Both Nervo and Ivan Gough have had a huge year, with the twins landing a CoverGirl contract and a gig on MTV VMA’s red carpet while Ivan Gough’s progressive house smash “In My Mind” was featured in a Kia Soul ad. The producers have come together with Beverley Knight for “Not Taking This More,” ...Read More
Before the days of electronic music festivals and EDM, there was New York City’s Paradise Garage. Commonly cited as the blueprint for the nightclub experience as we know it today, the Paradise Garage was helmed by its resident DJ, Larry Levan. In the years following the clubs closure and ...Read More
Mat Zo landed massive success earlier this year with “Easy,” his collaboration with Porter Robinson. However, the young DJ & producer is aiming for more than single success with the announcement of his debut artist album Damage Control and an accompanying world tour. The album will be ...Read More
Spinnin’ Records has officially launched an app for Spotify. Released yesterday, the app aims to serve as a one-stop shop for EDM fans on the streaming service. Users have access to a Top 100 chart, as well as playlists curated by Spinnin’ Records artists, including Sander Van Doorn, Afrojack, ...Read More
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly six months since Ultra Music Festival 2013’s double weekend extravaganza in Miami this past March. Fans who were able to attend were treated to Ultra’s quintessential gorgeous locale and varied lineup with 6 full days of nonstop music. Today sees the ...Read More
Emerging from a variety of different roles, labels, and backgrounds, the members of Hot Natured—Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Ali Love, and Luca C—have come together to form a hodgepodge of talent that has churned out a series of indie dance hit. With the group’s debut album, Different Sides of the ...Read More
The DJ Expo hosted performances from a variety of talent last month in Atlantic’s City’s Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino. Legendary hip hop producer and keynote Q&A speaker DJ Premier played an electrifying set from the Stanton booth on the exhibit floor itself. If you weren’t lucky enough ...Read More
By: Jim Tremayne New York City –Today DJ Times will join much of the EDM world for the Electric Zoo festival, which will bring a slew of DJ talent to the Big Apple. But after spending much of the festival’s initial afternoon at Randall’s Island—it runs through Sunday—we’ll head over to ...Read More
Pioneer DJ has announced an October release for the DDJ-WeGO2 controller, which is aimed at turning consumers into DJs with its range of simple-to-use features and portable design. Made with the beginner in mind, the controller features a Jog FX wheel and illuminated buttons, as well as bundled ...Read More
With a little less than one month until TomorrowWorld kicks off in the US in Chattahoochee Hills right outside of Atlanta, the official video trailer for the festival has been released. The American edition of the festival has been dubbed as Chapter Two of ‘The Book of Wisdom’ (with the first ...Read More
We’ve got an interview with Adrian Lux coming up in the September issue of DJ Times, so there’s no better time for him to have dropped a new single. Uploaded to his Soundcloud today, “Wild Child” is a collaboration with fellow Swedish producer Marcus Schossow and the band JJ. The track is a ...Read More
It’s hard to argue with free, and when the thing in question is quality free music, it’s simply impossible to. For this week’s #FreePlayThursday, we’ve got eight free tracks for you, so sample them below and grab them for the low, low price of FREE. Kicking off this week’s roundup is “My Body,” ...Read More
Insomniac’s 19th annual Nocturnal Wonderland Festival returns on September 21st, and it has a brand new home in Southern California’s San Miguel Amphitheatre and Grounds. Additionally, this year’s festival will host camping, a first for the event. Campers can sleep adjacent to the grounds and ...Read More
Despite being part of the original dubstep producers, Skream has spent the past year transitioning away from the bass and more toward the funk. This transformation has come to a head with his new single, “Rollercoaster,” which features vocals from Sam Frank. The track is an unabashed disco ...Read More
While an outcry from the general public has just erupted following Miley Cyrus’s twerking nightmare at last week’s MTV Video Music Awards, Diplo has reigned as the patron saint of the art since the release of his Express Yourself EP last year. In an attempt to solidify this position, Diplo has ...Read More
Want to catch 2013 America’s Best DJ nominees Dennis Ferrer and Sleepy & Boo at Marquee New York on August 30th? To promote the 2013 America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ and DJ Times, we have partnered with the club to give away 2 prize packages, each consisting of 2 ...Read More
