Native Instruments' Stems have been out for a while now and some DJs have already started incorporating them into their sets. DJ Shiftee also took advantage of the added hardware support that is included in the D2 controllers. His routine blends old and new hardware that shows a new way to play with Traktor's Stem Decks.
At the DJTT HQ we’ve been drooling over the images of the Pioneer DJM-S9 battle mixer since it first leaked early last week, and now that the full photos and announcement are out, it’s very exciting. There are two new videos from established battle DJs Eskei83 and Scratch Bastid on the DJM-S9 – watch now.
Red Bull Thre3style has grown to a global competition that challenges DJs to showcase their best technical and party rocking abilities in a 15 minute set. DJ TechTools got a chance to speak with the 2012 World Champion, Four Color Zack, who shares his creative process for crafting a set and important tips for tone play in a set. As a past world champion and now as a judge for Red Bull Thre3style, Zack knows how to stand out and more importantly ways to go unnoticed. Keep reading and take notes!
We've been a continual fan of Netherlands-based live performance artist Binkbeats, who crafts incredible songs out of digital and traditional instruments. His performances gained hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and in a new video shot at the Le Guess Who festival last November, we get to see a new set up that features the Midi Fighter Twister as the central hub of control for effects, volume, and more.
Our own Chris Brackley (aka Mojaxx) has a Kontrol S8 right now for an upcoming review of the flagship Traktor controller. Over the last few months we've seen loads of people ask all kinds of questions about how reasonable it is to use the S8 in a real mix, how the jogwheel-free layout really works, etc - and Chris has set out to demo exactly that in this new mix.
Today we're featuring a brand new live remix from longform controllerism specialist Izn. Izn has taken a whole set of tracks from the San Francisco-based Dirtybird crew and built out some fantastic finger drumming routines, also incorporating a few live musicians and performers to play alongside him, including DJTT's own Ryan Dejaegher (you might have chatted with him on the Live Chat on the DJTT online store or seen one of his recent tutorials). Watch the video below and then read details from Izn after that:
The Disco Mix Club (DMC) has been hosting DJ competitions since 1986 and this competition has brought many talented DJs into the limelight. Earlier this year DMC held their 2014 NYC Regionals competition where Dwells, a 13 year old scratch DJ, took 1st place and wowed the crowd with his level of skill at such a young age.
Controllerism routines are not hard to find – and scratching routines are not as prevalent as the once were. DJ Shiftee, however, is no stranger to incorporating his controllerism and scratching when it comes to wild sound manipulation of unique, expressive samples. In this routine, watch how Shiftee blends turntablism and finger drumming in a short, energetic […]