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Orbital | How I Play Live

We go behind the scenes with Orbital to find out how their live show works.

Made up of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, Orbital played Inner City Electronic Festival in March, just prior to the UK's COVID-19 lockdown. We caught up with the seminal UK rave duo to talk through how they play live.

posted by David Miller (via DJMAG)

EDC Europe 2021 Location Announced

Pasquale Rotella took to social media today to announce that EDC will officially be coming to Europe in 2021 with a location and dates announced.

As the world continues to cope with a cancellation of festivals at a global level, Insomniac Events has done everything in their power to continue to give the fans of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) the hope they need, not only by holding live-streamed festivals hosted by the festival founder Pasquale Rotella himself but by teasing fans with the speculation of new locations for the iconic festival for future dates.

Pasquale Rotella aided in anticipation for the announcement of EDC, Europe as he teased that the new location would be “somewhere warm”, and officially announced that the new location will be on the mesmerizing beaches of Praia Da Rocha in Southern Portugal. The festival will make its debut on June 18th and run until the 20th, 2021.

posted by David Miller

David Guetta Makes A Track In Ableton Using A Talkbox

David Guetta in Paris where he built a French-house inspired track from scratch using a talkbox in Ableton Live

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Pioneer DJ Officially Unveils The CDJ-3000

2020 may have been a year riddled with a steady barrage of bad news but Pioneer DJ has just delivered one of the few highlights officially unveiling the CDJ-3000!

With CDJ 2000NXS2 being the go-to for DJs across the world since it’s release back in 2009, Pioneer DJ will be closing out the year with one of their most anticipated pieces of gear in over a decade.

Featuring a new MPU (micro-processing unit) and boasting specially developed high-quality components, Pioneer DJ’s CDJ-3000 is undoubtedly the most advanced player they’ve ever produced.

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Pioneer DJ Official Introduction: HDJ-CUE1 DJ Headphones

The HDJ-CUE1 headphones are ideal if you’re getting into DJing. Each model features a professional look and feel, rich sound, foldable design, and a high-quality finish – all for a modest price. Want to listen to music wirelessly? Choose one of the Bluetooth® units for a little extra freedom.

Using the same drivers from our professional HDJ-X5 model, the HDJ-CUE1 headphones are specially tuned to make the most of the low frequencies in the bass and kick drums that are important for mixing. This great sound quality is essential so you can hear all the details in the music, enabling you to decide if a track is good enough to play at your next party, and so you’ll know exactly what your friends are going to hear when you drop the track in your set.

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Denon DJ Controller Integration With Virtual DJ

Denon DJ is proud to announce official controller integration with Virtual DJ's desktop software. Featuring full-color moving waveforms, familiar touch screen gestures, OLED FX feedback, and a customizable interface. The unique Virtual DJ desktop experience is now controllable with Engine OS 1.5.1 on selected Denon DJ products.

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DJM-V10 Artist Insights: FX Control & Routing

The DJM-V10 offers Beat FX and a brand-new Send FX section which includes 4 new built-in effects and 2 external send/returns. Hear how Alan Fitzpatrick, Amelie Lens, Brame & Hamo, Eats Everything, Eelke Kleijn, Etapp Kyle, Honey Dijon, Jamie Jones, and Kölsch use these features to customize their DJ sets by combining their favorite external effects with the mixer’s built-in effects.

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Alison Wonderland Is Your DJ Professor In New DJ Tutorial

Wonderland’s new series runs on a bi-weekly basis, with the second installment closely following the debut episode. Episode two walks viewers through the basics of beat-matching and the fundamentals of lacing together one’s first mix.

She also touches on the basics of EQing, and how adjusting certain frequencies can generate a cleaner mix between songs. Bust out your DJ gear and a notepad, and watch the first two episodes of Alison Wonderland’s new webseries below.

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Veteran DJ Erick Morillo Dead At 49

Erick Morillo was found dead in his Miami Beach home on the morning of September 1—he was 49. First reported by TMZ, the cause of Morillo’s death is currently unknown.

News of Morillo’s death comes just weeks after reports of the DJ being arrested in Miami on sexual battery charges in early August. The alleged victim claims she was assaulted by Morillo following a gig they both played, fighting off multiple sexual advances until she woke up to Morillo assaulting her. Morillo denied the accusations, though the venerated selector turned himself in to authorities after the results of a rape kit tested positive for his DNA on August 6. News of Morillo’s death arrives the same week as his scheduled court hearing.

posted by David Miller (via dancingastronaut)

Djay’s Smart Beat & Vocal Isolation Is Becoming A Standalone App

You can create beat-precise loops, change tempo, and transpose the key of a song, all while removing vocals, percussive, or harmonic parts in real-time. The advanced offline export allows you to extract acappellas and instrumentals in pristine sound quality, for use in your favorite DJ or music production software.

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Documentary, (Underplayed) Sheds Light On Sexism In Dance Music

WORLD PREMIERE - Toronto International Film Festival 2020 - Underplayed presents a portrait of the current status of the gender, ethnic and sexual equality issues in dance music.

