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?
2014 is almost at and end, so we of course look back over the year in which turntables became a thing all over again, companies fed their PR departments on steroids, and some old names fell while others were reborn. Five writers and five different opinions — pull up a chair, grab a brew, and dig into the DJWORX 2014 inquest.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Pretty much everything new DJ gear wise was announced pre-BPM 2014. Just as well really, as there was more interest in the current state of play of the DJ industry. With emerging superpowers running the game, and some notable absentees, thoughts are turning to just what is happening in this rapidly changing industry in which we exist.
Given Soundcloud’s recent bad press regarding takedowns, announcing the introduction of ads couldn’t have come at a worse time. So has Soundcloud jumped the shark? Or after chucking a minor hissy fit, will you just carry on using it anyway?