Friday Roundup: So What's YOUR Excuse For Not DJing?

Disabled DJs

Our top reading suggestion today is an article about two DJs who, despite their disabilities, have taken up the art to pursue their DJing passion. Robbie Wilde, pictured here, is one of them...

In this week's Friday Roundup, check out some DJs who prove disabilities mean nothing when you're chasing your dream; learn why DJing is all about taking risks and pushing yourself harder to get better; and a chance to get some music production fundamentals down. All these and more in our weekly roundup of the best from around the DJ web. Work officially stops now, folks!

  1. Two Inspiring Stories On DJs With Disabilities - These two DJs - featured over on DJ Tech Tools - spin despite their physical disabilities. Get motivated by them and quit making excuses about not meeting your own DJ goals! Read more
  2. Beef Up Your Email Marketing - Digital DJ Tips writer D-Jam gets interviewed by The Deejaypreneur and gives nuggets of marketing and promotion advice that all of us DJs could use Watch it
  3. A-Trak: Why DJs Need To Take Risks - A-Trak takes a stand for what he calls #RealDJing. Find out exactly what he means, courtesy of In The Mix Read more
  4. Is It Ever OK For DJs To Throw Cake? - Dim Mak head honcho and manic party producer Steve Aoki explains himself and his antics. The Daily Beast gives him the (lengthy) platform to do so Read more
  5. Why You Have To Work Harder To Stand Out From The Crowd - Eliminate the competition by working hard on increasingly harder things. Dubspot philosophises Read more
  6. Learn Your History: Progressive House - Trace the roots of progressive house music by taking a retrospective of the influential 90s sound. Decoded Magazine has it Read more
  7. A Beginner Producer's Guide To Groove - Resident Advisor eases us into a comprehensive lesson on electronic music rhythm Read more
  8. 3D Printed Controllers Become A Reality - Is this the future for controllerists and DJs? Some appear to think so Read more

What factors stop you from achieving the level of DJ success that you've been dreaming of? Do you work on improving your skills progressively through more difficult DJ techniques, or are you content with taking the easy path? Feel free to comment on any of these articles in our comments section below.

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  1. DJ Hombre says:

    I once witnessed DJ Scotch Egg play in a tiny venue in Bristol. He was supporting the Go!Team. He ran out of Scotch Eggs so had to make do with hurling chipolata sausages at the audience instead.

    Everyone was bemused by this and the 8-bit style set...I was the only one shouting for more at the end of his set though (in true Fast Show style, I'm afraid to say I was very, very drunk).

  2. My thoughts:

    Beef Up Your Email Marketing – Sorry about my poor sound quality. I was still at work and only had a private phone room to escape to for the Skype call.

    A-Trak: Why DJs Need To Take Risks – I wholeheartedly agree and it's one thing that bothers me a lot in DJ culture. I'm thankful he didn't play the "vinyl only" or "sync is evil" viewpoints...mad respect. What I agree with are how many DJs, promoters, and clubs who "play it safe" all the time. I've grown up always under the notion of "educate and entertain"...but find it discouraging when I see DJs who seemingly won't take risks. It's why things get so bland...even in the underground.

    Is It Ever OK For DJs To Throw Cake? – I spoke about this in the Facebook post. I personally don't have an issue with Aoki's antics...except when the antics seemingly trump his performance as a DJ. When it seems folks come out more for your circus and not your set...then we have an issue. It's why I am curious what would happen if another DJ went on and Aoki simply came out to toss cake and ride a rubber raft in the crowd...but not spin. Would people complain? Wonder? Or just ignore and feel they had all they wanted from Aoki?

    Why You Have To Work Harder To Stand Out From The Crowd - Great read but it sums up to the "take chances" standpoint. Stop "playing it safe" and think copying someone else's idea/sound will take you places. Be an innovator over being a follower.

    Learn Your History: Progressive House – I agree that Progressive House (and Deep House) both need to be better labeled/organized on those music sites. I mainly remember the beginnings of progressive house as small releases in 1992 and 1993. Folks who more adopted and merged the sounds of darker Chicago house with the abstraction of Detroit Techno. I'd see little EPs and compilations of it, but only a few embracing it crowds still favored harder more energetic sounds. Plus in 1994-1995 the new deep house sounds of Chicago and NYC more dominated the scene. Wasn't really until the late 90s and especially into the post trance 2001-2004 that we saw progressive house gain loads of popularity in the clubs.

    3D Printed Controllers Become A Reality – I can imagine DJTechTools selling boards/components with layouts available for download to print off 3D printers.

  3. Marco Hooghuis says:

    My excuse for not dj-ing is having exams. Had some last week.

  4. How timely with the 3D printed controllers. I've been working with 3D objects and STL files for a little while now. I could indeed benefit from this trend. :)

  5. DJ Vintage says:

    I wonder if we'll be seeing custom flightcases printed to specs in 3D anytime soon. I can imagine it being a lot lighter than it's current counterparts. Obviously the way it looks but mostly the sturdiness will be key here.

    As for playing it safe, I believe that the industry in it's growth has gone to a level where the competitiveness has become so high as have the (financial) stakes, that "losing" a night is no longer an option. And if your primary objective is to make sure that you don't lose, then playing it safe is suddenly the logical way forward.

    The cost of experimenting has risen so high that only a very select few will be willing to spend that kind of money (or risk losing a significant sum of it) in order to go out and try something really new.

    The odd thing is that the cost of entering the DJ fray has gone done exponentially at the same time. And with so many trying to make it to the limelight, there is another reason many will stick to proven technology and tactics to get and stay there.

    At the end of the day, I think if we fast-forward 10-15 years the whole scene will most likely look completely different once again.

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