Pioneer DJ has launched the second Pioneer DJ Art Mix, a fund raising program that sees superstar DJs creating their own works of art using Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus music players as blank canvases. The completed works will be auctioned off online via CharityBuzz.com to benefit VH1’s Save The Music ...Read More
Atlantic City, N.J. – With its sold-out exhibit hall and nearly 6,400 attendees—a new show record—the 2013 DJ Expo once again raised the stakes for an already thriving DJ industry. Produced by DJ Times magazine and its publisher Testa Communications at the Trump Taj Mahal this past Aug. 12-15, ...Read More
Mysteryland, the world’s longest running electronic music festival, will debut in the United States on Memorial Day Weekend in 2014 in upstate New York’s Bethel Woods. The location is the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and Mysteryland marks the first time a multi-day music ...Read More
Electric Zoo takes over Randall’s Island in New York City for three days next weekend, and Made Event has released the schedule of the 14 official afterparties for the festival. Taking place at five venues around New York, including Cielo, Pacha NYC, Best Buy Theatre, Output, and Roseland ...Read More
We’re back from The DJ Expo, and we’ve got a smattering of free dance tracks just for you! Grab your fix of deep house, nu-disco, trap, and beyond from our 7 picks for this week’s #FreePlayThursday. One of the standouts of this week comes from D-Bass’s remix of the Whitney Houston classic “I ...Read More
By: Jim Tremayne Las Vegas – And down the stretch they come! America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times has reached its final month and it’s become a fast-and-furious race to the finish. This past weekend, DJ Times was in Las Vegas for a daylong double dose of beats, ...Read More
America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Morgan Page has announced the “Morgan Page Presents” Tour, which, with over 50 cities, is slated to be his largest North American tour ever. The tour will utilize 3D immersion technology originally created for use in Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” show, and ...Read More
ID&T has revealed the lineup for its inaugural Sensation US tour, hitting the states this September in Oakland. The tour, dubbed the Ocean of White, will feature Fedde Le Grand, Michael Woods, Nic Fanciulli, Prok & Fitch, Sébastien Léger, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano over its ...Read More
It’s Thursday, which means you’re just a day away from the weekend. Grab yourself a slew of new tracks that we’ve picked to get you over the hump. With styles ranging from hardstyle bass to deep house in this week’s set, we’ve got all bases covered! Fans of disco house are in luck this week,... ...Read More
After pushing its release date back to August 20th, Dog Blood has posted the Middle Finger Pt. 2 EP onto its Soundcloud page. Dog Blood—the collaborative project consisting of Skrillex and Boys Noize—premiered a few of the tracks from the release during their Ultra Music Festival sets back in ...Read More
It seems that Stephen Colbert got Daft Punk’d. Despite Colbert’s announcement last week that the French duo would appear on his show on Tuesday for its first live performance since the release of Random Access Memories, the robots failed to appear on yesterday’s program. Colbert said at the ...Read More
This year has been a series of firsts for DJs. Armin van Buuren recently announced he was heading to space, and now Tiësto will be performing a marriage ceremony in Las Vegas this month for one lucky couple. Announced through his Facebook page, the contest is part of his ongoing In The Booth ...Read More
Alex Niggemann is a hard man to pin down. Though he considers himself a house DJ, his productions and DJ sets transcend genre boundaries, as they easily range from taut, techy tracks to vocal-centric floor-fillers. He’s recently launched his own label (AEON) and he kicked it off by releasing ...Read More
Las Vegas – Once again, it’s back to Sin City for another round of shows on the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times. Fast-forward: This weekend finds us doing double-duty at Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub. First up on Saturday, it’s Texas trance kings Tritonal at ...Read More
I’ve attended several seminars that have talked about how today’s bride is different from the bride just 10 or 15 years ago. Back then, brides found your DJ business by going to a wedding expo or bridal show. They flipped through wedding magazines and Yellow Pages. The next key sources of ...Read More
When it comes to experience and playing big gigs, not many DJs compare to Tracy Young. With over 20 years of spinning and studio work to her name, the Virginia native has played nearly everywhere—from major club venues to exclusive private events, like Madonna’s wedding. Her studio credits ...Read More
