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Laidback Luke: How To BEATMATCH, Beginner To Expert Level!



Another technical DJ tutorial! Today he will show you how to beatmatch! Beginner to Expert

posted by David Miller

Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 Artist Insights Part 1: Sound and Set-ups



The DJM-V10, 6-ch professional DJ mixer is our most versatile mixer yet.
Find out how Alan Fitzpatrick, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, Jamie Jones, Kölsch, and other DJs incorporate it into their set-ups.
With 6 channels and dual headphones, all types of DJs and artists can take advantage of the warm audio, which is full of energy and presence.

posted by David Miller

Public Enemy, Nas, the Roots, YG, and More Open BET Awards



Chuck D and Flavor Flav of the group Public Enemy open up the 2020 BET Awards with Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, Jahi, and YG and perform their classic hit, “Fight The Power.”

posted by David Miller

Kanye West – Wash Us In The Blood feat. Travis Scott (Official Video)



Kanye West is back with a new powerful video for “Wash Us In The Blood.”

The song is the first track off West’s forthcoming album, God’s Country, and features vocal contributions from Travis Scott.

Put together by video artist and collaborator Arthur Jafa, the video is a series of clips from West’s Saint Pablo Tour, Sunday Service rehearsals and opens with footage of Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Krystal Smith confronting Officer Steven Pohorence after he pushed a black female who was kneeling during a protest in June.

Mixed by Dr. Dre, “Wash Us in the Blood” blends hard-hitting beats with praise and worship lyrics like “Holy Spirit come down / We need you now.” He also talks about how he’s trying to be silenced or “calmed down” as well as how the black community has been treated.

posted by David Miller (via Spin)

AVICII Invector Encore Edition | Nintendo Switch Trailer



The Avicii video game is set to be released on Nintendo Switch.

Announced in October last year, the game, entitled AVICII Invector, sees players heading off on an intergalactic journey, trying to hit notes as they race through various landscapes. It comes with both solo and multiplayer options, and players are given the choice of three difficulty levels. The game also features 25 of the late artist's tracks including 'Levels', 'Without You', and 'Lay Me Down'.

Now, a trailer has been released for AVICII Invector: Encore Edition, which will be available on the handheld Nintendo Switch console, and also features 10 new tracks unavailable on the standard release.


posted by David Miller

Las Vegas Clubs Return As Pool & Lounges



They said the Vegas buffet might be gone forever. On Monday, Wynn Las Vegas announced its acclaimed buffet would reopen on Thursday.

They also said nightclubs and dayclubs would be done, at least for the summer. A bit trickier, but still doable. And it’s happening this week at Wynn and Cosmopolitan.

Intrigue, the 14,000-square-foot luxury nightclub that shuttered last summer after four years at Wynn, has been reactivated as Intrigue Lounge, an ideal place for cocktails before or after dinner. It’s open Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., reservations are recommended and guests must also be 21 and over. There's music but no DJ. If you spent any time inside Intrigue or on the patio facing the multicolored waterfall, it’s easy to imagine this versatile venue as a lounge instead of a traditional Vegas club experience.

More recently, Encore Beach Club has begun serving as Encore Beach Pool, a temporary extension of the Wynn and Encore resort pools. Reservations are required, and visitors must be 21 and over at this pool, open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Non-hotel guests are welcome here only if they book a daybed or cabana, while hotel guests don’t need to do that. Again, it will feature ambient music along with food and drink service, but the DJ booth will be empty.

The Tao Group has already opened its Cosmopolitan restaurant Beauty & Essex for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 10:30 p.m., and it will reopen Lavo at Palazzo on June 18 for dinner Thursday through Sunday during those same hours.

posted by David Miller (via LVweekly)

PUBLIC ENEMY - State Of The Union ft DJ PREMIER | OFFICIAL VIDEO



In a world where little makes sense anymore, Public Enemy suddenly reemerging to release a fiery new song on Juneteenth actually makes a lot of sense.

Early on Friday morning, the legendary hip-hop pioneers released their latest song, “State of the Union (STFU),” with a video to go along with it. It marked the first time that Flavor Flav returned to the equation after a very public dispute over Public Enemy Radio’s appearance at a Bernie Sanders rally earlier this year.

posted by David Miller

djay Pro AI - Neural Mix: Isolate Vocals And Instrumentals!



