Posts Tagged Dj

Digital turntablism just keeps getting better

Vinyl purists will not like this, but i think it’s a step forward in using modern technology to manipulate sound in a way that has been done for decades (using vinyl records and samplers to mash up a track).

So here is a demo done by DMC champion DJ Shiftee using Native Instrument’s current line-up of toys that make you think twice about holding on to those crates of vinyl.  All you techno geeks like me, check out the 2nd video of how its exactly setup and done. (drool)

Tags: , , , , ,

PodCast #001 – DnB appetizer

Welcome to my new DJ Podcast!

Here is my first episode, a drum & bass mix containing a few vocal tracks. It is a quickie, hope you all enjoy it and share!

Tracklist:
1. Sabre & Survival – Omega King
2. Electrosoul System – Attention
3. Ror Shak – Fate or Faith
4. Logistics- Cold World
5. Commix – Belleview
6. Subwave – Stars Get Down
7. Zed Bias – Something About This
8. Kelis vs T.I. – Why you Wanna

Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here!

Play

Tags: , , , , ,

Hey DJs, don’t forget to practice

As experienced last night at Bar Dot here in Hollywood, there’s nothing worse than a horrible DJ providing your evening’s entertainment. So practice practice practice! Don’t be a bad DJ please. (and how the hell do some of these guys get gigs anyway?)
Here is what a really good DJ sounds like. (the end of the set gives me chills!)

Tags: , , , , , ,

DJ/Producer spotlight – Spectrasoul

This duo from Brighton, England, has emerged onto the drum and bass scene in 2006, not fully coming to the forefront until 2008. Their ingenuity takes the drum & bass genre to the next level and makes them one of today’s top artists.

Signed with many top labels such as Metalheads, Subtitles and Shogun Audio, there is hardly a track they produce that isn’t a total banger on the dancefloor.

“The Four Points” – is a ragga jungle joint with a nice sub-bass line and a cymbal heavy breakbeat. Ragga rhymin included, of course.

“Alibi” – is one of my favorite liquid drum and bass tunes with a steady vibrating bassline that rrrrrolls right through the track. The piano chords are beautiful and well placed vocal samples set off the track.

Check them out all over the interweb, or just hit them up on their myspace page.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Plug ‘n Play DJ controller for Itunes!

default

Mobile DJing doesn’t get any easier than this. Fork over $249 for the software and controller bundle, install the program and plug in the contoller. Done.

Vestax and algoriddim have partnered to create the spin DJ controller for the djay software app that runs with iTunes.

Other mobile laptop DJ setups require additional hardware (like a multi-channel sound card for headphone cue-ing) and more expensive software and DJ controller hardware. Even though this sounds like a basic setup for novices that don’t need all of the bells and whistles of more high end gear, Vestax has been producing professional DJ gear for over 25 years (some of their mixers are the industry’s finest) and I wouldn’t be surprised if this product receives some high praise once it hits the bedrooms.  Cue it up here.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Best Buy announces to sell DJ equipment

bblocation

Electronics giant Best Buy is partnering with Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics to create DJ equipment areas in all of their retail stores. Consumers will be able to purchase DJ equipment including turntables, mixers and production software. A handful of stores will have a full “Club Beats” area, with music sampling stations and interactive areas to sample products. While up to 300 other stores will have areas with less product selection. Monster Cable is also getting in on the act, offering their DJ related product selection to the mix.

Best Buy is planning to kick off their new “Club Beats” venture, with celebrity appearances, incuding the Godfather himself, Dr.Dre.

Finally, the electronics superstore is jumping onto the band wagon, doing what smaller music stores have been doing for years. Now I don’t have to pay regular price for my DJ equipment at Guitar Center or Sam Ash anymore, I can overpay at Best Buy now….. but then again this apparent attempt by a mainstream retailer at acceptance of the whole DJ-ing craze isn’t such a bad thing after all?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

World’s smallest external USB DJ interface

audio2dj

Portable DJ-ing is getting smaller and more portable (along with everything else these days), so Native Instruments released this week the smallest USB hardware interface for all you mobile DJs out there.

The Audio 2 DJ is about the size of your blackberry phone, but packs a professional punch. It contains high-end audio converters and high-gain ¼” stereo outputs, and is compatible with most DJ software. The $119 price point makes this a piece of hardware to have.

(If you haven’t got a clue about how DJ setups are put together, stay tuned for one of my tutorial write-ups on how to get a basic setup going)

Tags: , , , , , ,

Junior Boys – Like a Child (Carl Craig remix)

Carl Craig can be regarded as one of the forefathers of the Detroit techno music scene. Here is a track that became the icing on the cake of his long career when it was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Please enjoy!

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

DJ/Producer Spotlight – John B

Every now and then, I will post a bio of some of my favorite talent in the electronic music industry.  Notable and noteworthy producers will be given attention to as well.

So for my first artist bio on my blog I want to introduce you to…

John B

This producer has been one of my favorites for almost 10 years now. He has been producing and remixing tracks for many years, spanning many different genres of electronic music. His career started in producing drum & bass, more recently progressing to the styles of techno and electro (I will touch on genres later).  His more recent remixes and DJ sets have punk and retro-rock influences, making me like his style even more.

He is very much plugged into the social networking scene, twittering, podcasting, myspacing and facebooking (if those are even real words) all of his activities.  He also has a radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio, called Redux.  His website john-b.com is loaded with social network links, tour photos & dates, and most importantly, downloadable podcasts of pretty much everything he does.

I highly recommend giving John B a listen, especially if you are into techno and drum & bass. He is truly a talent that I have enjoyed for a long time.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,