Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Way Of The Plann - The Best Of The MastaPlann - A Mega Mixx By THE BEATMEISTER

After the sudden demise of the Master Rapper, Francis M a few weeks back, a thought came up to my head one fine day and gathered some materials from this old school Pinoy hip hop group composed of 2 MC's and 3 DJs, who are just one of a few excellent Pinoy Hip Hop artists that I tend to admire along with Francis M, coz' they don't try too hard to imitate those black gangsta' rappers and just do their own thing, rhyming it up Pinoy style.

MastaPlann was formed back in 1992 in the Philippines, with its original members Butch Velez a.k.a. Tracer One, Johnny Luna a.k.a. Type Slickk, with DMC (Disco Mix Club) Champs, Sonny Abad a.k.a. DJ Sonny, Noel Macanaya a.k.a. DJ MOD, and Lopi Guzman a.k.a. DJ Ouch (brother of RSL main man, Ramsey), managed by Jesse Gonzales of DMC Philippines. They did all their rhymes in English, but still fused some Pinoy elements and samples for their original tracks (Manila, I'm Home (sampling Hotdog's Manila), Tumalon at Sumayaw, True Asiatiks, and some Tagalog words incorporated in Here We R).

They were able to release three albums, which all went multi-platinum and there are currently talks of a reunion sometime this year I hope, as published by my friend, Soul Sonic TV's Pinoy Hip Hop blog.

Butch and Johnny were balikbayans from the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, CA, Sonny a balikbayan from Hercules, CA, near the San Francisco Bay Area and Noel and Lopi native Filipinos. In 1995, Butch and Johnny went back to the states to take a hiatus from the scene. In 2000, they released a third album through BMG Records, under the new sub-label, Red Egg Records entitled, an obvious reference to their newly developed website. Additionally, the group scaled down their line-up to just Butch and Johnny, and then added Johnny Krush, another balikbayan from the San Francisco area. This album has already obtained gold status in the Philippines, and is also still selling. Currently, the group is based in the States where they still perform and make music. Mastaplann is currently working on their fourth album, yet to be titled, to be released under True Asiatik Productionz.

Here's a sample of a previous mash-up, which I did sometime last year, of one of their tunes, "Is It Tym," which I mixed & mashed with The Cure's "Close To Me." Do check out my original post last April. OPM Retro + Classic New Wave = Is It Tym To Get Close To Me (The Beatmeister's Superb Mash-Up Mix) - The Cure vs. MastaPlann. Incidentally, this track also got some airplay during one of The Vault specials and was also included in the playlist. Now, that's what we call variety!

Now, let's change genres and delve away from 80s New Wave for the meantime, as it has also been quite a while since I last mixed some hip-hop tunes for y'all, and sample my Mega Mixx via SoundCloud. Just click on the PLAY button and enjoy Original Pinoy Hip Hop sound from The MastaPlann posse. Freak Da Funk!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Start: Mar 28, '09 8:00pm (PST)/Mar 29, '09 12:00 NN (Manila)
End: Mar 29, '09

Tune in for another night of non-stop music mixes from The Vault resident DJs
[From 80s Synthpop, darkwave to obscure new wave hits]


Only from The Best Obscure Music/Mixes on The Net

T H E V A U L T O N L I V E 3 6

Monday, March 23, 2009

Presented By The Vault On Live365: The Politics Of Dancing - A Synth & Wave Collection Volume 3 - A DJ Mix By THE BEATMEISTER

Here's the third installment from my synthesized new wave mix series, which was also featured in one of The Vault In The Mix specials, our New Year Special, to be exact.

More danceable 80s classic tracks from MARC ALMOND, RE-FLEX, FIGURES ON A BEACH, THE BLUE NILE, THE CURE, DURAN DURAN, KING, SISTERS OF MERCY, PHIL OAKEY WITH GIORGIO MORODER, & SHRIEKBACK, bringing back those excellent party days.

Hope you guys enjoy the new preview player via Soundcloud and DivShare. Thanks once more to my buddy, OEV for recommending me this cool tool.

Don't forget to tune in to The Vault On Live 365 for all your classic faves, freshest and most obscure tracks and the best in New Wave mixes and beyond brought to you by your friendly neighborhood DJs at The Vault.

