September 21, 2012
If you’re still producing live music at home in your bedroom with no place to show your skills off, and no audience to give you the respect you deserve – perhaps you should enter Djtechtools live remix contest. Now you’ll have a chance to wipe the dust off your Novation Launchpad and put on a good pair of clothes for a change, since you’ll have to record yourself live and submit it online.
The rules are straightforward, load up a sample drum pack that’s being offered from the website, and give your best, no gimmick, show. Winners will naturally receive prizes for their efforts.…
September 21, 2012
Digitialdjtips.com was nice enough to share 10 hidden Traktor tips, which many DJs did not know exist. Now they have posted another list to please the other half of the coin, Serato users. Their 10 hidden Serato ITCH tips will save you time behind the screen, and hopefully free up your hands to take care of other, more necessary tasks at hand.
BPM’s can be set to half-time or double-time using the alt and cursor keys which is good if you are constantly switching between dubstep and drum and bass tempos. The ctrl feature that is popular on windows machines has the same function in your Serato playlists – now you can edit multiple tracks at once. Many more tips are given over at their tutorial page.…
September 14, 2012
Let’s be frank, DJing is hard. More specifically, playing out at your favorite establishment and having everything go your way is exhausting – but the reward for your hard work is almost always an intrinsic feeling of relief. There is only one DJ behind the decks, and that means if you screw up, it’s all on you.
Experienced DJs can be really hard on themselves for not performing the way they expected, even if somebody in the crowd gives them a compliment. There is always risk to be taken, and that’s really the hallmark of a struggling DJ. Don’t fret. Young and old, every DJ has the same sentiment towards his/her work.…
August 27, 2012
The British TV show “House Party” recently featured a DJ set by Grandmaster Flash – which makes you wonder: Will this be the future of DJing? Some may actually prefer having a live and direct DJ spinning his set through the tube. It might be a good break from sifting through the sweaty club-goers in a dark room, hoping to get a glimpse of the DJ.…
DJ Scott Mad Flip
April 18, 2012
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 …