DJ Conclave 2.0: Takeaways from Upper-Midwest Mobiles

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Bloomington, Minn.—Each year, Disc Jockey News offers an intimate conference for mobile entertainers, mostly from the upper Midwest. Led by the affable Grey Eagle, Minn.-based John Young, its DJ Conclave 2.0 returned to the Twin Cities area this past Nov. 13-15 for instructive seminars and networking opportunities. DJ Times was there to listen and catch some of the action. Here are some highlights:
The endlessly energetic Scott Faver…

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Dance.Here.Now: Sander K @ NYC’s Cielo

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The 2011 Grammy Award nominations are out and, of course, we quickly focus on the DJ/EDM-related categories. The big story for DJ culture? That’s easy—it’s Skrillex.

EDM’s breakout artist—aka Sonny Moore, age 23—was nominated for five Grammy Awards.

While that development seems to have fostered plenty of digital debate in the cyberworld—Facebook, for example, is abuzz—we think it’s all bunk. Congrats, Sonny, you deserve it. We just hope we get more than a glimpse of you on CBS’ 54th Grammy Award broadcast the evening of February 12…

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DJing Is Easy: Pt. 2 of Our Post-Moogfest Talk with James Murphy

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Asheville, N.C.—After the completion of Moogfest Oct. 30, we ran into James Murphy, one of its higher-profile performers, at the Asheville Regional Airport.
I’d just seen Murphy and former LCD Soundsystem bandmate Pat Mahoney—billed as Special Disco Version—spin a vinyl-only DJ set the night before at the….

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Our Post-Moogfest Talk with James Murphy (Pt. 1)

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Asheville, N.C.—So, after the completion of Moogfest this past weekend, we ran into James Murphy at the Asheville Regional Airport. Turns out, we were both checking into the same flight back to NYC.
The night before, I’d just seen Murphy and former LCD Soundsystem bandmate Pat Mahoney—billed as…

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Moogfest ’11: Costumed Freaks & Musical Fancy

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Asheville, N.C—Just like last year, Moogfest 2011 saw the freaks come out for Halloween weekend. The music festival and conference filled up the gorgeous Carolina town in the Blue Ridge Mountains with costumed ghouls, goblins and—in keeping with the Moogfest logo—spacemen, plus a few Deadmau5 helmets.
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