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Dillon Francis Debuts Online Reality Show Parody, ‘DJ World’

6 DJ’s picked to live in a house and have their lives taped.

Dillon Francis has just uploaded the first installment of his reality show parody, ‘DJ World’.

The YouTube series, a comical rip off MTV’s The Real World, places six aspiring DJs in a house.

In classic Dillon fashion, he’s playing a number of different personas including the overzealous show host, a socially awkward bedroom producer, the classic gold-chain adorned douchebag and himself.

The cast also includes OWSLA’s Getter as a spaced out, pink-haired partier, Vine star Nick Coletti as a Beats wearing EDM head and more.

The series, directed by Brandon Dermer, will air episodes on Dillon’s Youtube page every Monday and Thursday for seven episodes.

Posted by David Miller (via youtube)

Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Dance Off”

Idris Elba stars as the overlord of the dance in the hilarious, over-the-top new video for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Dance Off.”

The British actor provides the song’s melodramatic vocal tag, and appears at the beginning and end of the video, donning a luxurious white fur coat and pounding on a haunted-house organ. In between, Macklemore ambles through a mysterious hotel, while epic dance floor showdowns follow him every step of the way.

While the first dance off takes place, sensibly enough, at a wedding reception, Macklemore later finds himself munching on fries while patrons and staff square off in a diner, and pedaling an exercise bike while beefcakes wild out in the gym. The Seattle MC even shows off his own footwork in an extended sequence alongside hotel bellhops, before a group of mall masseuses bring the clip to its ridiculous close.

“Dance Off” was directed by Lewis and Jason Koenig, and features choreography from Anna Matuszewski. The track appears on Macklemore and Lewis’ latest record, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which was released in February.

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Guide To Choosing The Right Studio Monitor


Struggling to choose the RIGHT set of studio monitors?
In a time when there are so many great choices when it comes to studio monitors how can you pick what is going to be the right set for you?
The ear is a funny thing. It’s very subjective – what I hear can be very different to what you hear. The difference can be quite drastic too. We need a kind of universal guide when selecting monitors rather than just listening to a set and saying they sound good or bad, (which is how most people do it) because what may sound good to me may not sound so good to you.
The human ear adapts to the sound coming from speakers very rapidly. Have you ever been auditioning two sets of speakers and when you switch from one to another one set sounds out of phase yet after about 10 seconds of listening the phasing disappears? This is typical and it’s not the speakers that are phased, it’s your ear trying to adjust to the slight differences in frequency and time when you switch between them.
A great HiFi speaker designer once told me never switch between two sets of speakers when trying to decide between them; he said listen to one, stop the music, switch to the second and turn the music back on. This way your ear will have enough time to make critical objective decisions on both.
If you can listen to Frequency, Detail and Imaging in isolation trying not to focus on the entire overall sound you will be able to pick out problems a lot easier.

Listen and concentrate on just the frequencies – note the amount of treble, mid and bass frequencies. Is it even? Are you feeling that bass? Do you squint when you focus on the mid register, does the top end sound hard? Note these things down and move to number 2.

Listen to the amount of detail in each frequency band. Focus on each band and determine how much detail you can hear. Can you hear the front of a bass note? Is the bass undefined or can you easily separate the bass instrument from say the kick drum. Move to the mids. This is where you should hear the most details. Can you hear all the instruments clearly? You should be able to hear the space around the instruments (the air). Now move to the highs. Can you clearly differentiate between high hat cymbals and the ride.

Now listen to imaging. Is the stereo image wide or narrow? Can you visualize the instruments or players in the stereo field? If you can clearly pinpoint each player or instrument you are listening to a set of speakers with good imagining. If the speakers sound two dimensional and narrow and the sounds and instruments blur into each other the imagining is not so good.
There are so many good speakers to choose from and I understand that you’re not going to get a chance to hear every speaker side by side, but even if you can’t the method above should give you a good basic guide to work with and should make your decision a little easier.
The last thing I would suggest is choosing a speaker that is the right size for you room. If you’re in a bedroom studio don’t get an 8” speaker. The bottom end is just going to bounce around your room and get amplified. Did you know that when bass frequencies hit a wall it would be amplified by about 6db. Corners can get up to an 18db kick when the 3 walls meet. So as you can see big speakers in a bedroom sized studio can get a bit out of hand.
On the flipside if your space is the size of a garage you may want to get a bigger speaker so that you are not pushing a little set of 5” speakers to their max.

