The Anatomy of a Remix

When Jive Records recently hired Nick “Piklz” Ditri and Danny “Danger” Boselovic, aka The Disco Fries, to remix “OMG” by Usher and Will i.am., the Fries emerged from the kitchen and broke down their process for DJ Times. “In this remix, rather than doing long, extended breakdowns, ...

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Pioneer to Unveil Bedroom Secrets at DJ Expo

Can the bedroom DJ now claim technical parity with the Paul Oakenfolds of the world? If a trainwreck occurs in the bedroom of some slouch DJ and nobody hears it, did it actually happen? Ponderous, indeed. But Pioneer Electronics thinks it has the answer to at least one of these questions, and ...

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DJ Expo will Catapult your Career—like Lady Gaga's

We’ll make the claim, sure, and shamelessly so. When Lady Gaga performed at the DJ Expo in 2008 at the House of Blues—brought at the insistence of Akon—she was a fixture on New York’s Lower East Side nightlife, but nowhere else. Her first album hadn’t dropped yet. ...

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Breaking: All-Star MCs to Reveal Secrets at DJ Expo

At this year’s DJ Expo, some of the country’s most successful MCs will share their talents in “All-Star Wedding MC Secrets Revealed!” The seminar’s moderator, DJ Steve Moody, says the all-star cast will share what really goes on behind the curtains. “We’re setting up a mock wedding reception, ...

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Skribble on Pauly D: "Haters Beware!"

ABDJ nominee DJ Skribble has done much to popularize the role of the DJ. You can argue that without Skribble—the first DJ to spin house music on MTV—there would be fewer DJs, and no Pauly D (some people would prefer that, we know, we know). We asked Skribble about the controversy ...

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A-Trak: "Let your ears guide you"

Of all the ABDJ nominees, A-Trak has made the most of his hustle. His blog, providing insight to the whirlwind life of a traveling DJ, is a must-read. When he graced the cover of DJ Times a couple years ago, he hinted at his career track: “If you’re strictly a scratch DJ, then shows, ...

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The Making of a Billboard Reporter

Robert LaFrance has joined the ranks of Billboard reporters, hallowed ground for club DJs. For the Connecticut-based DJ, who spins Thursdays and Fridays at Alchemy, it is a long-time ambition realized. “When I started DJing, the Billboard reporting DJs were the country’s top DJs with the best ...

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NASCAR Comes to DJ Expo?

The Ford Mustang makes its NASCAR debut tomorrow night at the Subway Jalapeno 250 in Daytona. Ford has issued an incentive to Mustang drivers: if a Mustang wins the race, the driver will receive a brand-new 2011 Mustang GT with the new 412hp 5.0-liter engine. That’s bitching, but NASCAR has ...

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ABDJ Nom Morgan Page: "The fan is king"

“America’s Best DJ” nominee Morgan Page got his start on the college radio airwaves.  We asked him who inspires him now. “The new wave of guys. Deadmau5 is still a huge inspiration, even though I started producing earlier than he did. But I love these guys who break the mold and do their ...

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How You Can Profit from the Dead

Looking for ways to mine your midweek days for gold and fill your calendar—and your wallet? Come to the International DJ Expo on Aug. 16-19 at the Trump Taj Mahal to find out how. Boston-based DJ Terry Moran, who’ll be moderating “Mining for Mid-Week Gold,” fills his calendar in a ...

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ABDJ nom Rivera's Tips for Climax

What has Robbie Rivera done to join the running for DJ of the Year? Rivera, a house music legend, founded the label Juicy Music, which has mushroomed into a global brand. His remix resume is loaded with A-List artists like Madonna, Pink, Basement Jaxx, and David Guetta, and his diverse ...

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"America's Best DJ" Nominee Moby's Career Aspirations

America’s Best DJ nominee Moby, aka Richard Hall, represents in many ways every DJ’s ultimate dream: to be able to play your music in front of adoring crowds, and to be able to record your music and hand it off to adoring A&R reps. Moby told DJ Times about the power of the DJ. “The... ...

