Compared to cue points, looping, and effects, beat jump is one of the more rarely discussed DJ software features. It’s underutilized by a majority of DJs, mainly because many DJs don’t know how to utilize it effectively. Beat jump is a powerful tool not only during performance, but it can speed up preparation time as well.
Like the tale of how a couple fell in love, a DJ's background story is always sentimental and interesting to hear. Today we're reaching out to younger DJs to show them a way they can begin DJing, practicing their skills, and even making a little bit of money. I became interested in DJing around ten years old, scoring my first MIDI controller and speakers a few years later. This allowed me to start my own mobile DJ business in high school - and in today's article, I'll share what I learned.
Today's article is inspired by the king of loops: Mr Richie Hawtin, who masterfully moves around songs, layering loops into an energetic blend of drums that always stay in time. How does he do it? Fortunately for you, I asked him that exact question on the CNTRL tour. Today we're sharing one important concept from Mr. Hawtin that is critical for DJs looking to play musically with loops.
There are many plays that have only one or two actors, but the most dynamic often contain many characters – rotating in and out of the spotlight. Some of my personal favorite movies, like the film Magnolia, introduce new characters throughout the plot while managing to reintegrate and tie in the past roles. I propose […]
Happy New Year! 2013 is upon us – but we’re taking one more day to look back at 2012 and remember the best articles of the past year. It’s often easy to forget some of the incredible tutorials, techniques, and editorials that have come and gone – let’s strap on our time machine and remember […]
It’s easy to overlook some of the older advanced methods of DJ technology and performance when we’re constantly swimming in a world of new controllers and software for digital DJs. One such DJ performance style with its own following is the DJ isolator – standalone EQs that shape and carve into the actual sound coming […]
Improvisation. For the DJ the knack of feeling a crowd and adjusting the music intuitively is one of the few things that elevates him above the status of an iTunes playlist. So while we still remain ahead of the machines in this respect at least, I wondered, is there anything to be learned from the improvisational musician? As the boundaries between DJ and musician become ever more blurred (turntablists, controllers, etc), can we find any parallels in the way they approach a performance?
My first exposure to "dance music culture" still feels like it was yesterday. Every Saturday night my mom would drive me to disco skate night at the local roller rink and I would skate the night away to an endless groove of disco beats.