Las Vegas – Sometimes you have to look back to move forward. Such is the “dilemma” for popular DJ/producer Blake Jarrell. In an EDM world of copy-cat tracks and relative sameness, Jarrell says he wants to re-evaluate his own studio approach. He’s made his name with hands-in-the-air trance ...Read More
It’s almost the weekend, so grab nine free tracks to get it started right! We’re bringing you the best in free downloads, which you can stream and download from our Soundcloud below. While Cedric Gervais and Kaskade have both released progressive house remixes of Lana Del Rey’s “Young & ...Read More
Want to catch America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Mark Farina at Marquee New York on August 9th? We’ve partnered with Mark Farina to give away a pair of VIP tickets to the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ and DJ Times stop for one lucky reader and a friend! The winner will... ...Read More
By: Natalie Raben Brooklyn, N.Y. – Ushuaia in Ibiza ain’t got nothing on the Brooklyn waterfront. This past Saturday, Luciano relocated his famed Ibiza sound to the second installment of Verboten’s StageONE series: “Somewhere in BKN…,” which essentially was a warehouse party in the bright ...Read More
UK DJ/producer Rusko has teamed up with street wear clothing company Acrylick for a collaborative apparel project. The Acrylick X Rusko collection, available now, features t-shirts, tank tops, and pullover hoodies depicting four designs created by the company’s cofounder and creative director ...Read More
Hot off his Tomorrowland weekend, which included a main stage back-to-back-to-back set with David Guetta and Afrojack, Nicky Romero has announced his Nothing Toulouse Tour, which will be hitting North America this August and September. The producer will be joined by fellow Dutch production duo ...Read More
London based duo Infinity Ink have released a remix EP for their track “Infinity,” including mixes from Skream, Todd Edwards, and America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Claude VonStroke. The minimalistic, garage-influenced track features muffled vocals and a slinky bassline that provides a deep groove. ...Read More
America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Kaskade has revealed the album artwork (seen above), as well as the September 10release date for his new album Atmosphere. The album, featuring his current single “Atmosphere,” will be released through Ultra Records, and will be available to preorder starting ...Read More
Fresh off the success of “Joyenergizer” and “Ten,” Sander van Doorn is back with a vibrant new video for “Neon.” The track is a progressive house anthem that we’ve come to expect from the Sander van Doorn, with a signature euphoric topline and huge build. One particular highlight of the song is ...Read More
America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Bassnectar dropped Immersive Music Mixtape Side One today ahead of the beginning of his recently announced Immersive Music fall tour in September. Immersive Music Mixtape Side One is a 30 minute set including his newly released remix of “Feeling Good” by Nina ...Read More
New York – An old-fashioned DJ battle is, at its core, not too different from a rumble between two gangs. The W Gangs of New York music series takes that idea and runs with it, pitting artists against each other in a weekly musical showdown. These sound clashes celebrate Black Apple’s release ...Read More
America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Sleepy & Boo have released new mix onto the pair’s Soundcloud to coincide with this Friday’s Sleepy & Boo + Friends event at Marquee New York. The aptly titled “Let’s Go Techno” mix is an hour and a half taste of the deep basslines and distant vocal ...Read More
Morgan Page: Keynote Q&A Tuesday, Aug. 14, 3:30 pm, Diamond Room D in Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ Global DJ, hit-making producer, sought-after remixer—in a few short years, Morgan Page has become one of America’s top EDM talents. Known for his melodic approach to club music—with hits ...Read More
Denver – The America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times went Mile High this past weekend and now it looks forward to heading way down in Dixie. In Colorado at the spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre for Global Dance Festival this past July 19-21, we caught three days of ...Read More
Stanton DJ, a part of the Gibson Pro Audio Division, will bring three-time Grammy Award winner and hip-hop legend DJ Premier to DJ Times magazine’s DJ Expo 2013, which will take place on August 12-15 in Atlantic City, NJ. DJ Premier will spin at Stanton’s booth (#500) on Tuesday, August 13 at ...Read More