Algoriddim Reinvents DJing with Real-Time Vocal and Instrumental Separation on new djay Pro AI for iPad and iPhone. Neural Mix?™ technology allows you to isolate beats, instruments, and vocals of any song based on cutting-edge AI.

posted by David Miller

Worldwide DJ Contest



As we all know, times have been extremely tough for everyone, as we have gone through the COVID-19 lockdowns, globally. The live entertainment world has been brought to a screeching halt and with it, so have many paychecks for DJ's that make their living from performing at nightclubs, bars, and festivals. Sir Ivan is very excited to be able to offer some help to those that have lost those paychecks, through a very cool MegaMix competition. He's also donating $5,000 to Insomniac's Rave Recovery relief fund.

Using 18 of Sir Ivan's biggest tracks, DJ's will create a "Mega-Mix" of all the songs, including some of their own production value, to deliver unique and creative works, that will be judged by some of the biggest names and talents in dance music today.

Five winners will receive $1,000 cash! Five runners-up will also win prizes.

So if you're ready to have your mix potentially heard (and judged) by the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Bassjackers, DJs From Mars, Tenishia, and Exodus, we encourage you to click below to enter the competition now!

ENTER HERE

posted by David Miller

Ibiza Clubs Will Not Open In 2020



Diario de Ibiza reports that clubs could remain shut well into 2021 or until a coronavirus vaccine is found.

Venues and nightclub associations had been lobbying to get clubs open toward the end of the 2020 season with social distancing and increased hygiene measures in place but the Balearic government has ruled out any club activity this year.

Things had been looking optimistic for the White Isle when it was confirmed that tourists would allowed to travel to the island from July and Ibiza Rocks announced a series of socially-distanced pool parties beginning July 1.

Amnesia had even begun selling tickets to its closing party in October and several promoters and DJs forecasted that clubbing in some form would happen in Ibiza this year in an article on Mixmag just this week.

Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza are the first major clubs to announce that they will not be opening in 2020.

The venues made a joint statement on Instagram, saying: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce there will be no events at both Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza this summer

"This is clearly a deep impact for us all, however we understand that this is the correct decision taking into account the situation caused by COVID-19."

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 | Show Your Mix



Hercules has announced a new controller – the DJcontrol InPulse 500. The two-channel unit features full six-inch jogs, three-band EQ per channel, dedicated filter and FX knob for each channel, an aux input and eight performance on each side, with cue, loop, slicer and sampler modes. There’s a few special features that are aimed at new or beginner DJs too, including Assistant button, an ‘energy’ meter and Beat Align LEDs.

posted by David Miller

Be The Owner Of Your Own Nightclub - Disco Simulator



A new game called Disco Simulator lets you design, build and run your own nightclub, including lighting, DJ booths, bar and chill area and the toilets. Once your club is up and running you can dictate who gets in based on traits like aggressiveness, drunk, dirty and stoned. You can also keep an eye on the bathrooms and kick anyone out if they’re caught sharing cubicles.

According to the trailer, it looks like most of the punters are respectfully socially distancing, so it’s as close to the real thing as you’re going to get for some time. You can customise everything from the LED screens to the lighting, the bar’s menu and the plushness of the ‘chill-out area’ so if you’re keen on a more grungy, basement vibe, you can keep the graffiti-laden walls in the toilets, or go for some more luxury with ’80s style neon signs and cocktails. Although six grand for a DJ controller seems expensive?

posted by David Miller (via DJMAG)

DJ SUAT Takes His Streams Outside



The UK DJ, real name Zach Sabri, has been DJing out in the public, hosting live streams and uploading videos to his YouTube channel for just over two years now. His YouTube has become a home for recorded live performances, renegade DJ shows, ASMR skits (which generally involve him sticking various objects in his mouth), and workouts.

posted David Miller

Top 5 DJ Accessories



Need some DJ accessories to fill up your DJ bag? Matt Perry gives you the must-haves.

posted by David Miller

Twitch Has Starting Cracking Down On DJ Live Streams



DJs attempting to stream on Twitch are noticing an increase in copyright takedowns of both live streams and archival clips in line with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), reports Paper.

The streaming platform’s Community Guidelines for music specify that copyrighted music is not allowed on the platform.

An example listed of music content not allowed on Twitch streams is: “DJ Set – Playing and/or mixing pre-recorded music tracks which incorporate music, other than music which is owned by you or music which is licensed for you to share on Twitch.”

