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Snapchat For DJs: 4 Tips To Get Started Today


Ah, Snapchat – the social messaging platform millennials love that has everyone else scratching their heads. Formerly a messaging platform for teens, the number of Snapchat daily users exceeded Twitter’s just this June 2016, according to a survey by Bloomberg. Despite this, it’s still in its infancy: Wouldn’t you like a head start in building a following on the next big social media service where you can engage with and grow your fanbase?
Apart from connecting with followers through sending snaps to each other, you should also use it to promote yourself as a DJ: you can use it to share photos and videos of you DJing with your set-up, making mixtapes in your bedroom studio, or promoting your gigs, basically giving followers an authentic peek behind the curtains of the “reality show” that is your daily life.
so how do you begin? Here are four ways to get started on Snapchat right now.

1. Get the app and watch this basics tutorial
Snapchat is a smartphone application for Android and iOS – don’t expect a desktop or even a tablet counterpart anytime soon. Grab it on the App Store or Google Play (it’s a free download), and create your account.
Once that’s done, watch the tutorial below. It’s around 10 minutes long, but worth it for first-timers. If you’ve already got Snapchat but you’re still scratching your head (a common Snapchat user experience, I assure you), this is also a tutorial that’ll explain the fundamentals really well.

2. Use my “SC Rule Of Three” to start simple and snap regularly
One of the biggest problems Snapchat users have is choosing what to snap. Are people interested in my DJ gear? Do people want to hear my opinion on the latest Kanye West video? Will people care about what I had for breakfast?
There isn’t a definite answer to these because you still don’t have an audience, but the way you grow an audience is to consistently put out content on Snapchat: it could be a short 15-second video tour of your bedroom studio, a photo of what headphones you use, or even just a selfie using a Snapchat Lens filter (Lenses distort your face and give it cartoon-like animations).
To consistently put out snaps to my feed, I follow what I call the “SC Rule Of Three”: every day I snap at least three pieces of content, whether video or photo – one about work (writing news and reviews, behind the scenes for DDJT, opinion on gear), one about my personal life (food, watching movies, travel), and one about DJing (promoting my gigs and mixtapes/music, studio work, practice sessions). This mixes up my feed and allows me to come up with fresh content because my Snapchat basically touches all important aspects of daily living.

3. Follow DJs and producers on Snapchat
Get some ideas on what to snap by checking out the feed of other DJs on the platform. Wildly-popular Snapchat user DJ Khaled is a big name in hip-hop, but it was only when he started actively using Snapchat that he grew into a massive, international brand, even landing on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.
If you look at his feed, you’ll just see him going about his day in a raw way: promoting his album or a sponsorship (work), enjoying a walk in his garden (personal), listening to music or snapping a gig (DJing), and so on.

Here’s a list of seven DJs and producers to get you started:
DJ Khaled – @djkhaled305
Dillon Francis – @dillonfrancis
DJ Chuckie – @clydenarain
Steve Aoki – @aokisteve
Calvin Harris – @calvinharris
A-Trak – @atrak
Zedd – @zedd

4. Engage with other DJs and fans by sending them snaps
You’ll notice later on that some followers may be sending you private snaps. This is one of the key engagement features of Snapchat, because followers can send you either a written message, a photo, or even a short video.
Snapchat isn’t a crowded space just yet, so it’s easier to get the attention of an audience simply because there just aren’t as much DJs on it at the moment compared to Twitter or Facebook. At the same time, it lets you reach out to other DJs and producers in a more personal way than, say a Facebook message or tweet.
You can set Snapchat to allow anyone to send you a private message or snap, and I encourage you to do so. I love getting snaps from DDJT readers, for example, which usually come in the form of short snap videos or messages. I reply to every one of them, and that’s the beginning of true engagement with your audience because it’s a back and forth between you and them, which makes it real (eg you’re not just some bot) and personal. Reach out to the DJs that you follow, and interact with those that follow you as well.

Posted By Joey Santos (via digitaldjtips)

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, Looks Chaotic, & Wonderful!

A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic game to make it fresh and exciting. Now, the company is going to try it one more time. Today Bandai Namco announced Pac-man Championship Edition 2, a remix that promises new rules, bigger ghosts and new direction in level design

Specifically, the new game seems to break out of the traditional Pac-man maze, but only sometimes. The trailer shows Pac-Man leaping out of levels to chase pixelaed 3D ghosts through the air, or dropping down to a hidden, second maze after completing a level. The majority of the gameplay still seems to happen on a traditional 2D plane, but a new “giant ghost” and special isomeric levels appear to break the tradition from time to time. We’ll know more when the game hits the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this September — but either way, Pac-man Championship Edition 2 looks like a fun evolution of a classic game.

Posted by JD Live (via engadget)

Did Kanye West Break the Law By Recording His Taylor Swift Phone Conversation?


Over the past few months, there’s been a lot of discussion — probably too much — over whether Kanye West obtained Taylor Swift’s permission to rap, “For all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.”