Originally released 20 years ago, Leftfield’s “Song of Life” has been remixed by Mexican producer Betoko, complete with a new video and release on Hope Recordings on August 5th. The video, directed by Tim Davidson, is a breathtaking fusion of sensuality and geometry. In it, two dancers spin and ...Read More
Bass heads are in luck this week, as Atlanta-based producer heRobust kicks off this week’s set of #FreePlayThursday downloads with the latest in his series of BUSTED remixes. This time he takes the viral sensation “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool and flips it on its head by pumping it ...Read More
The inaugural edition of Ultra Europe took place over the weekend in Croatia, with the festival hosting over 103,000 attendees during the three-day event. The first two days of Ultra Europe—which is now the largest festival to ever have been held on Croatian soil—took place in the Poljud ...Read More
British bass aficionado Flux Pavilion has blown the lid off of his upcoming Freeway EP, as well as the accompanying Freeway Tour, heading out across North America this fall. The tour will kick off on September 25th in Urbana, IL and trek across 32 different cities before culminating on November ...Read More
Over the past month, Paul Bäumer, one half of The Bingo Players, has been forced to miss scheduled shows due to illness. This week, he’s released a statement, unfortunately confirming that he has been diagnosed with cancer. Read his full statement below. We wish Paul a speedy recovery and all ...Read More
Mariaville, N.Y. – In the peak of New York’s summer heat, 20,000 EDM fans make the trek to Mariaville—quaint lake town in upstate New York—to experience Camp Bisco this past July 11-13. The four-stage music festival offered big-room house, jam bands, rappers and trappers. Known for its rural ...Read More
In need of a quick, free stormer to load your libraries and sets for the weekend? We’ve got seven killer tracks just for you, completely free of charge. Read about our picks and listen to the whole set on our Soundcloud below. “Crown,” Diplo’s latest release, fully exemplifies the phrase “Wait ...Read More
After having worked his way up through the Detroit party scene over the years, DJ White Shadow came to prominence in 2010 after being hand-selected by Lady Gaga to help produce 9 tracks for her third album Born This Way. Since then, he’s released the I’m Killing Me EP, toured the US as part ...Read More
Despite having just finished up his Spring Tour last month, America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Bassnectar is showing no signs of slowing down with his announcement of his “Immersive Music Tour 2013” this fall. The tour will kick off on September 19th in Oakland, California’s Fox Theater and will ...Read More
Apple has released the newest version of Logic, Logic Pro X, onto the app store today, a little over 4 years since the release of Logic Pro 9. The new release hosts a slew of new features, including Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks, and Arpeggiator. Drummer gives the user a virtual session ...Read More
It’s hard to top a massive video billboard in Times Square when it comes to showcasing an album, but Classixx are trying in their new video for “All You’re Waiting For.” Taken from the group’s debut album Hanging Gardens, “All You’re Waiting For” features LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang and is a ...Read More
Released yesterday on the App Store, the Serato Remote iPad app allows users to see and control all of Serato Live and Serato DJ’s functions, including cue points, loops, and samples, as well as loading tracks and manipulating FX without touching a laptop. Focused on compatibility, the app will ...Read More
It’s been nearly 2 years since Azealia Banks first dropped “212,” a reworking of “Float Your Boat” by Lazy Jay. While the track went on to become a club staple, the New York-grown rapper has yet to release her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste. Finally, after months of ...Read More
Pioneer has announced its entry into the professional club speaker environment with the introduction of the GS-WAVE and XY series speakers. The GS-WAVE series is designed with clubs and extra-large spaces in mind, utilizing a subwoofer enclosure with dual 18-inch subwoofers, dual 15-inch ...Read More
World-renowned hardstyle event series Q-dance has announced the Q-dance Qontest, which offers participants the chance to win a performance spot on its stage at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta this September. The winner will also receive a guest spot on iHeartRadio’s Evolution radio station’s ...Read More
In an age of $2.49 singles, it’s common to wish for an occasional free, lawful handout. If you’re someone who falls into this category, you’re in luck: we’re now bringing you the best of legal free downloads each and every week. Everything from originals, remixes, bootlegs, mashups, and DJ ...Read More
