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Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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Music Monday: Listen to Developer’s SlamRadio 223 Mix

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Let’s start Monday with a bang! Up next for this week’s recommendation we have Los Angeles-based Developer.

One of the few remaining artists from LA’s 90’s techno scene, Developer has decades of experience and is now label head of his very own Modularz. The label features productions and remixes from some of his early counterparts in Los Angeles as well as established and emerging talents from around the world.

While mixing, he incorporates computers, controllers, and his extensive library of techno and house-influenced tracks to create pounding and thrilling rhythms.

In this guest mix for SlamRadio he features techno tracks by Ricardo Garduno, Jeroen Search, and The Plant Worker.

Enjoy!

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How To Promote Yourself As A DJ In Your Local Market

 

Imagine how many DJs are out there right now wanting the same things that you want? How many hardworking musicians are competing just to get recognition and be known both in their local market and globally? There are a lot, as a matter of fact there are more than you may even imagine. So what makes you standout? How are you able to promote yourself as a DJ in your local market?

Well, it takes more than just great talent to stand out and get noticed in the music business these days. That is why in order to be successful, it is important for you to know that no matter how great you are, you need to be able to come up with a substantial and steadfast marketing strategy.

Here are some techniques to help you efficiently promote yourself as a DJ in your local market:

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25 Essential Clubbing Destinations for House and Techno in Asia

Whether you are a tourist looking for a way to enjoy your weekend or a local who doesn’t know where to go, we’ve summed up twenty essential clubbing destinations for house and Techno in Asia that you should check out if you happen to be in the right city.

We have arranged them by country in alphabetical order, making this an easy guide for you to refer to any time you find yourself looking for good quality house and techno in the Asian continent.

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Best New Year’s Eve Parties of 2016

Planning on where and how you and your friends can spend New Year’s Eve can be pretty challenging, so we have decided to pick some of the best NYE parties in the United States, giving you options and recommendations on on how to start your 2017 with a bang. We have listed them in alphabetical order by city:

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10 Of The Best DJ Groups In Underground Dance Music

Two heads are certainly better than one, and the dance music circuit is surely no stranger to duos and trios who work great together both inside the studio and out in front of a crowd.

We decided to scour the vast selection of underground dance music acts to list 10 of the best DJ groups in the industry, listed below in alphabetical order:

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Music Monday: Wake Up with Beesmunt Soundsystem

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It’s been a rather cold weekend across the States, so to warm you up this Monday morning we have music from Beesmunt Soundsystem to get your body moving and into the right spirit for the week.

David and Luigi are childhood friends (how lucky?) who grew up experimenting with different types of sounds and eventually formed Beesmunt Soundsystem in 2008. Fast forward to today, they are known for their fun and groovy sound.

Listen here:

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Bon Iver Played a Techno Set in Berlin Over the Weekend [Videos]

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Bon Iver and techno? The pairing shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been following the American indie folk band’s recent exploits.

In fact, the group’s latest album, 22, A Million, was heavily influenced by a Roland synthesizer, as the band’s multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Justin Vernon told the world last month. Their love for the sound went a step further during last weekend’s Michelberg Music a two-day music and visual arts event Vernon himself collaborated on alongside the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner and the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin.

On the first day of the event the singer linked up with members of the Teenage Engineering team, who created the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer used in Bon Iver‘s last album, to perform a special live techno and house set.

Watch videos of the performance below.

 

🎉 w/ Bon Iver . Byrdinamnam & Friends

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Michelberger Festival @ Funkhaus… #nameless #raw

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Friday Night: Your 6AM Party Choices for September 30th, 2016

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Every Thursday we scour the complete list of nightlife options in the United States to curate a selection of must-do party choices for your Friday night.

SEPTEMBER 30th 2016

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San Diego: Official CRSSD Pre-Party ft. Lee Burridge – Bang Bang

Kickstart CRSSD’s Fall 2016 weekend in San Diego with a special pre-party featuring All Day I Dream boss Lee Burridge and his signature brand of melodic, psychedelic deep house music. Hosted at Bang Bang in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, the party will be the ideal way to begin the two-day festival weekend that takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Official FB Event // Tickets: $20

10pm – 2am at Bang Bang
526 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101

 

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Washington D.C.: Focus ft. Scuba – Flash

Hotflush chief Paul Rose, aka Scuba, returns to the United States for a special Friday night show at Flash that begins a thirty-plus tour to promote release of fabric 90. Expect to hear the kind of melancholic and bottom-heavy techno flavors that have characterized his imprint’s most-recent releases. On direct support attendees will be listening to sets by D.C.’s very own Schubert (Sci-Tec) and Baltimore’s Feroun, while at the bar downstairs music will be provided by DJ Aakmael Unxpozd, DJ Nav and Charles Martin.

Official FB Event // Tickets: $16

8pm – 4am at Flash
645 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 

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Miami: Link Miami Rebels ft. Mathew Jonson (Live) and Derek Plaslaiko – Trade

Tomorrow night Trade Miami will be hosting one of the most exciting lineups of the weekend. A Vancouver born master of production and live performance meets one of Detroit’s best DJs on a Friday night dedicated to music lovers & seekers. Opening duties for the night belong to Miami’s own ThunderPony.