Those rules now seem to be getting enforced more stringently than previously, with a number of streamers posting on social media about takedowns. Some have expressed shock at their accounts being at risk of being permanently banned.

As a platform Twitch must comply with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which for the most part protects websites and platforms from legal liability of content posted by its users, but not does allow for the intellectual property laws to be violated. This means platforms are accountable to copyright infringement if it’s not dealt with, or they face losing the Safe Harbor protection of showing “good faith” in complying with the law.

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

Tomorrowland Announces Digital 3D Festival



Tomorrowland Around The World is not simply a digital festival, it is a unique experience that will employ a multitude of aspects using pioneering technology in 3D design, video production and special effects. Set to take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July 2020, Tomorrowland Around The World is an experience that is available to anyone in the world, regardless of their age or location.

Accessible with any PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet, the brand new digital location will allow visitors to freely explore a fully-fledged festival site alongside fellow visitors. The digital festival offers 8 different stages including many of the best-loved stages from the festival itself including; Atmosphere, Core, Freedom and Elixir, as well as 3 brand new stages. The stages themselves will feature performances from many of the world’s greatest electronic artists and the experience will be further enhanced by fireworks and laser shows. The Mainstage for this years ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’ theme will also be revealed live.

As well as special performances, visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of interactive experiences including webinars, games and workshops focusing on lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland foundation. The digital festival will take place between 15:00-01:00 CEST each day, but there will also be a time-zone-friendly option for visitors from Asia and North or South America.

posted by David Miller (via weraveyou)

CES Will Be Held In-Person In Las Vegas Next Year



The group behind CES plans to hold the enormous tech convention in person in Las Vegas next January, despite concerns that the coronavirus pandemic may still be a threat. The Consumer Technology Association has announced that it intends to give exhibitors a way to showcase their products “both physically in Las Vegas and digitally.”

The stakes are high for CES. It’s one of the largest conventions held each year in Las Vegas, responsible for bringing a huge number of visitors to the city, with around 175,000 attendees last year. The Las Vegas Convention Center, the primary venue where the event is held, is scheduled to complete a $980 million expansion just in time for next year’s show. And while consumers may know CES as the event where new TVs, cars, and other gadgets are announced, it also remains an important venue for meetings between retailers, manufacturers, and all the companies in between.

The CTA is promising new health policies for the show. The group intends to “regularly clean and sanitize spaces” and offer “sanitization stations.” It also plans to widen aisles and seats to increase distancing, limit “touch points” by using tech like mobile payments, and provide on-site health services. The CTA says it’ll look into doing temperature scans and that it plans to issue “best practices,” like wearing a mask — though it doesn’t say if they’ll be required.

posted by David Miller (via theVerge)

Killer Mike Has Delivered An Emotional Speech



Rapper and activist Killer Mike, who makes up one half of duo Run The Jewels, addressed Atlanta protestors during the Atlanta Mayor's press conference on Friday night (29th May). The speech was in response to protests which have began since the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man from Minnesota who was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, on Monday 25th May. Footage of the arrest shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, ignoring him as he repeatedly pleads, “I can’t breathe”.

Beginning his speech by announcing respect for law enforcement, including his own family members, Mike addressed the protestors, stating he is "duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize."

posted by David Miller (via djmag)

Technics Releasing New Limited Edition SL-1210GAE Turntable



Technics is releasing a new limited edition SL-1210GAE turntable this June, to commemorate the company’s 55th anniversary, reports What Hi-Fi.

The new model includes an all-black design, upgraded insulation, specially-tuned Nagaoka MM cartridge and 50th anniversary badge with unique serial number.

Its Nagoka JT-1210 moving magnet cartridge “was specifically tuned by a joint team of engineers from Technics and Nagaoka.”

Limited to 1000 units worldwide, the new turntable also includes its own case, as well as the ability to turn the strobe light on or off.

posted by David Miller

DJ Sneak Producing A Track Live On The DJS-1000



Over the past 3 decades, Carlos Sosa AKA DJ Sneak has honed his unique take on the timeless Chicago house sound, from funky filtered disco to jacking, bumpy grooves. In this in-depth walkthrough, Sneak covers each stage behind the unique sounds he creates by using the standalone DJS-1000 DJ Sampler to add layers to his live sets and even make a complete track.

Tips include sample sourcing, building a groove, adding chords, building a bassline, adding loops, dressing the beats, creating scenes and patterns, and then aquí está, you have a killer track!

posted by David Miller
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