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Instagram Makes It Easier To See When You’re Broadcasting Music You Can’t Use

Instagram has posted its guidelines for using copyrighted music during live videos, Stories, and other posts on the platform, and part of the announcement includes a new update to the notification that pops up to tell users they’re using unlicensed art in ways that violate its rules. The changes to the pop-up notification are designed around helping users avoid Instagram’s automated interruptions — like muting or outright blocking — that occurs if a piece of licensed music plays for too long over or in the background of a live video.

Now, the notification pops up earlier in live broadcasts to give users more time to remove the audio so they can avoid having the stream disrupted or taken down. Instagram will also give clearer instructions to remedy the situation in the event a stream is automatically muted or blocked due to use of unlicensed music.

posted by David Miller (via theverge)

Kaskade Performs At Arizona's Grand Canyon West Skywalk

EDM fans were in for a visual treat Thursday evening when DJ Kaskade performed a 2.5 hour set with lights and aerial camera shots, all live-streamed from Arizona's Grand Canyon.

Kaskade reportedly became the first DJ to perform at Grand Canyon West's SkyWalk, a tourist attraction in northwestern Arizona where people walk along a horseshoe-shaped see-through bridge 70 feet beyond the Grand Canyon's edge -- and 4,000 feet above it.

posted by David Miller

Rane Seventy Walkthrough & Tutorial

OP! provides a thorough walkthrough and tutorial of the new Rane Seventy Mixer.

posted by David Miller

Future Of Nightclubs In Las Vegas Uncertain

The ambiance of packed Las Vegas bars and nightclubs that draw tourists from around the globe may temporarily halt for 2020 or longer, according to industry insiders.

Leaders from the American Nightlife Association and the International Nightlife Association said from Las Vegas to around the globe, industry insiders are brainstorming ways to reopen, if at all.

Governor Steve Sisolak nor state officials have provided a reopening date for bars and nightclubs.

Different industry insiders have different opinions on what will happen when nightclubs reopen-- but agree chasing profits will be a challenge, with current business models.

Ryan Dahlstrom of the Nightclub Hall of Fame has a gloomier outlook for the venues if they do not adapt. The consultant has helped develop numerous nightclub, bar and entertainment venues in Vegas and beyond.

"I think [nightclubs are] gone for at least the rest of this year-- possibly part of next year," he said.

Dahlstrom believes, with current business models and without packed crowds in many of the venues, profit margins will take a huge dip, leading to possible forced closures.

Dahlstrom estimates many venues in Vegas and industry-wide could shut down, as rent is still due for facilities.

posted by David Miller (via fox5news)

Deadmau5, Steve Aoki & Dillon Francis DJ In Fortnite Concert

Here is the full coverage of the Fortnite Party Royale premiere Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and Deadmau5. Each artist performed a set of their hit music and the concert event lasted for about an hour with flashy lights, neon visuals, and new paint launchers to hit other players with for a colorful twist.

posted by David Miller

Numark Mixtrack Pro FX & Mixtrack Platinum FX

MIXING STARTS HERE! The latest editions to the Mixtrack Family have arrived - The Mixtrack Pro FX and the Mixtrack Platinum FX. Your entry-point into the exciting world of DJing. Bigger jog wheels, effects trigger paddles, a whole new design and so much more!

posted by David Miller

Martin Garrix Performs Epic Boat Liveset On Dutch Waters

Recently, Martin Garrix has been on a roll with his epic live sets during the current COVID-19 lockdown. Performing some epic rooftop sets from his home and from the A’DAM Tower in Amsterdam, he’s managed to still entertain his fans with incredible sets that can make it feel like you’re still watching him at a gig. With some unreleased music being sprinkled into the sets, he recently did another one and this time he stepped it up a notch by doing it from a boat on picturesque Dutch waters

posted by David Miller (via We Rave You)

Get Serato PLAY For Free

Serato has made their DJ software Play free until the end of May. The software, which unlocks advanced features such as EQ, FX, filters, without any hardware controllers or interfaces. The software includes tutorials to get you started as well as access to TiDAL and SoundCloud streaming so if you're new to DJing you don't need to source lots of music first, and can experiment with the TiDAL's curated playlists and any of your own SoundCloud PRO lists.

Expansions like Flip, Pitch'n'Time DJ, VIdeo and FX are all accessible with the free version of Play. The software will return to its normal price of $29 once the month of May is over.

