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April 27, 2012

Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Summer Tracks

After having a fun filled Spring (break, for you students), the Summer is almost upon us!  Here in the beautiful (Dirty) South, the summer climate gets quite toasty, signalling that it is time to get ready for the the beach, lake, or the pool, and of course, the massive summer festivals.  Growing up I always looked forward to my summers, because I could be at the beach from dawn to dusk, along with masses of beautiful people, wearing next to nothing, with little to no responsibilities.   So even if I can’t get away to the beach like that any more, I luckily have the chance to re-invoke those feelings whenever I play a DJ set this summer at the lake, pool, or at a block party.  Here’s a few of my favorite guilty pleasure tracks, older and newer, that are great for your upcoming gigs going into the summer.…

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April 25, 2012

The Evolution Of DJ Culture

In 1935 the term “disc jockey” was used to describe the first radio announcer to become a star, Martin Block.  Since then the disc jockey or “DJ” has been defined in as many different ways as there are now styles of music, technique, performance, and technology.  I became a DJ nearly thirty years ago and I have seen the culture change and evolve in many ways.  From my humble beginnings playing at family parties, making mix-tapes for dance routines, and travelling as a performing artist and entertainer through the nineties, I have witnessed how DJs affect and influence a generation of fans and dance music enthusiasts all over the world.

The culture associated with being a DJ is one of unique style or fashion, extravagance, excess, and fame.  Today some of the most successful and heralded DJs are idolized by millions of fans worldwide.  They are considered to be …

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April 20, 2012

Vestax VCI-380 – Serato ITCH DJ Controller Review

Since the beginning of DJing and DJ culture Vestax has been heavily influential in evolution of the art form.  With the advent of turntablism and controllerism they have consistently had a presence with products like the PMC series battle mixers, PDX series turntables, and the VCI range of controllers.  A host of incredible DJs and turntablists, including Q*Bert, Carl Cox, DJ Krush, Johnny Fiasco, and Rafik, have endorsed their products for years, choosing the Vestax range of mixers, turntables, and controllers as their weapons of choice.  The quality and reliability of the Vestax product is undeniable, and their technologically advanced design and versatility is maintained in their new range of midi pad and DJ controllers.

One of the influencers of modern controllerism, Ean Golden, first used a Vestax VCI-100 to originate a culture and a style that is more widely used among many of …

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April 18, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 2

There are a few different schools of thought that exist these days in the DJ universe when it comes to using a DJ controller.  I touched on some of these in Part 1 from my own point of view and personal experiences having made the switch just less than 2 years ago.  The debate over the use of a DJ controller versus using either turntables with vinyl, CDJs with CDs, or a DVS has provoked much thought and discussion over the past few years, but continues to gather momentum as controllers evolve and become more prominent among touring professional DJs.

To be fair, the founding father of controllerism, Moldover, is considered to be more of a pure controllerist rather than a DJ.  He created the art form, based on the need to perform and live produce as a musician, going far beyond the expectations of conventional DJing through the …

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April 12, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 1

It is amazing, but not surprising, the reaction I get when people see me using a controller.  Even with the world wide popularity of EDM and DJing, as well as the countless varieties of related products that are on the market, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding what DJs do when we play music.  However, it is not surprising because, being a DJ for over 2 decades, I have seen this same reaction before when just using turntables and a mixer.  It’s the DJ circle of life, seriously.  I am often asked which is better, turntables or controllers?

As I travel abroad in my journeys playing dance music, I find myself being an ambassador of the culture that we all know and love. I am always happy to talk about music, gigs, incredible DJs, EDM artists, mixing tricks, and techniques. Inevitably the conversation always turns to talking about …