There’s no doubt that 2020 was been one hell of a year. With a pandemic completely shutting down nightlife and wrecking the music industry as we know it, 2020 took quite an unexpected turn that left many DJs, producers, and music lovers scratching their heads a bit. But not all was lost this year –– a […]
Every year has a couple of defining moments, but nobody could have ever predicted the magnitude of surprises that 2020 had in store. This year has produced countless paradigm-shifting developments, and the past nine months has brought the lives of people around the world to a grinding halt. From waves of swelling social change and […]
DJs around the world are becoming increasingly aware of copyright rules due to takedowns and mutings online – but the complex nature of music means that things aren’t always as clear as they could be. Today, I hope to shed some light on this space that has been something of a gray area for many artists. […]
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Meet Keila, Garrett, and Alex – three friends, roommates, and artists who were hit hard by COVID-19. In their spare time, they’re co-founders of the West Coast-based artist group, Inquiry Collective – but their full-time jobs were taken away when the pandemic hit. Like many DJs, producers, and visual artists, they took to livestreaming as a creative […]
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In our latest Future DJ Gear series piece, we’re taking a look at the potential new battle mixer from Pioneer DJ: the DJM-S11. Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S9 is a much-beloved mixer amongst scratch DJs. However, arguably even more loved was the late DJM-909, which featured a touch screen and much deeper control. The DJM-S9, which “replaced” […]
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The explosion of music culture in the past few decades has occurred due to a rapidly changing society, as well as the hyper-fast development of technology. DJing was born in this technological and cultural revolution and has been quickly evolving ever since. Over the years, there have been a few pieces of gear that have […]
Hot take: the era of DJ livestreaming could be in decline. The “renaissance”, we’ll call it, that happened at the start of COVID-19’s shelter-in-place orders burned bright. In this editorial, I’ll talk through why that level of streaming from DJs might be in the past. COVID-19 closed the clubs, shuttered music venues, kept us from […]
Playing B2B DJ sets online has always seemed impossible. A new group is tackling the technical challenge of back-to-back DJing over the internet.
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In the history of DJing, the DJ has always played a critical role – not just as a musical selector, but also as the room conductor and vibe controller. They’re filling the room with music, but they also have ability, at any time, to make it stop or change. In a year where in-person high-activity enclosed […]
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Next up in our Future DJ Gear series is a Traktor a Kontrol S6 controller. The Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk3 is a fantastic controller that provided serious competition with other, similar-sized controllers such as Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-SX3 and Denon DJ’s MC7000. Its haptic feedback, magnetically-tensioned, motorized jog wheels were a fantastic new feature that provide […]
If there has been one event in the past 25 years that has been absolutely catastrophic to the nightlife industry, it’s COVID-19. With a death toll that is now well over 600,000, stringent travel restrictions, and even a few all-out lockdowns, it is easy to see why many local nightlife scenes have been totally decimated. […]
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DJTT author Matthew Takata sits down with veteran club DJs to ask them about their dreaded “worst night ever.” Often in life, our best lessons come from our biggest blunders, and also leave us with a few funny stories all the while. This month, he spoke with Alex Nepa, a mixed format DJ operating out […]
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How AI is changing the way we make music – and the services that are out there to help. Right now, AI music services are all the rage, and rightly so. The technology, data, and demand is there. As a producer, if you can use online tools to help inspire or improve your productions, why […]
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We all feel it – the COVID-19 burnout is real. Many of us are itching to get outside, to play clubs again, to be back on a dancefloor, and to play on a big soundsystem again. Yep, we miss it too. But we’re not quite there yet – particularly in the United States. That’s why so […]
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It’s no secret that the battle between artists livestreaming during quarantine and the copyright laws embedded into streaming platforms like Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube has been ongoing – and growing – as the year of online streams has progressed. In early June, Twitch served a series of copyright takedown notices for old videos posted by streamers, putting […]
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As a DJ, Denney’s career over the last few years has seen him play all over the world – including Elrow in various countries and Ibiza’s notorious DC10. He plays a mix of 4/4 electronic music across the house and techno spectrum, and draws on 23 years of DJing experience. Who Is Denney? He’s a talented […]
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In what feels like a capricious nosedive into the darkness, descending, our world during COVID-19 can sometimes feel on-edge. From resisting that urge to rub your eyes with unwashed hands to standing a safe two metres away from your best mate, the presence of the invisible enemy looms considerably large. Feeling vulnerable, the frequent sights […]
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The era of quarantine livestreaming is alive and well. Wondering what you’ve missed? What streams and streamers have stood out? Here’s a (non-comprehensive) sampling. As the dearth of in-person shows has dragged on, online streams have gotten more entertaining and come with higher-production. We crowdsourced the DJTT community and picked a few of our favorites, […]
Next in our Future DJ Gear series comes a takes on Denon’s potential next piece: a more affordable version of the SC6000. Denon DJ’s new SC6000 players are the new favorites of many professional DJs such as Laidback Luke, combining innovative new technology with superb professional build quality. The SC6000 outperforms the expensive, industry-standard Pioneer […]
For the last 6 months, I’ve been living a life that in many ways mimics the challenging scenario many of us face now. Through that time, and in the last 20 years of working as a independent artist, I’ve developed a simple set of disciplines that have allowed me to thrive in the world when […]
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What happens when a music technology company decides to act childishly in response to an article they don’t like? In the case of Behringer, a satirical product announcement video has been making the rounds this morning. The device shown, the “Kirn Corksniffer” (did a teenage boy come up with this idea?) directly attempts to admonish […]
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