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.
Controllers come in all shapes and sizes, yet producers will still tinker with the device to create a custom workflow. iPads and other tablets make nice alternatives because an artist can build a custom controller within the app, however, the amount of space is always an issue. Then there are artists who take tablets to the next level and use a giant touch screen, for example the Microsoft Perceptive Pixel screen, to create enormous, tactile controllers. A prominent example is Deadmau5 who can be seen creating a custom controller using a 55’’ touch-screen, below.
A few hours after Richie Hawtin and Deadmau5 sat down for a conversation on the state of electronic music production and performance at SXSW 2013, they joined forces onstage to perform a collaborative “versus” set. The set involved both of them onstage mixing with their own setups concurrently. Pretty awesome that these two got together […]
In Austin, the South By Southwest Interactive and Music festivals have a day of overlap, so it’s no surprise to see an event that incorporates elements of each. Richie Hawtin and Deadmau5 spent an hour together to chat about where music and technology meet and their thoughts on the future of innovative music technology. Read […]
DJ Mag is live tweeting the results of their Top 100 DJs contest, let’s all watch and complain together about how it’s just a popularity contest. Did you vote? Who do you think #1 will be? Aren’t you more excited about the Resident Advisor poll anyway? Here’s the full top 100 list, the full results […]
Over the weekend at Toronto’s Veld Music Festival, Deadmau5 showed off part of brand new live performance setup (see below for full video) that features a massive touch screen with controls for individual note triggering as well as loop triggering and level/parameter adjustment. While visually very similar to a performance of his at Earl’s Court a […]
You'll never expect what the top 10 DJ salaries in the world are - check out Forbes' list of Electronic Cash Kings!
Prior to the release of this year’s well-known DJ Mag Top 100 list, former DJ Mag editor Terry Church published an article detailing the complete failings of the list over the years, suggesting that the internet already has plenty of tools to determine the true popularity of DJs. We decided to take his conclusion to […]