Download Serato Play for free HERE.

posted by David Miller (Djmag)

Facebook Will Soon Let You Charge Viewers To Access Your Livestream

Facebook will soon allow streamers to charge viewers to watch their live streams. The move comes as the landscape for streaming has changed dramatically in the past weeks and months, as the world locks down and clubs and venues remain closed. Users can soon set up 'online-only' events and users can 'purchase access' in advance, and non-profits can add a donate button to their stream.

Creating a traditional Facebook Event around a stream is a logical way to generate both reminders for the viewers and to develop a consistent audience, so for DJs and musicians, it's a useful feature. For the audience, another new useful feature is the ability to listen to just the audio, and not stream the video, to save data if they just want to listen to the mix for example.

No info is available yet on when the ability to charge for events and streams will be rolled out – we'll update you as soon as we know more. In the meantime, read our guide to five ways to make your stream stand out.

posted by David Miller (via djmag)

Watch Will Smith And DJ Jazzy Jeff Put On A Quarantine Concert

The pair performed the 1988 hit “Brand New Funk.”

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff rocked houses across the world during a quarantine concert the pair did recently.

The concert, which comes from the first episode of Smith’s Snapchat series Will From Home, finds the two performing the 1988 hit “Brand New Funk” to hundreds of people on Zoom.

posted by David Miller

Pete Davidson & Adam Sandler Drop Hilarious Quarantine Song “Stuck In The House”

Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island may have left Saturday Night Live, but Pete Davidson has been stepping up to fill their shoes. This past weekend, the SNL comedian enlisted Adam Sandler for a new quarantine-themed song “Stuck In The House.” Their collaboration perfectly captures the essence of our country’s month-long quarantine with lyrics like “Got nothing to watch, already did Ozark,” and “Baking my own bread and it tastes like shit.” “Stuck In The House” is undeniably the best quarantine song to drop yet, and it’s from Pete Davidson and Adam Sandler no less.

posted by David Miller

Serato Studio Beat Making Tutorial

Serato AR Manager Matt P aka Kutcorners demonstrates how to make a beat from start to finish with Serato Studio.

posted by David Miller

Scarface Is on Dialysis Due to COVID-19 Complications

Geto Boys’ Scarface is on dialysis due to kidney failure suffered from COVID-19 complications. The rapper gave an update on his health during a Zoom chat with his bandmate Willie D that was recently uploaded to YouTube.

“I’m glad to be alive,” Scarface declared before divulging that he relapsed after going to the hospital (he originally revealed his diagnosis on March 26). “I fought COVID double bilateral pneumonia — both lungs — and kidney failure in my house,” he said. “I went back to the hospital. I just got out of the hospital Monday [April 20].”

“That’s my new lifeline,” he continued, showing Willie D his dialysis port.

“I gotta change my entire diet, I gotta do dialysis four days a week, three hours a day. That’s taking all my blood out, cleaning it and putting it back in my body,” Scarface explained before noting he didn’t have any kidney issues before testing positive for COVID-19.

As for his symptoms while fighting the virus, the rapper said: “I couldn’t keep food down, I couldn’t get comfortable, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t stay woke, I could not breathe. It was the worst time of my life.” He also lost “probably 30 pounds.”

“Hanging on that string of death makes you really appreciate life,” Scarface reflected. “I was inches away from death.”

posted by David Miller (via SPIN)

Ticketmaster Prepares For Refunds After Call Out From Congress

Yesterday, Congress issued a very strongly worded letter to Ticketmaster, admonishing the ticket provider for “unscrupulously altered existing policies amidst the public health emergency to seemingly avoid reimbursing customers.”

The letter listed out several inquiries, relating to when the refund policy was altered, the number of refund requests that have been “denied,” the total value of these refunds, and more. The congresspersons close the letter by writing, “Given this national emergency, we call on your company to show consideration to its customers and issue full refunds to all who request them.”

Today, according to a report from Billboard, Ticketmaster is now actively working on preparing a plan of action to refund tens of thousands of events, approaching $2 billion in ticket sales.

The process will mirror the one that AEG put in place earlier this week. Billboard writes: “Starting May 1, fans who bought tickets for shows that have been postponed will begin receiving emails from Ticketmaster with the concert’s new dates and the option to initiate a refund including the ticket price and all fees. Fans will have 30 days to request a refund, otherwise their ticket will be good for the rescheduled show.”

Fans will also be offered an option to receive credit for cancelled and postponed shows through the Rock When You Are Ready program, or they can donate their tickets to health care workers through the Hero Nation program.

