Digital DJing

Articles on digital DJing topics ranging from mp3 management to DJ software.

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Algoriddim Unveils the New djay App for iOS

December 16, 2018 by Mobile Beat
The Next Generation of the Apple Design Award Winning App djay for iOS is now free, Offering Enhanced Spotify Integration, and New Optional Pro Features Including Music Production Tools, Live Video Remixing, and More. MUNICH, Germany, December 12, 2018 – Algoriddim, winner of multiple Apple Design Awards for its acclaimed music apps, today released an all-new unified djay for iOS that builds on eight years of industry leading DJ technology for mobile platforms. Available as a free download on the App Store, this new version provides everything users need to get started with DJing. Using their Spotify Premium account, users get instant access to mix millions of songs right from within djay. In addition, djay introduces a new live performance audio and video looper, beat-matched sequencing of drums and sa... [read more]
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Cyber Monday – 3 Items That Will Improve Your DJ Skills

November 25, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Now that you've recovered from the orgy of food on Thanksgiving Day and survived the malls on Black Friday; it's time to set your sights on Cyber Monday. Arguably the busiest shopping day of the year. Most of us are probably hunting for specials on audio and lighting. Those shiny new pieces of equipment meant to dazzle our clients and make us look like the best DJ in the world. Don't be distracted by the squirrels! Invest in something that will last you longer than a fifty foot XLR cable or new LED bar. Your education. What new training manuals, books or DVDs are you planning on getting to improve your knowledge and skill as a DJ? Did that thought even cross your mind? I've put together a list of three training tools you should definitely add to your library this holiday season.   read more]
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What I Learned At Aliencon

November 16, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
I've always been fascinated by shows like Ancient Aliens, Oak Island and Expedition Unknown. These shows demonstrate that history isn't written in stone and the world is still full of wonder and new discoveries. When I found out that Aliencon was coming to the east coast I just had to go. Luckily, my 50th birthday was in September and my wife got me a Gold Pass as a birthday present (she's a keeper). I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived. Would the convention be about exploring new ideas and learning about new discoveries? Would it be a big tin foil hat parade? Fortunately it was more about the former and less about the latter; although ... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: How Much Should You Charge to DJ New Year’s Eve Events?

November 13, 2018 by Jason Rubio
A question that often comes up is "how much should I charge for New Year's Eve gigs?" This is a very common question, and not a question that is easy to answer. The real answer is, it ultimately depends on you and how much you want to charge. A lot of DJs that are brand new will DJ for next to nothing, just to get gigs and get their name out there. I get it, you've got to get your name out there to get more experience, but to be honest, doing gigs for next to nothing gets old, very quickly. We've all been there at one point, but my advice is, don't stay there. Walmart has made a huge business out of being the lowest priced option. Everyone knows that you can save money buying from Walmart, but now, even Walmart is suffering since someone beat them at their own game. Ever heard of Amazon? :) These business... [read more]
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If You Book It, You Own It

November 7, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
No one likes to be taken advantage of, right? Have you ever booked a gig only to have the client want to change what is expected without changing the price? How often have you received these messages: "We're extending the event an hour, you don't mind staying do you?" Or "Do you mind bringing microphones and sound for the musicians?" How do you handle a repeat client that suddenly wants to rearrange their event but pay the same price as last year? Many of us fail miserably in these situations due to one simple error. Lack of ownership. I still get surprised by how many DJ's do not complete an in depth contract with their clients for each event. I re... [read more]
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DJ Spen And Genesis Jones New Music

October 23, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
This month I interviewed House legend Sean Spencer (DJ SPEN) about Hip Hop, House, Gospel and his new track "Love Sensation".  Growing up in Baltimore Sean started spinning in the early 1980's at age 13. By the time he was twenty, Sean had already been in several groups, released a few albums and recorded the original version of the hit " Girl You Know it's True". He currently owns several record labels including Spiritually Sound and Quantize. Look for my full interview with Sean in Mobile Beat Magazine and check out his new track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld5sKxIv5y4   Next month look for my interview with rising po... [read more]
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Why We Fail As An Industry

October 18, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
It's no secret that everybody's a DJ, right? Every event we do someone has to come up and tell us that their brother, cousin, dentist, barber, carpenter, mechanic, aunt, lawn care guy or neighbor is a DJ. It's what people do to make some side cash. No training needed, just a Spotify account, disco ball and a system from "DJ in a Box". Being a DJ isn't a "real" job, right? It's not like you need a degree or certificate or something like that. ANY-body can do it. Maybe I'm over generalizing here, but we do have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the microphone. Case in point, about five months ago a video started to make the rounds from a "veteran... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: 6 Tips for Being a Great Master of Ceremonies (MC)

September 6, 2018 by Jason Rubio
What is an MC? Ask any DJ and you'll get a variety of answers. First, let's start with what an "MC" even means. Some will say it's for a "Master of Ceremonies," others may say "Mic Controller," and others may say "Mic Chief." In a way, these are all correct. For me, however, I believe an MC is a Master of Ceremonies. An MC is not only a host, but also controls the event flow and timeline. Yes, a coordinator may be present, and you may have the timeline, ahead of time, but it is up to the DJ/MC to ensure that the event flows as the client wants it to, especially if there is not a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator, present. So do all DJs also serve as an MC? It depends on the DJ or DJ company. Some DJs will say "I don't MC" and I don't make any announcements, at all." This is quite surprising to me, as a... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Serato Itch Running Serato Video.

August 2, 2018 by DJ Jay
I just wanted to show this real quick, I am using, see up there, ITCH and I'm just playing some tracks and as you can see up here, I have the record DJ facts sampler and if you weren't aware, I just want to show you a video. So here is Video-SL in ITCH. So as you see, I'm now running video in ITCH. So if you have an ITCH controller, you have ITCH, you can run Video-SL or as I believe it's now being called Serato Video. So just wanted to show you that real quick. I'll do some tutorials down the road, but just wanted to show you. It is now possible, if you haven't already seen it, to run video on your ITCH controller. Kind of a game changer if you've got video and you were thinking about going into it and you already have a controller similar to this one. So DJ Jay just showing you real quick the Video-SL or ag... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Considering Quinceaneras

August 1, 2018 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to DJing, not all DJ gigs are the same. I'm pretty sure you're already aware of the huge differences in pay and expectations between club/bar DJs and wedding & private event DJs. Bars versus private events are literally night and day! Today, I want to discuss a private event that is similar to a wedding, in many ways, which are Quinceaneras. First of all, you may not be aware of what a Quinceanera even is. Basically, it's a special celebration for when a girl (usually of Latino or Hispanic origin) turns 15 years old. There are ceremonies that take place, a church mass (usually Catholic), and of course a fun party with dinner and music! That's where a DJ comes in! If you want more details about the ceremonies of a Quinceanera, check out my article What is a Quinceanera? So now you may ... [read more]