How To Easily Make DJ Short Edits Using Serato Studio
The DJ short edit is a way to play just the best or most impactful parts of the tracks you are playing. Short edits are great because not only do they suit fast mixing styles, but also when a song is getting old, they let you play just enough of it for your audience without them getting bored.
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Harmonix’s New Game Fuser Lets You Mash Together Pop Songs
Rock Band studio Harmonix is back with another music game — only this time, it’s about mashing songs together. The new title is called Fuser, and the developer describes it as “a non-stop virtual music festival where you control the music.” The idea is that you play as a DJ, fusing popular songs together to excite the crowd. There will be a single-player campaign, a freestyle mode for playing with new musical ideas, and multiplayer where you can both compete and collaborate with other players.
Of course, the most important part of a game like this is the musical selection, and Harmonix says that the game will include more than 100 licensed tracks, including the likes of “In Da Club” and “bad guy,” along with meme-worthy additions like “All Star” and “Old Town Road.” These should be ideal for the social aspect, where players can share their mashup creations with others online.
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DJ Paydays In Las Vegas: More Money, Less Opportunity
In the wake of KAOS’ closing, one casino nightlife executive says it’s now a “buyer’s market” for talent. Others predict a 2020 recession for the business
DJ paychecks were growing in Las Vegas last year even as average salaries worldwide for the highest-paid electronic dance-music acts declined 12% from 2017 to 2018, and EDM’s share of the recorded-music market slid from 3.5% to 3%, according to a 2019 study by the International Music Summit. But, with the autumn 2019 implosion of The Palms’ KAOS nightclub and its reported $60-million deal with Marshmello, DJs may see their hot streak start to cool in Vegas, too. .
Music-business sources tell Billboard that a superstar DJ, like Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Diplo or The Chainsmokers, can still pull in a low seven-figure fee for a single club appearance, and upwards of $300,000 a show for residencies. “It’s steadily gone up in Vegas,” says Randy Phillips, the veteran promoter who recently stepped down as CEO of EDM festival company LiveStyle but retains an ownership stake. “The superstars are on multi-year, multi-week deals at some of the bigger hotels. Electronic music, and the DJ, is very compelling entertainment when you’re going away for a weekend to get wild and crazy.”
EDM’s popularity in Vegas has gone through “gullies” over the past five years, says Phillips, but overall the trajectory for DJs’ salaries is up. The latest dip came in November, when the Palms abruptly shuttered its KAOS night and dayclub after just seven months because, management told financial analysts, the club had lost $13.2 million in its first year and the economics weren’t working. In addition to the record two-year $60-million residency it had reportedly struck with Marshmello — what amounted to $600,000 a show for 100 shows — the club was paying some DJs just as much for a single appearance, which a music-industry source says was 400% to 500% more than the market norm.
Meanwhile, the low-end of the pay scale has stayed virtually the same from 2015 to 2019: DJs in this class make $10,000 to $30,000 a show, but demand is not what it used to be. “A lot of DJs in that $30-75K a night range did well when EDM was booming, but weren’t big enough to keep bringing people,” says Matt
Colon, Steve Aoki’s longtime manager:
Vegas clubs are also hedging their bets by putting hip-hop and open-format DJs in rotation with electronic dance music . “Music is splintering – people want to hear all different things,” says Christie. “We’re entering a new era of consumer taste.”
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The Weeknd Announces ‘After Hours’ Tour With Special Guests
The Weeknd is now three singles into the release rollout of his upcoming album After Hours due out March 20 via XO Records and Republic Records. Following the bloody and trippy visuals that mixed in a little bit of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for good measure in “Heartless” and the continuation of the drugged out and emotional “Blinding Lights”, the Toronto superstar returned earlier this week with his latest single “After Hours”.
Now he’s announced a forthcoming After Hours tour kicking off in North America this June and winding through Europe in October.
The Weeknd has also enlisted the talents of Sabrina Claudio, Don Toliver and 88GLAM as his openers. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, February 28.
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Eminem – Rap God (Explicit) [Official Video]
Eminem’s “Rap God” is a six-minute tour de force, which finds the Detroit MC showing off a head-spinning display of lyricism while referencing over a dozen rappers. It also got into the Guinness World Records for most words in a hit single. The video, directed by Rich Lee, finds Em parodying Max Headroom and features other pop culture references from media like The Walking Dead, The Matrix and Hellraiser. The song has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.
