Back in January of 2015, house music legend Lil Louis was hospitalized in Manchester after suffering a career-altering blow: an injury which has left him with permanent hearing loss.
This came right on the cusp of Lil Louis’ release of his self-proclaimed “best album of [his] life”. Someone apparently wandered into the booth and set off a CO2 cannon next to him, without notice, causing the injury. As a DJ, it’s hard not to feel empathy for his situation.
There’s no shortage of experienced DJs that hate the digital age. This is often attributed to the whole “barrier of entry” thing (i.e. – “nowadays, anyone can grab a controller and call themselves a DJ”). But there’s actually more to it than that. It’s that DJing means something entirely different to one person vs. the next. LCD screens, beatgrids, MIDI maps… why do you need all that?
If you’re a DJ who is not chasing a great musical experience for his or her audience, I’m not sure what to tell you.
If you’re truly a passionate music fan, you already know which qualities to pursue. These qualities present themselves whenever you get the shivers, or get a huge smile painted on your face, when you experience your own musical moment.
The digital revolution has been constantly flipping the music industry on its head for years now, and what could be viewed as the most accessible way for new artists to share their craft is often formed into an excuse which explains their lack of success as a musician/DJ.
(Guest Contribution) As the founder of Brand Me Silly, a writer for DJ Mag Canada, and radio host of The Basement Sessions, I have a lot of opportunities to work with great artists. Unfortunately, many artists find themselves short of their requirements: too little, too late.
Many artists are entirely misguided on things as simple as updating social media accounts, how to properly operate their own gear, and their understanding of the mental game.
(Guest Contribution) Some of my best memories: playing house music as the sun set over festivalgoers in the beautiful Canadian wilderness. Vibing with thousands to sounds of Luciano, Jamie Jones and Derrick Carter at a UK festival.
There is something about house music that causes some sort of spark to go off inside. Something that causes this music to resonate strongly with people, something that gives it so much substance and soul.
And I’ll be the first to admit that it is difficult to put in words why this music has so much meaning.
The problem with underground music, is that people often more obsessed with the idea of it being underground or exclusive, instead of good or innovative.
Music is an art form whose medium is sound. This art form serves to entertain, educate, uplift, console, empower, bring clarity, and so-on. But like any art form, there is often a self-proclaimed elite.
At what point are we more concerned with the idea of elitism, than the quality of one’s work?
Some love it and some hate it, but either way, the iPad is gaining traction as a viable DJing platform. It makes sense; all the time, tablets are getting more computer-like while computers are getting more tablet-like. But this is still a bit of an unexplored frontier for many DJs. What are the options? Are there decent controllers for iPad DJing, or are they all plasticky toys? To help answer this, I’ve done the research in order to present to […]
An ever-increasing amount of people are buying vinyl records these days. What some considered to be a quick, passing fad has turned out to be a long-term trend. In fact, sales hit a record 6.1 million units last year… in the US alone. This resurgence has been present, and upwardly-trending, since 2006… and in 2007, an annual day dedicated to record stores was founded. While vinyl still only encompasses a little over 2% of the music market share, overall, records […]
Updated January 24, 2018 The Story Mix Project was a six-week video series I produced back in 2014, in the early days of Passionate DJ. The idea was to document the construction of a studio mix, which told a literal story, through its music. The idea was borne out of an earlier project I had completed, called Zombie Hotel. It was a fun excursion for me, because I took a very different approach than what I was used to as […]