DJ Expo ’14: Good Vibes from a Still-Booming Market

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The Knowledge: Keynoter Lil Jon at DJ Expo. Atlantic City, N.J. – The 2014 DJ Expo returned to the Boardwalk with a sold-out exhibit hall, a record 6,500 attendees and plenty of good vibes for the still-exploding DJ industry. Produced by DJ Times magazine and its publisher Testa Communications ...

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America’s Best DJ: Chicago’s Spring Awakening

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A-Trak: One of 13 ABDJ noms playing Chicago. Ryan SahlinChicago – On the road again. This weekend, America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times heads back to festival-land—Chicago’s Spring Awakening, which runs Friday through Sunday. Thirteen ABDJ-nominated jocks will ...

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America’s Best DJ: Detroit Wrap-Up, Then It’s onto R.I.

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Providence, R.I. – Post-Motown, it’s on the road to Rhody! After spending a beat-filled Memorial Day weekend at Detroit’s Movement fest, America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times makes a quick trip up to New England for another round of DJ-driven fun. On Saturday, May ...

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2014 America’s Best DJ Nominees Revealed

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Port Washington, N.Y. –  Who will be America’s Best DJ 2014? Once again, the hotly anticipated nominee list for the America’s Best DJ title is out. As DJ Times has done since the promotion’s 2006 inception, the magazine has released a Top 100 list that includes DJs of all genres balancing ...

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Movement: America’s Best DJ to Launch in Detroit

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Hart Plaza: 100,000-plus are expected. Detroit – After drawing more than 107,000 fans to Hart Plaza in 2013, Detroit’s Movement festival returns to the venue May 24-26 with 135 DJs and electronic acts performing on six different sponsored stages. Produced by Paxahau Event Productions, the ...

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Street Party Celebrates Legendary DJ Larry Levan

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The DJs: Joey Llanos, François K & David DePino. Photo: Drew Gurian/Red Bull Content Pool New York City – Spring finally arrived in Manhattan, as the heavens smiled on King Street this past Sunday for the “Larry Levan Street Party.” Presented by the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, the ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Jam Master Jay – June, 2000 [Interview]

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King of Rap: Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay Surprised DJ Times With His Visit to DJ Expo West. So, As Longtime Fans, We Decided to Stalk Him. It Went Like This… Originally published: June 2000 It’s a Friday afternoon in the college town of Athens, Ga., during the early summer of 1985. ...

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Why Armin van Buuren Almost Ended ASOT, and What Changed His Mind

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Miami Beach, Fla. – It’s the week before Christmas and I pile into an SUV with Armin van Buuren and crew at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Before we know it, we’re streaking north up I-95, discussing van Buuren’s whirlwind year. Like many of his recent professional escapades, this trip will represent ...

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Nicole Moudaber’s Dark, Percussive Techno Has Heads Turning

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  “[Some DJs] drive stick-shift cars, and [others] drive super-cars”   Amsterdam, Holland – Getting out of a taxi and striding through Amsterdam’s Westerpark neighborhood, you’re soon struck by the massive Gashouder building peeking through a dense set of trees. ...

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DVS1: Back to the Old School

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Playing Tough Techno & Throwing Devoutly Underground Events, Minnesota’s DVS1 Maintains a Quaint, Yet Effective DIY Ethic Brooklyn, N.Y. – As I step out of the taxi between the Wythe Hotel and Output—New York’s hottest late-night destination—I notice that the freezing rain hasn’t let up a ...

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NAMM ’14: Tons of New DJ Gear in Anaheim

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ADJ’s Quad Scan Pro fixture. Anaheim, Calif. – Beginning today and running through Sunday, Jan. 26, the music industry’s manufacturers, distributors and retailers are convening at the Anaheim Convention Center for the world’s largest trade-only event—the annual Winter NAMM show. As usual, more ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: A-Trak – Jan, 2007 [Interview]

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Battles Behind Him, A-Trak Pushes Turntablism’s Boundaries, Finds His Comfort Zone With Kanye West Originally published: Jan, 2007 In some artistic circles, topping oneself isn’t really a challenge anymore. Case in point: Montreal’s DJ A-Trak. Why? By the time he was old enough to vote, ...

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DJ Expo 2014: All Set for Atlantic City Return

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Atlantic City, N.J. – OK, DJs—it’s time to mark your calendars. The 2014 dates for DJ Expo are here: DJ Expo will return to the the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., August 11 to 14. As always, DJ Expo—produced by DJ Times and its publisher Testa Communications—will present demo rooms and ...

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LDI ’13: DJ & Club Lighting Debuts in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas – As always, LDI ’13 expects to see several lighting-products debuts that will to impact the club and mobile-DJ markets. Running through Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, America’s top trade show for entertainment lighting will include exhibits, seminars and tours of ...

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Mountain Oasis: Electronic Music in the Carolina Pines

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Asheville, N.C. – Between 2010 and 2012, Moogfest was a communion between legendary synth manufacturer Moog Music and promoter AC Entertainment that saw thousands of costumed fans fill the venues of downtown Asheville on or near Halloween weekend. The program was a heady mix of art, technology ...