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ABDJ Nom Gervais: "Make your own records, and you'll explode."

Last time we checked in on ABDJ Nominee Cedric Gervais, he was slamming the Euro Lounge in West Palm Beach, while we were making great friends with a bartender named Pedor. We haven’t forgotten either of them. Gervais’ take on Alcatraz’s “Give Me Luv” and George Morel’s “Let’s Take Drugs” ...

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Tommie Sunshine: Lose the Room, Grow as a DJ

Tommie Sunshine re-appears this year on our list of nominees for America’s Best DJ, and with good reason. His Summer Soundtrack Mix ’10 is here, on the heels of a barnburner of an original track, “5 A.M. (A Girl Like You),” while clocking frequent flyer miles every weekend, and in the studio ...

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The Dicer Will Change Your Game

Novation’s Dicer is a palm-sized control surface that packs quite a punch. It’s a pair of MIDI controllers designed to seamlessly integrate cuing and looping functions from Serato Scratch Live and other digital vinyl software systems. Each Dicer consists of five large trigger buttons ...

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Glitch Mob Is Able

On its latest album Drink The Sea [Glass Air], the Glitch Mob set out to move away from its signature hip-hop, IDM-cum-heavy metal sound to create the sort of stoned-out rock record your parents may have listened to in the early ’70s—if Cubase had existed back then. And how’d they ...

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America's Best DJ Nom: "It's all in the eyes."

America’s Best DJ nominee Sticky Boots has likely inherited a DJ gene—his father was a mobile DJ. “My mobile DJ background has been a huge help, since my experience includes countless parties from 30 to 3,000 people in every genre from Country to Big Band. ” We asked ...

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Iceland Gets More Weird

Lava fields and a midnight sun are just two aspects that make Iceland an unusual spot on the map, and their electronic scene—Reykjavik’s NASA Club hosts a popular weekly dubstep/breakbeat night—is suitably inspired. “Weirdcore” is the most recent offering from the ...

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Avoid Fuzzy Image Affliction

DJ Jason Jani says he has found a way to reach out to web-savvy audiences (let’s call them Millennials) through video testimonials and video blogs, both of which provide potential customers with first-hand views of past clients and the entertainers they would be hiring if they book his ...

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Will Mafia Score a Hit?

The main difference between the American mafia and Swedish House Mafia? As far as we can tell, the Swedish House Mafia don’t leave a horse’s head in the bed of their enemy—just empty beer bottles. Their first official single, “One,” was released last week on Beatport, and we ...

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Why Networking Doesn't Blow

You’ve heard the joke about the baker, the photographer, and the bagpiper? Neither have we, but DJ Mark Brenneisen of Total Entertainment thinks it’s no joke when these professionals have sales leads–and he devised a great way to make those leads his own. “Why not approach the vendors you ...

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DJs respond to Pauly D nom for “America’s Best DJ”: “Not!”

As the race for “America’s Best DJ” begins, some DJs have chimed in with their opinions of at least one nominee—MTV’s Jersey Shore well-oiled DJ Pauly D. The response has been spirited. It started with J.R. Hutter, who said: “You guys are out of your mind putting “DJ” Pauly D on the ...

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Movement: America’s Best DJ Tour Revs Motor City

Detroit—Things got wild and a little wet, but once again, Movement rocked it in the Motor City. Held this past Memorial Day weekend in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, the techno-centric festival also served as a massive platform for the launch of the 2010 America’s Best DJ Summer Tour. According to ...

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Steve Porter's Viral Secrets

And to think it all started at a bar mitzvah, or a wedding–that’s where Steve Porter started DJing. Now, he’s made it to the Big Show—the NBA. Porter’s the visual and audio force behind the NBA’s “Amazing is…” ad campaign, the most potent (and lucrative) example of how video mash-ups can ...

