25th Anniv. Moment: Richie Hawtin – Nov, 2001 [Interview]

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20/20 VISION: Richie Hawtin Sees The Future of DJing: Less Perspiration, More Innovation. Originally published: November 2011 The irony in not lost on Richie Hawtin. As a minimalist, no electronic artist has done more for dance music by doing less. An as a technophile’s technophile, not ...

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Like so many DJs, Paul “Rock” Spitale, owner of Blackrock Sound Solutions in Rochester, NY, endured the trial-and-error phase of his DJ business, and learned the hard way about the importance of a signed contract—be it mobile, or, in his case, club DJing. “I once DJed an amazing ...

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Your Halloween DJ Playlist

Here they are, those songs you can play in your sets this weekend—aside from Monster Mash…. The Freaks Come Out at Night – Whodini Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare All) – Type O Negative Devil Inside – INXS Nightmare on my ...

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Update: Technics SL-1200 To End Production; Serato Wins

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Singing the Holiday-Booking Blues? Sing No More…

We know, we know. We hear DJs of all stripes singing the Holiday Blues…holiday bookings are as active as a tanning salon in the Kalahari Desert, because corporate budgets remain Lohan-thin, and it doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better any time soon. But there are some things that DJs are ...

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ADE 2010: I Can’t Get No Sleep—Tutorials, Techno & Trance

Amsterdam, Holland—If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation, The Netherlands’ biggest city isn’t really the place to do it. Not that we were trying, mind you—because once again, we had completed our participation at the Amsterdam Dance Event where we met with dozens of DJ/dance ...

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iPad Changes World—and VJing

We’ve heard about DJs using the iPad, but when we heard that Bronx-bred VJ Eloy uses an iPad for his sets, that got us wondering if he’d ever mixed in images of Steve Jobs. Eloy hasn’t, but he did offer plenty of tips for DJs who are looking to add a visual element to their... Read More

Can Swizz Beatz put Money in Your Bank?

For DJs looking to fill their sets with quality jams, at the right price, super-producer Swizz Beatz, who’s worked the boards for artists spanning Jay-Z to Whitney, is launching Monster Mondays, a series of free weekly MP3s, in the spirit of his homey Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Fridays. The ...

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Dutch Dance Event Brings the Cheese

OK, so two days into the Amsterdam Dance Event, and here’s our Jim Tremayne’s report from the Dutch trenches: Once again, the ADE has sold out. The 15th annual dance-music industry conference—held at Amsterdam ’s historic Felix Meritis Centre and the nearby Dylan Hotel —has loaded ...

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DJ Diplo: Twitter-er-er of the Week

Of all the DJs using Twitter, we think Philly-bred Diplo—owner of indie label Mad Decent, half of Major Lazer with Switch, early adapter of the crunky dub pop rock mash up, and all around left-of-center dude—has used it most effectively. He’s spun at parties where he’s taken requests via ...

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Josh Wink Takes his Top 10 to Amsterdam

Electronation’s official opening party during the Amsterdam Dance Event 2010 will host two of the biggest brands in contemporary dancemusic: Adam Beyer’s Drumcode Records and Josh Wink’s Ovum Recordings. We’ll be there, because the lineup will include: Adam Beyer Josh ...

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Going Dutch: DJ Times to Hit Amsterdam Dance Event

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Got Godin? How to Read a Blog Post

Everybody’s favorite marketing guru, Seth Godin, offers these golden nuggets of inspiration about maximizing your time, from his blog post, “How to Read a Business Book.” We’ve read the entire post and distilled it to the following trinity. 1. Decide, before you start, that ...

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In Mumbai: a Higher State of Console Consciousness

We talked to Surr Advani, a DJ from Mumbai, India, who has trained more than 2,000 DJs in his Splinters DJ School. Of course, we learned that continental barriers disappear behind the decks among DJ brotherhood. OK, so what are the crowds like in Mumbai clubs? In India, crowd is rude and good ...

