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.
Here are some entertaining videos for your DJ-viewing pleasure this weekend. Got a few minutes or a few hours to spare? Here are a few options of DJ documentaries, shorts, and videos that range from scary to inspiring!
With so many great DJ apps out on iOS, there is a need for affordable sound cards that can provide both headphone and master outputs for phones or tablets. Controller DJs also need a good sound card, and can play a very decent set with just two channels of audio and a small controller like the Kontrol X1. Fortunately, we've found three great options - the Reloop Play, Traktor Audio 2 MK2, and Griffin DJ Connect - in the market around $100, so read our round-up and comparison inside.
The deal to sell Pioneer's DJ equipment division has been inked, with private equity firm KKR acquiring all outstanding shares of Pioneer DJ for approximately 59 billion Japanese Yen - or about $551 million US dollars. Pioneer will retain about 15% share in the company and equivalent voting rights in the DJ manufacturer.
Today's article comes from two ideas in the DJ TechTools article idea pool. First, how would you turn a play button into a "turntable stop effect" on non-turntable controllers? Related to that idea, we are excited to launch a "One-Button Mapping" contest in which everyone is invited to submit their best ideas for modular macro mappings. These are highly functional mappings that layer many useful functions onto one button so you can add them to your existing controllers for a little extra performance action.
Matthew Dear’s Audion techno guise may be 10 years old now, but its latest incarnation—in a tricked-out, spherical performance pod called Subverticul—is a game-changer for how techno is presented in the live forum. We spoke with Dear from inside his vessel at Montreal’s MUTEK Festival earlier this year to get a deeper glimpse into how he performs and how this new stage setup changes it all.
It's easy to scoff at the hyperbole that companies spout when presenting their new products. Writing this during the Apple keynote, I'm bombarded with lines like “the best phone ever made” and “revolutionary product”. Meanwhile in the DJ world, Numark boldly claim that their new NV is the Serato DJ controller that “changes everything”. Marketing hype, or justified? Watch the full video review inside where we spent some time putting the new controller through its paces.
Last week’s article on the lifespan of a DJ hopefully inspired some of you to consider that DJing can offer some compelling career opportunities. Just like any career, outcomes can vary wildly depending on your specialty and prowess. Today we look at three different types of DJs that you could become and the differences between these paths technically, creatively, and financially. Are you a club jock with your sights set on Ultra’s main stage, a flashy turntablist with DMC-winning tricks up your sleeve, or a finger-drumming controllerist with skills that would make Jeremy Ellis’ jaw drop? If you're thinking about getting into DJing, there's a number of ways to approach it, and today we take a look at some of the opportunities that each path presents.