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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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!

Read More

The Problem With Underground Music Is…

The Problem With Underground Music Is…

… that people have become more obsessed with the idea of it being underground or exclusive, instead of good or innovative.

Music is an art form whose medium is sound.  This art form serves to entertain, educate, uplift, console, empower, bring clarity, and so-on.  But like any art form, there is often a self-proclaimed elite.  And this is how you end up with people paying absurd amounts of money for basically nothing.

Some of these people might want to re-think their casual use of the word hipster as a pejorative.

Read More

Story Mix Project (Week 4) – Adding Sound Effects

Story Mix Project (Week 4) – Adding Sound Effects

Week 4 is when we begin focusing on sound effects.  This is what makes this sort of mix unique and fun!

We will be using some of the same editing methods that we used in the last video, only at a much more “micro” level.  We build entire scenes made out of a handful of sound effects in order to help tell our story.

Finally, we also talk about adding effects… that is, things like reverb, delay, etc.  This can be done either to stylize the mix, or to make the added sounds fit better in the mixdown.

Read More

PDJ 010 – Becoming a “Deejaypreneur” w/Casie Lane

PDJ 010 – Becoming a “Deejaypreneur” w/Casie Lane

Episode 10 – Stepping Up Your Professionalism Game!

Episode 10 is all about treating your DJing more like a business in order to build credibility, land awesome DJ gigs, build your fan base, and do justice to your craft.

In this episode, I interview Casie Lane: a seasoned DJ and industry insider.  Having worked nearly all sides of the event spectrum (DJing, promoting, artist management, etc.), she has a lot of great insight to share with us about the benefits of professionalism and smart marketing.

Casie is the founder of such great online resources as The Deejaypreneur and Land Awesome DJ Gigs… check them out in the resource list below!

In this episode, Casie and I hash out:

Read More

The Best Controller Options for iPad DJs

The Best Controller Options for iPad DJs

Some love it and some hate it, but either way, the iPad is gaining traction as a viable DJing platform.  It makes sense; all the time, tablets are getting more computer-like while computers are getting more tablet-like.

But this is still a bit of an unexplored frontier for many DJs.  What are the options?  Are there decent controllers for iPad DJing, or are they all plasticky toys?

To help answer this, I’ve done the research in order to present to you what are, in my opinion, the five current best controller options for iPad DJs as we approach the end of 2014.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Read More

Story Mix Project (Week 3): Mixing and Editing

Story Mix Project (Week 3): Mixing and Editing

This week we focus on taking some of the tracks we found during week 2, and begin putting them in order and transitioning the songs. We go over volume envelopes, automation, filtering, and more.

In the second half of the video, I actually do an edit of one of the tracks where I wanted to slice out some vocal parts. You’ll see how to do these edits so that everything stays in time, and how to smooth these edits so that they sound intentional.

We’re going really deep in week 3!

Read More