August 14th, 2012
There are plenty of good courses, both attendance and online, that can teach you production techniques to add to your DJing - but if you do choose to do it, make sure it's for the right reasons. Pic: Point Blank Online
In the first article in this three-part DJ/producer mini-series, What Exactly Is A DJ/Producer?, we looked at what a DJ/producer actually does. Today, we’re going to look at whether to get success in 2012 you have to add that “producer” bit after “DJ” in 2012, or whether it’s still OK to just be a “DJ”.
In the final part, we’ll give you five practical steps you can take to successfully add some kind of producing to what you do, with a view to it helping you to get more DJ gigs. We’ll also point you in the direction of what we think is the best training online for DJs who want to become producers.
August 10th, 2012
One of the new wave: New York's DJ Brooklyn Dawn, who in order to help her to carve out a DJ name for herself, has also got herself a name for producing beats.
Unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the past five years, you’ll be aware that when it comes to getting a career in DJing that reaches beyond wherever you happen to live, it’s no longer enough to just be a “DJ” – nowadays, the holy grail is to be a “DJ/producer”.
Get production credits and you’ll get DJ gigs too, young hopefuls are regularly told (often by companies selling production courses for DJs). If you can’t make mashups, you’re at a disadvantage before you begin (we said that, in Make Mashups Not Mixtapes). Bashing buttons to move beyond simply playing other people’s productions is the new DJing (everyone from companies that sell boxes of buttons to deadmau5 says this).