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.
This article is another great historical piece from guest contributor Akhil Kalepu, and this time he’s chosen to tackle the history of the turntable. Read on to hear about how it all started out with recorded sound, phonautographs, and cylinders of sound in the 1800s, and how the technology progressed from there.
If Berlin is the techno capital of the world, Berghain is most definitely its White House. The club has a reputation for its hedonistic spirit and dedication to supporting a vibrant club culture, though several predecessors have helped set the stage for the city’s techno renaissance. From Ufo to Berghain, this is the story of Berlin’s rise as the clubbing capital of the 21st century - a good primer for DJs everywhere
How did the TB-303 bass synthesizer become such a well-known and highly regarded sound in dance music? Today guest contributor Akhil Kalepu goes in-depth with the full history of the Roland TB-303 and how its shortcomings became some of the most sought after sounds in the era of acid house that followed.
A really incredible track is playing, and you've never heard it before. In an era of instant-gratification music selection, DJs and their audiences all want to be "in the know" about new, exciting tracks. How do you find out what track is playing without being rude? We explore in today's article on trainspotting - the common nickname for peeking at the playing track in the DJ booth.
We love watching old videos of early dance music technology in action - so this video from 1989's Dance Energy in Ipswitch is an incredible time machine of wonders. The DJ has moved from the man-behind-the-scenes to the front-and-center party conductor in the last 30 years - watch and enjoy:
There were way less DJs in the 1970s, unlike the explosion of DJs in the last five to ten years, but there still was plenty of gear to be lusting after back then. Interestingly a popular movement at the time was to combine all of the gear into one master combined all-in-one device. Sound familiar?
With DJ TechTools fast approaching 10 years online, I find myself often telling the story of how we got started and what events led to the creation of this website. Last week, I took some time and recorded the full history so everyone can enjoy it and understand why we began building this amazing DJ community online.