So you just got booked to play a new club night starting up in your town. You're on top of your game in preparation for this gig: the playlists are sorted, you synced the back-up USB sticks, hell you even knocked together a couple re-edits to test out. Then the inevitable happens: the promoter hits you up with a dreaded request: "Can you send me your bio ASAP?"
In the digital age, it’s simple for DJs, performers, and producers to access resources and information for improving, learning, sharing or making music. However, this vast world of information can become distracting and as a result, it's easy to be demotivated in our respective art forms. You may remember these DJ power utilities posted a while back - in that vein, here are five solid pieces of software that will enhance creativity and productivity in the studio, at home, and out gigging.
The 1996 film Vibrations is maybe one of the worst movies you'll ever see about the world of dance music. Its plot revolves around a guitarist who loses his hands in a car crash, only to find himself, after numerous twists, transformed into a leading figure on the US rave circuit when his new tech-whiz friends create robotic hands and tools for him to produce and perform electronic music. With James Marshall and Christina Applegate in the lead roles, Vibrations is the epitome of '90s cyberpunk hokeyness—but for its acting and writing, not necessarily its message. At its core, it aims to illustrate that when it comes to expressing yourself, particularly as a DJ, where there's a will, there's a way. In that spirit, today we look at a few DJs who have adapted their production and performance environs to suit their disabilities, proving that indeed anyone can DJ if you surmount a few obstacles and put your mind to it.
For DJs, short loops can be expressive building blocks that, when used properly, can be a fun way to layer additional sounds into the mix. In today's tutorial, Ean shows off how to take loops with high and low frequency elements and make them into playable kick/ride hits with just a simple filter.
If you want to make your tracks more musical without knowing much about scales and harmony, then this tutorial is for you. This combination of tools and hacks will enable you to add chords, melodies, and basslines to your productions, in the right key and without much effort.
You’ve been killing it in small clubs everywhere—but now it’s time to step it up and play for thousands (okay, maybe hundreds) of people who may not know who you are, or are just out for a party. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for your first festival set and win over a ton of new fans.
We all know the horror of spilling beer or some other liquid on our beloved DJ gear. Chances are that at one time or another, you or a friend has had the unthinkable happen at a gig or a party. Fear not, though—it doesn't always have to be the end of the world. Knowing what to do and acting quickly can save your precious equipment—and possibly some disappointment and money. Here's how to do DJ-gear damage control when disaster strikes.
When preparing your set for a live performance, there are a lot of exciting options that both Ableton and your MIDI controller provide you—and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Today we show you five great tips and tricks for using the Midi Fighter Twister and Ableton to perform live.