“For cancelled shows fans can choose to receive up to 150% of their ticket value as Concert Cash, and for rescheduled shows they will receive Concert Cash once they attend the new date,” a statement from Live Nation reads. “Those looking for ways to give back can opt to donate their tickets to health care workers through Live Nation’s expanded Hero Nation program. And anyone who needs or wants their money back will have the option to get a full refund within 30 days once a show has been canceled or new dates have been finalized.”

posted by David Miller (Via Billboard)

Mixcloud Launches DJ-Friendly Livestream Platform

As social distancing continues, and DJ livestreams become increasingly popular, Mixcloud has expedited the release of their livestreaming platform Mixcloud Live. Offering both a streamkey and stream URL, the platform is compatible with all basic streaming software options many Twitch users are already accustomed to. Because the new platform is still in beta, Mixcloud emphasized that users may encounter a few bugs or glitches.

Mixcloud Live addresses the problem many DJs have been facing during recent livestreams: copyright issues. Services such as SoundCloud and Twitch are notorious for either removing uploaded tracks or muting audio while copyrighted music plays, making streaming a DJ set extremely frustrating. Because Mixcloud is a licensed platform that pays licensing fees, musicians should not face this kind of issue on Mixcloud Live.

Mixcloud Live is available to Mixcloud Pro users, which can be purchased HERE.

posted by David Miller

DJ Jazzy Jeff Describes Having COVID-19: ‘Scared Me to Death’

DJ Jazzy Jeff has opened up about having COVID-19.

In a conversation with Tamron Hall, Jeff said that he suspects that he contracted COVID-19 after performing at the annual Black Summit of the National Brotherhood of Skiers in Ketchum, Idaho in early March.

“I didn’t even realize the severity of it,” he said in the video chat. “When my wife and I were at the store, I looked at her and told her I didn’t feel well. And she was asking what was wrong, and I said ‘I feel a little achy, like I’m coming down with something.’ I literally went home and got into bed and almost don’t remember the next 11 days after that…”

He also described the problems that he (and probably almost everyone at the beginning of March who suspected they had the virus) ran into in order to get tested.

“When we finally were able to go to the doctor, they wouldn’t test me for COVID-19,” Jazzy Jeff said. “They gave me a flu test and then gave me an x-ray on my lungs and said I had pneumonia in both of my lungs, which terrified me to death.”

DJ Jazzy Jeff is just one of many musicians who have contracted the coronavirus in recent months. The whole music industry and world has been upended by the virus.

posted by David Miller

Rekordbox Introduces Cloud Library Management

What’s new in rekordbox ver. 6.0?

The way we enjoy music has evolved, with computers and mobile devices becoming the focal point for listening to our favorite sounds and emerging genres. Naturally, the needs of DJs have changed too. So, we’ve rebuilt rekordbox to offer centralized music management that stores your tracks in the cloud so you can play them via multiple devices whenever you like. Three new subscription plans – including a free option – offer different feature sets so you can use the package that best suits your needs. Choose from the Free, Core, and Creative plans.

For the first time, Export mode users can prepare sets in an advanced virtual DJing environment using Performance mode, which is now free of charge (see https://rekordbox.com for device compatibility & subscription plans). Take out the Creative plan within rekordbox ver. 6.0 and you’ll always have cloud access to the latest version of your library – wherever you are. Prep playlists, tracks, and metadata such as cue points on your studio computer then download it all to your laptop. You can even choose playlists and tracks to transfer to and from your iPhone. So, if you’re trying out ideas like setting Hot Cues on a new track, you can update your library from your iPhone and the changes will be reflected on all your devices. And if your computer goes missing or gets damaged, the music and metadata in your DJ library will be up to date and safely stored in the cloud.

Keen to drop the freshest sounds into your mixes? rekordbox for Mac/Windows (ver. 6.0) now integrates with Inflyte, the global music promotion platform. Use rekordbox for Mac/Windows (ver. 6.0) to browse the tracks in your Inflyte Promo Locker and, if you have Dropbox enabled, rekordbox can even automatically import promos for you.

posted by David Miller

Rane Twelve Promotion: Buy One, Get The Second Half Price


Calling all DJs! For a limited time, RANE is offering a phenomenal deal to get you the best DJ set up onto your personal rider. Purchase a TWELVE motorized control turntable between April 1st, 2020 and May 31st, 2020 and get a second TWELVE half price!* Hurry, this promotion won’t be around for long!

FIND A DEALER:https://www.rane.com/dealer-locator

posted by David Miller

3URNT TOAST - Episode 2 Stafford Brothers

Cook and hang out with the Stafford Brothers after a night of partying with Guy Fieri at The Grand in Boston.

posted by DJ IKON

3URNT TOAST - Episode 1 Cheat Codes

Hard hitting questions. Electric answers.

Posted by DJ IKON