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Modern DJ Musings
We all now DJing has changed a lot since the 90s. I started in 1996 and only had my records stolen once in 99, at a place I never would have expected it - from the dj area behind the decks at a lovely party on Vancouver Island, Canada. Of this crate of about 50...read more
Once in a while this topic will come up, I will offend someone by not sharing their sentiments about sharing usb drives. The argument goes that we should all just share our music collections with each other because this just spreads the love of the music, but let me...read more
I’ve veered towards the organization side in my first two musings of 2019, and I want to bring it back to Djing. No dj is going to make it alone. There’s a heavy social component of keeping in touch with organizers, fans, and fellow djs. There’s plenty of...read more
Last night I posted a simple observation on my home wall which got a lot of reaction. “Something I've noticed in 23 years doing events....It's easier to criticize them than to organize them” I really just meant it like that, its easier to criticize than organize. But...read more
Okay so it’s super easy to take potshots at the Fyre Fest from the 2 documentaries released in the last week, but what are the takeaways for djs and event promoters? Well first of all this should be required watching for anyone doing events of any kind, especially...read more
Have some class when trying to get booked. I know it’s a competitive field, I’m in it too. But a lot of strategies come off as more than a little desperate What does it mean to have some class? It means to approach things professionally. Here are some common mistakes...read more
Ever notice that Djs who tell everyone about how they blew things last night are never that talented or innovative? It's because truly talented artists are typically more in their heads than that - without self-critique, amazing things do not happen If you think you...read more
Following up on last week's post about tracklisting dj sets, here is part 2, which is about how to do this in modern times. In the beginning I had to copy the info by hand from record sleeves, well I don't have to tell you times have changed... The main advantage with...read more
Amazing how simple this is yet how infrequently done. It's nice to be able to use music other people produced and weave it into something special on the dance floor. It’s nice to be able to release that set so people can relive it or hear what they missed. It’s also...read more
Ideally a dj plays only amazing gigs with packed dance floors. In reality, this is only approached by djs who have made it to a high level, or those who play twice a year. So what strategy to take when you are in the middle? Is it necessary to play a lot of bad...read more