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Why Does a DJ/Producer Need an Alter Ego?

For many mainstream performers prior to 2010, careers arched from the highly-sought after club residency to the single topping the Beatport charts to finally making it to the main stage at a major festival like Electric Daisy Carnival or Ultra. But throughout this decade’s long path, one factor remained: The [...]

By |July 14, 2014|

Numark Unveils NV Controller

Premier DJ manufacturer unveils the first intelligent Serato DJ controller with integrated software feedback screens. Cumberland, RI, USA – July 14, 2014. Numark (numark.com), the world’s leading innovator of DJ solutions, announces NV, an intelligent controller for Serato DJ. Featuring high-resolution color screens that provide extensive visualization of Serato’s flagship DJ [...]

By |July 14, 2014|

Dance Music Made a Major Economic Jump in 2013

Last year, electronic dance music, as a global industry, was worth $4.5 billion. Now a follow-up report from the International Music Summit in Ibiza reveals that figure grew nearly 50 percent over the past year, now bringing the total to $6.2 billion. With figures coming from the Association for Electronic [...]

By |July 7, 2014|

Moonrise Festival: Second Try, Different Approach for 2014

Last year, promotion for the Moonrise Festival began with high hopes. The successor to Baltimore’s long-running Starscape event, which the city banned after the 2012 show resulted overcrowding and multiple drug arrests, appeared to be better organized, but was canceled three days before it was about to start. With EDM [...]

By |July 3, 2014|

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 |June 27, 2014|

What Makes an “EDM Hit”?: Defining Dance Music Success in 2014

Mixmag recently put out a list of four “big room house” albums that are expected to be huge hits this summer. Although the list excluded Deadmau5’s While (1<2) and Calvin Harris’ follow-up to 18 Months, the dance music publication coined one term: “EDM Blockbuster.” Just days after Mixmag’s article, La [...]

By |May 30, 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 |May 2, 2014|

Beatport Awards and IDMAs: What The Mainstream Doesn’t Get

For those that don’t know, March is informally the season for dance music awards. Newcomer the Beatport Awards ended its poll at the end of February and announced its winners earlier in the month, and the long-standing International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs) revealed its lineup on March 27 during the [...]

By |April 14, 2014|

Welcome DAW Newcomer: Bitwig Studio 1.0

The long-awaited Bitwig Studio has finally come out of its beta stages and into its first official release, but does this cross-platform digital audio workstation offer enough features to jump ship? For Linux users it most certainly does. Gone are the days of getting a DAW to run in an [...]

By |March 28, 2014|

Quintessentially Corporate: When EDM Hits the Stock Market

If you had already thought EDM got as corporate as it could possibly get, from festival sponsors to Live Nation buying up Insomniac, guess again. Early in March, Forbes writer Jesse Lawrence recommended investing in EDM stock, specifically SFX Entertainment, which went public last year. Lawrence lists multiple reasons investors [...]

By |March 21, 2014|

Dance, Dance, Dance on the Radio?

Digital music’s takeover resulted in the record store’s demise – a downside on the hand for DJs, as it takes away the experience for finding a new record, but puts thousands of new tracks at his fingertips. But digital files didn’t just obliterate this once-keystone aspect of listening to music [...]

By |March 3, 2014|

No More Mainstream: What AFTER Las Vegas’ DJ List Could Mean

Arguing over whether top EDM producers are true DJs has become a cliché at this point; at large scale events slanted toward “mainstream” audiences, producers and their labels expect exposure, festival promoters want money-making performers, and audience members respond better to familiarity. Still this overall amalgamation has spread across top-tier [...]

By |February 28, 2014|