Tony Andrews is a renowned soundsystem designer and the owner and founder of Funktion-One, perhaps dance music’s most famous soundsystem manufacturer. The company has influenced global electronic music in countless ways with its groundbreaking technology, superb sound quality, and enormous bass, but undoubtedly clubbers and DJs will know Funktion-One best from its giant stacks in the world’s top clubs, including Space Ibiza, Berghain, Output, and Trouw.
Let's drag out the white circle-shaped elephant in the corner. The nightlife industry is in large part designed to at the very least, enhance, and at worst, facilitate the consumption of mind-altering substances. Everything from alcohol, drugs, lights or otherwise is on the menu nightly. As DJs, it's almost guaranteed that you will come in contact with this fact at some point. So the question is (as the infamous D.A.R.E. shirts posited) - should you just "say no"?
In 1983, Grand Master Flash was making history and paving the way for the future of turntablism. Grand Master Flash pioneered the way for DJs and innovated numerous techniques. Today we have an antique routine that doubles as a fun tutorial from the master himself. Grand Master Flash demonstrates what the whole world wants to know, “What is a break mix?” Break out your notebook and watch how to do a break mix below.
Let's face the music, folks: DJs love being the center of attention. Throughout the course of the night they are always looking for ways to remind people: "Hey, I'm not an over-paid iPod!" Mainly though, we love any kind of positive reaction from the crowd - the ultimate form of DJ crack. Many of these techniques are tired, overdone, and simply put, "easy pops". Here are five of the worst offenders, and their more creative alternatives.
If you’ve been to a few too many loud DJ gigs, you might have started noticing that familiar-yet-terrifying ringing in your ears that plagues DJs and music lovers around the world. How can people who suffer from tinnitus start to treat it? Today, Peter Phua (M.D.) takes a look at the top options available for […]
Stories are a staple of the human experience – from Homer to Dr. Seuss, the greatest storytellers have inspired us, taught us, and even pushed us into action. DJs often want to become something more than just a request-based party-rocker, but as musicians and artists in their own right. Today we dig deeper into the […]
It’s no secret that Berlin is largely regarded as the DJ capital of the world – a world where DJ-based nightlife flourishes without the holiday expense and overblown glitz of destinations like Ibiza and Las Vegas. But what can the rest of the world learn from the behavior and business of the DJs, producers, and […]
More than just a name, the title associated with your DJ or producer performances can set the tone, create ideas about your style or the experience of hearing you perform, and help fans remember you down the line. Today we’re taking another look at how names work and fail within our industry, as well as […]