The time will come in your career, if it hasn’t already, when you want to join forces with another DJ – either as a dynamic production duo or just for fun around the house. The experience of DJing with one (or more!) collaborators can be really fun and unearth powerful new ideas you might not uncover on your own. In today’s article we provide a few templates for successful ways to perform with others.
Traktor’s Remix Decks successfully stirred up a lot of interest and a fair amount of controversy, but now that the dust has settled, is anyone actually using them? The reality appears to be that many DJs, including myself, are having a hard time finding simple ways to integrate them into a regular DJ set. Even Chris Liebing mentioned his lack of inspiration around them in Friday’s informative interview. Today, we’ve got a creative recipe for Remix Deck success that only takes five minutes to cook up – and all it requires is a little special sauce.
Whether you’re buying your very first DJ controller or getting a new one, the question “Should I go modular or all-in-one?” will come up. Deciding between these workflows can be an important choice, as both have specific advantages you may not be aware of. In today’s article, I will help you understand the key differences and advantages of each – and explore the conceptual debate of DJing on a mixer versus in DJ software.
Ironically, most of us pick our DJ name on a lark before thinking anything will ever come of it, and then after are stuck with largely accidental results. Whether you are picking your DJ identity for the first time, or re-branding an older moniker, this article aims to help you make an important decision easier. In usual DJ TechTools style, we get into the science of DJ names, branding, and provide facts; not just fluffy suggestions.
The Mau5 recently stirred up a shit storm by calling out himself and his fellow superstar performers for doing little more than “pressing play” on stage. Just a few days before the controversial article in Rolling Stone magazine, I asked “Where are the real EDM rockstars?” in my own op-ed here on DJ TechTools. The subsequent internet dialogue brought out a lot of interesting commentary from Bassnectar, A-Trak, and others. Today, we break down the discussion and try to identify how to actually start doing something about it.
YouTube has become the easiest way to share your DJ creativity with others online, but most people aren’t exactly born with the knowledge of how to produce a great performance. Over the last five years, I’ve recorded over 100 videos with close to 20 million views to date, and now I’m going to share my secrets with you. Take the following tips and use them to enter this months Dj Video contest with nearly $4k in prizes!
The age of the EDM superstar is here – now where are the rockstars? Festivals are attracting record-breaking crowds that cue up to watch their heros perform “live”, but all too often this simply means pre-recorded mixes and fist-pumping while everyone sings along together to their favorite song. Are the fans really getting their money’s worth? Do they even want more?
In today’s tutorial video I go deep into the basics of building a basic controllerism technique through cue point juggling that anyone can learn. With a few key timing and setup principles under your belt, it becomes very easy to build expressive live remixes that will work in a real DJ set.