Optimo's JD Twitch Submitted A Mix For The Commonwealth Games

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Opening in a blaze of tartan kitsch and John Barroman fuelled joviality, the Commonwealth Games was a remarkable spectacle.

Yet there was a lingering feeling that the event didn't truly represent Glasgow, didn't truly represent wider Scottish culture.

If Optimo's JD Twitch had been involved, it could have been oh so different. The DJ was invited to craft a series of mixes for the opening ceremony, and threw himself into the job.

Writing on SoundCloud, the selector said: "I dropped almost all my other projects and spent a ridiculously long time researching and putting tougher mixes of music that represented the Caribbean, African and Asian nations participating. All the mixes had to be within a specific tempo range, fast paced, "fun", and accessible to "the man in a sports jacket", whatever that might mean."

Yet the team behind the Commonwealth Games didn't get back to him. Spending an enormous amount of time on the project, JD Twitch found out from another DJ that he had been replaced by a bigger name.

"Sometime later I was playing a gig and another artist on the line up sheepishly came over and told me he had taken over the job from me, that I was much better qualified for the job, but they had decided they wanted a more famous name attached to the project. I was raging, not with him as it's absolutely fair enough he would want to work on such a project, but at the lack of decency and respect afforded me by the people who had roped me in and talked me into doing this to begin with. Several weeks after that, they finally got in touch and informed me they had "forgotten" to tell me i had been replaced!!"

Deciding to upload a portion of his Caribbean mix, JD Twitch wrote: "There's a lot more to the story but legally i'm not even supposed to mention any of this at all so will leave it there and see if there are any repercussions. But, as so much love, sweat and energy went into this, I thought I'd make the Caribbean section mix available, and of course have a bit of a rant. As they wanted something fairly mainstream I couldn't squeeze any of my beloved Prince Far I or any out there Trinidadian disco records on there, but i think it is quite a fun mix that at least hints at the amazing music the Caribbean has produced, continues to produce and that has had such a huge influence on so much other music."

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