November 27th, 2012
News & Opinion
Has music hit a new low, or does today’s massive choice mean there’s more good music out there than ever?
Dance music’s recent mainstream acceptance as “EDM” has brought about a fury from certain elements in the artistic/underground scenes, which is nothing new in itself – it happens whenever anything “underground” finds love from the mainstream.
From articles like a recent one in SPIN Magazine to those carried by a plethora of blogs, many DJs, critics, and producers have been claiming that the music has hit a creative zero. That we’ve lost that innovative spark that can do things like make one sound explode into a plethora of ideas and genres, as has happened in the past. That it’s lost its soul.
February 1st, 2012
by Craig Aitchison
When you start your own record label, you start with a blank page. From the music to the branding to the business side, you need to get it all right to succeed. Here's how one label did it...
So you want to start your own record label. The first question you need to ask yourself is: Why? If you’re pursuing this to make money then you may want to think again!
However, if you love music and you want to broaden your scope beyond DJing, producing and running club nights, then setting up a record label may indeed be your calling. Whatever your reasons for creating a label, you are about to embark on an epic journey. So without further delay, here are our 10 steps to creating a record label.
October 8th, 2011
Business cards are not the only thing you need to worry about when setting up in business a a DJ. Here we look at some of the other bases you ought to make sure you've got covered.
Reader DJ Bobby Bob writes: “I am very interested in the hobby of digital DJing. Have studied a variety of different websites (this being one of my regular favourites) it’s become clear this field of work is more expansive than I thought.
“Now that I am past the basics of performance, I am starting to realise I might like to try and make a professional career for myself in DJing. But as I’ve got better at the skills, I’ve become more confused about the industry! What are the laws that a DJ needs to know about in order to step into the business side of the entertainment industry?
August 16th, 2011
by Andrew Hong
The Pioneer stand at trade-only show Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, this year.
Nowadays, people are increasingly choosing to view their careers as something they need to be passionate about, rather than just a full-time job to pay the bills. You’re passionate about music, DJ gear, and technology, right? So where might you find a job that combines all of those into a career?
I’m from the United States and the environment here makes it increasingly difficult to make a career out of promotion. Just the sheer number of promotion companies in every major city across the US has made it difficult to make enough money doing promotion as a full-time gig.