The love of the manual craft, and the joy of tech

sync button technical drawing

Rediscovering my manual technical illustration roots has highlighted the battle between the old craft and new tech. And the parallels with DJing are clear.

Could the next Pioneer DJ PLX-1100 turntable look like this?

PLX-1100 turntable prototype mockup

DJ Daylate has sent us his ideas for the perfect Pioneer DJ and rekordbox turntable. The PLX-1100 mockup has lots of cool ideas. But what do you think?

ANALYSIS: What Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S9 actually means

Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 Serato DJ Mixer (2)

You read the news, saw the pictures, and watched the video. Now let’s analyse the features of the DJM-S9, and what this means for Pioneer DJ and Serato.

Do you care what your DJ gear looks like?

worst DJ desktop picture wallpaper

DJs are just human beings, and despite our protestations, we do care about how our gear looks out of the box. But are you prepared to do something about it?

DJ or producer? Or should it be performer?

producer DJ performer

We know that some people who are called DJs really aren’t DJs. So why do we continue to give them this name? Dan ponders on calling them performers instead.

DJs — you’ve never had it so good

reel to reel DJ gear DJs

DJs — look at your DJ gear. Think it’s old rubbish? Time for a trip down not-so-distant memory lane so you can appreciate that you’ve never had it so good.

Memebusting — even without turntables, you’re still a DJ


Another turntable DJ purist meme has come along, and once again non-turntable owners are the target. I offer some alternative takes.

Turntablists — what more do you want from technology?

kontrol z2 technics turntablism turntablists

There is an emerging voice that wants tech companies to do more for turntablists. But do you really know what that “more” even is? If so, let us know.

Are you really going to switch DJ software?

dj software jump ship

When the latest DJ software update comes out, DJs get itchy feet and threaten to jump ship. But is it a knee-jerk reaction, or are you serious?

Kool London at the Royal Academy — DJing as art?

kool london art royal academy

Radio station Kool London was effectively an exhibit at the Royal Academy in 2013, recognising what they do as art. but do you see yourself as an artist?