UK turntablist DJ Woody recently had the opportunity to perform at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall. Woody dropped an hour-long, all-vinyl 45 set that included hip-hop, funk, and more.
For the last few years, Woody has been the supporting act for Hacienda Classical, an orchestral show celebrating the legacy of the legendary Hacienda Nightclub. On July 6, the show made its way to the Royal Albert Hall where the turntablist put his skills on full display.
Entertainment mogul Haim Saban has launched a new music company Saban Music Group (SMG) with a planned investment of $500 million. The group, which is comprised of a label and publishing company, has a global outlook with a Latin focus.
To start things off, the label has signed Colombian reggaeton star Reykon, Israeli duo Static & Ben El, and French artist Marie Monti. SMG is also negotiating with three music companies regarding acquisitions.
SMG is led by CEO Gustavo Lopez, whose Latin entertainment company, Talento Uno Music, was acquired by Saban. Lopez previously served as a GM and executive VP at Universal Music Latin Entertainment, where he launched the Machete Music label. Machete is home to stars like Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel. Lopez also ran Universal Music Latin Entertainment’s regional Mexican labels, Fonovisa and Disa.
Saban has had a long career in entertainment, including in the Latin market. He began as a musician, record producer, and then label owner. However, Saban may be best known for launching the 90s TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as part of his TV production company, Saban Entertainment. In 2007, Saban also led a group of investors to acquire Latin media giant Univision Communications, where he currently serves as chairman. Univision and SMG functions independently from each other.
“Bad Bunny wasn’t a superstar two years ago,” he told Billboard. “We’re in a world where artists are developing at a faster pace than they ever were. One of our goals is finding artists that have strong regional appeal and make them into international stars.”
“We are not going to sign 100 artists,” Saban told Billboard. “This is going to remain a boutique label with significant resources to put behind the very few artists that we will sign. Except for hip-hop, there is no limitation to the categories of music we will look to be involved with.”
On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx takes a look at the T10S studio subwoofer from ADAM Audio. The affordable speaker could come in handy for DJs and producers looking to add some low end to their studio setup.
Serato has released the latest update for its Serato DJ Pro software, version 2.2.
With it comes a number of improvements and new features, including two which have been requested by users for many years: Day Mode and Play Count. Those features helped make the public beta of 2.2 the most downloaded in the company’s history.
Day Mode makes Serato DJ Pro easier to use in bright conditions, such as pool parties. Play Count enables users to keep track of the number of times a song has been played.
2.2 also includes updates to streaming integration, waveform improvements, and 64-bit support for Serato Video.
Serato DJ Lite, the beginner version of Serato DJ, also sees many of those changes, and is now up to version 1.2.
The MikiDz Podcast is a talk-show that discusses news and topics in the DJ and nightlife industries. It is hosted by MikiWAR, DJ Dainjazone, and DJ Rell. The MikiDz Show, which is also hosted by Miki and Dainjazone, features live performances from the world’s most-skilled DJs.
Last Fall, Arizona DJ/producer MGM, one-half of the duo Dibs & MGM, dropped a single titled “Bass.” The track fused electro house with riddim dubstep.
Now, 10 months later, “Bass” has been re-released by Tiesto‘s Musical Freedom label, which is distributed by Spinnin’ Records. It marks a milestone in MGM’s career.
“I was initially very self-conscious over original releases, but I knew getting over that was something that needed to happen,” MGM says. “After being independently released for about seven months, I got a SoundCloud message from Spinnin’ expressing their interest in the track after artists like Tiesto and The Chainsmokers had been supporting it.”
The British singer-songwriter credits his previous collaborative EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project, with giving him his break in the music industry. After its success, Sheeran signed his first record deal.
On collaborating with other songwriters:
“By going into the studio with people like Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars [on the track “BLOW“] you’re just expanding your palate… you can’t become better unless you’re around people who can teach you things.”
On standing out in the music industry:
“I just think being yourself is so powerful… because of being myself, all of these great things have happened.”