Goodbye Serato Scratch Live. Serato DJ With DVS is Here.
Just announced on Sept 4th, the merging of Serato’s DJ softwares has begun – bringing DVS support to Serato DJ with the launch of a new version of the program, 1.5. The announcement comes in tandem with three new pieces of gear: the Rane Sixty-Four mixer, a Pioneer DJM-900 SRT Serato DJ Edition, and the Pioneer DDJ-SP1 controller.
As many industry experts predicted, developing three different programs (Scratch Live, DJ, DJ Intro) would serve only to frustrate and bog down Serato’s development cycle – and that a unification between them would be inevitable. Today we get to see the complete plan:
October 2013: 1.5 Release – Vinyl and CDJ control added to Serato DJ for the new mixers
December 2013: 1.6 Beta – Beta DVS support for Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Sixty-One, SL2, SL3, SL4
February 2014: 1.6 Release – Full DVS support for above mixers + soundcards
Serato is bringing their trademarked NoiseMap DVS technology from Scratch Live into Serato DJ, meaning that you’re not going to need new timecode CDs/vinyl, and that it will continue to be the same reliable engine that DVS users have grown highly accustomed to performing under pressure.
End Of The Line: Of note, the Rane SL1 and Rane 57SL will not be receiving DVS support – apparently the technology in the soundcards in each is too limiting to be supported in Serato DJ.
Watch Serato’s CEO Sam Gribben detail more information about the future of Serato Scratch Live, Serato DJ, and more in the video below:
Posted by Dan White (Via DJTechTools.com)
DJ Excel on Club Killers Radio
DJ Excel makes his debut on Club Killers Radio this week! Excel has proven himself time and time again, drawing upon the rich musical heritage of his Philadelphia upbringing and a cultivated influence from the numerous DJ pioneers that Philly birthed into the culture.
Now based out of Los Angeles’ fast-paced expanse, Excel’s rich stock has kept him in high demand amongst tastemakers and corporate clients like Nike and HBO and Playboy, in addition to regular appearances spanning every nightlife market between the coasts, including residencies in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Atlantic City. Check out his full track list…
DJ Excel Tracklist
Sean Paul – Gimme The Dub (EXCEL Dubplate)
Chance The Rapper – All Night
Mac Miller f. Anderson Paak – Dang
Tuxedo – Watch The Dance (Battlecat Remix)
Jafunk – Why Would You
The Weeknd – Rockin’
Julio Bashmore f. Sam Dew – Holding On
Lakim – PT
Sam Gellaitry – 1, 2 Step (Synth-E-Sam Remix)
Matroda – Deep Inside
Diplo & Autoerotique – Waist Time
Yo Majesty! – Club Action (Smookie Illson Booty – Keith MacKenzie and Fixx Edit)
Drake – Fake Love (Trayze Club Refix)
DJ Tjaey – Look Like You (Remix Afrobeat)
Young Thug f. Felix Snow – Turn Up
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (Cabuizee Remix)
Migos – T-Shirt
Fetty Wap vs. NYMZ – Trap Queen x Bing Bong (Crespo Mashup)
Jay-z vs. Future – You Don’t Know Commas (Fashen Booty)
Future – Wicked
6lack – Ex Calling (Fashen VIP Edit)
Mura Masa – Love$ick (f. A$AP Rocky)
Aaliyah – If Your Controlla Only Knew (EXCEL Blend)
Mike Jones – Badd Bitch (EXCEL Luv Blend)
Ashanti – Rock Wit Me (EXCEL Kling Klang Blend)
Ketchup – Pam Pam
Charly Black – Wine & Kotch (ft. J Capri) (DJ Dynamite Edit)
Rihanna – Sex With Me (DJ Valid & C Staggz Remix)
KRS-One – Sound Of The Police (Artistic Raw Remix)
Appeal & Euthinme – Tear It Up (Dirty)
Harry Hotter – Pick’em Up Bounce
Kanye West – Touch The Sky (Dexter Brandon Remix)
Rob Stone – Chill Bill
2 Chainz f. Gucci Mane & Quavo – Good Drank
Travis Scott – Goosebumps
Post Malone f. Justin Bieber – Deja Vu
5 Reasons Why You Should Play Different Types Of DJ Gigs
So let’s take a look at the type of DJing out there. You could be a high flying, world-touring DJ/producer. Totally differently, you could be a high-class wedding DJ, or a more “all-rounder” mobile DJ. Or, maybe you’re the type of DJ who just loves playing in cool bars or lounges, specialising in setting the mood rather than getting people dancing. Then again, you could be a highly enthusiastic “play anywhere” type of DJ, just as happy rocking your office Christmas party as the opening of your local clothes shop. Maybe you could be a radio DJ, a club resident, or even taking care of the playlists for your local restaurant scene.
There are, indeed, many ways of earning some extra cash from programming and playing music for people to enjoy in public! And I’ll bet that among those there’s one type that you particularly feel you are, or at least, want to be.
