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

Of the Top 5 digital downloads in the history of recorded music, two have made appearances at the DJ Expo. 1. The Black Eyed Peas: “I Gotta Feeling,” 6,049,000. #1 for 14 weeks, beginning in July 2009. 2. Flo Rida … Continue reading

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Map the Road to Remixer Riches–at DJ Expo

As far as metrics for success go, is there any greater thrill than a DJ spinning his own remix in front of 10,000 people? Tough to top, sure, but the dream can be reality. Find out how you can negotiate … Continue reading

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Posner Tops iTunes Chart, Next Stop: DJ Expo

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

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If Only Jet Blue’s Slater Dealt Exclusively with DJs

Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who popped a circuit and generated national empathy (we like the fact that he grabbed two beers before hitting the chute), might be the hero of the moment to millions of dissatisfied employees, … Continue reading

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Shiftee’s “Best DJ” Campaign…

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

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Tips from The DJ Closer–at DJ Expo

Colleagues call DJ Jason Canaan “The Closer.” Who can forget the closer? The Alec Baldwin character from Glengarry Glen Ross, who carpet-bombed the sales team of Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, and Ed Harris, colorfully opining about their lack of sales … Continue reading

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

How does one, exactly, qualify as cooler than Mike Posner? J Records signed the 22-year-old to a record deal based on a mix tape he made in his college dorm room, before his senior year, at Duke. Would Coach K … Continue reading

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Do You Want Out of the “Commodity Trap”? Here’s How

For many DJs, price is more of an issue than ever. And so it is for DJ Paul Evans, who offers a solution: DJs who generate positive reviews and unique offerings can nonetheless do well, even in a sluggish economy. … Continue reading

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Do Your Tracks Ooze Eno?

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

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How to Avoid a Deadmau5-like Collapse

What to make of Deadmau5 collapsing on Friday night while onstage at the 9:30 club? After being taken to the hospital and being advised to cancel nine dates of his summer tour, a look back through his tweets is telling. … Continue reading

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