All posts by Brian O'Connor
25th Anniv. Moment: Richie Hawtin – Nov, 2001 [Interview]
20/20 VISION: Richie Hawtin Sees The Future of DJing: Less Perspiration, More Innovation. Originally published: November 2011 The...
DJ Shadow in the House
America’s Best DJ: On the Road for the Homestretch
Left-Coast Flavor: Feeling the Love at the Festival by the Lake
Identity Festival Rocks Beantown
ABDJ Report: The Rocky Mountain Way, Purple Rain & More Bass, Please!
Roger Sanchez's Favorite DJs
America's Best DJ Update: After Vegas, NYC…Then Red Rocks, Then…
DJ Expo to Bring The Noise & The Legends to A.C.
ABDJ Tour Report: Desert Heat, Pool Parties & One UFC Champ
Moombahton Explained (Hint: 108 BPM)
ABDJ Tour Update: After Mass., What’s Next? Vegas, Baby.
Can a NYC House Music Transplant Make it in Texas?
Road Report: Braving T-Storms or Flat Beer, ABDJ Marches On
Cheb i Sabbah Needs You
Apps that Change your DJ Business
Bass in Your Face in B’more, Double Duty in LA
Eclectic Method: "The best advice Brian Eno ever gave us."
Skrillex spills his sub-bass secrets
ABDJ Tour Launches at Movement, Set to Hit SF & B’more
DJ Times & Ghost of Robert Moog, in Bed–again
DJ Times & America’s Best DJ to Hit Detroit’s Movement Fest
Manik's Tips for Logic
Prevent Bankruptcy–With Insurance
Train Your DJs–and Change Your Business
Rock Club DJ: "How I Avoid Sonic Suicide"
The Strange Rumor about Above & Beyond
The Power Of The Upgrade–at DJ Expo
Going, Going, Green
Play These Records–This Weekend
Datsik's Dirty Dubstep
Tips from a Headbanging DJ
Ice-T, the Flowering of Music Narcissists, and You
Upgrade Your Company's Culture
10 Ways to Slay the iPod Warrior
DJ Art Mix Tour to "Stick it" to Tea Party
Las Vegas the New Ibiza? "Not quite," says Pete Tong
DJ QBert, ABDJ Champ, Masterminds the Facebook of Scratching
DJ Times' Picks: Play These Records—Tonight!
DJ-Controller Gusher at Musikmesse
DJ Times/America’s Best DJ & Tao Group say: Viva Las Vegas!
How DJs Pump up the Value of their Reputation
Italian Techno King: Three's a Crowd
Can Amazon's Cloud Player Save You Big Hurt?
Is Nightclub City DJs More Powerful than Radio?
Why Your Shazam Habit = Cheating
Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?
How Twitter-Stalking Pays Off
Sheening vs. Chilling at Ultra Fest
How LSD Guru/Grateful Dead Soundman Owsley Stanley, Dead at 76, Changed Live Music
Owsley Stanley, dead at 76, changed live sound mixing.
EDM Future is Bright: Dance Music Award Winners
Winners announced for International dance Music Awards
Top 10 Blissful Records DJs Added this Week
Top 10 records added by DJs the week of March 9
Beatport CEO Adell: "Nirvana moment for dance music is now"
Beatport CEO Matt Adell talks about digital music distribution
WMC Takes Pulse of the Music Industry
Winter Music Conference seminar opines on the state of the music industry
Barbara Tucker to Women at WMC: "There is only one you"
Barbara Tucker offers advice to young singer/songwriters
Add These Tracks to Your Set
Record reviews for DJs
Charlie Sheen goes Dubstep…But Not Really
Canadian DJ creates viral content of Charlie Sheen
Winter Music Conference 2011: Paul van Dyk Speaks
Paul van Dyk talks about how to approach a career in the music business
DJ Recalls Younger, Svelter Facebook
A young DJ recalls the early days of Facebook in college and how it seeded his business....
Reid Speed's Dub Step Breakdown
DJ Reid Speed talks about the evolution of dub step
See You Kaossilator: New Sounds for Your Set
Korg's new Kaossilator makes future music
Can House Music Set Mideast Free?
House music in the Mideast keeps pumping despite the turmoil.