Based out of Brooklyn, electronic duo Break Science has just released the single “Who Got It” ahead of the release of their debut album this Fall. The track, a collaboration with rapper Redman, is the latest release from Pretty Lights Music, and is available as a free download. “Who Got It” is ...Read More
When news first broke of a collaboration between legendary rocker Paul McCartney and Italian electronic act The Bloody Beetroots, the buzz was palpable. After premiering the track a few weeks ago, the pair has just dropped an explosive new video for the single ahead of the release of The Bloody ...Read More
Leeds-based DJ and producer Hot Since 82 has been on a bit of a tear recently, having his remix of Rudimental’s “Right Here” named an Essential New Tune by Pete Tong just last week. Not one to break a streak, the young producer has just released a new track on Noir Music’s new Use Your... ...Read More
America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Tommie Sunshine made headlines last month for his Elvis-themed wedding during Electric Daisy Carnival, but his music has reclaimed the spotlight with his and Live City’s remix of Martin Solveig’s single “Hey Now.” Sunshine and Live City don’t stray too far from ...Read More
Chicago – This past weekend, we caught a double dose of New York City grooves and, looking forward to Independence Day weekend, we’re thrilled to be able to blow into the Windy City for a beachfront festival sporting an outstanding lineup of its own. It’s just the next two chapters in the book ...Read More
Announced today, Aruba will host the first ever Electric Festival from September 6th through September 8th with an initial lineup that includes Aruba resident Chuckie, Hardwell, and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The event, which will be the largest of its type in the Caribbean, is a joint ...Read More
After initially releasing it on his Scream album last year, America’s Best DJ of 2012 Markus Schulz has given “Tempted” the full single treatment, complete with a video and remix package. Featuring the delicate, ethereal vocals of Sarah Howells, the track sees Schulz showcasing his trance ...Read More
In a market dominated by 128 BPM dance bombs, the midtempo groove of house legend Frankie Knuckles’ Directors Cut project’s “Let’s Stay Home” is a breath of fresh air. Released on Nocturnal Groove, “Let’s Stay Home” features the soulful vocals of Inaya Day which recall the early 90s dance diva ...Read More
Mad Decent labelmates and America’s Best DJ 2013 nominees RL Grime and Baauer have announced the Infinite Daps tour with Ryan Hemsworth and Jim-E Stack. The tour, which kicks off in Ottawa on July 8th, travels through 9 cities across the US and Canada before concluding on July 20th in Omaha. ...Read More
SFX Entertainment, the live event production company led by executive Robert F. X. Sillerman, has filed a prospectus this week with the Securities and Exchanges Committee in an attempt to raise up to $175 million through the company’s Initial Public Offering. In the filing, SFX describes itself ...Read More
Ahead of the release of their Slice & Dice EP on July 9th on Dongle Records, Felguk have released a preview of “Dead Man Swag,” as well as a video interview discussing the creation of the EP. Slice & Dice is the latest release from the Brazilian duo, who have said the new EP will... Read More
At the EDMbiz Conference in Las Vegas last week, Integral Entertainment Group and Manifest announced the production of a documentary about the late DJ AM. The film, directed by Kevin Kerslake, will be titled As I AM: The Life & Times of DJ AM, and will be released in globally in 2014. ...Read More
Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 has come and gone, but the live sets that have begun to trickle out from it will live forever. One of particular note came from Clockwork over at the Circuit Grounds tent, with a reported 15,000 festivalgoers in attendance. Clockwork, whose other alias RL Grime is a ...Read More
It’s no stretch to say Lana Del Rey is one of the most remixed pop artists of the past few years. It seems that almost every dance producer, regardless of genre, has his or her own take on one of the singer’s tracks. Seemingly out of nowhere, Serge Devant has dropped one of the best... Read More
First previewed during Kaskade’s set on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival back in March, “Atmosphere” finally has a video. Released today, the video for the single features Kaskade himself singing directly to the camera of a photo booth. He is soon joined by fans singing along to the track ...Read More
There hasn’t been much quacking from Duck Sauce, the collaborative output of America’s Best DJ 2013 nominees A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, since the release of “Big Bad Wolf” back in 2011. However, the pair is back with a new single, video, and album announcement. Released today, “It’s You” is ...Read More