Now, what I’m asking you to do here as well as chase THAT type of gig is pick another type of DJing, and make damned sure you chase some gigs in that one, too. If you’re a club resident, try some mobile work. If you’re a party DJ, try some web radio. If you’re a wedding-style DJ, try a gig where you’ll be expected to beatmix, and so on. Be imaginative. But give it some thought. You will help yourself hugely in your DJing by doing this. Here are just a few reasons why…
Why you should play more and varied gigs
1. You’ll get more gigs – Stands to reason that the more flexible you are as a DJ, the more gigs you’ll end up getting. Especially early on in your career, think hard before saying “no” to anything. Apply what I call the “10% rule”, which says that if even 10% of you wants to do a gig, do it! Dreamers talk, doers do. Doing it makes you right. Gigs make you a DJ, not practising in your bedroom
2. You’ll earn more – Again, stands to reason: The more gigs you play, the more money you’re able to earn. Also, some types of gigs pay more than others, and so if you try and introduce a balance in what you go for, you can considerably improve your earning potential. Do you play great underground basement clubs for less than 50 people, that earn you nothing but that let you play the exact music you love? Why not take some mobile bookings that pay you hundreds but mean you have to play music you don’t, too? It’s all DJing…
3. You’ll learn more - “Earn more, learn more.” Got a nice ring to it, hasn’t it? Fact is that unless you’re pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, you’re not growing as a DJ – and standing still is actually going backwards – to succeed in anything, you have to be getting better all the time. Scared of playing pop music? DJ a commercial bar. Can’t set up equipment? Learn how to play mobile gigs. Can’t mix? Take a club warm-up. You get the idea. Booking unfamiliar gigs has a strange knack of making you do the work you need to do to improve (read: to stop yourself making a fool of yourself)
4. You’ll get referrals – You want to know why nobody gets booked from giving out mixtapes (they don’t, by the way)? It’s because a mixtape proves nothing about you. It doesn’t show how you behave, how reliable you are, how well you can read a crowd, whether you know what volume to play at, how easy going you are (or otherwise). Watching you DJ tells someone all of those things. Just ‘cos it isn’t your preferred type of gig doesn’t mean you won’t start chatting to people who may well be able to give you work more in line with what you want
5. People are expecting you to anyway - When you tell people you’re a DJ, they take you at face value. They think, y’know, that you’re a DJ. So it’s only natural that when someone wants a DJ, you may end up getting asked. So it goes something like this: “You’re a DJ, aren’t you..” “Yes…” “My cousin needs someone to play her birthday party, would you be interested?” “Er no, actually I’m a deep house DJ, I don’t do parties” “Oh”. Wouldn’t it be better to take a few of those gigs, if only to make the people around you happier and get them telling their friends that you’re the real deal?
This goes further than just playing a wider choice of gigs than any narrow definition you may have, than any exclusive idea you have about yourself as a DJ. UK veteran DJ Mr C, who has had a long and successful career in DJing and the music industry, puts it better than I ever could:
“If you want to become a DJ, you have to be the full package and dedicate yourself 100% to the art. This includes making music, running your own events, running your own record label, having a strong image, being social, and enjoying the riches of our wonderful community. “.
Can’t manage all that just yet? Then start by just taking one more type of gig than the one you like best. Baby steps.
Posted by Phil Morse (via digitaldjtips)
Jamiroquai Has Released The Video For Their Single ‘Cloud 9’
Featuring Penelope Cruz’s sister, Monica, the video features the model getting down on the dancefloor with Jay Kay before racing him in vintage cars down a picturesque stretch of highway.
The track has all the hallmarks of Jamiroquai’s future funk sound, anchored by a disco groove and sugar-sweet vocals.
‘Automaton’ is due out on March 31 with a world tour promoting the album to follow.
posted by David Miller (via mixmag)
Daft Punk Opened Their Pop-Up Shop In Los Angeles
As this pop-up also serves as a mini museum of sorts, an unprecedented number of set pieces, props, wardrobe, photography and artwork are also on display, offering a unique experience for Daft Punk’s loyal following.
With the shop being established in Los Angeles, it poses an issue for many looking to get a glimpse at Daft Punk’s most fabled items. That said, the good people at Highsnobiety took a film crew inside and captured a bit of the action.
Along with revealing the legendary gear to the public, the shop also showcases numerous merch items, including limited edition apparel from artist Gosha Rubchinskiy among others, plus the D.P.O.M. online product range with New Era Hats, action figures, KWay Jackets and more.
Watch the video below to see what’s going down at the Daft Punk pop-up and be sure to head down there soon as the store closes this weekend.
posted by David Miller (via mixmag)
Watch the Roots’ NBA All-Star Game Musical ‘The Evolution of Greatness’
The Roots kicked off the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday (Feb. 19) with a star-studded basketball musical called The Evolution of Greatness.
With the help of Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna, Run D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels and others, the Roots took over the Smoothie King Center to examine the history of the game.
“We live in a culture that has always been obsessed with one age-old question: who’s the best?” the Roots’ Black Thought said opening the number — which the band created — setting up an era-by-era look at basketball’s greatest players and the sport’s development over time.
McDaniels spoke with Billboard about the performance, highlighting its educational value for a younger generation who may not know about the NBA’s rich history.
“[The Roots] wanted to do something that wasn’t just based on the entertainment value,” he said. “While you’re entertaining people, you should be able to educate, inspire, motivate and teach, which is the basis of hip-hop.”
Posted by David Miller (via billboard)