Friday Roundup: Why The Greatest DJs Are Tastemakers

Joey Santos
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Last updated 3 August, 2017


Steve Lawler Friday Roundup
Read on why DJ legend Steve Lawler thinks the best DJs have the ear and attitude of an A&R executive in this week’s Friday Roundup, among other pieces.

In this week’s Friday Roundup, we lead with a piece by legendary DJ Steve Lawler on why being a great DJ starts by picking out good tunes to share. We’ve also got an in-depth interview with Armand Van Helden, and some creative techniques for making Spotify playlists. These and more in our weekly roundup of DJ news. Have a great weekend ahead!

  1. Why The Greatest DJs Are Tastemakers – This feature by Steve Lawler explains why having an ear for music and a knack for sharing are prerequisites to DJ greatness. Mixmag has it Read more
  2. 8 Creative Spotify Playlist Ideas – Build your DJ brand by coming out with fresh playlists using the world’s largest streaming platform. The LANDR blog has it Read more
  3. Armand Van Helden Isn’t Impressed By Today’s DJs – The respected house producer hits back at superstars who do nothing but press play. Check out the full interview at inthemix Read more
  4. What Kind Of Procrastinator Are You? – Artists (yes, that includes DJs) are notorious procrastinators. See which category you fall under in this piece by DIY Musician Read more
  5. Sega Genesis Scratch Routine – A-Trak’s Goldie Awards contest is still open for submissions. Check out DJ Vekked’s impressive performance full of 16-bit gaming goodness. Mashable has it Watch it
  6. Greg Wilson’s Discotheque Archives – Read up on iconic names from the disco era in this article by the electro-funk pioneer. DJ Mag has it Read more
  7. 6 Vinyl Ripping Tips – Mojaxx over at DJ City shares some tricks for making the perfect digital rip of your favourite records Read more
  8. This Mobile DJ Rig Runs On AA Batteries – The title says it all… DJ News has it Watch it

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