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.
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.