Want to win VIP table service to see America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Miguel Migs perform this Friday? DJ Times is partnering with Marquee New York to give away 4 VIP passes (each with a +1) to the stop on the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ and DJ Times this Friday,... Read More
If you were anywhere near the vicinity of Las Vegas this past week, odds are that you heard Martin Garrix’s track “Animals” at some point. The single, a natural main-stage anthem with a huge synth lead and tribal drop, was played in sets across Electric Daisy Carnival and clubs across town ...Read More
Fresh off their LP Settle’s No.1 debut on the UK album chart, the boys of Disclosure have just dropped a video for their new single “F For You.” Armed with just their live setup, colorful lighting, and a few cameras, the Lawrence brothers show off their instrumentalism while impressive visual ...Read More
Taking place in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Hills from September 27th-29th, TommorowWorld is one of the most anticipated dance music events of the year. Tickets for the inaugural American edition of the festival went on sale in April, but ID&T has just released the majority of the lineup. The ...Read More
Since wrapping up America’s Best DJ nominee Bassnectar’s spring tour a few weeks ago with a pair of shows at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater, Bassnectar & Meyer Sound have posted a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the show. Focusing on the inner workings of the ...Read More
When it comes to experience, not many compare to Tracy Young. With over 20 years of DJing to her name, she’s played nearly everywhere. One of her biggest events is her yearly Genesis party, a New Year’s Day celebration taking place in Miami. She’s partnered with Live Nation to bring Genesis to ...Read More
To kick off the start of EDC in Vegas, Afrojack is releasing the It’s A Matter Of… EP on ...
It’s not every day that trance DJs and producers fly to space, but in 2014, Armin ...
His production with Kanye West, “Set It Off,” may not be officially ...
Guy Gerber is settling into his new Wisdom of the Glove residency at Pacha in Ibiza, ...
This weekend, Louie Vega and the Elements of Life are set to perform special live ...
A-Trak seems quite busy with his solo career, duties as Fools Gold Records head, and work ...
Mixify has announced it will be hosting the Camp Bisco Digital Pre-Festival on ...
With Chicago’s beachfront dance music festival just over 3 weeks away, Wavefront ...
After spending the first half of the year touring the US, which ...
Camp Bisco kicks off on July 11th, and the list of the artists performing at the Silent ...
Zeds Dead released the Hot Sauce EP back in January, but the Canadian duo has rolled ...
At 6 PM EST on June 23rd, in the run-up to Electric Daisy Carnival, ...
Ahead of the fall release of his upcoming album Roots, Roger Sanchez has dropped a video ...
Swedish House Mafia may have split up in March, but Axwell hasn’t skipped a beat. ...
The dates and initial lineups of the 2013 Mad Decent Block Parties were announced ...
After a close race with Queens of the Stone Age, UK electronic duo Disclosure’s ...
Following an April release of their Nomads EP on Fool’s Gold Records, trap ...
With just two weeks until Electric Daisy Carnival kicks off in Las Vegas, Insomniac has ...
Going into its third annual voyage, HOLY SHIP!!! has released its lineup for the ...
With sales surpassing one million units, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk’s ...
By Justin Hampton Unlike their forebears, young bucks like Tom Bell (aka Toddla T) don’t have to legitimize dance music—they just have to jockey for position in an even more crowded musical landscape. Most choose to align themselves with a specific genre, but U.K. jock Toddla T has won himself ...Read More
By Gregg Hollmann Today’s DJ business owner operates in a fast-paced and changing world. One of the best ways to stay sharp is to attend the seminars at DJ Expo, presented by DJ Times each August in Atlantic City, N.J. To that end, I attended as many seminars as possible, not only collecting ...Read More
By Sam Harrington Los Angeles—Not too many DJs outside of, say, Tiësto, Guetta, and Fatboy Slim can truthfully claim they’ve played to as many as 55,000 people in a night. But L.A.-based DJ Severe can. In fact, he sometimes plays to that many people several times a week, and more than three ...Read More
By Laura Cave Identifying and attracting bridal customers can be a real challenge. Unlike corporate customers or entertainment venues, your potential bridal clients change every year. They’re busy and distracted by a marketplace full of messages. And most of them don’t know the first thing ...Read More