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At Ibiza Summit, Larry Levan Grooves on…

Mike Pickering (pic), a storied dance-music jack-of-all-trades who DJed at Hacienda, helped launch Happy Mondays, and who recently restarted Deconstruction Records, recalled at the International Music Summit in Ibiza last week how New York nightclubs in the early 1980s altered the world’s way ...

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Are You America's Best DJ?

There’s no doubt that American dance music follows the European lead—sorta’ like when the Dutch and the English ruled the seven seas—but that only obscures the fact that dance music started in the States, in Chicago and Detroit. So why not recognize American DJs in their own rite? We have been, ...

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David Guetta: "I have two years…"

“This next year dance music is really gonna rule the world,” said David Guetta today at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. Guetta issued his dance music jeremiad on the “Big Dog DJs: F*** You We’re Famous” panel, hosted by Pete Tong, where he downplayed the impact he’s made on ...

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Jacking Beats, Kryptonite, Can't Stop Morillo

Jacking house is back, according to Erick Morillo, who spoke at the International Music Summit in Ibiza earlier on Wednesday. “What David Guetta is doing now is absolutely astonishing, what the Swedish House Mafia are doing is opening doors.” Morillo, quizzed by Summit organizer Pete Tong on ...

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Detroit Festival: Entire City Moves

Inner City’s Kevin Saunderson We’ve been to the The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (Movement), and we’re returning to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (Movement) this weekend from May 29-30, because no other city in the States, or in the world, can boast such a pedigree of ...

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UFC DJ: How the Hell did You Get that Gig?

Dana White (left) and UFC DJ AL3 Albert Lineses III a.k.a. AL3, is the official DJ for Ultimate Fighting Championship. We engaged him in a round of “How The Hell did you get that gig?” OK, Albert, we’re game: How the hell did you get that gig? I got the gig to be the UFC’s... ...

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Maryland DJ Says: Stop! Thief!

A thief squeezed through a broken window at the Paris Museum of Modern Art on Thursday and stole five paintings, including works by Picasso and Matisse. The total value was estimated at $127 million. Video images captured a man clad in a black hood, and no alarms sounded–at least not in ...

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The Keys To Managing Desire

Ah, the elusive science to cultivating leads from seed to flower, the key to the Golden Egg. Try a few steps like these when developing your success omelet: Immediately after the lead comes in, send an e-mail introducing yourself. Ask for the opportunity to speak with them, and point out ...

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Persuade the Masses to Return your Voicemails

Of the four billion voicemails left every month in the U.S., only eight-percent get returned. The next time you’re sent to voicemail, think about the following ideas when leaving your message: Be brief, 20 seconds or less, and train yourself by putting a stopwatch in front of you. Don’t ...

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Can This Man Make You Rich?

Twenty-five years after his best-seller In Search of Excellence, management guru Tom Peters continues to issue forth pithy business bromides that can help you evolve your business from also-ran to the exceptional, the glittering jewel in your market. His latest book, The Little Big Things, 163 ...

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Do Millennials Hate You? Online Price Debate is Over

It’s true: Millennials distrust “marketing,” are turned off by obvious attempts to “trick” them into buying, and they also think that “television” you watch is charming, in a vintage wood-panel station wagon sort of way. “Millennials make decisions by ...

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Monkeys Cash in on New World Order, So Can You

With all the bloviating going on about illegal immigrants taking jobs from Americans,  little attention has been focused on primates—NAFTA-loving wily apes and monkeys with job skills. Some have turned up on network news, while others have used their computer skills to impact DJs and ...

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How to EQ American Idol's Latest Loser

How would you EQ Willy’s vocals? We’re not too broken up about big Michael Lynche getting booted from American Idol. We were unmoved by his performance of Michael Jackson’s “Will You be There” from Free Willy—a movie we could never rally embrace, as we enjoy dining on whale when visiting ...

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Can Detroit Techno Save the Auto Industry?

In the past few weeks, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen have forecast significant growth for 2010. Several others, including Toyota, Nissan, and the car company we own, GM, expect to offer upbeat outlooks and improved earnings. Agoria, aka Sebastien Devaud, owner of the French-based InFine label, ...