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This Product Might Kill You

Here’s another digital-DJ solution for Mac people and for those who wish the professional DJ industry grievous harm. With Version 3 of its djay software, Germany’s algoriddim brings us a wide range of easy-to-use features, a familiar look to a traditional DJ setup, and direct integration with ...

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The Social Network & Your Business

Alright, we’ve seen the The Social Network movie, and it got us thinking not about the spot-on SNL parody, but rather, about DJing, and the business of DJing. Seems like we can’t just relax and enjoy a movie (When we saw Hot Tub Time Machine, all we could think about was what a ...

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So You're Thinking of Spinning in: Malta

So, you’re thinking of booking some DJ gigs in Malta, and the first question you have is: Where is Malta? We didn’t know, either. It’s kinda near Sicily, in the Mediterranean, and the kids party their ghonellas off and they love rabbit stew. We spoke to Maltese DJ Jewel Kid, who has made ...

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One DJ's $250,000 Gig—Going, Going, Gone

DJ Dan’s artist debut, Future Retro, out now on Nettwerk, re-works some of the West Coast underground jock’s seminal influences, like A Guy Called Gerald, Company B, Phuture, and Frankie Knuckles. We spoke to DJ Dan recently, after L.A. authorities had shut down a rave that DJ Tiësto had been ...

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Is Wolfgang Gartner Daft?

Wolfgang Gartner’s “Illmerica,” a massive electro-house stomper released yesterday on Ultra Records, puts the Austin-based Joey Youngman in the company of Daft Punk. Hear for yourself. Gartner recently conducted a Twitter interview with his fans, and we’ve compiled the choicest cuts. Do you ...

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Exclusive: DJ Times to Present “The Last Gasp” at MoogFest 2010

Asheville, N.C.—Everyone knows that MoogFest 2010—set for Oct. 29-31—expects to be hot weekend that’ll see acts like Devo, Massive Attack and MGMT light up the Western Carolina city. And Halloween Night, the last evening of MoogFest, certainly promises to be a wild one as DJ Times will present ...

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Got Your Biz Cranking? You Don't Know Jack

More than 5,000 people are attending the annual World Business Forum, held today and tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall. But you don’t need to, cause we’re gonna distill the entire conference into a few bite-size nuggets, courtesy of Jack Welch, celebrated former chairman of General Electric, ...

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ABDJ Winner QBert Takes Home the Golden Mixer

DJ QBert was officially awarded the 2010 America’s Best DJ title this past Saturday, Oct. 2, at Ghostbar in The Palms in Las Vegas. The award show and closing party at the Rain nightclub—with QBert, Scotty Boy and Manufactured Superstars on the decks—culminated the three-month-long event, which ...

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Clicks by DJ D-Nice

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How to Make the "No Exit" Strategy Work for You

We’re all looking for that golden Kool-aid, that elusive elixir that you can pump into the water supply of potential clients and transform them from penny-pinching paupers to limousine liberals, prepared to spend as if they had just received a tax refund, or an inheritance from a wealthy ...

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Alongside Roonie G., DJ 2nd Nature, and Unique, Kris P has been spreading the video-jock gospel, playing gigs all over the United States, to Asia and back. “I really have no interest in playing audio-only gigs anymore, just video,” he told us. “Audio-only seems so boring to me now.” We sat down ...

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Come Get Your Moog On

Want to go to MoogFest 2010? Here’s your chance. Just tell us why we should send you, and if we agree, you win a pair of passes. It’s that easy. We repeat: Just tell us why you should go to the MoogFest for free, and you can be picked to win a pair of passes…(Want... Read More

David Guetta's Keys to Success

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(Not) Breaking News: Record Labels on Life Support

As record companies continue to lament the decline of their industry—in 2000, the industry peaked with worldwide sales of $40 billion, and is half that now—we’re always wondering how grim grim can be. According to Billboard Magazine, it’s still grim. Here’s the ...

