For performing and producing musical artists, being interesting and unique compared to others feels like an important consideration. In today's editorial, Fame House's Hisham Dahud challenges every DJ, producer, and musician to stand out from the crowd by building a unique artist identity and presenting it to the world - not by comparing yourself and competing with other creators.
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.
Recently, Ean played a gig at a unique venue without a proper DJ booth and came back to the office the next day wondering what good options existed for DJs who need to set up their gear in a presentable way. We've done a bit of research to find out what's on the market - keep reading to see our findings and to add your own solutions in the comments!
Just announced today at South By Southwest Interactive, there's news big news for DJs and producers alike: the Apple Music streaming platform will soon allow remixes, mashups, and mixes to be added to the platform. For DJs and producers, this means there's a chance for unlicensed works to actually get higher profile exposure, while a partnership with Dubset will allow the original artists to still receive royalties from the use of their work.
Most musicians and DJs have heard of (and know to avoid) pay-to-play schemes, where a promotional company offers small-time DJs "exposure" and an opening set at a club or festival in return for a fee. But based on a tip we've gotten from DJ Roodz in the New York City area, the practice has made a comeback, with promoters forcing DJs to sell tickets to keep their set times. Keep reading for stories from DJs in the NYC area about this scheme that promoters are running.
Almost every DJ has heard the passionate arguments for why opening acts should show restraint and only exist to serve the headliner's set. But what if they're wrong? What if opening DJs should play to the crowd and not to the headliner's personal preference? Read some great alternate viewpoints from experienced DJs in today's article from guest contributor Steven Maude.
Soundcloud revealed last week that they were preparing to launch a subscription membership service for their site that would be in place by the end of the year. Now, in advance of that service, users are starting to see advertising injected on their feeds, including short non-music advertising that disables playback and forces users to listen.
Selling music direct to fans can be a chore, and major distributors often have a better model for disseminating tracks out into the world. But what if artists could have the best of both worlds? With Drip.FM, a hybrid model is taking off, and in today's guest article from Casie Millhouse we take a closer look a how the fanclub-style system works for 7 different labels and artists.