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The DJ Census is Here!

The U.S. Government’s not offering incentives to fill out the federal census. But we’re offering swag for readers to fill out the DJ Times 2010 DJ Market Survey. If you’re interested in a chance at winning a $100 gift certificate to New York’s Rock and Soul DJ Equipment and Records, ...

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How Pioneer DJ Makes Married Life Difficult

Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 Again, Pioneer DJ has made our lives easier–somewhat. Sure, they’ve responded to the music industry’s shift toward digital distribution with the CDJ-2000, by incorporating key components of the digital DJ’s kit. The 2000 can replace the sound card (for ...

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How Moms Gave Birth to the DJ Industry

Although no statistics are available, we can claim with anecdotal certainty that mothers have purchased more turntables and mixers than any other consumer demographic. She might have done it out of pure love, or to keep your ass busy when you were 13, or as revenge against that noisy neighbor. ...

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Capitalize on the Weak Economy–Before it's too Late!

The economy is showing signs of rebounding, but if the miniscule increase in retail shopping for the month of April (0.5% over last April) is any indication, there may be a long way to go until Americans are back to spending money the way Americans spend money–like drunken sailors on ...

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Adopt BP's Slick Marketing Moves

We can’t think of a more impactful way to heighten brand awareness than the tactic adopted by British oil giant BP: pump 210,000 gallons of crude oil every day into the Gulf of Mexico while trying to buy off Louisiana fishermen to prevent lawsuits. Are we suggesting you cover yourself in oil to ...

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Boston DJ Feeds "Granite" to New Hampshire Clubbers

We just can’t get enough of “Granite State of Mind,” a spot-on New Hampshire-style parody of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” that’s been tearing up You Tube. When Boston-based DJ Paul Dailey played a gig the other night at the Red Door, a deep-house nightclub in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he ...

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Submit to Peer Pressure and Increase Your Prices

When Roland Coutu first bought his DJ business three years ago, he was charging $450 for a wedding, for a very simple reason: He didn’t know any better. Coutu’s “act” and price changed quickly, as he learned from his fellow DJs in the Southern New England Association of Professional ...

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Is Facebook Your Frenemy?

What is Facebook’s Open Graph? It’ll make it easier for you to share information about your likes (websites that bring people together) and dislikes (websites that bring annoying people together) all over the Internet. Information about the websites you visit, the news stories you like and your ...

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Get Your Phil in the Studio

In Arizona, cops would say “ID, please.” Beam us up! Stargazing apps like Pocket Universe ($3) and Star Walk ($3) are now available for junior astronomers and Orion enthusiasts. You just point your phone at a star, a planet or constellation and it will tell you details,  like how ...

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Are You "Givin 'em a Goldman"?

Don’t ignore the elephant in the room… Have we learned anything from the Goldman Sachs debacle? The Securities and Exchange Commission has accused Goldman of defrauding clients by selling them a product without disclosing that it was designed so another client could bet against it—a ...

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Morgan Page's 220-Step Method to a Profitable DJ Career

Maybe it’s the maple syrup in his Vermont hometown, but Morgan Page’s career track was only a few hundred phone-calls away. His DJ/remixing ambitions began percolating in high school, crafting rudimentary electronic tracks and sending them off to the DJs he heard on a local college radio ...

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The New $100 Bill: How to Find Them

It’s still all about the Benjamins. The new $100 bill debuted this past weekend, and if you haven’t seen it, we can tell you it’s got more security features than an Israeli airport. The blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new note contains images of bells and 100s that move and ...

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iPad DJs Cue the Future?

When the iPad debuted three weeks ago, the publishing industry commenced praying for rescue. But can an iPad fill dancefloors? Do they need salvation? Is the iPad just an iPod on steroids? We spoke to Rana Sobhany, a New York-based new media/advertising pro, author and, as far as we can tell, ...

