PDJ 012 – Is Being Nice Effective?

PDJ 012 – Is Being Nice Effective?

Episode 12 – A Listener Keeps Me Honest!

Joe Pardo joins me as co-host, and we discuss the latest happenings in the DJ Industry before delving in to a series of emails from a concerned listener of the Passionate DJ Podcast.

“Jim”, as we will refer to him, is concerned that I am not preaching the most effective methods of advancing one’s DJ career… even if I may be preaching the most “morally correct” one.  I really enjoyed having this conversation, and for Jim caring enough to write in with his thoughts on the subject.

In this episode, we talk about:

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Advice for Busy DJs with Day Jobs

Advice for Busy DJs with Day Jobs

One of the more common questions that I get from readers is, “How can I develop my DJ career while maintaining a demanding day job?”

This is a familiar scenario to most people who work in music, or other creative endeavors.  You have to pay your bills, but you want to express yourself creatively.  But you can’t develop yourself as an artist (and turn it into a lucrative pursuit) without investing the time, and working on your craft.

It’s almost never the case that someone decides to just have a career in music, and does it the next day.  Not only that, but not everyone wants a full-time music career.  That doesn’t mean they don’t want one at all.

Here’s some advice for the majority of DJs: those who spend their mornings and afternoons doing something else.

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Pioneer Finally Abandons The CD Slot in the new XDJ-1000

Pioneer Finally Abandons The CD Slot in the new XDJ-1000

Pioneer has finally launched a product which has been a long-time coming: a USB-only, CD-less “multi-player”.  This is a move that has been predicted by many for quite a while, so this comes in under the category of “it was only a matter of time”.

The XDJ-1000 features a 7″ full-color touchscreen, Rekordbox integration (including the ability to play directly from the laptop, should you desire), an on-screen keyboard for track browsing (finally!), and full Serato (HID) integration.

The unit will debut late November (2014) and will run $999/€999/£829.  Let’s take a look at what the new unit has to offer!

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How The Comfort Zone Zaps Your “DJ-ness”

How The Comfort Zone Zaps Your “DJ-ness”

You have to show up, put in the hours, and develop your craft.  There’s no way around that, if you want to be good at what you do.

An artist must continually make moves in order to develop, and to direct their creative energy towards something productive.  An illustrator doesn’t become good at illustration by drawing the same character, in the same pose, over and over again.  They just become really good at drawing Mickey Mouse snapping his fingers.

When you get extremely comfortable in your DJing, you can just as easily become extremely bored…. wondering why you even bother mixing together other people’s music and calling it creative.

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PDJ 011 – Local Labor of Love w/3DMentional Entertainment

PDJ 011 – Local Labor of Love w/3DMentional Entertainment

Episode 11 – Aiming High to Build Locally!

In episode 11, I interview Tony DeSaro and Billy Dickensheets of 3DMentional Entertainment – a promotions company focused on bringing new and exciting electronic music events to Dayton, OH.  Tony and Billy have excellent synergy, having originally come into the “scene” from different angles (one from the music side and the other from the party side).

They meet in the middle to throw shows that Dayton is not used to seeing these days… bringing in bigger names, focusing on programming and progression of a night, and providing upper-tier production. values. They have loads of advice and inspiration, and I’m super excited to share it with you!

In this episode, we talk about:

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I Wish House Music Made These People Feel The Way It Makes Us Feel

I Wish House Music Made These People Feel The Way It Makes Us Feel

Today’s post is a guest article by Izn, who caught my attention with his fantastic YouTube channel chock full of live remix routines, and a forum post which inspired today’s insight.  (See the video at the bottom of the article for a great example of his work!)

Some of my best memories: playing house music as the sun set over festivalgoers in the beautiful Canadian wilderness. Vibing with thousands to sounds of Luciano, Jamie Jones and Derrick Carter at a UK festival.

There is something about house music that causes some sort of spark to go off inside. Something that causes this music to resonate strongly with people, something that gives it so much substance and soul.

And I’ll be the first to admit that it is difficult to put in words why this music has so much meaning.

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The Story Mix Project is COMPLETE!

The Story Mix Project is COMPLETE!

Over the past month and a half, we’ve been building a story-telling studio mix called “Zombie Hospital”.

I’m proud to announce that the project is complete, and you can now download the full mix to hear the end result!

This was a lot of work, and took a lot of time (and I even ran into a few blunders… check the video below to hear one of them).  But overall, it has paid off and I have a pretty cool soundtrack for people to use for their Halloween parties.

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Story Mix Project (Week 6) – Finalization and Mastering

Story Mix Project (Week 6) – Finalization and Mastering

Woohoo… it’s time for the last step!

This week we focus on getting the mix prepared for it’s final listening destination.  Personally, I’m putting the mix on a CD (to give out at local Halloween parties) as well as a digital download package.

I make sure the mix sounds even and “glued together”, get it broken into individual tracks, and do a few final tweaks.  Next week, the full mix goes live!

Check out the video below.

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One Reason Why You May Not Be Getting Bookings

One Reason Why You May Not Be Getting Bookings

Today’s post is an article by frequent PDJ guest-contributor and techno guru Kevin Kennedy, also known as FBK.  Check out an example of his work after the post.  Thanks again, Kevin!

So, you’ve got the equipment, you’ve got the tunes… all your friends think you’re awesome when they hear you just playing around at the house.

You KNOW you’re as good as all the other DJs playing around your town… but it seems NOBODY will give you a chance?

I’m here to tell you why.

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Story Mix Project (Week 5) – Bringing the Story Together

Story Mix Project (Week 5) – Bringing the Story Together

It’s that time of the week again!

During week 5 of the project, I’ll essentially be working on the same thing I have been working on up to this point: putting the entire mix together.  Once you get to a certain point, it’s all about grinding out that last 20% that gets you 80% of results.

So, since this is essentially a “labor week”, this video is a little different than previous ones.  I’m giving you a preview of some “scenes” from the mix, so that you can hear some of the pieces I’ve built so far.

So, check out the video below, and enjoy!

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