Ear! Ear! — How to Preserve Your Hearing
A DJ can take steps to avoid hearing loss
Learn SEO @ DJ Expo
A DJ Expo seminar will teach DJs how to use SEO to book gigs
Wolfgang Gartner Speaks
Wolfgang Gartner describes his re-edit DJ sets
How to Win "DJ of the Year" at DJ Expo
How one DJ's business changed after he won DJ of the Year
How DJ Expo can Change Your Life
How one DJ's winning DJ of the Year" at DJ expo changed his life
Groove Check: Play these tracks…
Record reviews for DJs
DMC Opens Battle Competition to Long-Distance DJs
DMC opens its competition to online video entries.
Super Bowl Video Mash-up goes ESPN Viral
DJ Steve Porter has made a video mash-up for the NFL
New Year's Resolutions: RIP?
Some DJs are trying to keep their New Year's resolutions...
Afrojack Tops DJ Times Chart
DJ Afrojack tops the new DJ Times Club Charts
Take Kontrol of your Dancefloor
A DJ's review of Native Instruments' Kontrol S4.
And the WMC Dance Music Award Nominees are…
Nominees for WMC's International Dance Music Awards
Bad Business Practice: Electrocuting your Clients
How DJs can avoid electrocuting their clients
More NAMM Noise: St-St-Stutter Edit
BT talks about his Stutter Edit gear that he debuted at NAMM
NAMM Wrap: EV's Loudspeaker Buzz
EV debuts a new line of loudspeakers at NAMM
Numark's Digital Developments at NAMM
The Numark NS-6 controller/mixer is another step up for digital jocks.
Technics 1200 "Coffin Report" with Ultimate Fighting DJ AL3
Albert Lineses talks about the demise of the Technics 1200
The Big Picture as Drawn by BT
BT talks about how the culture of immediacy has impacted DJ culture
Before Serato: Twitter DJs Chime In
DJs on Twitter reply to a hashtag #beforeserato
Technics 1200 "Coffin Report": Scratch This
DJs Etronik and Reflex talk about their memories of the Technics SL-1200.
New Year Resolutions to 'Roid Your Bottom Line
Reminders for businesspeople to keep on top of their game
iPad App from a Cruise Ship DJ: Can it Float?
Cruise ship DJ designs an app for the iPad.
Play these 100 New Year's Eve floor fillers
Top 100 songs for DJs to play on New Year's Eve.
Coaxing Overtime from Holiday Gigs
DJs have many ways to ensure their gigs go overtime, meaning more money.
How to Kick A$$ on the Cold Call
Advice on how to handle a cold call to seal a booking.
Record-Breaking Vinyl Art
A DJ makes art from broken pieces of vinyl
Incubus DJ Saved by Serato
DJ Chris Kilmore from Incubus talks about recording with the band and hos Serato changed his life
A Griswold Christmas Gift
DJ Eric B talks about a VJ programming tip
Free! How DJs can Exploit the Digital Business Model
DJ Pretty Lights discusses the business model of giving away his music for free.
Can Yelp Help Your Business?
DJs talk about how they use online sites like Yelp and WeddingWire to help their business.
Ferry Corsten Unravels Dutch Dance Music Dominance
DJ Ferry Corsten explains why the Dutch dominate the dance music industry
Technics SL-1200 "Coffin Report" w/ Christopher Lawrence
DJ Christopher Lawrence talks about his memories of the Technics SL-1200
Roundup: Steve Reich remixed; Anti-DJ Sentiment Softens in Texas
News roundup of the DJ world: Steve Reich gets remixed; djay for iPad debuts; anti-DJ scene softens in...
Cut Back and Bolster your Bottom Line
Ways that DJ business owners can cut costs
Monaco International Clubbing Show—in Pics
Pictures of the Monaco International Clubbing Show
Technics SL-1200 “Coffin Report”: Frankie Knuckles’ First Time
Frankie Knuckles talks about the impact the Technics SL-122 had on his career
Do You Have "The Gift"?
How DJs can use theater techniques to convert clients.
Are All DJs Narcissists?
Are all DJs narcissists? This article lists the symptoms.
Song requests: buzz kill or floor filler?
How Disc jockeys can learn from client requests
DJ Shadow Paves the Way for Live EDM
DJ Shadow's "Live from the Shadowsphere" tour offers solutions to EDM problems.
DJs Offer Royal Music Tips
DJs offer suggestions for Prince William and Kate's wedding.
Girl Talk's Sample Clearance
DJ Girl Talk releases new album with 372 samples
DJ Sales Tactic: Just Say "No" to Attract Clients
By saying "No" to some clients, DJs can attract business.
