Replacing “Friday Roundup”, Friday Five is our revamped weekend roundup of the best of the rest of the web. Fewer articles, but higher quality links that we hope you’ll find even more absorbing and interesting. This week, we’re leading with the latest list of high-paid DJs via Forbes, plus DJ stories from the Guardian, Mixmag, Decoded Magazine and A DJ Thought.
- The World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2017 – Forbes tallied the earnings of the biggest DJs around the world and has just released its annual list of “Electronic Cash Kings”. Though there are a few notable new entries, once again there is a lack of diversity in the rankings – and a complete lack of women in the top ten Read more
- Ricardo Villalobos’ Dancefloor Philosophy – The Chilean techno god is known for his deep, dark cuts and flamboyant “party-behind-the-decks” style of spinning, but he has deeper principles and philosophies that inform his musical selections and life choices. The Guardian has the interview Read more
- The “End” Of The DJ? – This musing over at A DJ Thought pictures a future where everyone on the dancefloor is surveyed by cameras that are being fed into an artificial intelligence-controlled DJ app. We’ve already written about DJ software threatening to replace human DJs; is it now a matter of “when” rather than “if”? Read more
- The Socio-Politics Of Raving – Check out this article by Decoded Magazine on how disco kickstarted a race and gender paradigm shift towards the end of the 20th century – a shift that continues on dancefloors around the world to this day Read more
- Age Isn’t A Barrier For DJs – DJ Double-Barrel (real name Bernie Edwards) discovered his love for spinning tunes when he turned 50. He’s now 63-years-old, and he hasn’t stopped spinning since. One of the questions we get asked the most is along the lines of “I’m 40, am I too old to start DJing?” Here’s your answer. Mixmag has the video Watch it
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