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Are You an Entrepreneur—or Simply Bat-Sh** Crazy?

A thin line separates the temperament of an entrepreneur from a person who could use psychiatric help. Many successful entrepreneurs possess personality quirks that, if expressed in great amounts, would qualify as full-on mental illness. How does your psychological profile dovetail with your ...

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Tough Times = Rare Opportunities

Despite claims to the contrary, more bumps are expected on the long and winding road to economic recovery, more bumps than a classroom of first-graders with chicken pox. The conventional wisdom says that tough times like these are an opportunity to put the final bullet in your long-suffering ...

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Confessions of a Runway DJ

“Hands off the models!” So says DJ “Rock” Spitale about the first rule of spinning at fashion shows. “Womanizers (or man-eaters) do not get re-hired,” he adds. On the closing day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, New York City, this is a fitting manifesto, and a useful corollary ...

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DJs & Poverty in Vegas: Best of Times, Worst of Times

Forty-four million people live in poverty today in the Unites States, more than at any time since 1994, according to a Census analysis released today by the Associated Press. How dire is that? If those 44 million people were panhandlers, and you had enough money to help them all, it would take ...

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Why Airlines Hate You

What are the implications if the new Ultra-Compact Airline Seat idea actually, um, flies? In addition to spreading empathy for veal calves, and the possibility of Kevin Smith never traveling again, global DJs will feel the sting more than most. “Saddle up,” says DJ Colette. “They’re making ...

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Obama and DJ AM Wre$tling Match?

President Obama has equated his struggle with congressional Republicans over extending the Bush-era tax cuts to a “wrestling match”—the GOP, with a Flying Leg Lock, wishes to extend the cuts, while the Obama administration, employing the Atomic Surfboard, wants to restore the taxes to wage ...

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News: Deadmau5's Beats, MTV's Meat

The buzz surrounding Lady Gaga and her meat dress at last night’s MTV VMA Awards has yet to subside–and we’re frankly surprised that no one has made a fuss about our blazer made of whole wheat pizza–but we have taken a shine to the fact that Deadmau5 rocked the show. As ...

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Qbert Wins, DJs Thank God, Allah, etc.

Like a house on fire, the social media network is ablaze as news about Qbert’s victory in the “America’s Best DJ” contest takes flight. Reaction has been one of relief, since DJ Pauly D’s team of social media bunnies have been stuffing ballot boxes in the vote’s waning hours. The reaction ...

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America's Got DJ Talent: Qbert Wins!

The polling stations are closed, the season of handshakes and baby-kissing has drawn to a close, the votes have all been tallied, the bribe money counted, and it’s official: DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ announce that DJ Qbert has been voted America’s Best DJ for 2010. The ...

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Can Chicago House Music Fill Iconic Hole?

With the announcement that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is vacating office after his term ends, Chicago is flagellating in a potential political vacuum, wondering how they’re going to fill such an iconic hole—after all, Daley has held office since 1989, when Chicago house music was just entering ...

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Hurricane? What Hurricane? Electric Zoo Blows Away NYC

New York City—It’s official, it seems: Electric Zoo easily defeated a weakened Hurricane Earl this past Labor Day weekend and blew away throngs of area electronic-dance music fans. Billed as New York’s Electronic Music Festival and presented by Made Event, the two-day festival—held at NYC’s ...

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Tracks we'd Like to Hear@Ground-Zero Mosque

Can Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and imam of the ground-zero Muslim Community Center, play hardball? He probably won’t need to, not tonight anyway, when he sits for an interview with CNN’s Larry King, who, to his credit, has developed his franchise around one of ...

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Chems Resolve Music Industry Crisis with…Adam Smith?

With industry-wide CD sales decreasing like a waistline on The Biggest Loser, the Chemical Brothers have figured out a way to maximize profit—with live shows, and more specifically, live shows with a heightened focus on high-production visuals, with input from none other than Adam Smith. ...