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The Winner in the War Against Global Warming: Big Fur

Although our solution to global warming has tended on the side of practical—we just remove a layer of clothing during the winter—not everybody chooses such a simplistic approach. Many people are adopting more high-minded ways of assuring the planet’s survival. For them, Earth Day, which turns ...

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Be Like Tiger….Sort Of

We’re not big fans of golf, but we couldn’t help but notice Tiger Woods’ game at the Masters last week oozed inconsistence. His ball striking was wild, often too far right (like Sean Hannity right), and he missed shots with regularity. Woods announced today he’ll be playing the Quail Hollow ...

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RIP: Gang Starr's Guru

Guru, a.k.a. Keith Elam, one-half of legendary rap duo Gang Starr, died of cancer yesterday in New York. He was 43. The Boston-born rapper’s longtime partner, Solar, issued an “official” statement. “The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all time—my ...

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Can a Volcano Stop the Music?

This is not a NASCAR Race The phrase, “When Iceland sneezes, the world catches a cold,” made its debut this past weekend, as the lusty volcano spewed its ashes over most of Europe, grounding flights and, in many cases, stopping the music. For us, we were relieved that the source of such ...

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Banksy Film Exploits Handicapped Children, Drum-n-Bass

British street artist Banksy has been tattooing buildings for nearly 20 years, and his random art of vandalism has stirred in the public a ravenous response. A film documenting his exploits, Exit Through the Gift Shop, out tonight in select cities before a nationwide rollout, offers the first ...

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Charity Begins at Home, where the Heart is, which is a Lonely Hunter…

DJ Louie Munoz has been providing entertainment for the EJ Autism Foundation’s annual 4 Mile Run/Walk since its inception in 2007. And he’ll be at the bandshell again this year, Sunday, April 18, at the East Islip Marina in East Islip, Long Island, at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $25. And while DJ ...

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Will Help You with Your Taxes

H&R Block-rockin beats Jazzy Jeff, legendary provocateur behind the decks, Godfather of the transformer scratch, pop culture icon with that Smith fellow, and now–a tax deduction. Not that anyone’s written him off before. Of course, we’re talking about the  DJ Expo, from August ...

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Breaking: Z-Trip No Longer Broken, Coachella Awaits

Z-Trip has healed from a snowboarding injury in time for his Coachella set, this Saturday in the Sahara Tent at 10:30 pm. The winner of our “America’s Best DJ” award, and this month’s cover story, Z offers inspiration for anyone trying to break out of a musical, er, cast. “I wanna see ...

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Wal-Mart Plays Evil—and You Can, Too

Looking for a strategy for business success? Follow the Big Dogs. Last week, Wal-Mart announced it was cutting prices on thousands of products in every one of its 3,700 stores. How? Cost-cutting, including combining shipments so its trucks carry full loads, and encouraging suppliers to reduce ...

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DJ Says "Cheese," Revenue up 20%

Recession? Bah! DJ Mike Fernino isn’t buying it. “I’ve heard most of my colleagues complain that 2009 was a bad year, but my company had a great year and 2010 looks even better.” The reason? “We added services, and then we used social media to promote and upsell to our existing customer base.” ...

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How to Win Friends and Influence Talent Agents

Wanna be like Andy Caldwell? Nikki Solgot, owner of Ten in One Talent, a DJ talent agency whose roster includes Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Satoshi Tomiie and Andy Caldwell, among many others, was kind enough to endure our inane questions. So, a majority of your day is spent doing what? ...

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Ex NIN-er Keeps Despair Alive

We always thought the Industrial Revolution started in Chicago, in the late 20th century. We weren’t wrong, we just differ from what many people think is the truth. But Marilyn Manson keyboardist and former NIN-er Chris Vrenna has found his own truth, behind the decks,  keeping despair ...

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Dancefloor Illiterati are Ruining the Country

One in seven Americans can’t read this posting. And that’s not because they have no interest in the world of DJing, it’s because they can’t read. According to the US Department of Education, 32 million American adults lack basic prose literacy skills, meaning they can’t read a newspaper or the ...

