Can a NYC House Music Transplant Make it in Texas?

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DJ Sebastian Marquez from Dallas has some advice for anyone without a passion for music: don’t get started in DJing.

“Network and surround yourself with positive, creative people,” Marquez says. “My logo was designed by a talented young man of 15-years old who also happens to be my cousin, and my wife has an incredible marketing brain that I rely heavily on.

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Moogfest Adds Moby and Amon Tobin to Lineup

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Moogfest 2011, AC Entertainment’s annual festival of electronic music, celebrating the innovative spirit of Bob Moog, has announced an expanded lineup. Moby, performing with a full band, and Amon Tobin, will grace the occasion. Also: ISAM Live, Dan Deacon, Kode9, The Antlers, Atlas Sound, Glasser, Beak> (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), Stickmen, Lunzproject, and Wham City Comedy Tour will now join the lineup.

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Road Report: Braving T-Storms or Flat Beer, ABDJ Marches On

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The America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ is nothing if not intrepid. We’ve endured 8-hour airport delays, hotel cancellations, unreasonable hotel managers, intrusive hotel maids, stifling humidity, certifiably loony fans, flat tires and flat beer, but this past weekend offered up a new challenge—good ol’ Southern T-storms.

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Cheb i Sabbah Needs You

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Recently, musical pioneer Cheb i Sabbah was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer. He was advised that the cancer was spreading to his liver and left lung. Without immediate and proper treatment, the prognosis is grim. We here at DJ Times consider Cheb I Sabbah a friend, and when we heard the phrase “weeks maybe months,” a lump formed in our collective throat. But wait, it gets worse.

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Controllerists Battle for Control of West Coast Championship

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The first-ever West Coast Championship Controller Battle takes place in San Francisco this Saturday, June 25th, and controller designers Novation will be showing their support. Do you have what it takes?

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Midweek Mania: Avicii Rocks Foxwoods

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Mashantucket, Conn.—Picture this: You’re dancing in a decidedly upscale room among a group of beautiful people dressed in tighter, more expensive clothes than you thought possible, roped off from the rest of the cattle and sipping expensive bottles of champagne delivered with sparks flying from the affixed firework.

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ABDJ Leaves The Left Coast, Drops Down to The ATL

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Los Angeles—Driving down Santa Monica Boulevard this past weekend, it was hard not to be seduced by the surroundings—y’know, 70-degrees, convertibles cruising, pedestrians rocking shorts-n-flip-flops. At some point, I began humming that famous Randy Newman song:

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Apps that Change your DJ Business

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When it comes to iPhone apps, Tim Raley of Kre8shuns Mobile DJ Service in Georgia says he uses Soundhound nearly every day.

“It’s very similar to Shazam, except I’m not limited to only five free songs per month,” he explains. “Even though I may know a song I hear on the radio, this app helps me remember it for much later after I get home.”

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Bass in Your Face in B’more, Double Duty in LA

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left; height: 170px; padding: 0 10px 50px 0; width: 119px;" />Whew—another wild weekend went in the books for the America’s Best DJ competition. And the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ hit two more major markets.

In Baltimore last week, it was 16 full hours of bass in your face at Starscape.

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Eclectic Method: “The best advice Brian Eno ever gave us.”

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left; height: 117px; padding: 0 10px 50px 0; width: 175px;" />Eclectic Method—Ian Edgar and Jonny Wilson—have built up from a touring club anomaly in 2003 to a multimedia production house as comfortable working with Chuck D on the single “Outta Sight” as they are crafting content for Evian’s “Think Young” campaign. EM’s Jonny Wilson recalls a pivotal conversation he had with his former boss Brian Eno when he was starting out as a sound engineer.

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