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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2014

Technical vs Producer vs Club DJ Careers

While the definition of what a DJ is becomes more obscured, we can still break down the various types of DJs into smaller groups to which they would likely agree with the designation.  The most basic type of DJ is what we might call the working DJ.  These are the guys who are there to do a job.  They have the duty to figure out what music is new and what will keep the dance floor moving.  While their technical skills are requires, it is not as important as having a strong music selection that is also current with whatever bar you’re working at.  These types are most common.

Another type of DJ is the producer DJ – and this type of job requires much more work and gear than any of the other types.  The producer DJ usually has programmed sets, meaning there is little variation in what he …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2014

Pioneer DJ Divison Is Up For Sale

As consumers, we are only privy to what is going on in the DJ industry in terms of products.  We hear and see the hype of what is coming up next – but we do not actually get to see what in fighting that goes on before any product is ever made.  You can be that the engineers and designers have ideas of their own – yet they end up making compromises once the products gets into the hands of consumers.  Every big tech company must overcome this problem.  They want to create something new and useful, but it also has to be affordable to the right crowd – otherwise it could put them in the hole.

It is hard to believe, but Pioneer is facing a chance of hands in terms of business ownership.  Is this a sign that Pioneer has bitten off more than they can chew?  Most …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
September 11, 2014

Will Your Next Controller Be 3D Printed?

DJing and music production in general seems to cross paths with many other types of arts and sciences out there.  The visual side of things will take shape in the form of hip-hop, and this is what we have scene for a while now.  Style, art, graffiti, even freestyle rap are all elements of hip-hop, to which the DJ is also a part of.  The art of throwing a party and controlling a crowd also lends itself to the DJing movement, where it is more about presence on stage than the music itself.  The other side of all of this is the technology.  This is where style and substance can be combined to become great things.

Nothing personifies these ideals more than controllerism and MIDI controllers in general.  They have taken all of the above elements and have turned them into something that can be thought of as almost scientific.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 11, 2014

A-Trak makes his case for ‘Real DJing’

Back when Turntablism was in its infancy, if you could scratch at all you were considered part of the team or this invisible line that separated the players from the listeners.  While mixing was an appreciated art at the time – being able to scratch while mixing was even better.  DMC contests did not award those who were good at mixing, rather, it award those who took things to the next level with new scratches and new routines.  Now, when many of these award winning DJs began to make a name for themselves, they discovered that scratching alone would not settle the dispute between who was the out there.  They had to combine their technical skills with their party rock skills.

Many DMC DJs use this type of mixing, even when they are simply play out for a party crowd.  The one thing that they still understand is the amount …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 10, 2014

The World’s Highest Paid DJs 2014 Revealed

There was a time when the rave scene was basically underground.  These were events that were not publicized in commercials or even for commercial purposes.  Often times, the people who threw the rave made just enough money to allow the event to happen.  The thing that made it pretty cool was the fact that it was not open to everyone, and that make it a little bit more exclusive.  DJs who performed in these events did not go on to make millions of dollars if you can believe it.  The types of DJs who make a lot of money by performing are actually of a different breed.

Many will hate on them for taking the business and creating something out of it, but in the end – they did make money by doing so.  Still, there are plenty of other DJs and producers who have talent, who are not in …