So you make a great mixtape (or CD, or online mix). You give it out to everyone you can think of who may be able to get you a gig. You sit back, confident that by the weight of sheer numbers, someone will give you a gig. And... nothing. So you get to wondering. Why did it not go right?
A student asked the other day if mixtapes were dead and buried in these modern times. The only way to make it as a DJ these days, he argued, was to have a popular track that you'd produced, and to be a social media expert. Why go to the time and trouble of crafting great mixtapes? Today we find out...
A new live streaming site for DJs launched recently, called Chew. It's a free service that lets you broadcast both video and audio of your DJ set, whether you're in the club or in your bedroom. You can use a laptop with a webcam or a professional camera set-up to stream your DJ sets, and soon you'll be able to stream using your mobile device too.
I’ve got something cool for you today, a real success story we want to share. One of our students, DJ Bella Cuts, is absolutely smashing it on SoundCloud - she's managed to get 14,270 plays of her mixtapes and 1,097 real followers, growing by 176% in just one year! We were so impressed we got her to tell all...
I just had to interrupt our usual Sunday posting schedule to share this with you. I was clearing out a bottom drawer this morning when I got a massive jolt of nostalgia, as I came across one of the very first mixtapes I ever made! It's a promo for a club night I co-founded - "Tangled" in Manchester, England - way back in 1995.
In our ongoing "making a mixtape" season of articles, today we move on to something that's close to my heart - all the different ways it's possible to screw up a recorded DJ mix!
We asked: “what’s stopping you getting started on your mixtape?” Here are the top five answers.