When setting out to craft a great DJ mix, there's no reason to do it off the cuff without thinking about a few key elements first: Who will listen? How will it be structured? How will you mix it? Today, guest contributor Chris Alker brings ten poignant tips for DJs crafting a new mix - with a number of great examples to listen to.
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.
This morning Native Instruments has released a brand new video showing the exact workflow of the Traktor Stem Decks on one of their Stems-compatible units, the Kontrol D2. Watch now to get a sense of the visual feedback, mixing style, and possibilities that the new file format might offer. Also, did you know that drum and bass is making a comeback?
Hamburg-based producer and live performer Stimming is a fantastic studio artist, but he goes above and beyond when playing gigs out on the road. With three powerful tools from Akai, Teenage Engineering, and Moog, he's able to craft a live show that allows him to build on his tracks and create something new in a fun way. Watch our exclusive behind-the-DJ-booth Stimming interview now.
Selling music direct to fans can be a chore, and major distributors often have a better model for disseminating tracks out into the world. But what if artists could have the best of both worlds? With Drip.FM, a hybrid model is taking off, and in today's guest article from Casie Millhouse we take a closer look a how the fanclub-style system works for 7 different labels and artists.
We've been hearing from a lot of DJTT readers who have seen some of Ean's AIRA performance videos on his Facebook page and been asking us about the gear and how/why someone would want to use it in a production or DJ setup. For a fun Friday article, we've rounded up five performances with Roland AIRA gear that stand out and show off some of the coolest possibilities. Read on to watch them all!
Many live producers and performance artists rely on looping as a way to build a sonic landscape and craft unique shows that vary every time. Beatboxers, finger drummers, and musicians of all types have taken advantage of a loop-based performance. New DJTT contributor Underbelly shares how anyone can use Ableton Live to create a loop workflow that is just as good as any hardware solution.
Did you know that in loads of DJ booths around the world, there's a controller that's already there? The Pioneer DJM-900 is completely MIDI-mappable, and can be used in any number of diverse ways - learn how to set it up with this tutorial from new DJTT contributor Angel.