We've been a continual fan of Netherlands-based live performance artist Binkbeats, who crafts incredible songs out of digital and traditional instruments. His performances gained hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and in a new video shot at the Le Guess Who festival last November, we get to see a new set up that features the Midi Fighter Twister as the central hub of control for effects, volume, and more.
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.
Novation teamed up with Isotonik to create a Max for Live device that easily syncs live devices.
A-Trak and Milo & Otis are very prolific DJs and their track “Out the Speakers” is an instant trap banger. The song features an island rhythm with bass and catchy synth stabs but it wasn’t untouchable. San Francisco DJ, Teeko, took the track to his studio and decided to create a live remix routine around it. […]
A year ago we interviewed Max Cooper, with the 4D Soundsystem, and got a taste of a new immersive sound environment that allows producers to create music that moves throughout the physical space. Now there's a rendition of the system called simply 4DSOUND, which was brought into the Amsterdam Dance Event last week where multiple performers created an experience using the 4D sound system. Watch a short documentary about 4DSound below and read more.
One of the best things a DJ can do to understand a track, the structure of a song, and how different parts work together is by deconstruction. Then through re-creating the track, you come out the other side with a better understanding of the music and, maybe, an awesome routine. DJ Pipes is a DJ from Tel Aviv and in this routine he uses turntable, a Maschine MK2, and a Kontrol Z2 to remake an Israeli Rasta track. Watch his routine and read inside to see how it was done.
In the history of dance music, there have been some pretty killer cover tunes—LCD Soundsystem’s take on Carl Craig’s “Throw” immediately comes to mind—but few performers can make an existing track quite his own like Dutch multi-instrumentalist Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk). What he does in the studio is nothing short of amazing as he reconstructs jams by Caribou, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and plenty of others in an on-the-fly, one-man-band style.
Seeing a producer take a strong performance-based approach to playing live is always refreshing, and KiNK doesn't disappoint in this wild routine recorded at Resident Advisor's Sessions studio.