December 2nd, 2013
One of Ibizia’s superclubs, Amnesia was where our hero Simmo J has the surprise of his life this summer…
Today we’d like to introduce you to Simmo J, a guy who just over a year ago had never DJed in his life, and yet incredibly now he is both an accomplished DJ and scratch talent. He’s getting paid, one of his remixes has hit the DJ charts and been played in Ibiza, and he’s about to start his production career.
John (to his friends) had no headstart and wasn’t handed his big break on a plate – in fact, his love for DJing came from a time of considerable personal adversity. We think he’s a great example of how DJing can turn your life around – if you’re prepared to put in the work, of course. That’s why we flew him to Digital DJ Tips HQ here in the south of Spain to hang out, do some mixing (see his demo below), and tell his story…
December 1st, 2013
The Pioneer RMX-1000 is a thoroughly modern FX unit, but is still best used when wired into a mixer using traditional send/return routing.
Digital DJ Tips reader Adrian writes: “I am looking at making the move from my Pioneer CDJ/mixer set-up, which has served me well for years, to the world of digital DJing. I have had a go on all controllers and found the Pioneer DDJ-SX the most comfortable for me. I was a hair’s breadth away from buying one when I found out about the lack of compatibility with the Pioneer RMX-1000.
“Although such a unit wouldn’t be essential to my set up, I would like the option of adding one when I’m ready. My question is, do you know if there are any plans for Pioneer controllers to have send and return features on their units?”
November 30th, 2013
News & Opinion
Our full scratch course is now available, so come on over to the presentation to see if it’s right for you!
It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks, with over 14,000 of you taking our free controller scratching (which is now finished), and over 800 of you taking the time to tell us how useful you found it – massive thanks to everyone who took part!
So here’s our big news: Today we’re proud to announce the public launch of our full Scratching For Controller DJs online video course, for our readers who want to take this further.
November 29th, 2013
News & Opinion
Want to know the best deep house tunes of all time? There’s a chat below… Pic: Spin Magazine
We’ve got our own very special black Friday offer going on, but it’s strictly for our members, so go and check your email inbox if you’re on our list for something truly exciting (the rest of you will have to wait until tomorrow so we can let our members have the first bite of the cherry).
Meanwhile, here’s some great stories from around the internet this week. Whatever you’re doing this Thanksgiving weekend, have a great one, and I hope your DJ gigs all go off well!
November 28th, 2013
News & Opinion
Seven christmas ideas for DJs who’ve got everything… unfortunately this Daft Punk bauble doesn’t seem to be on sale anywhere this Christmas.
* And their cats… It’s about this time of year when your family may start asking you what you want for Christmas. For a DJ this is often a minefield. What you really want is the latest and greatest piece of DJ kit (the impressive Numark NS 7II?), whereas in reality what you may end up with are a pair of comedy musical socks or a tie (who wears ties any more?) printed with tiny pictures of records.
How do you avoid those grimacing moments as you tentatively unwrap those presents? By kindly pointing your generous family in the direction of this page, of course! Time to leave your laptop open, scrolled down to the one that takes your fancy the most…
November 27th, 2013
Designed to work with tablets, smartphones, even DJ controllers, plus guitars and mics, the iLoud is a true consumer AND musician portable speaker.
We’re big fans of compact speaker systems here at Digital DJ Tips, because for the space-starved DJ, having decent volume to go alongside an iPad or even iPhone DJ rig (Traktor DJ, djay 2…) is a must. After all, nobody wants to DJ through those devices’ built-in speakers, right?
So when we saw the iLoud from IK Multimedia, a speaker designed specially for musicians, we were excited to take a look. Months after its first appearance at the NAMM show in January 2013, we’ve finally seen it hit the stores, and got one for review.