Qbert vs. the Shrinking Turntable & Digi-Zilla
Disk jockey Qbert comments amidst the demise of the Technics SL-1200 turntable
David Guetta Wants to Touch You
David Guetta wants to bring sweaty dance club aesthetic to pop charts.
Disk Jockey Adopts Actors' Techniques, Gains Stalkers
Disk jockeys engage audiences by using actors' techniques
Diffusing Boozing Club Kids
How disc jockeys deal with inebriated party guests at weddings or at clubs.
Moogfest Oracle Answers Question: What is Digital?
MoogFest attracts DJs to Asheville and rocks the halloween vibe
10 Richest Rappers
Courtesy of Forbes magazine…. 1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $63 million 2. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $30 million...
One DJ’s Lesson Learned: You'll Never Win an Argument Against…
Like so many DJs, Paul “Rock” Spitale, owner of Blackrock Sound Solutions in Rochester, NY, endured the trial-and-error...
Your Halloween DJ Playlist
Here they are, those songs you can play in your sets this weekend—aside from Monster Mash…. The Freaks...
Update: Technics SL-1200 To End Production; Serato Wins
Technics turntable ending production after nearly 40 years
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
How Crayola Can Increase Your Business
What can a box of crayons teach you about persuading prospective clients to buy your DJ services? “We...
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...
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...
Going Dutch: DJ Times to Hit Amsterdam Dance Event
Amsterdam, Holland—Most of the movers and shakers of the global DJ and dance music scene will be in...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Clicks by DJ D-Nice
DJ D-Nice has been in the game since the days of Boogie Down Productions, and in our ongoing...
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...
Are You Worth $5,000 Per Gig? Here's How To Get It
Alongside Roonie G., DJ 2nd Nature, and Unique, Kris P has been spreading the video-jock gospel, playing gigs...
Come Get Your Moog On
Want to go to MoogFest 2010? Here’s your chance. Just tell us why we should send you, and...
David Guetta's Keys to Success
David Guetta, world famous disk jockey and producer
(Not) Breaking News: Record Labels on Life Support
As record companies continue to lament the decline of their industry—in 2000, the industry peaked with worldwide sales...
Are You an Entrepreneur—or Simply Bat-Sh** Crazy?
A thin line separates the temperament of an entrepreneur from a person who could use psychiatric help. Many...
Tough Times = Rare Opportunities
Despite claims to the contrary, more bumps are expected on the long and winding road to economic recovery,...
Confessions of a Runway DJ
“Hands off the models!” So says DJ “Rock” Spitale about the first rule of spinning at fashion shows....
DJs & Poverty in Vegas: Best of Times, Worst of Times
Forty-four million people live in poverty today in the Unites States, more than at any time since 1994,...
Why Airlines Hate You
What are the implications if the new Ultra-Compact Airline Seat idea actually, um, flies? In addition to spreading...
Obama and DJ AM Wre$tling Match?
President Obama has equated his struggle with congressional Republicans over extending the Bush-era tax cuts to a “wrestling...
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...
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 Got DJ Talent: Qbert Wins!
The polling stations are closed, the season of handshakes and baby-kissing has drawn to a close, the votes...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Back to School = Dirty Dancing
When he’s not spinning in clubs or broadcasting his mix show on local Top 40 radio, DJ Sticky...
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...
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....
DJ's Expo Mix scores "Hollywood" Radio Gig, Kills Video Star
DJ DiGiacomo never thought he’d win. “I read about the contest several weeks before the deadline and thought,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Blackout Problem? Solved–at DJ Expo
DJ Adam Weitz offered DJ Expo attendees an inspired solution for a blackout. It was a routine he...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
DJ Expo Wants You!
We’ve still got some slots available in the “DJ of the Year” competition at the International DJ Expo....
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...
Yum: Promo Only Party @ DJ Expo
It was 20 years ago today, or 20 years ago this summer, anyway, when the International DJ Expo...
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...
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...
Attend DJ Expo–Earn $10K
We can’t guarantee that attending the DJ Expo will pad your coffers to the tune of $10K, but...
Mad Men's Shrewdest Move
Who’s not a Mad Men fan? RJD2 is, although he was on the receiving end of a very...
Your Most Powerful Business Tool?
DJ Steve Moody asked us: “What’s the most powerful and persuasive tool on your office desk?” We told...
Can Dubstep Re-Make Britney Spears?
No bigger advocate for dubstep can be found than in the person of Christopher “Rusko” Mercer, a recent...
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,...
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...
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...