What’s Spotify’s Role in the Future of DJing?

What’s Spotify’s Role in the Future of DJing?

Spotify has been toying with integration into DJ software/hardware combinations for a little while now, but thus far, this integration has existed on the fringe.

Many DJs are, understandably, skeptical of using a subscription-based streaming music service in a DJ context. But there are undeniable benefits, especially for people who take a lot of requests or play a lot of weddings.

The latest development is that you can use Spotify as your music source for playing on top-of-the-line Pioneer decks (including the club standard CDJ-2000), which is certain to make a few more people raise an eyebrow.

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Netlabels: Crate Digger’s Secret Weapon

Netlabels: Crate Digger’s Secret Weapon

Today’s article is a guest post by MK-Ultra, a DJ and an event promoter from Finland, as well as the founder and co-host of AuralCandy.Net – Premium House Music Podcast.

The podcast I have the pleasure of co-hosting collaborates with over 40 commercial recording labels. In practice that means we could easily DJ with just the abundance of promo releases we receive daily. But what would be the fun in that?

Ever since my vinyl days, the most enjoyable aspect of DJing for me has been crate digging. While digital distribution of music hasn’t changed the principle of crate digging, it has changed its nature. Access to music is no longer dictated by scarcity or distance, but by the DJ’s patience and passion to dig beyond the charts.

For a niche DJ such as myself the emphasis on originality is more important than ever. That’s why I’d like to share my favorite crate digging secret weapon – netlabels and free music.

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PDJ 015 – Making SoundCloud Work For You w/Budi Voogt

PDJ 015 – Making SoundCloud Work For You w/Budi Voogt

Episode 15 – Become a SoundCloud Ninja!

That’s right, folks… this episode of the podcast is all about SoundCloud.  My special guest, Budi Voogt, joins the discussion to teach us all about how to market ourselves online, the changes SoundCloud is making to their platform, and how to improve your presence there.

This is a service which has grown exponentially since it was launched several years ago, and as such, the “big names” in the music industry are starting to wonder where their royalties are.  We discuss this problem, and how SoundCloud plans to resolve it.  Additionally, Budi introduces us to his book, The SoundCloud Bible, where you can go much more in depth into how to have great engagement and presentation on SoundCloud!

In this episode, Budi and I discuss:

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New Traktor Kontrol D2 Spotted in the Wild!

New Traktor Kontrol D2 Spotted in the Wild!

As I make this post, there is a live stream of Dubfire, MK, and Uner playing at WMC in Miami.

But the really interesting thing is what they are playing on… a pair of new Native Instruments controllers which Uner has referred to on his Facebook page as “Kontrol D2″. The new units appear to be the “deck” sections of the Kontrol S8, and they are placed on either side of a standard Xone:92 mixer.

Let’s have a quick look, and speculate at this little peek NI has given us.

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Filter by Key on Beatport: A Crapshoot

Filter by Key on Beatport: A Crapshoot

Over this past weekend, Beatport announced an update to its store which allows you to filter listings by musical key.  This sounds like a godsend to those who are all about mixing in key.

Harmonic mixing is no big secret these days,  but it’s also largely underutilized among DJs.  While certainly not a requirement, mixing in like (or compatible) keys opens up some pretty neat mixing options.  It’s just downright cool to overlay melodies, and end up with something beautiful instead of a disaster!

But by using Beatport’s key filter, you may be putting your faith where it doesn’t belong.

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Twenty DJs Over 50 Who Still Top The Bill

Twenty DJs Over 50 Who Still Top The Bill

While it can often seem to the public that DJing is a “young man’s game”, there are plenty of examples showing otherwise.  Many of the music genres that sort-of “came of age” alongside DJing are still very well represented by the pioneers that helped create them.

If there are any shining examples of the old adage, “age ain’t nothing but a number”, it’s these guys.  Between them, they’ve seen it all: the development of scratching, the rave glory days of the 90s, the advent of hip-hop… the list goes on.

Here are twenty influential DJs in the “Over 50 Club” who still rock out (in alphabetical order):

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Lil Louis and the Dangers of Hearing Loss

Lil Louis and the Dangers of Hearing Loss

At the end of January, house music legend Lil Louis was hospitalized in Manchester after suffering a potentially career-altering blow: an injury which has left him with permanent hearing loss.

This comes right on the cusp of Lil Louis’ release of his self-proclaimed “best album of [his] life”.  Someone apparently wandered into the booth and set off a CO2 cannon next to him, without notice, causing the injury.

The legendary producer/DJ left some words on his Facebook page that night, addressing the situation and explaining the reason he couldn’t play for them that night:

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PDJ 014 – All About Sound Quality

PDJ 014 – All About Sound Quality

Episode 14 – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Back in episode 13, I answered a call from Joseph regarding sound quality.  He asked when it’s worth it to invest in high-end audio gear (like sound cards, mixers, etc.)  But the question I actually answered had to do with production sound (speakers, amps, etc.)

Duh.  Apparently I wasn’t paying attention that day.

So, rather than just write a corrected answer, I decided to dedicate this entire episode to all things sound quality… including a re-answering of Joseph’s question.

In this episode, we dive into:

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Why DJing is Getting “Gadgety”

Why DJing is Getting “Gadgety”

There’s no shortage of experienced DJs that hate the digital age.

This is often attributed to the whole “barrier of entry” thing (i.e. – “nowadays, anyone can grab a controller and call themselves a DJ”). But there’s actually more to it than that. It’s that DJing means something entirely different to one person vs. the next.

LCD screens, beatgrids, MIDI maps… why do you need all that?

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Quality Matters (Lamentations for the “Good Enough DJ”)

Quality Matters (Lamentations for the “Good Enough DJ”)

If you’re a DJ who is not chasing a great musical experience for his or her audience, I’m not sure what to tell you.

If you’re truly a passionate music fan, you already know which qualities to pursue.  These qualities present themselves whenever you get the shivers, or get a huge smile painted on your face, when you experience your own musical moment.

The digital revolution has been constantly flipping the music industry on its head for years now, and what could be viewed as the most accessible way for new artists to share their craft is often formed into an excuse which explains their lack of success as a musician/DJ.

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