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ABDJ Voting Closes September 6

There are no exit polls, or PACs, but there is plenty of old-school glad-handing, baby-kissing lobbying, so the America’s Best DJ contest, or ABDJ, decides who the best DJ is on merit as well as hustle. Although some people question why their favorite DJs were left off the list of 100, ...

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Pauly D Moving up in the Polls for America's Best DJ

On the heels of the news that Jersey Shore has wrapped filming its third season, we have no doubt that DJ nation will find it distressing that Pauly D is busting a move up in the polls for America’s Best DJ, among the likes of A-Trak, Mixmaster Mike and Wolfgang Gartner. The numbers don’t ...

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Back to School = Dirty Dancing

When he’s not spinning in clubs or broadcasting his mix show on local Top 40 radio, DJ Sticky Boots, a nominee for America’s Best DJ, uses his brand to book gigs at school dances. For any DJ, especially one who thinks “grinding” is for coffee beans, these can present ...

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How to "Do the Right Thing" In 'Bama

DJ Steve Metz moved from Chicagoland to in Hampton Cove , Alabama, in 2002 to find a console he could call home. A club DJ by trade, he soon discovered a need for high-end weddings, and Metropolitan Disc Jockey Service was soon launched. “We practice a simple philosophy: ‘Do the right ...

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Breaking: Post-Expo Thumbs-Up Report

Just when you thought we had patted ourselves on the back enough for the triumphant DJ Expo–think again. Here’s what exhibitors & attendees are saying about the 2010 DJ Expo, held this past Aug. 16-19 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. “I was absolutely stunned at how big the ...

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DJ's Expo Mix scores "Hollywood" Radio Gig, Kills Video Star

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DJ DiGiacomo never thought he’d win. “I read about the contest several weeks before the deadline and thought, ‘I’ll never win, why even bother entering?’ Then I saw the contest ad again on the last day submissions were being accepted, and thought, ‘Well, why not, I’ve got nothing to ...

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DJ Times & Robert Moog: In Bed Together (finally!)

As the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, the late Robert Moog is hands-down The Godfather of dance music, if not the sperm donor for Yes and prog-rock, and, therefore, Asia. Still, the adulation all music types hold for him will coagulate in one giant rump shaking weekend, called the MoogFest, ...

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Welcome to Virtual DJ Expo 2010

The social networking world, from Facebook, to YouTube to Twitter, is abuzz with post-DJ Expo fever. The Expo rocked the Twitter world with hundreds of Tweets, and in the rubble of the Expo you can see facebook pictures and hear wrap-ups from the likes of 93.3 FM’s  Brian Fink, or in the ...

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10 Ideas from DJ Expo to Boost Business

Attendance at the DJ Expo increased by 16% over the year previous, and if anyone attended any of the seminars and workshops, it was easy to see why: Tons of information, presented by seasoned industry vets. One such vet, DJ Evan Reitmeyer, presented “Selling to Bride 3.0,” an ...

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5,000 DJs see Expo's Finest Hour

The DJ Expo attracted more than 5,000 DJs to Atlantic City last week, the biggest show ever, with more exhibitors showing more wares, with more parties celebrating the DJ “calling,” and more of, well, just about everything. “Had a great time as always,” said DJ Jeff Oden. “I’ve been ...

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Blackout Problem? Solved–at DJ Expo

DJ Adam Weitz offered DJ Expo attendees an inspired solution for a blackout. It was a routine he calls No Power-Power Hour, and he designed it for the DJ of the Year competition, and it was dazzling enough—generator uplighting, flashlights, dancers—for it to earn the Philly-based ...

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20 Years Later, DJ Expo Still Slammin

In the 20-year history of the DJ Expo, more than 50,000 DJs have walked through the exhibit hall, listened and learned at the seminars and workshops, and grooved to the beats and rhymes at the late-night parties. All of these elements, after 20 years, have aged well, as evidenced by the ...

