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Learn How To DJ: A Starter Guide

So you want to learn how to DJ. It can’t be that hard right? According to Techno producer Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, “...it takes two days to learn, as long as you can count to four.” Really?! Not so much. Mr. Zimmerman is referring to the most elemental of DJ [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:49:22-05:00June 27, 2014|

The Lost Art of Record Storage

If you have fully embraced the latest technology, you probably aren’t worried about where or how you are going to store your thousands of songs. Being digital, they, and many more, fit conveniently within a little black box that you can throw into your backpack. For the rest of the [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:33:48-05:00May 2, 2014|

How EDM Is Good For The Economy

On June 18th, 1971, Nixon addressed congress calling drug abuse “public enemy number one”. Since then, there has been an all out war on drugs.  According to Wikipedia.org, marijuana in particular “...constitutes almost half of all drug arrests.”  Be that as it may, beginning in the early hours of 2014, [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:33:52-05:00February 12, 2014|

Connecting The Dots

When my set was over, a young, aspiring DJ pulled me aside intent on educating me. He claimed that only as an established “insider” was I permitted to mix and match between genres as I pleased. Clearly, I hadn’t got the memo. Despite ten-plus years of DJing under my belt, [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:33:56-05:00December 30, 2013|

The Pros & Cons of Being a DJ

After a long weekend behind the decks I came home with mixture of pride and defeat.  In the span of two separate 6 hour gigs I had discovered music in my library I had forgotten, laughed with friends, pulled off some clever mixes, marinated my liver, lost sleep, tore up [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:49:28-05:00December 11, 2013|

An Insider's Guide: DJ Gig Survival Tips

When you are DJing in your bedroom, everything is perfect. Your turntables are set at the right height, your monitors are crisp, there are no drunk girls running up to the DJ booth requesting Britney Spears, and every cord/adaptor/powerpack is at your fingertips. When you venture out, unless you are [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:51:44-05:00September 6, 2013|

Too Many Hats: There Is More To Being A DJ Than Playing Records

According to ehow.com, the duties of a DJ are limited to “providing entertainment”,  “familiarity with equipment” and being “knowledgable of music”.  I must have clicked the refresh button half a dozen times before I realized the entire post was fully loaded, and the internet is seriously lacking answers for the aspiring [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:53:08-05:00April 1, 2013|

DJs: Tortured Artists or Copyright Criminals?

Lately, numerous producers and DJs, including myself, have been complaining about the blocking of audio files uploaded to the online audio distribution platform, SoundCloud.  An essential tool for DJs and producers alike, SoundCloud has usurped Myspace as the place to host your own audio creations for the world to hear.  Until [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:53:09-05:00February 11, 2013|
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