Movement 2015: A Rough Start

Movement 2015: A Rough Start

It’s my favorite time of year… Detroit’s annual techno festival is a live and kicking. Every Memorial Day weekend, this event is a pilgrimage made by thousands. As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel suite with a few buddies waiting for the doors to open for day two.

Yesterday, however, waiting is all that many of us did.

This is my seventh consecutive year, and I’ve done will call every time. I’ve never had an issue. This time, the line was out in the street and down to the river. People reported wait times anywhere from 2 to 6 hours (my own wait was over 3).

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Detroit Techno Week: Mayor Approved

Detroit Techno Week: Mayor Approved

The end of this week is my favorite time of year: Memorial Day Weekend. For myself and a lot of my cohorts, this coming weekend is all about Detroit, the Movement festival (colloquially, “DEMF”), and the techno scene in the motor city.

Mayor Mike Duggan, the 75th person to hold that title, apparently hasn’t missed the impact that this weekend has on the Motor City. On May 18th, Duggan recognized May 23 – 25, 2015 as Detroit Techno Week.

Perhaps the username “Detroit Techno Weekend” was already taken, but I digress. Techno was crafted in Detroit, and the scene remains surprisingly resilient… in spite of the many hurdles the city has encountered over the years.

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PDJ 017 – Bad Gig Stories!

PDJ 017 – Bad Gig Stories!

This one is just for fun! Join me as I share stories of terrible, strange, or hilarious gig experiences submitted by our listeners!

One submission tells the story of a laptop crashing right after a big drop during one of the DJ’s largest gigs to date. Another tells of the strange (and unsanitary) mystery someone found in the hallway during a house party. And then there’s our friend Joe Pardo (a frequent guest on the podcast) who tells us how he had to run for his life after a gig!

You’ll hear all these stories and more on episode 17. Hopefully it’s good for a few laughs!

Overall I hope you enjoy this show! If you have a bad gig story to tell, leave me a voicemail and we can do round 2!

PDJ 016 – I’ve Got Passion… What About Purpose?

PDJ 016 – I’ve Got Passion… What About Purpose?

Episode 16 – Passion Plus Action = a DJ with Purpose!

In this episode of the podcast, I bring in a full panel of DJ/activists to discuss the issue of purpose.

I say “passion and purpose” all the time, but what does it really mean? How can you find your purpose? How can you drive your goals home so that you can advance your DJ career or skillset? An excellent and inspiring discussion takes place amongst the panel as we all present our own unique perspective on purposeful DJing. Special thanks to Joe Pardo, Casie Lane, and Kilma for joining me on the show today!

In this episode, we chat about:

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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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