All of my latest and never yet published mixes premiere every Saturday at 8 PM (PST)/Sunday at 12 NN (Manila), so try catch it whenever you can. Ciao for now.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Start: Mar 21, '09 8:00pm (PST)/Mar 22, '09 12:00 NN (Manila)
End: Mar 22, '09

Tune in for another night of non-stop music mixes from The Vault resident DJs

[From 80s Synthpop, darkwave to obscure new wave hits]

Only from The Best Obscure Music/Mixes on The Net

T H E V A U L T O N L I V E 3 6 5

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Vault In The Mix Presents: A Replacing Echo Sampler - A Modern Rock Wave Mix By DJ DANNY

It's another special mixset from one of my buddies and resident DJs of The Vault On Live 365. This time, it's DJ Danny in command with the decks. Another pioneer in the DJ scene, DJ Danny started his mobile way back in '88, then called SynchroBias during his early teenage years. He learned the tricks of the trade just watching his idols back then from infamous mobiles like SNS Mobile and Twisted Nerve, to name a few, and listening to mix broadcasts from radio stations like BM105, NU107, 99.5 RT, Magic 89.9 and 89 DMZ.

He tells me that the name Replacing Echo popped out from a dream (kinda deep man, hehe) and ever since, used it for his own mobile.

He also narrates that he was back to zero (in terms of DJ'ing) when he and his family migrated to the US back in the early 90's, but when "you're really serious with this kind of hobby, even some improvised equipment will do." That's determination in DJ Danny's own words.

He also met The Boy Wonder through those old school chatrooms back in the day and their love for 80s New Wave and DJ'ing brought 'em together along with the other Vault DJs. Their first gig together was called Sneak Attack 2 somewhere in Southern Cali, but he was still not a hundred percent back into DJ'ing that time, until he was invited by The Boy Wonder to join The Vault team and the rest is history.

Today's set is another special sampler of what you'd be hearing on our weekly show from 8 PM to 12 MN (PST) on Saturdays at The Vault on Live 365, called The Vault In The Mix. The mix kicks off with some mini medley of Depeche Mode hits followed by classic tracks from Real Life, Yazoo, Gene Loves Jezebel, Red Flag and more, all mixed and remixed the RePlec way.

As always, enjoy today's post and express your love for the music by leaving some comments for DJ Danny's power set. Hoping to hear more from our friend in the very near future. Thanks again buddy! You may click on the PLAY button for a preview of DJ Danny's mix.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

3 Stars & A Sun - The Beatmeister's Tribute To The Filipino Master Rapper - Francis Magalona (October 4, 1964 - March 6, 2009)

Just a few weeks after a very talented musician, Mike Francis, passed away, another gem in the industry, Francis Magalona more popularly known as "Francis M," "The Mouth," and "The Master Rapper," succumbed to severe sepsis as a complication of his long-time battle with leukemia and passed away at 12 noon today. He was just 44 years young. His passing away is indeed a tremendous loss for the Philippine music industry.

As quoted from, "the acclaimed rapper-musician was rushed to the Medical City on Thursday night, Inquirer sources said. He was “intubated” upon admission and placed in the Intensive Care Unit at 3 a.m. Friday.

Magalona was “toxic” during the early hours of Friday, the Inquirer sources further said.
Doctors still managed to administer chemotherapy on Magalona. He expired before a bone marrow transplant could be scheduled, they said.

Magalona had been undergoing several chemotherapy sessions since he was diagnosed with the
disease in August last year but was too weak to fight the infection, sources said."

Magalona was supposed to perform “Superproxy” with the Eraserheads in the band’s reunion concert, “The Final Set” at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City on Saturday.

He had been in collaboration with Eraserheads and Pupil frontman Ely Buendia for an album to be released this year, but sadly, won't be finished because of his sudden passing away.
For more info on his inspiring journey, check out... and

As a tribute to a great Filipino artist and the original urban patriot of our time, I am reposting a Megamix of almost all of his greatest hits and a Remix of one of his earlier hits for the last time. Rest in peace brother! You and your excellent contribution in the Original Pinoy Music scene will surely be missed.

Please check out my original posts from last year of the late great Francis M.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Vault In The Mix Presents: South Of Love - An 80s Slam Dance Mix Chapter 3 - A DJ Mix By THE BEATMEISTER

Another new month, another new mix. It's the third installment from my slam dance series filled with familiar 80s New Wave hits, all considered danceable back in the day, when these tunes were at its peak.

If you enjoyed the first and second mixsets with the similar theme, this is another rockin' blast-from-the-past floor filler and will surely bring back those cool high school day memories of soirees, prom nights and high school dance.

More stuff from THE LOTUS EATERS, FRIENDS AGAIN, DEPECHE MODE, THE THE, THE B'52'S, B-MOVIE and a last tune surprise.

Again, 'would like to express my sincerest gratitude for all your nice comments and great interest in our mixes posted here at TMU either via email, chatbox or comment section. Keep 'em comin' and definitely, more goody stuff to come. Cheers!!

Click on the PLAY button for a preview of this week's mix set and enjoy!!