Why Great DJs Fail (6 Examples of Misguided Artists)

Why Great DJs Fail (6 Examples of Misguided Artists)

kilmashotToday’s article is a guest post by Kilma, a DJ, radio host and writer from Winnipeg, MB.  Check out her awesome blog, Don’t Kilma Vibe, and her streaming radio show The Basement Sessions every Saturday night at KilmaMusic.com.

As the founder of Brand Me Silly, a writer for DJ Mag Canada, and radio host of The Basement Sessions, I have a lot of opportunities to work with great artists. Unfortunately, many artists find themselves short of their requirements: too little, too late.

Many artists are entirely misguided on things as simple as updating social media accounts, how to properly operate their own gear, and their understanding of the mental game.

Below are 6 misguided artists, whose mistakes can be learned from.

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Pioneer XDJ-RX: Evolution of the All-In-One DJ System

Pioneer XDJ-RX: Evolution of the All-In-One DJ System

In case you needed another pretty piece of DJ hardware to either lust after, or loathe over… Pioneer DJ is coming strong off the holiday season with its latest piece of gear.

Introducing the XDJ-RX: the latest screen-wielding all-in-one DJ unit.  Continuing the trend to break free from laptops, the RX is a truly standalone system.  No computer necessary (though, it is functional as a MIDI controller).  As you may expect, the noteworthy item on this new system is a big, shiny screen.

Let’s take a look at what Pioneer DJ’s latest has to offer.

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PDJ 013 – New Year’s “Resolutions” for DJs

PDJ 013 – New Year’s “Resolutions” for DJs

Episode 13 – Happy New Year!

Happy 2015!! In this special (read: impromptu) edition of the Passionate DJ Podcast, I help 6 of my most valued listeners get answers (‘resolutions’) to their questions. Thanks to Raymond, Ian, Brian, Thiago, Joseph and Alex for submitting voicemails!

If you’d like to submit a question for the podcast, you can leave them at PassionateDJ.com/ask!

In this episode, I help our listeners answer:

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The Future of Beatport (Good, Bad, or Indifferent)

The Future of Beatport (Good, Bad, or Indifferent)

Beatport has enjoyed 10 years of success as a one-stop shop for digital DJs to acquire their music… two of which have been with the massive media conglomerate SFX Entertainment in the driver’s seat.

Since SFX acquired Beatport, there have been a number of additions to their arsenal.  Beatport Pro, for example, is a desktop media player and organization system (or a redesign of their online store… how confusing).

The latest announcement (via WSJ) is that Beatport.com will re-launch as a free (ad-supported) music streaming service in 2015.

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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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