West probably didn’t need consent for mentioning Swift (or calling her a “bitch”) in his song, as best illustrated by a 2013 court ruling favoring Pitbull against Lindsay Lohan. The First Amendment protects such expression. Nevertheless, West spoke to Swift before “Famous” came out to run at least some of his lyrics by her. In doing so, he may have made a move that possibly did require consent: He recorded the conversation.

Now Kim Kardashian, West’s wife, has uploaded the video on her Snapchat channel. After that happened Sunday night, Swift tweeted and instagrammed her disapproval, writing, “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.”

This situation raises several potential legal issues. And unfortunately, many of them are dependent on facts that aren’t known for sure (or that are disputed). For instance, where

was West during this phone call? Where was Swift? The answers could have implications for the legality of West’s actions.

The issue of location probably would be the first one addressed in any legal case over a surreptitiously recorded phone conversation. Although federal law permits such recording whenever at least one party consents, eleven states require “two-party consent,” meaning both sides of a phone conversation must OK the recording. That includes California, where penalties for violations include up to a year in prison.

If Swift and West both participated in the call in California, that’s the worst case scenario for West. But even if only West was in California and Swift was elsewhere, that’s still bad for him because the state, unlike some others where “two-party consent” is required, doesn’t provide him any breaks if Swift herself wasn’t in the state during the time of the phone call, according to legal experts consulted by The Hollywood Reporter.

But the analysis doesn’t end there.

First of all, “two-party consent” has taken some judicial heat in recent years. For example, in Illinois (West’s home state), the state’s Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that a provision against recording conversations was unconstitutional as an impingement of the First Amendment. California’s own law also could undergo such an examination in the future.

Before that happens, though, if West were to find himself in court over his recording of Taylor Swift, there would likely be some quarrelling over whether there was an expectation of confidentiality. Even if Swift didn’t explicitly consent to a recording, if a reasonable person would have assumed others were listening in, Swift might not have a claim against him. On the other hand, celebrities are afforded at least some privacy. Ask Hulk Hogan, who successfully sued Gawker with claims of wiretapping and intrusion upon seclusion.

Both West and Swift are perhaps the most public of public figures. What’s more, West has appeared on his wife’s reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which is filmed by a documentary-style crew. If someone gets a call from a member of the Kardashian family, is it unreasonable to think nobody else is listening?

Posted by Eriq Gardner (via Billboard)

Taylor Swift Co-Wrote Calvin Harris’ ‘This Is What You Came For’


UPDATE: Shortly after the co-writing news broke, Calvin Harris went off on a mini Twitter rant about the “hurtful” way this revelation was made.

Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift may be over, but TSwift’s influence on his life continues in an unexpected fashion. While the jet-setting couple called it quits after almost a year, a rep for Swift confirmed to Billboard that she was the co-writer of Harris’ global smash with Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For,” which she penned under the pseudonym “Nils Sjöberg.”

TMZ reported that Swift wrote the song at a piano and made a demo on her iPhone, which she then sent to Harris, who reportedly “loved it.” An unnamed source close to Swift reportedly told the gossip site that the pair then went into a studio and did a full demo with Swift singing and Harris creating the beats.

According to TMZ, they felt it would be a smash but were afraid that having both their names on it would distract from the music, so Swift agreed to use the pseudonym, retaining the publishing rights to the track that has risen to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On Wednesday (July 13), Harris confirmed the news, tweeting that although he wrote the music, produced the track and arranged it, Swift “initially” wanted to keep it a secret, “hence the pseudonym.” He also confirmed that Swift sings on “a little bit” of the finished product.

Chris Brown’s Makes ‘Racist’ Allegations Against Drai’s Nightclub Management


Chris Brown’s Las Vegas residency at Drai’s nightclub has been put on hold following his Instagram tirade against alleged “racist” employees.

The singer allegedly refused to apologize to the club’s owner after calling the Sin City hot spot a “racist” venue, in a letter sent to Brown’s attorney obtained by TMZ. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Brown wrote, “(Empty) Drais has some people working for them that always are on a power trip. Some racist —-. I pack this club out every single time my name is on the flyer. I keep the lights on in this place. I ain’t no slave or an employee of this establishment. So make sure you put some respek on my name!”

Drai’s nightclub responded with the following statement to Billboard:

“As one of Las Vegas’ leading nightclubs and the nation’s preeminent hip hop performance venue, Drai’s has always taken great pride in its relationships with our incredibly talented resident and guest artists, including a successful partnership with Chris Brown. However, recent events have raised concerns that will need to be addressed with Chris and his management before that relationship can continue to move forward. We have reached out accordingly and are waiting to hear back from his team. We remain open to sitting down with him to discuss the future.”

Reps for Brown were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier this month, Brown reportedly rented a villa in Ibiza and was accused of trashing the house before the landlord had the police escort him out. He also allegedly had recent fallouts with his former publicist, Nicole Perna, and manager, Mike G.

Posted by David Miller (via Billboard)