October 23, 2012
If you are bitter about advances in digital DJ technology because you think it gives birth to hipsters and renders your vinyl records obsolete, you can at least be thankful for one aspect that it has brought us, exposure. While the amount of skill and talent out there is arguable, there are definitely more competitions now, than ever before. Some of these competitions are simply local events that pit amateur DJs against each other – and some of them are horribly produced mistakes, like DJ X-Factor that was eventually scrapped.
The next big step for any DJ is learning how to compete, whether it be mixing or scratching. Local competitions benefit shop owners, manufacturers, curious crowds, and talented DJs together. When you’re thinking of entering your first competition, you have to ask yourself why you’re doing it. It could be experience, connections, or cash awards – but there has to …
September 5, 2012
The DMC competition is still the longest standing worldwide competition, where DJ’s come to challenge their opponent’s skills behind the wheels of steel. Few people know the history of the DMC’s, or the fact that it began as a mixing competition, rather than a scratching or beatjuggling competition. DMC has since changed its program, allowing the use of digital technology and other peripherals – but the 2 turntable format has still remained king.
Gemini’s DJ competition at the BPM Show 2012 offers a similar type of competition, but without being restricted to fundamental equipment. An “anything goes” attitude is the theme of this event, and winners will be selected via an online public vote. The winner of this of this competition will receive a brand new CDMP-7000, the newest edition of the CDMP line.…
DJ Scott Mad Flip
April 25, 2012
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 …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
December 9, 2011
There’s an abundance of music available at our fingertips via the internet and literally hundreds of ways to play it all as a DJ. Whether using turntables or CD players and mixer utilizing a laptop as a traditional DJ set-up or having a digital vinyl system, or DJ controller, there are many ways to spin these days. Almost anyone can do a little research online, frequent night clubs, raves, or house parties and decide they would like to start DJing. This is an amazing truth that will remain as long as dancing and dance music exists. But how can you differentiate yourself from the others? What are ways that you can make your sound unique without having to spend thousands of dollars on a super custom rig? Adding a unique sound to your mix can be difficult and expensive, but there are a number of great products out there under …