Official FB Event // Tickets: $10

11pm – 5am at Trade
1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

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Brooklyn: Sublimate & Ruse Labs Present Hunee – TBA

On Friday night New York City will be welcoming Hunee for a true intimate night in a TBA setting.  A member of the esteemed Rush Hour label, Hunee has been making waves in the dance music circuit thanks to his brand of rhythmically playful and super-soul infused house music, coupled with his ability to slay dance floors worlwide as a DJ. In true family fashion John Barera and Will Martin are the night’s special guests. Other music will come courtesy of Chung & Sagotsky and Turtle Bugg. RSVP to NYCSublimate@gmail.com for the secret location information.

Official FB Event // Tickets: $30

11pm – 11am at TBA, Brooklyn

 

Audion Live Sonar

Chicago: Audion (Live) – Spybar

This Friday Matthew Dear will be bringing his Audion live show to Spybar, complete with full audio/visual set-up. No stranger to the Windy City, the Detroit-born producer will be showcasing the techno-focused sounds of his alter-ego in a club setting for the first time in years. Expect to hear tracks from his recently-released Alpha, his first LP under the moniker in 10 years.

Official FB Event // RSVP

10pm – 4am at Spybar
646 N Franklin St; Chicago, IL 60654

 

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Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) Announces Full 2016 Programme

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This year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has now announced its complete program for this coming October, with well over 2,200 artists, 450 announced conference speakers and an astounding 140 participating venues.

There is absolutely no doubt, with these figures and the quality of artists participating, that ADE is the world’s biggest dance music club festival as well as the leading business and conference platform for the electronic music industry. To celebrate their 21st anniversary since its inception back in 1996, ADE is expecting a record breaking 375.000 attendees from all corners of the globe.

The beauty of ADE is on its focus on a wide spectrum of electronic sub-genres, turning the picturesque city of Amsterdam into one of the busiest and most awe-inspiring clubbing destinations in the world. The city’s most revered nightlife and music venues are involved with the extended weekend of festivities, including Melkweg, Paradiso, Westergasfabriek, the Concertgebouw, Heineken Music Hall, Ziggodome and NDSM Wharf, and the city’s newest hotspots Claire, De School and Shelter.

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The names added today to the already extensive lineup include Afrojack, Anja Schneider, Antal, Armin van Buuren, Boddika, Breach, Danny Daze, Dimitri from Paris, DJ Stingray 313, Eats Everything, Erick Morillo, Floating Points, Four Tet, Heidi, HVOB, I-F, Job Jobse, Legowelt, Martin Solveig, Matthew Dear, Modeselektor, Moodymann, Oliver Heldens, Philip Glass, The Hacker, Todd Terry, Tom Trago ,Voices From The Lake, and Yellow Claw and Young Marco.

Below is just a selection of top-tier DJs, live acts and artists scheduled to play between October 19th and 23rd. Check out ADE’s website for the full roster

Adam Beyer (SE), Afrojack (NL), Anja Schneider (DE), Antal (NL), Armin van Buuren (NL), Axwell Λ Ingrosso (SE), Baris K (TR), Beautiful Swimmers (US), Ben UFO (GB), Benji B (GB), Boddika (GB), Breach (GB), Carl Craig (US), Craig David (GB), Danny Daze (US), Dash Berlin (NL), David Guetta (FR), Dave Clarke (GB), De Sluwe Vos (NL), Dekmantel Soundsystem (NL), DJ Harvey (GB), Dimitri from Paris (FR), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (BE), Dixon (DE), DJ Stingray 313 (US), DVBBS (CA), Eats Everything (GB), Ellen Allien (DE), Floating Points (GB), Four Tet (GB), Francesco Tristano (ES), George FitzGerald (GB), Gilles Peterson (GB), Goldfish (ZA), Guti (AR), Guy J (IL), Hardwell (NL), Heidi (CA), HVOB (DE), Hunee (DE), I-F (NL), Jackmaster (GB), Jeff Mills (US), Job Jobse (NL), Joost van Bellen (NL), Joris Voorn (NL), Kölsch (DK), Laurie Anderson (US), Legowelt (NL), Lunice (CA), Martin Garrix (NL), Martin Solveig (FR), Matthew Dear (US), Matthew Herbert (GB), Maya Jane Coles (GB), Modeselektor (DE), Moodymann (US), Monika Kruse (DE), Nicole Moudaber (GB), Octave One (US), Palms Trax (DE), Philip Glass (US), Radio Slave (GB), Rebekah (GB), Redshape (DE), Richie Hawtin (CA), Sam Feldt (NL), Seth Troxler (US), Showtek (NL), Sidney Samson (NL), Skepta (GB), Stefano Noferini (IT), Sven Väth (DE), Subp Yao (NL), Tale of Us (IT), Teebs (US), The Hacker (FR), Tiësto (NL), Tiga (CA), Todd Terry (US), Tom Swoon (PL), Tom Trago (NL), Valentino Khan (US), Vic Crezee (NL), Voices From The Lake (IT), W&W (NL), Wiwek (NL), Yellow Claw (NL) and Young Marco (NL).

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The conference itself will be divided into nine separately themed programs, covering every aspect of today’s dance music industry with focus on business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers. Further, the program has been organized so that it features, “in-depth expertise and insight into the harder and urban music genres, the connection between dance & brands, the relationship between music and technology, and sustainable, ecologically responsible practices for the global dance music industry.”

Some of today’s announced speakers include Joris Voorn (NL), Laurie Anderson (US), Philip Glass (US) and Nicky Romero (NL), plus Rob Newlan (GB, EMEA director Facebook Creative Shop) and Matthew Ogle (GB, creator Discover Weekly Spotify). They join a selection of already announced speakers for a total of 450 scheduled talkers. Visit the ADE conference programme for the full list and schedule.

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