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.
Pioneer DJ's DJM-900NXS2 is aiming to become the industry standard mixer in many DJ booths around the world, and for over $2,000, you'd expect it to do everything as a top-of-the-line unit should. Every feature present on the original DJM-900NXS is on the NXS2 model, with one exception: timecode input for Serato DJ and Traktor Pro. Read on to learn more about this strange situation and to share your thoughts.
The 2016 Online DJ Champion will be chosen by DMC judges on June 16th, but while they deliberate, the world can view the top 12 finalists' videos for themselves. This contest is the ultimate competition for bedroom DJs to show off their skills from the comfort of their own home studios. Check out some of the highlights of the finalists inside.
For years there was really no other option: DJs played on hardware exclusively. Turntables dominated the scene, with a few DJs using CD players. In the early 2000s, computer and music technology combined forces and there was a DJ software revolution that, in many ways, DJTT helped to grow. DJs around the world were switching from vinyl to the laptop, which promised a new platform of creative control. Lately, that trend seems to have reversed. Are DJs moving back towards hardware like CDJs, turntables, and standalone laptop-free solutions - or is it just a phase?
Pioneer DJ have finally released the Rolls Royce of a DJ setup they had teased earlier in the year to a curious crowd at NAMM 2016. While most eyes were fixed on the five large screens attached to the top, few were asking the questions about the use of the other new features included in and around each device. Guest contributor Dan D-Squared shares some insight on what Pioneer DJ was thinking behind this over-the-top design of a product line.
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.