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Amsterdam Dance Event: Big Numbers, Vast Perspectives & Morning Glee

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Amsterdam, Holland – According to organizers, the 18th annual Amsterdam Dance Event was a record-setting endeavor. Held this past Oct. 16-20 at Amsterdam’s Felix Meritis Centre and the nearby Dylan Hotel, the conference portion of ADE drew more than 5,000 global delegates/industry professionals ...

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ADE Update: Techno & Trance Titans, Plus Some Old Pals

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Global: “Armin Only: Intense” tour detailed.Amsterdam – Yesterday, we hit the conference portion of Amsterdam Dance Event at the Felix Meritis Centre. Then, last night we made the club rounds and hit two very different, but no less important events. Early in the day, we did the ADE ...

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ADE: Richie Hawtin Tells Us ‘Rock Is Dead’ & Other ‘Fuck-You Moments’

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 ADE Moment: Richie Hawtin with NYC pals Sleepy & Boo. Amsterdam, Holland – In 1978, The Who’s Roger Daltrey sang these Pete Townshend-penned words: “Goodbye Sister Disco/And to your clubs and your tramps.” For many, it seemed to be moment of rockist triumphalism, as dancefloor-driven ...

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America’s Best DJ: Kaskade Cops the Golden Mixer—Again

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Las Vegas – With his fans, the media and DJ-industry insiders all in tow, Kaskade was once again crowned America’s Best DJ at Las Vegas’ Marquee Club this past Sunday, Oct. 13. After 20-plus events on America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times, the fans spoke with ...

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America’s Best DJ: Vegas, Baby—EDC & Marquee

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Las Vegas—After a week away from the road, America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times rolls on with a deep slate of events this weekend, sporting 27 different ABDJ nominees. First up, we’ll be at Marquee Dayclub Friday, June 21, for Blake Jarrell’s set, as he plays ...

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America’s Best DJ: A Tale of 2 Cities—A Look Back

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America’s Best DJ: LA Entranced, Bi-Coastal Gigs & a Word with BT

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Win VH1 Master of the Mix Semifinalist DJ Tina T’s Autographed Skullcandy Headphones

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America’s Best DJ: Tour & Voting Launch at Movement

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Legendary DJ Premier to Appear at DJ Expo

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Miami Madness 2013

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Miami, Fla.—Just when you thought the annual dance-music excursion to South Florida couldn’t get any more intense, welcome to the 2013 version. This past March 15-24, downtown Miami and South Beach offered a mosh of many things for many people. The 28th annual Winter Music Conference drew ...

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A Victory Lap

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Las Vegas – This past Oct. 7, Markus Schulz enjoyed an evening that can only be viewed as another high point in an already successful career. In front of a packed Marquee nightclub, Schulz was honored for winning the 2012 America’s Best DJ vote, as he was presented with the golden DJM-900 ...

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Miss Kittin: Less Gear, More Music

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For this story, we connected with Miss Kittin from Paris, just as she was experiencing two distinctly different, but no less momentous occasions. Just as she prepared for the release of her expansive double-CD Calling From the Stars [wSphere], she announced that she was selling many of her ...

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America’s Best DJ Victory Tour

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Doing It Right

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Inspired by Ibiza, DJ Nicolas Matar Opened Cielo. Ten Years On, It Remains the Jewel in NYC Nightlife. New York City – A full decade ago, Manhattan nightlife was enduring another of its periodic shifts. The legendary Twilo had closed —and, relatively speaking, Arc and Centro-Fly weren’t far ...

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ART DEPARTMENT: Living The Life

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IT TAKES 2 As EDM Goes Enormo, Art Department’s Dynamic Duo Keeps the Underground Fires Burning Nearly three years on, the scene is oft-repeated. The pinging opening synth lines to Art Department’s “Without You” waft over a club sound system, and the crowd reacts with a knowing hum. By the time ...

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Chris Lawhorn’s Fugazi Edits

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Indie-rock fans haven’t heard brand-new material from Fugazi since the iconic quartet went on “indefinite hiatus” more than a decade ago. Through its Dischord Records website, the D.C.-based quartet did treat its followers to an amazing digital vault of live recordings in 2011, but that wasn’t ...

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The Dutch Touch

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Amsterdam—Over 3,800 DJs and dance-music pros attended Holland’s Amsterdam Dance Event this past Oct. 17-21. And, as always, DJ Times was there to monitor and participate in the conference portion of the show, attend the evening events at 75 area venues, and network the week away outside ADE’s ...

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Ferry Corsten: Full On!

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As Electronic Dance Music continues to grow and its events become larger spectacles, for good or ill, it’s not just about DJs mixing two records anymore. Nonetheless, fans—especially newer ones more accustomed to festivals than clubs—have come to expect more for their entertainment dollar. They ...

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The Disco Fries: School Ties

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In the past few years, we’ve had a front-row seat for The Disco Fries’ rise up the EDM ladder. During its appearances at the DJ Expo’s annual “Remixer/Producer” panel, the New York-area duo—Nick “Piklz” Ditri and Danny “Danger” Boselovic –has dropped valuable dollops of studio wisdom for show ...

