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.
For all of Pioneer's current DJ market dominance, they still face strong competition in the controller, mixer, and vinyl turntable arenas. But in the media player/CDJ/digital turntable world, they're nearly completely unchallenged. It's been a year since we first saw the XDJ-1000, but with the CDJ-2000Nexus now 3 years old, it's about time that we saw an update to the top of the line player from Pioneer. What will it look like, and what will it do differently? Read on and share your own speculation inside.
All good things must come to an end and in the world of music some people believe it is time to part ways with Soundcloud. In a recent site-wide takedown fiasco many DJs and producers began to post on social media about their distaste with Soundcloud. The site is being pinned down by the major three record labels as they threaten the site with copyright laws. This becomes a big problem for DJs who want to post mixes, mashups, and remixes while also being a problem for DJs when it comes to finding new music. For DJs ready to jump ship below is a handful of sites that may be your new home for music.
Earlier this month, we wrote about Pioneer's upcoming Rekordbox DJ software - but the truth is, we've probably already seen exactly what DJ software from Pioneer will look like. The XDJ-RX has a complete DJ software right inside of its 8-inch high-resolution screen, allowing browsing, loading, cues, loops, rolls, slip mode, FX, and more. In this article we break down how the XDJ-RX is poised to become the digital DJ hardware of the future - and what obstacles Pioneer still faces.
Look out Ableton, Traktor might take your job soon. As teased in yesterday's video, Native Instruments new stems format is set to drop very soon, and many have been asking if DJs will embrace the format. We suspect that a surprisingly different group of people will embracing this style of mixing: live performers. Will Ableton Live see an unexpected competitor to its platform? We think it's a strong possibility.
DJTT is good friends with the incredible producer Amp Live, who has been crafting beats and producing records since the 1990s as a part of Bay Area rap group Zion I. Recently we had a chance to bring him into the DJTT studio for a class and interview, and he shared some of his insights on being a modern producer and how being an artist has changed over the last 20 years. Watch the full 8 minute video now.
Just a few weeks ago in Barcelona, there were a slew of talented artists performing for the Sónar festival. It was perhaps easy to overlook an event at the parallel Sónar+D conference that packed several legendary DJs and producers in a single room. Native Instruments enlisted Alexandre Cazac of InFiné records, Kerri Chandler, Carl Craig and Luciano to talk about the new Stems format, […]
At the EDMBiz conference in the middle of June, in the lead-up to this year's EDC in Vegas, three big dance music artists argued over how important unique and spontaneous DJ sets should be from one show to the next. On the side of extreme importance: Z-Trip. Opposing him? Nicky Romero and 3Lau. In this article we delve into the art of variety, why it matters, and a few things to try to avoid stale sets.