In Episode 29, after adding to the chatter in the DJ community about the new gear announcements coming out of NAMM 2016, we go into a deeper discussion about some of the qualities and traits we specifically identify with DJs that make them more noticeable, memorable, and unique.

The basic question we are trying to answer is, “What is the quality in a DJ that can cause me to appreciate them, even if it's a musical style that I'm not normally interested in?” David, Tony, and Trip each pick out two standout traits, and we spend a few moments talking about each:

  • David: Subtlety, Context
  • Tony: Artistry, Technical Skill
  • Trip: Track Selection, Stage Presence

Before we get into the deep stuff, we talk about a few new hardware announcements, fresh from NAMM:

  • The Denon MCX8000, a new hardware/software controller offering complete command of Serato DJ and Denon's “ground-breaking Engine technology” in one instrument – without a computer.
  • The Smithson Martin KS32 MIDI Controller, a fast-response, full HD spec, 32″ wide flatscreen controller which is fully customizable to your needs, and will release in the next few months for US $2,499.

Songs mentioned in this episode include:

War – Slippin' Into Darkness (Armand Van Heldon Remix)

Plastikman (Ritchie Hawtin) – Spastik

Sasha & John Digweed – Renaissance


Saul Williams – Twice the First Time

Dom & Roland – Can't Punish Me