By Laura Cave Today’s millennial brides and grooms come from the most educated generation ever—nearly 75-percent have four-year degrees. Most of them work full-time, and they are super tech-savvy because they grew up with the Internet. So when it comes to hiring entertainment for their ...Read More
When working in the studio, Erol Alkan is a hoarder—in the best possible way. The trailblazing DJ/producer never throws away any piece of music he creates. In fact, the identifiable synth riff from “Lemonade”—his 2010 collaboration with Boys Noize—was fished out of the trash and slapped onto ...Read More
By Joe Molineaux As DJs, each one of you are experienced and have the skills necessary to move people out to the dancefloor and motivate them through verbal cues and music to “get down.” But when it comes to the development, growth and operation of your company, how many of you have the skills ...Read More
By Stu Herm At last year’s DJ Expo, the guys from Red Bank, N.J.-based Hurricane Productions offered a seminar that helped hundreds of attendees navigate the turgid waters of social media. This year, they’re back, and their seminar will focus on video—“Know Your Video, the Future of Event ...Read More
By Stu Fine Not too many DJ businesses can count on word-of-mouth to generate all their bookings. Like the rest of the business world, social media has acted like a spigot from which consumer insights flow, and these responses lead to an increase of growth and an enhanced branding message. ...Read More
Over the span of two-plus years, Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have enjoyed a rapid ascension, and much of that comes from their high-profile remixes. Their studio work and its variety are impressive: The discography includes energetic mixes for Swedish House Mafia (“Leave the ...Read More
By Lily Moayeri It seems that Photek is all about putting himself in uncomfortable positions. Early in his career, the British DJ/producer enjoyed critical and commercial success with his original drum-n-bass tracks and saw packed DJ appearances in his home country. But that wasn’t enough, ...Read More
Loved as much by underground garage heads as he is major-label pop stars, Marc “MK” Kinchen remains one of U.S. house music’s living legends. Raised in Detroit, MK earned his production stripes under the tutelage of Kevin Saunderson, went on to DJ around the globe and release a slew of seminal ...Read More
By B.C. Carney New York City—At the recent National Retail Federation convention at New York’s Javits Center, there was a bevy of seminars designed for small and medium-sized business owners, we recently and dropped in on Amy Africa’s “Neuromarketing and the Influence on Buying Behavior” ...Read More
Dave Clarke, the legendary “Baron of Techno,” is back. One of the most uncompromising and electrifying DJs of his generation, Clarke returns this month with a thunderous new Fabric 60 mix CD and—like it or not— he’s back in the international spotlight all over again. Famously describing himself ...Read More
By Ed Haas With many DJs generating as much as 90-percent of their bookings via their website, it’s obvious that a web strategy can be the most important aspect of your business—even more than your DJing ability and your 25,000 songs. So, let’s say you’ve got your web presence established ...Read More
By Con Carney Melbourne, Fla.—“From one to 10, [the event] was a 20.” Such is the unbridled enthusiasm and confidence that Shane Presley brings to his gigs. Don’t mistake the confidence for arrogance, however—he’s supremely thankful for all the good will that has floated his way. “I think DJs ...Read More
By Gregg Hollmann The DJ Expo is always a boon for my DJ business, and this year I attended nine seminars over three days. At the end, I was as exhausted as I was enlightened. From this past DJ Expo—Aug. 8-11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.—here are some takeaways: Steve... ...Read More
Paul Kalkbrenner exhales nonchalantly in a prescribing voice over the telephone line from Berlin: “You know, I don’t really think I want to talk about the movie anymore—I just want to concentrate on talking about the album.” And with that, the whistling sound of a cigarette being inhaled cuts ...Read More
By Con Carney As you begin your Expo journey (or if you’re viewing from afar), this year’s cast of talented DJ business owners appearing at seminars will not disappoint, for nowhere else does such an esteemed collection of experience gather. One such person is DJ Mike Kindlick, owner Jam on ...Read More
By Justin Hampton In an increasingly networked and globalized planet, what happens in a quinceañera event in Monterey or a beachside club in Bali can now directly influence the party thousands of miles away. So make way for moombahton, which couldn’t come soon enough for mainfloor techno/house ...Read More