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The Secrets to Sausage-Making at DJ Expo

Ever wonder how we make the sausage at DJ Expo? No? Well, we’re gonna tell you anyway. Every seminar is meticulously designed, tweaked, and re-tweaked before it’s a Go. Here’s an example of the seminar design for “All-Star Wedding MCs’ Secrets Revealed,” moderated by DJ Steve Moody and ...

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Top 5 All-Time Digital Downloads (two have performed at DJ Expo)

Of the Top 5 digital downloads in the history of recorded music, two have made appearances at the DJ Expo. 1. The Black Eyed Peas: “I Gotta Feeling,” 6,049,000. #1 for 14 weeks, beginning in July 2009. 2. Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, “Low,” 5,640,000. This rap smash was #1 ...

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Map the Road to Remixer Riches–at DJ Expo

As far as metrics for success go, is there any greater thrill than a DJ spinning his own remix in front of 10,000 people? Tough to top, sure, but the dream can be reality. Find out how you can negotiate your own path to remixer glory at the DJ Expo, Wednesday August 18 at 5... Read More

Posner Tops iTunes Chart, Next Stop: DJ Expo

On the day of its release, Mike Posner’s debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff (J Records) is currently perched atop the iTunes Album Charts. Critics are lauding Posner for his “…big, club-friendly synth hooks” and his “…sly, electro-pop.” USA Today seemed ...

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If Only Jet Blue's Slater Dealt Exclusively with DJs

Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who popped a circuit and generated national empathy (we like the fact that he grabbed two beers before hitting the chute), might be the hero of the moment to millions of dissatisfied employees, many of whom are working longer hours in a grim economy, ...

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Shiftee's "Best DJ" Campaign…

Who’s taking the America’s Best DJ contest seriously? DJ Shiftee, serious as a taco heart attack. Shiftee–a battle jock/turntablist DMC winner who will appear at next week’s DJ Expo, has produced a campaign video, reminding viewers of their patriotic duty in the voting ...

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Tips from The DJ Closer–at DJ Expo

Colleagues call DJ Jason Canaan “The Closer.” Who can forget the closer? The Alec Baldwin character from Glengarry Glen Ross, who carpet-bombed the sales team of Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, and Ed Harris, colorfully opining about their lack of sales technique and cojones. ABC. A, Always, B, Be, C, ...

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Find Out if You're Cooler than Mike Posner—at DJ Expo

How does one, exactly, qualify as cooler than Mike Posner? J Records signed the 22-year-old to a record deal based on a mix tape he made in his college dorm room, before his senior year, at Duke. Would Coach K approve? He would if he knew that Posner’s debut single, “Cooler Than ...

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Do You Want Out of the "Commodity Trap"? Here's How

For many DJs, price is more of an issue than ever. And so it is for DJ Paul Evans, who offers a solution: DJs who generate positive reviews and unique offerings can nonetheless do well, even in a sluggish economy. “There are still plenty of fully employed couples making good wages who want to ...

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Do Your Tracks Ooze Eno?

The trial-and-error approach to songwriting, as told to DJ Times by Booka Shade’s Arno Kammermeier, who picked it up from Brian Eno. “Many times, what he did was with the big, 24-track, recording machines, [Eno] would play one track, then he’d play the whole next song with the setting leftover ...

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How to Avoid a Deadmau5-like Collapse

What to make of Deadmau5 collapsing on Friday night while onstage at the 9:30 club? After being taken to the hospital and being advised to cancel nine dates of his summer tour, a look back through his tweets is telling. On Thursday night, he said, “God damn… What’s wrong with me ...

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Are You a Jolly Roger DJ? The Perils of Piracy

Music piracy continues its thorny climb into popular consciousness, what with the recent court case awarding damages to the RIAA to the tune of $675,000 from an illegal down-loader in Massachusetts. We asked entertainment lawyer and DJ Times contributor Coe W. Ramsey a couple questions t make ...

