Earlier this year, two incredible turntablist DJs and producers took on an awesome challenge: playing just vinyl borrowed from Afrika Bambaataa's record collection. Both coming from a strong sampling background, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist look right at home on their Renegades of Rhythm tour - and they've posted an entire hour and forty five minute set for everyone to enjoy.
The term is loathed by legends of the genre, but its existence is undeniable. Trip hop, the Bristol sound, was born sometime in the late 80s, right off the heels of the Summer of Love. While American hip hop and dance music was getting big, something darker was brewing in the south of England.
There is a small, but dedicated contingent of dj's out there that not only spin on vinyl, but on the rarest of formats: 7" records. Today we shine a spotlight on that scene with an interview of a dedicated 7" dj and highlight some of the ways in which you might consider exploring the world of 45 culture.
If we had to guess what the most used technique by electronic music producers over the last thirty years, sampling would be it. The ability to grab a great drum break and turn it into a loop, or speed up a riff and make a new song out of it all changed the face of […]
Festival season is just around the corner, which means significantly more downtime for DJs and and music fans alike while en route to the show. When you’re waiting in bus stations, trains, airports, and cars to get to the next big event, having a book to read is great – and you could be expanding […]
Last month the international electronic music community was appalled – but perhaps not surprised – as DJ Shadow was asked to leave the decks at Mansion Nightclub in Miami Beach for playing a set that was dubbed “too future”. Mansion later issued an apology, but Shadow concurrently promised to post the full recorded set – […]
Over the weekend, the internet blew up with video and heated discussion about turntablism prodigy DJ Shadow getting kicked off the decks in Miami for playing music that was “too future”. Today, we explore why some nightclubs have become dangerous places for DJs to try new genres and tracks, and share five solid tips that all […]
Prior to the release of this year’s well-known DJ Mag Top 100 list, former DJ Mag editor Terry Church published an article detailing the complete failings of the list over the years, suggesting that the internet already has plenty of tools to determine the true popularity of DJs. We decided to take his conclusion to […]