By: Jim Tremayne Minneapolis—We say it all the time: If you’re a DJ and you don’t like the scene you’re in… then, get your hustle on and create a new one. That’s exactly what DJ Peter Lansky (aka Soviet Panda) did, and four years later he’s still running the hippest dance night in the Twin... ...Read More
By: Jim Tremayne Lucky for underground DJs seeking a varied playlist, Chris Manik’s music can’t be too easily categorized. As evidenced by his “McLovin’ You” EP (Culprit) or his 17-track debut, Armies of the Night: I Declare War (Ovum), he doesn’t step to one beat, yet he’s adept at plenty. ...Read More
By Justin Hampton Las Vegas—People are sailing in and out of the Zumanity Stage before the 4th Annual Mashable Award show gets under way, and U.K.-based VJ troupe Eclectic Method are setting the tone with A/V collages marrying “The Sound Of Music” with “Groove Is In The Heart,” and layering ...Read More
By Milo Burke Reading, Pa.—While teaching high-school history nearly 10 years ago, Mike Kindlick began to feel restless. Something was gnawing at him, like something that was inside him, threatening to burst out. Mike Kindlick, quite simply, needed to boogie—for a living, full-time. “I had gone ...Read More
By Milo Burke Louisville, Ky.—Eric Woodland received the best training a DJ could ever receive: slogging away for a multi-op business, a tutorial behind the console. “It was a great way to learn what not to do,” says Woodland, now the owner of DJ Woody Events and Entertainment. “A lot of my ...Read More
By: Justin Hampton It’s New Year’s Eve, just a few minutes before midnight, and Beats Antique is onstage at the Sea Of Dreams party in San Francisco, showing the home crowd just how far they’ve come. As longtime members of the Bay Area’s Burning Man culture, Beats Antique is hardly out of step ...Read More
It only took two decades, but J.Rocc is finally getting out front and center as an artist. After forming the all-star DJ crew The World Famous Beat Junkies in 1992, the legendary turntablist has amassed plenty of work as a valuable collaborator. Early Junkies’ releases (The World Famous ...Read More
How long have Vincent Velasquez and his Hurricane Productions partner Strato Doumanis been marketing their DJ services? They’re original Facebookers—which in the parlance of social media is a very, very long time ago. They’ve been focusing their marketing efforts on the web since they started ...Read More
By: Steve Moody I was in shock. Just as soon as I walked offstage, it had set me to a different standard than I had been accustomed. People recognized who I was. Even just competing in the DJ of the Year competition at the DJ Expo—never mind winning—it gives you an opportunity to be in... Read More
Cleveland, Ohio—A funny thing happened to Lew Bodee when he visited Cleveland nearly 23 years ago. Bodee, then a twenty-something rock guitarist from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, traveling with his dad to explore some business opportunities, went to an Iggy Pop concert and met Miriam, a 20-year-old ...Read More
DJ Times and Mike Walter—who organizes and produces the “DJ of the Year” competition at the DJ Expo in Atlantic City—thought it would be a good idea for me to tell the story of how winning Best DJ Game last August has improved my business. First off, I was skeptical about competing again. I ...Read More
By: Danna Hawley The beat scene in Los Angeles is heavily primed by Flying Lotus’ wondrous Brainfeeder label, with each individual artist initiating their own blend of experimentation. Genre- and gender-bending producer/performer TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) does her part by feeding futuristic ...Read More
Knoxville, Tenn.—Eight years ago Eric Bennett determined that his DJing dream had run its course in Chattanooga. Off to Knoxville it was—with his now-wife—and as he puts it, “As far as DJing goes, it’s the best thing I ever did.” Not that it was easy. Back in Chattanooga, DJ Eric B started out ...Read More
In a very short four years, Germany’s Alex Niggemann has risen through the ranks of EDM’s top talents. In 2006, the Dusseldorf-born DJ/producer gained notice with his remix of Booka Shade’s “Darko” and he subsequently released tracks on labels like Meerestief, Micro.fon and Moonpool. Audiofly ...Read More
East Windsor, N.J.—Like so many DJs, Gregg Hollmann had an inkling that he would somehow find himself behind the console. With an interest in music from an early age, this Jersey Shore native studied piano and alto sax in high school, playing in jazz and classical ensembles. He also starting ...Read More
Derek Vincent Smith has a knack for seizing opportunities. Rather than spurn P2P, he (alongside Girl Talk) pioneered a free distribution model for all his recorded Pretty Lights material. To date, he’s racked up 800,000 downloads on his website (prettylightsmusic.com) for his six LPs and EPs, ...Read More