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  • in reply to: iPad Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter question. #2386131

    Eliah Holiday
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    Not much, I have loaded up with a bunch of music making apps. I also DJ with a lot of AIFF files. I’d only consider DJing with an iPad app if I could pull tracks off external drive. Well…I suppose I could make room for a 2 hour set. I did some researching and so far it doesn’t seem possible to use an external drive with an iPad, even with new connector. I assume this is to make sure people always pay more for larger HD version iPads as oppose to a workaround with an external drive.

    in reply to: Flash Drives #2383571

    Eliah Holiday
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    Thanks for the tips. Would older CDJs take 32Gb sticks or is that too large? I suppose I’m looking at a number of sticks, some for complete collection and some to use gig specific. I do want to avoid too much swapping of drives.

    in reply to: Looking to travel. What to bring to DJ? #2378501

    Eliah Holiday
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    Thanks for the input. Yeah I think part of it is deciding whether or not to bring a laptop. Right now RekordBox and USB sticks seems pretty convenient and not so much worry about bulk or theft.

    in reply to: Dark Minimal mix now up on Mixcloud. #2067982

    Eliah Holiday
    Participant

    Thanks for the feedback. You’re right, I shoulda laid off the effects a bit in retrospect. I need a nun with a ruler to slap my hand when I’m tempted to reach over to the FX unit lol.

    in reply to: Question for those who DJ in Ableton. #2053742

    Eliah Holiday
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    Hmm, thanks. Surprised there is no jump to marker function in Live, I believe even Pro Tools and Logic have it.

    in reply to: Transitions #2050539

    Eliah Holiday
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    Aside from EQ mixing which lends itself to long crossovers there is of course the quick transition. Try slamming the cross fader back and forth between tracks to create a slight rhythmic variation and then at an appropriate moment go fully to the next track. You can also come out of a breakdown into the next track (a little EQ mixing here helps) or mix two breakdowns and come out of that. FX build ups and breakdowns that lead to the next track. Mix into a loop section then come out the loop. It’s really a matter of experimentation. Try coming out a build up to 8-16 bars of something silly like the Muppet show theme, just to mess with people, then BAM into some killer tune.

    in reply to: Quit djing or begin producing #2050462

    Eliah Holiday
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    I find myself in a similar situation. I do a lot of controllerism and to the few people who hear me (mostly the odd opening set, open decks nights, mixcloud) give me props. Alas, with so many DJs, a lack of a personal following locally, and a declining regular club scene in favor of big events and festivals…I can’t break the ice over my head. So I’m thinking production is the way to go.

    in reply to: Misogyny in the dance music industry. #2048739

    Eliah Holiday
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    Right. Some now veteran Female DJs who fought hard and earned respect did so on their skills not their bodies. Even today though their popularity is dwarfed by the rise of the female DJ who has supermodel looks and is willing to show some skin. Club and event promoters look at the maximum $$$ they can draw and so it seems common practise now to have the novelty of a “hot chick” DJ in the line-up. Why, because men will pay to see that novelty. Same thing where you have male superstar DJs on the decks and half naked females pole dancing on stage as part of the show.

    Of course I understand it’s all part of a modern day western culture that has taken superficial values to heights once reserved for deities. Where potentially a DJ’s image, a DJ’s marketability, has become as or more important to said DJ’s success as actual DJing skills. At any rate, from the top levels of the industry where change is most likely to happen it appears no one really cares about this phenomenon.

    in reply to: Misogyny in the dance music industry. #2048675

    Eliah Holiday
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    Actually I was unsure if the word “misogyny” was correct to use in this reference. I went by this definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny, which included “denigration of women, and sexual objectification of women.” If I used the word incorrectly that was not my intention. I’m merely stating my opinion as a human being. I have good friends who are both female and professional DJs who agree with my stance. I suspect if my sense of right and wrong is way off the mark I’ll simply be ignored and people will go on as they have been. I hope the fact that I’m male doesn’t overshadow the issue I am trying to communicate.

    Worth noting that certainly when women first started to DJ there was a misogynistic backlash from men. I know because I remember the instant disrespect a lot of female DJs got from their male counterparts as well as a portion of the male audience. This is going back some years though, but it was real. I’ll also note that the initial wave of female DJs didn’t use their bodies to sell the idea of them DJing professionally.

    Perhaps I have no say in this matter because I’m male, but I think it’s more a male problem than anything else.

    in reply to: To take the gig or not?? #2045700

    Eliah Holiday
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    Mixed message here: “I’m looking for the next David Guetta” but doesn’t want you to play dance music or remixes? I’d say Minimal at around 120 BPM or maybe ambient (???). Back when Jungle was popular some clubs had a side room with Ambient for people to chill out for awhile from the main dance floor.

    in reply to: Help me find a track. #2044988

    Eliah Holiday
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    Couldn’t find it. It was a really cool funky track. Haven’t even found a set where he played it live previously.

    in reply to: The other side to EDM popularity. #2044205

    Eliah Holiday
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    In a sense it’s a catch-22. People may like Tech-House for example if they herd more of it but they don’t hear it because the clubs and bars don’t want to take a chance that they wont draw a crowd if they don’t go with the mainstream flow of established pop music. It’s an uphill battle for DJs who step outside the mainstream. It seems the best one can do if they want to play less than mainstream dance music is to fight tooth n’claw to get that music herd. It’s like 5x the work comparatively to when I first started DJing and a lot of it is less about music and more about social media and hype building. It’s like you gotta step in front of the music to get behind it.

    At any rate. I’m doing my best. I got a gig tonight which will probably cost me more money than I’ll make. I guess it’s a price I’ll pay to not spin commercial dance music.

    in reply to: The other side to EDM popularity. #2043874

    Eliah Holiday
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    Well there is such a thing as de-evolution as well. Thankfully once something goes too far one way it usually snaps back the other way. Too I realize there has to be crappy pop music in the world which makes an underground possible. Just kinda interesting that we use to go to raves to hear that which you didn’t on radio n’ such. Now you go to big festival parties to hear exactly that. But anyways…I think DJs just gotta keep doin there thing and plug away at it. But it’s tough…

    in reply to: The other side to EDM popularity. #2043474

    Eliah Holiday
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    Thanks for the advice. Also true that the internet and digital media and music distribution has changed things. I just signed up with RADR and was thinking…Perhaps if DJs use whatever tool to broadcast the great music they are playing (so no “white label” or secret weapons) perhaps we can give the music that otherwise gets pushed off to the side some due attention. Maybe convert a few people.

    in reply to: Help me find a track. #2043452

    Eliah Holiday
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    Will do, thanks.

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