May 21st, 2013
by Andre Shenoi
mp3Tag for Windows is a powerful utility to let you perform all kinds of bulk actions on your musics’ tags.
In An Essential Guide To Organising Your Music Library (which was part four of this occasional series looking at ways of better organising your DJ music collection), we considered how we might like to classify the tracks and tags. My last stage of music library organisation is choosing the right tools and workflow to go from “download to deck-load”, which is what we’re going to look at today.
Before we get going, I’d like to stress once again that these are guidelines and not rules: They’re here to help empower youself to make your own choices. Ultimately, the important thing is to do what works for you!
May 20th, 2013
News & Opinion
Ever wondered how the big DJs perform such effortless, great sounding acapella mixes? We blow the lid on it in this new course, that’ll show you exactly how to find and perform killer acapella mixes yourself.
In just a few days’ time, we’ll be opening up our brand new video training course – The Acapella Mixing Masterclass. Designed to teach digital DJs how to mix properly with acapellas, it’s a valuable addition to our range of premium DJ training, and we’re really excited about bringing it to you.
It actually won’t be on public sale for several weeks yet. But for a limited time, we’re going to make it available privately to you, our site members – and at a huge discount of 45% on the public launch price. So watch your inbox for details of how you can grab your copy – and if you’re not on our mailing list, sign up now.
May 19th, 2013
What’s the best way to carve up your time if you’re a DJ who also produces (or a DJ/promoter, or a DJ with a full-time unconnected job)?
Digital DJ Tips reader Mathieu writes: “I actually produce house music (funky /disco house) as a ‘full-time job’. While it takes a lot of effort to do this alongside finding places to get gigs, things seems to be going well because I’ve managed to get some gigs in bars. But it’s still very hard and requires a lot of phone calls and/or unanswered emails and so on.
“So my problem is that I don’t really know on what I need to be focusing! Music production or DJ gigs? (I like both but promoting is really time-consuming.) Should I be looking to team up with a promoter to help?”
May 18th, 2013
How much to charge for your DJing services varies massively from place to place, but there are some basic rules…
Digital DJ Tips reader Eijah writes: “My plan in DJing is to reach the stage where I’ve made a name for myself in my region, and I’m working really hard towards that goal by reading and taking notes on everything I can find here and elsewhere.
“I plan to play my first gig in August. I will have my PA system in May and I plan on getting the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 and a PA mixer over the early summer by working summer jobs. My question is, for my first few gigs, how much should I charge hourly? Thanks for all the help!”
May 17th, 2013
News & Opinion
Disco innovator, prolific producer, and collaborator with Donna Summer on the seminal ‘I Feel Love’, Giorgio Moroder is now turning his hand to DJing…
This week we’ve been flat-out finishing to our new video course, the Acapella Mixing Masterclass, which will get you from scared/avoidance of acapellas to confidently using them like a pro in your DJ sets!
More about that soon (we’re really excited about this one!), but for now, here are the articles from around the web that we’ve found ourselves going back to and talking about the most this last week.
May 16th, 2013
News & Opinion
Should our reader take the leap to digital DJing, even though she seems to be happy using CDJs, just because DJs around here are all digital?
Today we have got a DJ, Mikey, who’s achieved some success already doing things on her own terms but who’s struggling with the whole concept of “going digital”. I could reel off the pros and cons as I see them, but I thought it’d be more useful for you, our readers, to hear her story and share your own thoughts in order to help her. Did you made the switch to digital while mid-career? Why? And how did you find it? Here’s what she has to say:
“I have been so obsessed with music my whole life, been making mixtapes since I was nine. I’ve been playing instruments since I was 11 and became a sound engineer when I was 16. I have been a DJ (paid) for around two years now. I’m a 33 woman. I’m in such a weird position at the moment. Up until this week, I had never used a laptop to DJ.