January is always full of new gear announcements, with the NAMM 2017 industry show approaching in two weeks. One of the things we’ve noticed this year is near silence from Pioneer DJ – despite competitors throwing down serious challenges (see Denon’s new media player). What might come from the industry giant at NAMM 2017?
There’s no doubt that DJs and hip-hop culture created a fanatical obsession and reverence for the legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable. When a relaunch was announced for the record player’s 50th anniversary, DJs balked at the massive price tag. Revealed in a New York Times article this week is the truth: Technics doesn’t seem to think DJs are worth marketing […]
Digital DJs have a drastically different landscape than they did ten years ago. Instead of highly specialized tools, there now a handful of options that all have a near-comparable feature set. But which one is being used by the most DJs? We try to find out in this article.
2016 is almost over! In the DJ world, a lot attention starts to focus on new products that might be introduced at NAMM in January. As suggested by a DJTT reader, we're compiling a list of features that need to be on CDJs / DJ media players released in 2017 and beyond. Share your own no-brainer must-have features in the comments!
On Friday night, the local electronic nightlife community here in the Bay Area experienced a terrible tragedy: a massive fire at an underground venue in Oakland. The event was a showcase of DJs and live electronic musicians. We've heard from many local DJTT friends and community members who have been affected by the disaster. Inside, we discuss how event promoters and organizers can make their events safer.
Often during a DJ's career, you take a step back and wonder, “why am I doing this again”? Inevitably, some form of fresh inspiration arrives, and the question is answered from a fresh perspective. Lately, that bothersome feeling has crept back in for me, after nearly 20 years on the decks. Sure enough, an answer showed up from the most unlikely of places - quantum physics.
There was a high-profile article published in The Economist recently about DJing. The central theme: it's getting easier to DJ, and as a result, the art form might be dying. We're not convinced that DJing is on its last gasp, so in today's article, DJTT contributor Steven Maude analyzes and refutes some of the claims made.
This morning Apple announced the iPhone 7, a new version of the mobile device that started the smartphone revolution nine years ago. Unlike every other model of the device, the iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack on it - just a single Lightning port for charging or attaching other compatible accessories. Why did Apple make this change, and could it ever happen in the DJ/production industry? Read on.