Remember when record stores were staffed, owned, and run by people who were first-and-foremost passionate about the music? What if later this month, the electronic music world went back to its roots, and a confederation of DJs, labels, and producers teamed up to buy back Beatport from the ashes of Robert Sillerman's SFX and run it as a community resource? Read on and imagine how this could happen - and what might change in Beatport's future.
As things get increasingly shaky for SFX Entertainment, many are wondering how a company with a popular digital music store like Beatport could have gotten so off track. Today, an industry insider points out ten mistakes that Beatport made – as well as a few things they did very well.
DJs around the world often fight about genres, software choices, and the right way to mix a song, but there are a few things that all DJs love no matter where they're from and what kind of music they play. DJ Techtools rounds up 10 no-fail things that we can all love this Valentine's Day weekend, alongside a special sale in the store.
As we head into the final month of 2015, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at a few of the best innovations on DJ gear in the last few years - and why they should become ubiquitous. From built-in USB hubs to highly-playable cue buttons, we hope to see a more widespread adoption of these features on DJ equipment in 2016 and beyond.
Almost every DJ has heard the passionate arguments for why opening acts should show restraint and only exist to serve the headliner's set. But what if they're wrong? What if opening DJs should play to the crowd and not to the headliner's personal preference? Read some great alternate viewpoints from experienced DJs in today's article from guest contributor Steven Maude.
In an era of DJing when everything has gotten simpler, simply staying occupied and interested has become an issue for many DJs. Unfortunately, this has lead to excessive effects, over-mixing, and jostling the dancefloor quickly into a new track. Ean shares his thoughts on digital DJ ADD and how to solve this all-too-common issue.
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.