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Taylor

Taylor
July 31, 2012

New DeadMau5: “There Might Be Coffee”

It definitely seems like Deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) has officially gotten over dubstep. After his recent collaboration “The Veldt,” I am sure I wasn’t the only one wondering if this was a sign that the Toronto based producer was pushing away from the sound of the day. I have a great love for “Random Album Title” and have always kind of hoped he would get back to something more epic than nasty, just because “Brazil” and “I Remember” oozed epic beauty. Then he released “Professional Griefers” with My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and things were a bit more “Sofi meet Ghosts n Stuff” so I was less sure.

there might be coffee by fuckmylife

However, with “There Might Be Coffee” I am starting to think that hunch is on the money. The track seems somewhat unfinished and is almost reminiscent of something …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
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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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
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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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
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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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
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 …