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WTF? with Tracy Young

House music’s real desperate housewife? So we’re reading the tabloids, and your name is plastered all over the place, and we’re like, Tracy and reality TV star Kim Zolciak? WTF? The DJ scene I’m involved in is underground and they quite frankly don’t know who Kim is. I don’t know the ...

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Drop Out of College, Enroll in Swedish House Mafia

The University of Northern Iowa’s shocking upset over top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament ruined our bracket in the office-pool, blowing our chance at netting the $10,000 booty and a Lost Weekend in Bayonne. But at least this unlikely run has paid off for the Northern Iowa Panthers. ...

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Obama's Drilling Policy: DJs, Let There be Lights!

President Obama announced yesterday that large sections of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and an area off the coast of Virginia would be opened for oil and natural gas drilling, the clearest signal yet from the administration that its energy policy will enable DJs to use more lighting. “Lighting is ...

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Steve Jobs Wants to Destroy You

That bottom-feeder across town who will play for free food? His job will get easier this Saturday. That’s when the Apple iPad goes on sale, and presumably sells out, and the Mixr app might find its way into your “competitor’s” arsenal, or embolden the casual DJ to begin promoting himself as a ...

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Deadmau5 Extends Brand on Gossip Girls. Can you?

Gossipmau5 (in back of limo) Deadmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, appeared on Gossip Girls last night. We weren’t watching it, but our little sister was and we happened to be walking by and we looked at the TV, and there was Joel playing “FLM.” It lasted for 20 seconds. We were like, Ha. We stopped ...

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At the Alamo, Lady Gaga is No-No

Err, Houston—DJ Olyn Taylor has a problem.  He loves Lady Gaga as much as anyone, especially the new video for “Telephone,” but arty skin-flick music videos stand as much chance of acceptance in Texas grade-school events as, say, Death Row prison porn, or a blow-up image of Ozzy Osbourne ...

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WMC's IDMA Awards, The Fuzz and a Weak Bladder

The IDMA Awards were held last night, or was that two nights ago? Where are we? Who is that drinking our water bottle in our room? Whose room is this? Why are you putting cuffs on me? Ha ha. Wait, no, really. Why are you dressed like a cop? Why are you arresting me? Does... Read More

DJ Times@WMC Exhibit Hall: Say wha?

Let’s face it: People don’t travel to Miami Beach for Winter Music Conference’s exhibit floor. For most, it’s all about the parties and the sun, the DJs and the parties, the free stuff and the parties. (And maybe buying an “I’m in Miami, Bitch!” t-shirt.) But with the demise of Remix Hotel, we ...

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WMC w/ DJ Oracle: Dance Like Travolta, Sleep Like Edison

We came to absorb the wisdom of DJ Oracle, and we were sure we were not worthy. We found him stretched out on a poolside lounge chair at the W Hotel, a bearded older man dressed in a suit jacket and a bathing suit. A club kid thrust a flyer in our face. “Do not... Read More

DJ Quits Day Job, Heads to WMC

Jay Gutierrez from El Paso threw his hands up last night in frustration and told his boss, “I quit!”  He then went home, packed, dropped his Labrador Sparky off with a neighbor and drove to the airport, waited on line for nearly two hours to check a bag, endured another hour-long wait for a ...

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Health Care for DJ Biz Owners: Historic or Hellish?

Ushering in what’s expected to alter the way you buy health insurance, President Obama announced the passage of health care reform last night by claiming, “As a country, we can still do great things.” When the dust settles, the legislation appears to promise some short-term and long-term relief ...

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Cassette Deck Scratch DJ: WTF?

Raise your hand if you remember cassette decks. We don’t, but we understand they existed before Serato, during the television era, in the days of wireless Marconi and the horse car. DJ Ruthless Ramsey remembers the cassette deck. In fact, the Arizona DJ can tear ‘em up during his sets. We ...