Electronic music was born from the ideals of diversity, community and inclusivity and yet in 2019 only 5 of the Top 100 DJs were women. The film follows female pioneers, next-generation artists and industry leaders who are championing the change, and inspiring a more diverse pool of role models for future generations.

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Billie Eilish: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Aug. 26, 2020 | Stephen Thompson -- It didn't take long for Billie Eilish to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world, sweep the Grammy Awards' major categories and release the latest James Bond theme. And today, at just 18, she and her brother, Finneas, have accomplished what no one has been able to do for five and a half months: perform a Tiny Desk concert in what certainly appears to be the NPR Music offices.

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Daft Punk - Vegoose 2007 - [New 3-Cam Video Mix]

New footage from Daft Punk’s spectacular Alive 2007 tour has been uploaded online.

The more than an hour long multi-cam HD video was filmed by fans at Daft Punk’s Vegoose festival tour date in Las Vegas on October 27. 2007.

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Engine OS & Virtual DJ Official Controller Integration is Here!

Denon DJ is proud to announce official controller integration with Virtual DJ's desktop software. Featuring full-color moving waveforms, familiar touch screen gestures, OLED FX feedback, and a customizable interface. The unique Virtual DJ desktop experience is now controllable with Engine OS 1.5.1 on selected Denon DJ products.

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Two Suspects Arrested In 2002 Murder Of DJ Jam Master Jay

Hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay’s murder has remained unsolved modern rap lore for nearly 20 years. Jason Mizell, best known for his role in the trailblazing hip-hop trio Run-DMC, was killed the night before Halloween in 2002, in his Jamaica, Queens recording studio. That night, two masked men entered the building, and one fatally shot Mizell in the head. Since then, despite the not-so-quiet speculation surrounding the murky details of the legendary DJ’s death, the case remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Now, two men, believed to have been Mizell’s former associates, have been arrested in connection with Jay’s murder.

According to separate law enforcement officials who each spoke to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, federal prosecutors charged Ronald Washington, 56, and Karl Jordan Jr., 36, believed to be drug traffickers, with murder. While law enforcement has yet to officially detail the two mens’ involvement, investigators believe Mizell was financing the alleged drug-trafficking operation, and eventually the arrangement went south. According to one quoted official, “There was a beef—it didn’t go as planned.” Washington is already serving a federal prison sentence for robbery, while Jordan, who had previously been incarcerated for shooting Jay’s cousin, rapper Little Dee, in 2003, was taken into custody again on August 16.

posted by David Miller (via dancingastronaut)

Drake - Laugh Now Cry Later (Official Music Video)

The dazzling convertible made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in 2017. Stretching 20-feet, the sleek, open-top vehicle features an elegant Art Deco-inspired body, finished in Nautical Blue Metallic with elegant chrome accents. Just as head-turning is the spaceship-like interior, which features white nappa leather seats, ice blue accent lighting and a yacht-inspired floor. And while the car’s design is noteworthy enough, the 750 hp, fully electric drivetrain is nothing to sleep on either.

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Breaking News! NAMM 2021 Canceled

Winter NAMM 2021 has been officially canceled, Baxter fills you in on what we know so far and what companies like Fender are doing about it.

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COVID-19 And The Electronic Music Industry

The 32-minute film explores how the pandemic has affected the electronic music industry, from venues having to close and gigs getting cancelled to how it has adapted in the last few months. There is also parts on video streaming and whether social distancing can work on a dancefloor.

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

2 Chainz, Lil Wayne Drop Animated ‘Money Maker’ Video

For what may be the best stadium performance since SpongeBob and gang performed at the Bubble Bowl, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne’s latest animated video for “Money Maker” sees the pair take over an entire football field with the big-band bop.

The track — complete with a flood of horns and a commanding drum line — sees the two team up for yet another big-time Tity Boi and Weezy collab. The vibrant clip also sees the songs lyrics flash before the screen, so you couldn’t possibly miss 2 Chainz’ convincing demands to “shake ya money maker,” as the track takes samples from Southern University’s marching band Human Jukebox. It also features the band on the track cover, paying homage to HBCUs.

posted by David Miller (via Spin)


Having won a variety of World and regional titles across the globe at the class leading main stage competitions like DMC, Red Bull 3Style & the Goldies, the SEVENTY-TWO has proven itself time after time in extreme high-pressure performances to give DJs the winning edge. With its robust solid build and reliability, paired with its unrivalled integration into Serato DJ Pro, it’s no surprise the SEVENTY-TWO is the champions’ choice of mixer.

The SEVENTY-TWO MKII carries all the world-class performance capabilities and components as the original version, but adds more winning features to take it one step further. First, an external crossfader tension-adjust has been added, giving DJs full control over the feel of their crossfader.

Additionally, the SEVENTY-TWO MKII is fitted with three new ultra-light MAG FOUR faders. This new high-quality design is RANE’s lightest and smoothest fader yet. The SEVENTY-TWO MKII also allows DJs to customize the parameter controls to act as either Silent Cue, Instant Doubles or Sync control, while the DVS input option has been expanded to include the Aux input as well as the Phono/CD input for more flexible set ups.

posted by David Miller