Posted by Damian Good D (via soundseasy)

DJ/Musicians, Check Out Instagram’s New Analytics…


Instagram is launching analytics for businesses and brands that use the platform, according to a post on the blog.

The new feature will be called ‘Insights’, and will provide information on the demographic of a users’ followers, including location, age, and gender. Besides follower analytics there is also a section that will focus on post analytics.

Providing follower analytics is not only useful for businesses who want to know where their audience is, but it also helps to distinguish the best time to post content. It also allows users to see who they are targeting and if they are reaching their desired audience.

Musicians will find this information extremely useful, as it provides the location of their fans. That makes decisions like where to tour for example a lot easier. There is also analytical information which allows users to tracks the number of new followers gained on an hourly or daily basis.


The post analytics tool tracks the number of times the post has been viewed, and the number of accounts which have seen the post. Website links that are often in the bio of an Instagram are also tracked to see how often the links are clicked.

Since the app launched back in 2010, it has experienced exponential growth and there are now over 400 million active users. It’s one of the most engaging apps in the world, and that translates into marketing power. Accordingly, brands, marketing companies, and artists alike have taken to the app to connect with their audiences.

Overall, the analytics give a thorough look at the information which a business, marketer or musician would want to know. It has not only created a better way for them to be more effective in the way they share and post images and videos, but it helps with developing stronger user engagement.
Only a small percentage of users currently have the analytical tools, but this is expected to roll out to the wider Instagram audience in the next few months.

Posted by David Miller (via LaterBlog)

SoundCloud Preparing To Block All DJ Mixes


SoundCloud is now preparing to impose serious restrictions on the upload of all DJ mixes, according to a source with close knowledge of the company’s plans.

As of Monday morning, it remains unclear exactly what these restrictions will entail, only that significant and serious limitations are on the way. That said, the restrictions could include a complete block on all DJ mixes that are not fully cleared, a decision that would impact an extremely large percentage of tracks.


Already, SoundCloud has been wreaking havoc on DJ accounts, with high-profile artists routinely finding their accounts ripped down based on copyright concerns. In some cases, these teardowns are questionable, though DJs rarely have a voice in the matter.

Problematic indeed, but instead of resolving those concerns, recently-inked deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment seem to be intensifying the level of policing happening on the site. “I don’t think the DJs are going to be happy,” the source relayed to Digital Music News last week. “Probably piss off a lot of subscribers too.”

Those ‘subscribers’ belong to Go, a paid-only platform that launched in the US in March, and just recently expanded into the UK. At present, SoundCloud has yet to disclose its paid subscriber numbers, though industry expectations are low given the long-running, gratis nature of the site. Either way, early adopters of ‘Go’ are undoubtedly more sensitive to content gaps, given that they are paying.

At present, SoundCloud boasts 185 million active users, with DMCA protections traditionally enabling a free-for-all on content licensing. That party now appears over, with major labels partnering instead of suing but clearly imposing major restrictions on the site.

Meanwhile, DJs big and small appear to be migrating towards less-regulated environments, a migration that could become an all-out exodus if upcoming restrictions are put in place. Rival sites like MixCloud have been benefiting enormously from SoundCloud’s tightening restrictions, with high-profile DJs also pushing more content into iTunes Podcasts as well. That raises another major concern, though Apple is understood to have received very little pressure from rights owners to monitor content on its podcasts.

It should be noted that this information comes to Digital Music News from a single source, with other contacts connected to SoundCloud unable (or unwilling) to corroborate the information. But this same source accurately tipped DMN on SoundCloud’s recent Sony Music tie-up as well as its launch of premium subscription service, Go, both within about 10 days of their respective announcements. So, it’s safe to say we’re taking this individual pretty seriously at this stage.

Posted by David Miller (via digitalmusicnews)