Austen van der Bleek is one of Open House Conspiracy’s co-founders and resident DJs. If you’ve enjoyed any of our events over the years, Austen has had his hand in almost every aspect of them, from the visual aesthetic to the bookings, usually setting the tone for each night with eclectic opening sets. His efforts have helped us receive coverage on Resident Advisor, reach thousands through our own web presence, and channel an ethos born from our humble Tallahassee warehouse beginnings into outings across Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and even Suwannee.
After four years of performing under a moniker originally established as part of a duo, Austen van der Bleek has recently adopted his given name and is taking off solo. Just a Prisoner is his first mix since doing so, and as a result it is saturated in the spirit of release and liberation — “For anyone who has ever felt like a prisoner, physically, mentally, spiritually… this mix is dedicated to breaking free from your chains, whatever they may be,” reads the SoundCloud description. With his signature knack for storytelling ever-present, it’ll be instantly familiar (and still full of surprises) to anyone that has followed him over the years. While “journey” has become an entirely overused way of describing music, the originators of record blending did regard their selections as a way of speaking with their audiences, and the narratives found in Austen’s own mixes fall in line with this tradition. Whether the subject be tensions over Syria, police brutality, the death of one of house music’s greatest figures, or peace, Austen’s mix output usually reflects the times or expresses a sense of the world around him because, as he puts it, “I say things best through music.”
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Billy Paul – I’m Just a Prisoner [Philadelphia International Records]
Tim Toh – Flamingo Ghetto [Ornaments Music]
Soulphiction featuring Marcin Oz – Prison Song [Sonar Kollektiv]
Rhythm Plate – Silence Is… [Winding Road Records]
Kerri Chandler – Three [Large Music]
The Timewriter – Power to the People [Plastic City]
DJ Christos featuring Monique Bingham – Outta Sight (Main Mix) [Katsaitis Music]
DJ Romain featuring Darryl D. Bonneau – It’s the Spirit (83 West Vocal Mix) [Nu Faze]
Coral Way Chiefs – Release Myself [Murk Records]
Mystic Bill – U Won’t C Me (Edit) [Snuff Trax]
Sean Smith featuring Carla Prather – So Gone (Denz Devarez Dub Mix) (Edit) / So Gone (Reprise Mix) [Smooth Agent Records]
Arnold Jarvis – Stronger Than U Think U Are (Edit) [Trippin Records]
Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Bye [Intimate Friends]