November 16th, 2013
News & Opinion
A DMC remix sleeve from ‘back in the day’ – remixes have existed ever since the re-edits of the 70s and are an integral part of a DJ’s toolkit.
Digital DJ Tips reader Kenny says: “Is using already remixed tracks (from Beatport or SoundCloud for example) for DJ sets considered a ‘sin’? Are real DJs only supposed to use radio/single version songs when mixing or playing to a crowd?
“Why do I feel like I am cheating myself (of properly learning how to DJ) when DJing using remixed tracks (which are often easier to mix than non-remixed tracks)? Finally, of course it depends on the crowd, but is one inherently better than the other for a great dance party?”
August 31st, 2013
DJs have a long and rich history of (mis)appropriating their source material to come up with exciting new edits, mixes and mashups.
Digital DJ Tips reader Richard writes: “I am new to this art and would like to know more from you about something that’s been on my mind since I started.
“Are there are restrictions to remix songs without the knowledge of the singer / composer, etc of that song, and doing something to get permission? Or are DJs free to remix any songs they like?”
April 18th, 2013
DJ Enferno performing live mashups was what inspired me to write this series of articles. The full video from which this image was taken is at the end of the piece.
The video that you can watch at the end of this piece is what led me to write this three-part series on live DJ remixing (missed the other parts? They’re at Live DJ Remixing #1 – Get The Software & Sounds and Live DJ Remixing #2 – The Gear).
I’ll happily admit: as a traditional “A-to-B” DJ, I was awed and inspired. It’s what drove me to push this idea of “taking it to the next level” – because let’s be honest, growing in this industry isn’t going to come from just playing music, but performing as a live act.