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DJ Expo Wants You!

We’ve still got some slots available in the “DJ of the Year” competition at the International DJ Expo. You got a game, or a dance, the God-given ability to leave a crowd panting for more? The main event takes place Wednesday night, August 18, at the Trump Taj Mahal. “DJ of the Year always ...

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Keys to a Succesful Radio Career

Still haven’t sent your mix to Hollywood Hamilton’s “DJ Expo/Remix Top 30 Countdown Contest?” Then a reminder: Send a 30 minute mix (no longer, please) 320K mp3 or wav file of a recent sample mix to expocontest@testa.com for consideration. Please send your mix via YouSendIt or ...

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Yum: Promo Only Party @ DJ Expo

It was 20 years ago today, or 20 years ago this summer, anyway, when the International DJ Expo made its first appearance. Since then, a phalanx of hit-makers—from C+C Music Factory to Lady Gaga—have graced the stage, offering Expo attendees a peak into what they’d be playing at future gigs. ...

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AT&T Reaches Out and Touches a DJ

Who says AT&T is the worst carrier in the nation? Anyone who owns an iPhone, obviously, but try telling that to DJ Iron Mike, who recently phoned an AT&T retail outlet when Lady Luck reached out and, er, touched him. “I returned a call to a potential client, who works at an AT&T ...

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Hollywood Hamilton and DJ Expo put Fame, Fortune, within Grasp for all DJs.

DJs looking for big break—look here. Hollywood Hamilton’s “DJ Expo/Remix Top 30 Countdown Contest” invites all DJs with remix/mixing skills to compete for four one-hour DJ spots on Hollywood Hamilton’s nationally syndicated radio show, Remix Top 30 Countdown, broadcast in 17 ...

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Attend DJ Expo–Earn $10K

We can’t guarantee that attending the DJ Expo will pad your coffers to the tune of $10K, but it did just that for DJ Mark Brenneisen—sorta. “I have been attending the convention for four years now,” he told us. “I met and was inspired by “Big Daddy” Sean McKee from Connecticut from the get-go. ...

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Mad Men's Shrewdest Move

Who’s not a Mad Men fan? RJD2 is, although he was on the receiving end of a very shrewd move by Lionsgate, the producers of the hit AMC show. “It was a one-shot deal,” says RJ, about the instrumental version of  “A Beautiful Mine” that intros the show. ...

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Your Most Powerful Business Tool?

DJ Steve Moody asked us: “What’s the most powerful and persuasive tool on your office desk?” We told him, Our .44 Magnum, of course. “Not quite,” he winced. “On their desk, everyone’s got computers, a phone, and a stapler, but they say the most powerful tool ...

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Can Dubstep Re-Make Britney Spears?

No bigger advocate for dubstep can be found than in the person of Christopher “Rusko” Mercer, a recent transplant from the U.K. who has worked with M.I.A. and will be twiddling knobs and moving the mouse for the next Britney Spears’ record. “Dubstep picks up rock fans, the ...

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Rocky Mountain High: America's Best DJ Summer Tour Does Denver

You hear about the Denver city bus driver who drove the wrong way on the Interstate? This weekend, that driver will have plenty of time to check out the America’s Best DJ tour, which hits the Rockies and the Global Dance Festival, because he has no job. Hopefully, he’ll be entranced by ...

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Relieve that Human Jukebox Feeling–at DJ Expo

We’ve all had the feeling—that Human Jukebox feeling. You know, clients approach you at the console and try to stick a fiver in your mouth, and then try poking the buttons on your shirt to select some song they danced to once at a high school dance in 1996. DJ Jerry Bazata wants to ...

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At DJ Expo, Learn to Influence the "Influencer"

To DJ Dennis Kintzer, the “crazy busy” days have returned, and he credits the art of networking as one reason why. The key, he says,  is to seek out the COI. “COIs are most easily noted at a networking event by the fact that they tend to be surrounded by a number of other ...

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