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Markus Schulz: Trance-Global

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Los Angeles—The scene outside Avalon isn’t untypical for a Saturday night. Fans stream steadily into the club and, by 1 a.m., a line begins to form down Vine Street. Once again, the Hollywood Hustle is on. But what’s different about tonight’s festivities is its air of blissful familiarity. This ...

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12th Planet: The King’s Tour

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Athens, Ga.—Overlooking a typical downtown-Saturday-night street scene from the Georgia Theatre’s rooftop bar, it was hard not to entertain a degree of irony. Why? In a couple hours, this newly rebuilt venue—in a town known for its longtime devotion to traditional musicianship and all things ...

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F*** Me I’m Famous: Guetta Glitterbombs NYC

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Cosmic Gate’s American Jaunt

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In 2010, we caught Cosmic Gate raising the roof of Amsterdam’s massive Passenger Terminal during the “Synergy” event. Fast-forwarding a year, we found the German duo burning it up in closer confines—Manhattan’s esteemed Cielo club. It was easy to see that, no matter the venue’s size, Cosmic ...

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New At NAMM: 5 Picks from the Floor

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More DJ-Related Gear from Winter NAMM

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DJ Q45: Media Maven

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Kenneth Eric Williams stands as proof that turntablists can realize dreams beyond winning DJ competitions. Known professionally as DJ Q45, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Williams has transitioned easily into other media—namely, TV and radio. His outlets are many. On television, he’s the monthly ...

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B.C. Bound: Red Bull Thre3style World Finals

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In The Studio With… Porter Robinson’s Spitfire

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Already, 2011 has been a big year for Porter Robinson. The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based DJ/producer has played some of America’s largest festivals; he’s supported Skrillex and Tiësto on separate tours; and he was commissioned to offer up a gnarly, underground remix of Lady Gaga’s otherwise anthemic ...

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Moogfest ’11: Costumed Freaks & Musical Fancy

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Amsterdam Dance Event Preview: Cr2 Records

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ABDJ Leaves The Left Coast, Drops Down to The ATL

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Twin Cities DJ Keeps It All in the Family

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Minneapolis—If you ask Howard Walstein, he’ll tell you it’s all about the word “Welcome.” Says the Twin Cities jock, “I think I was born with the ability to make people feel comfortable.” Ask any kid he grew up with: As a child he’d perform puppet shows in his backyard to crowds of ...

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ATB: Marquee Man

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Las Vegas—From his perch just above the Marquee masses, André “ATB” Tanneberger can see that his melodious mix has rubbed the dancefloor into a lather. The new club’s clean and powerful Funktion-One sound system offers the perfect vessel for his boomy lift-offs and hook-filled breakdowns, so ...

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In The Studio With Haneef Raisani: True Believer

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Think you can’t find quality house music deep in the heart of the Middle East? Then check out Raisani Records. Based in Abu Dhabi in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates—an area more culturally liberal than many of its immediate neighbors—the label is the loving endeavor of a Haneef Raisani, a ...

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Cosmic Gate: Still Raging After All These Years

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Amsterdam, Holland—Each year, the Amsterdam Dance Event offers a few pleasant surprises and this past year Cosmic Gate was one of them. Playing the middle of the “Synergy” bill at the massive Passenger Terminal, Cosmic Gate’s Nic Chagall and DJ Bossi wowed the room with a deft mixture of ...

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Avicii: Youth Is Served

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New York City—We first connected with Avicii this past summer, while the Swedish sensation was visiting Harlem’s Stadiumred Studios to work on a track with ultra-soulful vocalist Jeremy Carr. Our interview time was brief. Studio time, after all, is money. Afterward, we caught his DJ gig at ...

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The Coffin Report

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A Generation of DJs Reminisce & Lament the Demise of the Technics SL-1200 Turntable This past October, The Tokyo Reporter broke the story that Panasonic would be halting production on the Technics SL-1200 turntable, along with an analog mixer and a pair of headphone models. After 35 years ...

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Greeting From Holland

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Amsterdam, Holland—Drawing its limit of 2,500 attendees, the 15th annual Amsterdam Dance Event—held this past Oct. 20-23 at the historic Felix Meritis Centre and the nearby Dylan Hotel—loaded its venues with delegates and left the streets along Keizersgracht teeming with activity. The show, ...

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DJ Expo Turns 20 in 2010: Show Set for Aug. 16-19 in Atlantic City

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DJ Times magazine presented its first DJ Expo in 1990. Now, 20 years later, the Expo remains the DJ industry’s best-attended, most successful trade show/exhibition. Each year, the Expo presents more than two-dozen educational seminars, an exhibit hall filled with the latest DJ, pro audio and ...

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GLOBAL STOP: CENTRAL AMERICA

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San Salvador, El Salvador—Just a week after thousands of electronic dance music enthusiasts slogged through two star-studded days of Ultra Music Fest in Miami, a party with fewer pretensions and perhaps a little more passion launched a second round of fun on the Central American isthmus. ...

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