December 16th, 2012
Our reader started out DJing EDM from the likes of Calvin Harris (pictured) and Tiesto, but now he feels he’s outgrown it. So should he take a gig playing it?
Digital DJ Tips reader Michael writes: “After almost a year of DJing I have become comfortable with playing in public, many thanks to your website and advice.
“Some of the DJs in my area have told they could get me a gig at a place they have played at, a place I have been to and know the crowd and music. The gig would be helpful in getting my foot in the door of my local scene – however I know I would have to play the music they expect.
June 21st, 2012
News & Opinion
Mixmag, UK, June 1998, and Rolling Stone, USA, June 2012: With dance culture and drugs gripping the States right now, just as they gripped the UK a decade and a half ago, today we look at what's likely to happen next.
Dance (or “EDM” to give it its US-centric title) is big business stateside, with deadmau5 on the cover of the new edition of Rolling Stone merely underlining the fact. Simon Cowell wants to bring us “DJ Factor”. Forbes profiles top DJs. Even the Wall Street Journal talks of the “dumbing down of dance” (the Wall Street Journal!). Yup, in the biggest music market in the world, “EDM” is currently the biggest thing.
But for us here in Europe, there’s more than a slight feeling of “seen it all before”. Compare the covers of Mixmag, UK, June 1998, to Rolling Stone, USA, June 2012. Drugs and dance culture shoved in the faces of everyone who walks past a newsstand.