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I’ll cut to the chase: I am not an EDM DJ. I know next to nothing about that scene, or that music. I am aware that what used to be called house music, or even simply electronic music, has now been subdivided into dozens, maybe hundreds, of categories, but I can’t tell progressive house from […]

For many years I’ve been teaching people how to DJ, and there is only one topic that I’ve never found a way to explicitly teach. I use diagrams, sound bites, hands-on demonstration, and verbal explanation to convey every topic or technique that a DJ needs to know, save one: I’ve never been able to come […]

A name that is not often mentioned when discussing the birth of modern DJ’ing is Walter Gibbons, though he made two important contributions to the world of DJ’ing: the 12″ single, and looping breaks live with two copies of a record. Gibbons’ re-edit of Double Exposure’s disco hit “Ten Percent” was the first 12″ single […]

An unheralded advantage to pulling tracks from a properly managed record pool is having access to quantized versions of classic dance tracks. If you mix only modern electronic or hip hop music, just about everything you play likely comes already quantized. It was made on a computer, and even if the producer opted to swing […]

One day I will be able to write a blog post without commenting on what a strange time it has been for DJs. But today is not that day! Depending on where you are reading this from, you’ve most likely had some form of lockdown for at least some of this year, or at the […]

One of the most significant dates in the DJ calendar (along with the 12th of October, or the 10th of December, depending on how you do your calendar for 1210…) is the 8th of August – 8/08 Why is that? Because one of the foundational instruments of modern music is the Roland TR-808 drum machine, […]

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