In his first article on the history of the turntable, DJTT contributor Akhil Kalepu took us through the phonograph’s early history, from its origin in the late 19th century and well into the mid-20th century. These technological innovations laid foundation to the concept of DJing and would be further developed following World War II - learn how DJing rose out of radio in this historical piece.
It's rare that a duo comes along in the dance music world and does something completely rebellious and unique - but after a recent Mr Bill and KJ Sawka interview we were inspired and excited. See how live drumming, Ableton manipulation, and finger drumming all are combined in their behind-the-booth video inside this article.
Pioneer DJ has put out the Rekordbox DJ software, brought it up to speed in features, and now they're ready to go after the market in a huge way: with entry-level controllers that include the software for free. Meet the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR, Pioneer DJ's low-cost controllers designed specifically for their own DJ software.
We witnessed on Twitter last week a member of the DJTT family, Shawn Wasabi, get robbed of his entire setup out of the trunk of a parked car. His one-of-a-kind Midi Fighter 64 was stolen, and to make matters worse for Shawn, his laptop and backup hard drive also got nabbed. But there's a lesson here for everyone: it's never to early to start thinking about how you can prevent this type of total loss situation and keep your DJ gear safe.
It's been a while since we've taken a look at audio-reactive accessories and projects for DJs! For a fun Friday article, we thought it would be interesting to look at a few of the cutting-edge projects that are gaining traction and might bring innovative audio-reactive DJ lighting to the masses. Read on for more:
On newer models of Pioneer DJ's mixers, there's a powerful Gate Color FX that allows the DJ to remove part of the signal coming based on volume. See how the gate effect can be used for mixing two tracks together, and why additional functionality on the DJM-900NXS2 makes it even more dynamic than before in this new video.
We're excited to share a new routine from Netherlands-based DJ Kypski, which incorporates live turntablism, controllerism, and production all into one routine - similar to Enferno's live remixes we have featured in the past. Watch below as Kypski goes to work on Mura Masa's fantastic "Lovesick":
We've waited patiently for more information about the STP Vestax Phoenix mixer to be revealed after the first rough details that came out in mid-January. Now the first full images of the STP Vestax Phoenix has been revealed - keep reading to learn what to expect in this mixer born from the ashes of Vestax.