One of my DJ friends is getting married today – and I’m doing the DJing. Oh, and what’s more, he also DJed at my own wedding a little time back. No pressure there, then! To be honest I’m really looking forward to it, not least because I can’t wait to drop Daft Punk’s One More Time over a loud PA (I never tire of that breakdown).
Meanwhile, though, we’ve got some great reading from around the web to share with you, from a clubbing crackdown in Japan, to a whole load of tips for collecting music in an age of abundance, to a rant against paying for DJ training. You may or may not not agree with all some of these posts have to say, but they’re definitely thought provoking.
- Modern listening: How do you keep track of music you like or still need to check out? – A great discussion on the Drowned In Sound forum about music discovery systems in this age of musical abundance. It’s a great subject for DJs, and there are some excellent ideas here about how to keep up with the huge stream of new music out there. Read more
- Japan’s clubbing crackdown: don’t stop the dance – Those of us who lived through the 1991 dance crackdown in the UK will see a definite parallel with what’s happening in Japan at the moment, described in this article from The Guardian. The question, though, is this: Is there likely to be an EDM crackdown by the authorities stateside at any point? Read more
- DJ schools and other scams – The reliably opinionated Not Your Jukebox site offers an opinion on DJ schools (the title gives away what that opinion is). It’s an interesting debate. Is DJing something that actually needs to be taught, or should you work it out for yourself? We’d love to know what you think… Read more
So – Is it possible to effectively teach DJing? Has there been a clubbing crackdown where you are? And how do you deal with the ever-increasing barrage of new music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s stories in the comments.
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