DJ and producer Mark Ronson knows a thing or two about the art of sampling - starting off his TED talk on the topic with an all-sampled DJ routine with 15 other TED Talks as the source material. In his talk, Mark makes a strong argument that sampling isn't and has never been about copying music, but rather adding to the ongoing narrative of it.
If you think watching electronic music live is boring, you've clearly never watched Daedelus go crazy with his Monome. Born Alfred Darlington, the Los Angeles-based producer is the Van Halen of the Monome controllerism scene. In today's interview, we talked with him about his favorite gear, the state of electronic music, and his work with MIT engineers that will change musical performances forever.
If we had to guess what the most used technique by electronic music producers over the last thirty years, sampling would be it. The ability to grab a great drum break and turn it into a loop, or speed up a riff and make a new song out of it all changed the face of […]
With the emergence of Sync, the DJs workload dropped by at least 50% – freeing up a lot of time to do other things. “Great!” everyone exclaims, “That means DJs can do other more valuable things!” Well what are those things? At times, digital DJs seem to feel the need to do a lot of […]
Breaking down a song into playable samples isn’t always easy – but since our own Mad Zach does it all the time, he’s made a tutorial on how to get started building a routine from a song with Native Instruments’ Maschine. In the video, Zach first takes it back to the basics, and then reveals […]
After a week full of new product announcements from the DJ industry heavyweights, we decided everyone could use a break from companies trying to sell new shiny merchandise. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite documentaries (new and old) that we think are important for producers and DJs alike to watch and enjoy – watch […]
In today’s video tutorial, Mad Zach teaches how to capture any sound from a number of creative sources and use those sounds in a playable Drum Rack or Remix Deck. You’ve probably heard clever samples from famous memes and movies, so today we show you how to get some creative snippets of your own. Watch the […]
One of the fondest memories of DJs who’ve been around since the pre-digital watershed is finding new music. When vinyl was still king it was an adventure to head to the record store, don some headphones and put the new records on the shop’s player – a ‘no scratching or back-cueing’ sign never too far […]