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If You're Thinking of Spinning in: OZ

  Australia is a big place, where’s the best opportunity for DJs looking to get their Oz on? The East Coast is more DJ-centric, specifically Melbourne, according to Andre Cato, a DJ industry educator and owner of 12am.  OK, I’ll bite: Apparently, Melbourne boasts DJs of all styles ...

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Ghetto Bird Hovers over Wolfgang Gartner’s Nabe

SXSW to Blame? Wolfgang Gartner returned to his Austin, Texas neighborhood last night from a recent New York City/Toronto DJ jaunt to find helicopters circling overhead. “The ghetto bird is following something through peoples’ backyards,” tweeted Gartner, the electro-house re-invention of ...

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Small-Business Bromides: Who Stole My Sleep?

So you want nothing more than to get your phones ringing, right? So does Steve Moody, owner of Extraordinary Events, but he’s got a wacky theory of how to do it: inconvenience your customers. Sounds to us like one of those counter-intuitive small-business bromides being peddled in some ...

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Preparing 2 Stalk U: DJ Times@WMC

If you’re going to Winter Music Conference next week, you’ll find it impossible to avoid DJ Times. We’ll try our best to minimize that “we’re no longer dating, but we can’t quit you” vibe, but still, we have a way of putting el estrange back in estrangement. On March 24, for ...

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Colorado DJ's iPhone App Fights Halitosis

The days of barf-breathed barflies getting all up in your face to request a song may be over, according to one very wired Colorado DJ, who rigged a way to allow guests to make requests with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Bobby Sorden, owner of Sensational Sounds Professional DJ Service in Falcon, ...

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Cedric Gervais Pumps EuroBabes out of Alligator Boots

OK, so one night we catch reality-show star DJ Pauly D playing an overlarge Irish pub in Wantagh, on Long Island’s South Shore. The next evening, we somehow manage to mingle with the overly fashionable crowd at Kiss & Fly, in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District. Adaptable, we are. This ...

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Team Ultra: Deadmau5, will.i.am & DJ Times

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Wha? Where? Who? Few things outside of the U.S. national debt are larger than WMC’s Ultra Music Festival (OK, you’re thinking Kirstie Alley’s belt-size, but we won’t go there), and on March 26-27, DJ Times will make the event a little bit larger, with a booth at Bicentennial Park in ...

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Louisiana DJ Hit by Hurricane Happy

It seems like a rival to the Big Easy has presented itself on the Louisiana map, because Baton Rouge has emerged as perhaps not Bigger, but Easier, with wildcat enthusiasm among clients for DJ bookings. Why? One word: Recession. “In my opinion, and it seems to be true for all of my competitors, ...

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DJ Pauly D "Smashes it," Hangs a Pair

MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” gel, nipples & DJ Times Forgive our exploitative post of such a skin and sand photo, but we’ve gone J-Woww, and it’s still winter here in New York, so we can dream, can’t we? And let’s face it: Exploitation can net some DJs $10,000 ...

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You wanna open for Paul van Dyk?

Paul van Dyk behind the decks, headphones on

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If You're Thinking of Spinning in: New Zealand

What’s the scene: Club music died 10 years ago, but Kiwis still get their drink on to house, hip hop, dub step, funk and soul. So club music died, but Kiwis still get their drink on? Which is it? According to Leon Dahn of NZ Rockshop in Auckland: “We have seen a hip hop music... Read More

Breaking News: Mitzvah Kids are Evil

There, we’ve said it. The only thing between you and completing a satisfying $1,500+ gig is a phalanx of snot-nosed urchins mouthing off and bossing you around, or playing “Pin the DJ in the water-closet.” Without sullying your pristine reputation in the community, or losing time ...

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Newest Recession-Buster: Make your Colleagues Sick

The DJ business has been recovering nicely, thank you, with bookings on the increase in the last few months, fewer last-minute bookings, and a holiday season not nearly as anemic as last year. But different regions have reported different ways to pump up the volume. One DJ in New Jersey we ...

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