The DJ phenomenon of Paris Hilton, and why it doesn’t matter


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It’s all too easy to misplace anger, and Paris Hilton has certainly received a huge amount from the every moment she announced she was going to be a DJ. But if she couldn’t draw a crowd, then she wouldn’t be booked. But she’s Paris Hilton, operating in her own microcosm of DJing, to a crowd that loves it, so who really is to blame, and does it really matter at all?

TUTORIAL: Mapping freeze mode in Traktor 2.7 [VIDEO]


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The Remix Decks were the last all-new feature to appear in traktor, but they were locked off from the tampering hands of MIDI mappers everywhere. This time, Freeze mode has migrated from iOS but is fully available for mapping. In this tutorial, Jared Helfer starts with the basics through to the detail of mapping the assorted elements of Freeze Mode to the controller of your choice.

Without discs, are we still disk jockeys?


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I cannot help but think that Pioneer’s new XDJ name is a possible play on words. Some feel that without disks or discs, we aren’t disk jockeys at all. In this context XDJ could mean ex DJ couldn’t it? Are you a DJ if you don’t use a circular medium? Of course you are, and read on to find out why. DJ is more than an acronym.

FRIDAY FUN: 2manybuttons


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DJing is serious business — very serious indeed. So we must be able to have a laugh sometimes, and that’s exactly what the 2manybuttons video does. Being presented with more buttons than tracks, these DJs somehow make it through a set without a clue what they’re doing.

EXCLUSIVE: Mr Switch’s DMC winning set [VIDEO]


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We want to make videos, so here’s one for your viewing pleasure. We perhaps peaked too soon when we got the new DMC world champion Mr Switch in to perform his winning set. Here’s the full 6 minute (plus outtakes) DMC set shot from every angle possible. Enjoy.

Despite all this new stuff, your old DJ gear still works


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People, especially DJs don’t like change. Perhaps there has been too much change in recent years. But for change read choice, because nobody is making you use new gear, and your old gear still works just the same — you simply have more to chose from. So why fear choice? Isn’t that a good thing?

COMPETITION: An Android device courtesy of Algoriddim!


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In at this deep end, this old Apple block had to suffer the torment of spending two whole weeks making eight different Android devices dance for Algoriddim’s latest round of videos. But instead of sending them all to Algoriddim, they’ve said that we can give one away. And to win it, all you have to do is tell us why you think your DJ life will be better, and which device it’ll be.

Cats, bags, and DJ gear — the problem of leaks


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While leaks and unconfirmed rumours are exciting for journalists and fun for readers, the business implications for the victims can be quite serious. Long planned marketing campaigns can be blown, and commercial secrets prematurely fall into the hands of competitors, and businesses can be tarnished. In light of the unfortunate S8gate, we take a look at the reasons for secrecy and the consequences of leaks.

Team discussion — the Traktor Kontrol S8


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The Traktor Kontrol S8 moves from worst ever leak to official thing. And with the dots filled in with extensive PR, we at DJWORX can now offer a better take on what the boundary-pushing controller has to offer, and equally what it hints at too. Read on for five individual takes on this new lump of shiny nextlevelness.

How I learned to let go of the old ways of DJing


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Playing one track to the next has evolved into a two turntables and a mixer format, and is something that still dominates DJing today even in the entirely digital age. It’s a comfort zone that few seem to want to break free from, despite not really needing platters to support vinyl anymore. But is this legacy holding DJs back from finding all new ways to play music? Craig Reeves asks some difficult questions, the main one being is it finally time to let go of the old ways?