Friday Roundup: The End of DJing

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I'm pressing "publish" on this post just before boarding the plane to the BPM Show in England which starts tomorrow at 10am, and where you'll be able to join us for two free DJ seminars (and if you're not coming, keep an eye on the site for rolling news throughout the weekend from the DDJT team). Meanwhile though, here's our roundup of what's caught our eye out there in the DJ and music world this week elsewhere on the web. Have a great weekend, wherever you are!

  1. The End of DJing - A passionate article on why, in the view of DJ Zimmie, DJing is in steep decline. Do you agree? Read more
  2. DJs and Drug Education - The US is having the debate we had here in Europe when dance music (and associated drug use) exploded in the early 90s, and this DJ Tech Tools piece explores the issues sensibly Read more
  3. Numark NS7 II Unboxing - Our friends over at DJ Worx have lots of pictures of the new Numark NS7 II. Look out for our video overview from BPM, too! Read more
  4. Beginner's Guide To Using SoundCloud - Made a tune but never used SoundCloud? You're missing out on hands-down the best way to promote it! Here's a great guide to help you get going, from Hypebot Read more

Is DJing dead? What are your views on the DJ's role in the drug use/abuse debate? What would you like us to cover at BPM? And what are your experiences on SoundCloud? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Chuck Lufkin says:

    I found the first link a very good read, but I disagree with his comments on iPad djing. If one has the skills to beat match and can use CDJs and vinyl as well, then it would be fine. They are certainly better than laptops as they have a touch based interface. Now that the S4 works with Traktor DJ, there will be an increasing number of iPad DJs. Let's just hope club owners can distinguish between people who just hit the sync button and those who know what they are doing.

  2. Read the first and I do agree in so many ways. undercutting is a big problem in my country. When I first started DJ'ing back in the 80's I would get around $150 a night fast forward to today I get between $180 and $200 a night depending on where I play that is about $1 raise a year :( and yes most DJ sound the same getting the latest beatport top 100 and you set to go. I've seen it all DJ's with VDJ on auto mix. pre mixes downloaded from the net. 1 minute of train wreak mixing on almost every mix. people leaving because of no clue of song choice.

  3. The death of DJing? Whatever you call it, human beings will always seek entertainment. If you don't want to call them a DJ, call them an entertainer, because that's what they're doing... and that shouldn't be forgotten. Sure, there are a lot of people who simply do not care if something is good or bad, but if YOU care about something that's what matters.

    I'd rather play to a club of under 50 and everyone loving what I'm playing than a club of over 2000 and people just not giving '2 shoots' if I was live or Memorex (obscure '80s reference).

    I think the problem here is that a lot of low-talent people believe themselves to be much more talented than they really are because they have a machine helping them get there... and it's just their dirty little secret, combined with the fact there is no self-regulation. If you see someone cheating, call it out and publicly shame the person if they cannot show they have the skills necessary to be the star of the show (be prepared to eat those words and show love if they actually have the skills though).

    I'm not talking about a Mafia/Cabal that takes over and tells people who can and who cannot perform, but I am talking about calling people out who "choose to cruise"... taking the easy way out of things and expecting glory (and everything that goes with it) simply because someone decided they could play a couple of tunes and fake it.

    If you're going to do something for stardom, why do it half-way? Why not go as much as you can, as hard as you can, for as long as you can? Why not be a paragon in your community? At least when the trip is over you'll know that it was your flat, level, best.

    I think the article mainly laments the change from way things were.

    There is always room at the top for top quality... remember that.

  4. end of djing... very good article and alot of it i can relate to but i do think that its relates more to the pop dj than underground one. In the underground people are alot more passionate about there music and the djs that get paid the big money can rock a crowd. In the pop disco world its the price of equipment falling that ruined it cau any clown that pays a couple of hundred pounds for a mixer and software can walk in a bar and dj... they in alot of cases dont even like the music so they play all the top 40 hits and a few requests. If you had to pay a few grand then there alot more passion required and with that the love and knowledge of the music... this is only a fraction of the problem thou... another major one would be manafactured bands/artists... were music is no longer a inspired thing it has become a machine... meaning pop music has little to no shelf life... boooom

  5. Isaac Brown says:

    When are you going to do the drawing for the winners of the Native Instruments giveaway?

  6. To the first article:

    "Oh dear. I think I know what this is. You see Stan, as you get older, things that you used to like start looking and sounding like shit. And things that seemed shitty as a child don't seem as shitty. With you, somehow, the wires have gotten crossed and everything looks and sounds like shit to you. It's a condition called "being a cynical asshole."

    • Oh come now, he could just be suffering from "Burn Out" (which is probably likely). We all love playing music here, we all like the idea of playing out. The fact that it costs less means there will be more crap out there, but there will be a few more good things too, if for no other reason than it costs less and price alone detracts someone from entering this realm to begin with. I think "Epic parties" happened as a function of not a lot of people having the gear to play to crowds. Now that there's more gear out there, we'll start seeing regional tastes develop and (by trial and error) we'll see some good acts (everywhere) begin to emerge.

      I like your humor BTW.

  7. So another "The death of DJing" article? I guess the three months are over already.

    (Not saying he's completely wrong, but people are declaring the death of DJing or dance music since the early 90s for one reason or another and to me it looks like it'S still going strong.)

  8. In regards to #2:

    A DJ isn't responsible in any way shape or form for drug education. The DJ's job is to DJ. Making it into the "DJ's responsibility" (even in spirit) is a great way for the DJ to get in trouble when someone does more drugs than they should at an event and winds up in jail or a morgue.

    The person responsible for drug education is the person using the illicit substance. If they aren't sure of what it does or how much of it to put in their body then they shouldn't be doing it.

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