Tomorrow afternoon I will set out with Richie Hawtin and a talented cast of electronic music experts on the second edition of CNTRL. Each day the group will speak at universities across the nation in a quest to inspire new and old producers to believe that they too, can find their own unique voice in music. Today, I sat down with Richie to talk about CNTRL and learned some interesting things along the way.
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!
According to a brand new Native Instruments video released today, the widely respected techno/house DJ Carl Cox is now touring with the Kontrol s8 at the center of his rig. He uses the Kontrol S8 as a central mixer and remix deck control station along side two Pioneer CDJ-2000's. Watch the video after the break to learn why the switch up.
E.A.S.Y., the DJ Shiftee and Enferno duo, took the internet by storm with their collaboration announcement and release of their first live performance. The two turntable-controllerist are at it again with the release of their latest remix of A-Trak’s single “Push”. The duo blends controllerism, turntablism, and live keyboard playing as the two cut up […]
We recently hosted another open house in our San Francisco pop-up store, featuring tutorial sessions, the new Kontrol S8 hardware and a smoking performance from DJ Teeko, who expertly combines turntablism, controllers, and analog synths! Fortunately the cameras were rolling so we captured the best moments along with an improv Q&A session that covers his musical tools.
In a recent interview with RedBull Music, Baauer divulged that the "Harlem Shake" was attached to his name and made people an association of a style specific to him. Read more inside about Baauer's new album technique and how he captured natural sounds from the world around us.
By and large, the DJ gear that someone chooses doesn't effect how "good" or "real" of a DJ they are. But for DJs that play hundreds of shows in a year, the gear makes a big difference to consistently and comfortably being able to perform. Today we've put together a collection of the gear inside of some of the world's favorite DJs and live producers - read on.
For the past few years Ean has been developing a style of "light controllerism" that takes his live performance routines into the improvised worlds of house and techno. 4/4 dance music is all about the groove, so this transition required new tools and performance techniques, which offer a lot of creative control but won't kill the groove. Today he shows us his full setup in the hopes that some of the tech might inspire your workflows!