Making a piece of music is only half the battle. Individuals forget after they signed a contract with a label, the next step in the business of music. Who owns the actual master recording? How is the label working to secure all of my royalties? Should I register my track for further protection? I have over 1,000 plays on YouTube, does that mean anything? Will I ever see any money? In this article I will try to answer these questions and present a way for the electronic music industry to gain more revenue for artists.
Most people refer to big cities like Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as the major hubs for DJs and dance music. Some even think you need to move to these cities to begin a successful DJ career. While those cities serve as the tastemakers for the rest of the country, there are hundreds of smaller markets full of venues that are packed with patrons seeking quality music. Cities like Orlando, Buffalo, Scottsdale, or Milwaukee are not completely void of a DJ scene. It is possible to develop a successful DJ career without uprooting yourself and moving to a major city. Navigating the DJ scene of a small market can be tough but it’s not impossible. Below we dive into some tips and advice for taking on a small market.
When it comes to promoting and networking the first thing most DJs immediately jump to is social media, "get a Facebook page and create an event," or "get a Soundcloud account and send out your mixes". While social media has it's place in promotion, DJs are missing out on a platform that has more users than Facebook and Twitter combined, plus more engaged users. Is this a brand new platform that just launched? Is it Facegramsnap? it's email. Today, David King, founder of Receiver, is going to share how to collect fans emails and why it's superior to social media for reach and engagement.
One of the single best ways to develop your skills as a DJ and advance to the next level is through consistent gigs in front of a specific crowd. A local residency is one of the most reliable ways to get that experience. In today's article we talk with a number of resident DJs from around the world, along with providing some recommendations on how to land that coveted spot.
Mobile DJing is an avenue that takes the meaning of gear to a whole new level. Gear doesn’t just mean a DJs controller and mixer. The term encompasses controllers, laptops, microphones, stage lights, dollies, and much more. One of the most important set of components for any mobile DJ is to have a good pair of loudspeakers. A mobile DJ will typically be an all-inclusive package so a sound system is definitely needed and it is important to understand what to look for in a sound system. DJs will have either passive or active speakers and knowing the difference between the two is a skill every mobile DJ should have. Today we will break down each type and provide the knowledge to determine where each type excels.
Hearing loss in DJing is no laughing matter. The career of a DJ is filled with towered speakers, blown monitors, and over compensated headphones. If you don't take care of your ears when your out in the field you can be at risk of losing a vital body function that you need to DJ. That is why it always important to practice preservation techniques to save your hearing.
DJ residencies and weekly/monthly parties are a staple in cities of all sizes around the world - from packed local bars to megaclubs on tropical islands. Much has been written on the ways to pack out a DJ gig, but today we're going to talk about some of the deadly sins that too many promoters and DJs commit that have the exact opposite effect.
DJs have not only entered the mainstream but have become an integral part of the modern rock band. In the following article we explore: How is DJ gear and EDM culture changing the traditional band? Is this new alliance between DJs and rock bands a welcomed change or simply a fleeting fad? How have modern rock bands, such as Incubus or Maroon 5, already incorporated Traktor and Ableton into their setup?