like a fat hobbit, like I do in this picture.” “Actually,” said the designer, “that is the original aspect ratio for the picture.” “Ha ha,” I said, “you’re a fat hobbit darling, stop blaming the aspect ratio.”

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Sharing

Dinosaur Act

Asha has a thing for dinosaurs, she busts out with a dinosaur act that is so convincing you’d almost believe there was an actual dinosaur in the room. She puts shoes one on each hand and that seems to activate dinosaur mode. Asha approaches stealthily with her shoe hands up and goes, “Roar.” Then she grins widely, holds the pose, and looks at you closely to assess your response. It’s clear she fully expects you to be floored.

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Thoughts

It’s As They Say

Having a child, raising them, caring for them, being there for them, being responsible for them, requires and promotes patience, flexibility, compassion, kindness, persistence, diligence, sacrifice, forgiveness and love, all things the world always needs more of. Parenthood makes you do more and be more, because you must. Parenthood requires you to become a better person because you have to work harder, care more, and be less selfish. Watching your child grow to become strong and healthy and happy and being a part of that strength and health and happiness is the reward for all the constant challenge and hardness of the work. There is no greater reward. Children are a blessing. Children make you better because you have to be. There is no better motivation and there is no better reason to be. Also you can replace children with animals, other people, the earth, knowledge, justice or art, just as long as you’re caring for and about something deeply and genuinely, beyond yourself, just as long as you have something to live for, something to spend your energy on, something to work towards, something to work hard for and be proud of. We all need something that continues to motivate and inspire us to be better and to do more. Else why be alive if you don’t care about anything and if nothing motivates you to be a better person or to help make things better for yourself and others. There’s no point if you don’t give a shit. And it’s as they say, shit or get off the pot.

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Event

To My Angel

Happy birthday to my angel of a husband. Thank you for being the absolute best. You are matchless, unequaled, unparalleled and unsurpassed. You’re my favourite in all the ways. I hope your birthday has been fantastic and that you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. Ps don’t listen to the haters baby you don’t look a day over 40!

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