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Lee Burridge Plays A Breathtaking Set In Bali
International media house Cercle is known for taking some of the best house and techno DJs and recording live sets in cinematic locations. Whether it is Adriatique at the snowy French Alps, Carl Cox at a historic Château de Chambord, or Nina Kraviz inside the Effiel tour, Cercle is continuing to find the best locations for their sets. Recently, they invited Lee Burridge to play their first-ever set in the beautiful coastal city of Bali.
Floating 100 meters over the Indian Ocean, OMNIA Cube in Bali serves as the perfect backdrop for Burridge’s deep house set. Spinning a collection of IDs that blend as one, his ethereal mix is accompanied by picture-perfect shots of the surrounding landscape.
Burridge is a top-class DJ with over three decades pioneering the scene, and it’s clear his love for the culture hasn’t faded. Through his set, he took the chance to join the crowd in dance at the Indonesian resort.
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Rage Against the Machine Announce Reunion Tour Dates
For those hoping that Rage Against the Machine’s tour wouldn’t be limited, well, you’re in luck.
The band will play a large-scale tour that kicks off in El Paso in March, as previously reported. The proceeds from the El Paso show, along with their shows in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Glendale, Arizona, will be given to immigrant rights organizations. Proceeds from other shows will be given to other activists in other cities as well.
“Through ticketing, volunteering and band donations, Rage Against the Machine will be working with multiple charities and activist organizations throughout the tour,” a statement from the band published in the Detroit Free Press said.
Run the Jewels will open up the dates for the reunited band.
Tickets will be available through the band’s website.
Check out the tour dates below:
March 26 — El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
March 28 — Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center
March 30 — Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
April 10 — Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 17 — Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 21 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
April 25 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
April 28 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
May 1 — Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum at the PNE
May 3 — Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
May 5 — Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
May 7 — Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
May 9 — Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
May 11 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
May 14 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
May 16 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
May 19 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
May 23 — Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
June 19 — Dover, DE @ Firefly
July 10 — East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 13 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
July 17 — Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
July 18 — Festival d’Été de Québec @ Festival d’Été de Québec
July 21 — Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
July 23 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
July 27 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
July 29 — Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
July 31 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
August 2 — Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
August 4 — Washington DC @ Capital One Arena
August 7 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
August 10 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 11 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 28 — Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
August 30 — Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
September 1 — Paris, France @ Rock En Seine Festival
September 4 — Stradbally Laois, Ireland @ Electric Picnic Festival
September 6 — Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalooza Berlin Festival
September 8 — Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
September 10 — Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena
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A-Trak Beat-Making Tutorial at ComplexCon
Have you ever wanted to learn how A-Trak makes incredible beats and remixes? Check out this in-depth workshop where he breaks down 3 tracks he crafted using sounds from the Fools Gold & Serato Studio sound pack at Complexcon last year.
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The Martin Garrix Show – End Of Summer Tour
Martin Garrix takes off for Lollapalooza Berlin in the newest episode of The Martin Garrix Show, where his Anima summer tour is set to conclude. Garrix reflects on how sad he is for the tour to end, and he hangs out with fellow artists in the catering area, including previous show-frequenter Dean Lewis.
This episode reaffirms the painstaking process Garrix and vocalists go through in the making of a hit, as shown in previous episodes. Lewis tells a story about how Garrix called him a month after the final version of “Used To Love” was complete, and told him they would need to re-do the entire song. The duo proceeded to do just that, and fans get a sneak peak into how intense Garrix is when it comes to perfecting a piece.
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Elon Musk Is Making Euphoric Progressive House.
We bet you didn’t expect that one, did you? Elon Musk – a man known more for SpaceX rather than tunes for the beloved Space Ibiza – is a dab hand in the studio judging from his new effort ‘Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe’.
The Tesla CEO was teasing the track on his Twitter last night and eventually uploaded it to his SoundCloud page, wittily named Emo G Records.
‘Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe’ is a starry progressive house cut, with Elon on vocal as well as production duty. We wonder whether he’s been getting tips from his partner, Canadian artist Grimes.
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