As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
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!
Marc Houle is not a DJ—in fact, he'd be the first to tell you that he's never really learned how to mix beyond fading one track out and another in—but that doesn't mean he can't rock a club. His live show, which he brought to MUTEK's stage a few weeks back in Montreal, consists of little more than Ableton Live, a vocoder, and TK, but his piece de resistance is a special prototype controller made by Livid for a Minus Records tour a few years back. He gave us a look at how it works, and told us about his new album, in today's video interview.
Producer/DJ Jake Stanczak has made a habit of changing things up over the years. Whether jumping coasts from New York to Los Angeles, migrating from Reason to Ableton Live as his main production tool, or producing across the bass-music gamut—from making drum & bass as Ewun to crafting more electro- and trap-infused tunes for Skrillex’s OWSLA label as Kill the Noise—Stanczak has all manner of tips and tricks for keeping things fresh. We tapped him for some pointers on how to boost your creativity and what you should really focus on in the studio.
Before his recent show at Mezzanine in San Francisco, Chicago house superstar Felix Da Housecat (who now splits his time between London and Atlanta) stopped in to the DJ TechTools studios. Throughout our chat, the man born Felix Stallings Jr. waxed philosophical on his musical upbringing, making classic tracks for future generations (despite the disposable nature of today's singles-based dance-music industry), and how he finally came around to digital DJing.
This week we have a very special treat for you, an in-depth journey into the mindset and technology of Dubfire, the talented and ubiquitous DJ with over 20 years of success under his belt. Part of our “How I Play” series, these videos offer an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most interesting DJs through […]
Last month, French house producer Fred Falke came to San Francisco to perform at Mezzanine. We jumped at the chance to chat with him in the DJ booth about his Ableton Live performance setup and how he plays live (occasionally self-accompanying on bass guitar). Watch the interview inside to learn how he lays out his […]
Acclaimed UK producer and DJ, Hot Since 82, stopped through the DJTT office a few weeks ago for a quick chat about the evolution of DJ technology and the state of underground electronic music. Even though it was a bit chilly in the studio, Ean and Daley bundled up for what turned out to be […]