December 19, 2012
DJ Shadow was kicked off the decks this past weekend at Mansion in Miami while spinning live in support of his All Bases Covered tour. By all accounts, some of those who paid thirty dollars to get in the door to see him didn’t actually care to see him. Pigeons and Planes probably put it best when theorizing that “the crowd was either not into his set or the promoters were just so amped to get their resident back on to drop more Top 40-inspired tracks that one walked right up to the decks and apparently asked Shadow to stop.” The same thing happened to Dennis Ferrer earlier in the year, as has been mentioned by almost anyone talking about this. I’ll leave it to all those other sources to elaborate on the silliness of booking these DJs if all you need is someone to throw Guetta and the party …
October 8, 2012
Check out our sixth Podcast covering random stuff about the debate, “reality” according to haters, and some other stuff that’s probably sort of musical.
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October 5, 2012
Illegally downloaded music is something like the purple elephant in the room. I think most DJs who were around with the birth of Serato were familiar with download music that was never bought and paid for. Only an unlucky small percentage were ever sued or hit with fines for their actions, but I would say that a large majority of DJs still download their music, without paying.
Now, that’s not to say that many of us haven’t grown up and looked at this type of behavior objectively. Those who have produced music understand the blood sweat and tears that go into making a track your own. Perhaps the maturity in us speaks to our common sense, and many of us are now supporting the artists that we cherish.…
October 2, 2012
Newbies just can’t stop asking questions. For every beginner that enters the world of DJing, there are 1000 questions asked – over and over again. It’s helpful to remember that while experienced DJs get sick of being bothered with obnoxious questions, they were once beginners too, and wore the same shoes as them.
The key bit of information that should be extracted from this post, is that there is no guaranteed formula to get what you need. Like driving a car, you can only learn so much by reading and practicing. Much of what needs to be learned can only be learned by experience alone. The gear you obsess over is insignificant when compared to your ability to adjust to each and every situation. …
September 26, 2012
DJs who share the decks throughout the night have either a spoken or unspoken etiquette that they typically follow. Aside from raising and lowering the energy of a crowd in waves, music selection must also be carefully watched. A novice DJ might make the mistake of playing out the popular club bangers at the beginning of a set, leaving the next DJ songless – but sometimes this is necessary and downright useful if the situation calls for it.
Guest DJs who aren’t familiar with the other DJ’s may be unsure of your style of building up energy, and they may spoil it altogether. Also, unknown DJs can present a risk to the next DJ, given their style as well. It may ultimately be crucial to end your set on a high note – and save yourself from the next guy’s destruction.…