• Review: Pioneer DJ DJM-450 Mixer

    Posted by on | No comments

    Pioneer DJ’s DJM-450 is a 2-channel mixer designed for bedroom use. However, it comes with many of the features required by club DJs, including DVS integration, excellent sound quality, smooth faders, and built-in effects.

    On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx determines if the DJM-450 is actually suitable for the club — or just the bedroom.

    Related: Review: Reloop RMX-90 DVS Mixer for Serato DJ

  • Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cut Chemist, and J. Espinosa Perform on the Boiler Room

    Posted by on | No comments

    Invisibl Skratch Piklz
    Invisibl Skratch Piklz perform on the Boiler Room in Oakland, California. (Photo credit: Tone Def)

    The Boiler Room took a break from their usual electronic and hip-hop acts to host a turntablism party on Tuesday night. The show, which went down in Oakland, California, featured sets from the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cut Chemist, J. Espinosa, and Great Dane. Representing the ISP were DJ QBert, D-Styles, and DJ Shortkut.

    The night was kicked off by Great Dane, a member of the influential Team Supreme production crew. The Fullerton, California native put down 45 minutes of trap and future bass.

    J. Espinosa, the 2015 Red Bull 3Style US champion, followed with an epic set of Bay Area hip-hop and turntablism. The crowd loved it, and so did Cut Chemist, who performed after Espinosa.

    “That’s a tough act to follow,” the Jurassic 5 member told the crowd when he took over the turntables. As one fan on Twitter put it, “I’ll never hear Bay classics the same way after hearing what J. Espinosa did to [them]…”

    Cut Chemist lived up to his name by dropping a creative and technical performance using both turntables and CDJs. His set included hip-hop, breakbeats, African music, and a guest performance from Blackalicious rapper Gift of Gab. It was the perfect segue into the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, who took the crowd to outer space and beyond.

    Watch the entire show below.

    Related: J. Espinosa: Must-Have Items in My Bag

  • Future Drops ‘Mask Off’ Remix Ft. Kendrick Lamar

    Posted by on | No comments

    Kendrick Lamar and Future
    Kendrick Lamar and Future perform at Coachella in April 2017.

    As if “Mask Off” wasn’t big enough, Future has called on Kendrick Lamar for an official remix of the track. The new version features an impressive verse from K.Dot, who sounds great over the song’s trap production. Will that be enough to push the single to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, though? (It’s currently No. 7)

    Stream the remix below and download it on DJcity. (DJ edits are also available)

    Related: Watch Future’s ‘Mask Off’ Video

    Posted in Tracks
  • Antwerp, Belgium Represents on DJcityTV’s ‘Cutting Room’

    Posted by on | No comments

    DJs Odilon, Lamont, Madfingaz, Swordz, Dysfunkshunal, and Deloin represent for Antwerp, Belgium on DJcityTV’s new Cutting Room episode.

    Related: Santiago, Chile Represents on DJcityTV’s ‘Cutting Room’

  • A-Trak Reacts to Possibility of Expanded of Laptop Ban on Flights

    Posted by on | 1 comment

    A-Trak performs at the 2016 We The Future Festival in Puerto Rico. (Photo credit: Steve Garfinkel)

    Expanding the ban on electronic devices in airplane cabins to more countries could force A-Trak to change the way he DJs, the Fool’s Gold chief wrote in a op-ed for Mass Appeal.

    “If I had to check in a laptop, which my entire DJ profession resides on, the risk of that bag being delayed or lost is high enough that it would probably force me to rethink the whole way that I DJ,” A-Trak said. “There are obviously different set-ups for DJing. There are DJs with just a flash drive or [an] SD card. I could fit that in my pocket, and I wouldn’t need my laptop as much for that.”

    A-Trak’s article was in response to a recent meeting between US and European officials to discuss expanding an existing ban to European countries.

    In March, the US and UK banned devices in cabins for flights from a number of Middle East countries. The ban was based on intelligence that the Islamic State was developing a bomb that could be hidden in electronics.

    US and European officials have since decided to forgo a ban for European flights, but A-Trak’s commentary is still insightful.

    “There was a point about three years ago where I decided to start using CDJs for some of my shows,” A-Trak wrote. “I still [use a laptop] with Serato as far as the song selection, but as far as the hardware equipment, I started using CDJs more because I had to accept and realize that there were certain conditions and certain venues where it became so cumbersome to be the only guy asking for turntables. It’s a handful of us still asking for turntables; it’s me and DJ Snake and Craze and Jazzy Jeff. That’s it.”

    A-Trak added that he, like many DJs, has a backup plan in case there’s a problem with his laptop.

    “I can just plug in an SD card and play a set. Maybe it’s not quite as technically fancy as what I’ll do with my preferred set-up, but I can play. At least I can give people a show.”

    Yet, despite his ability and willingness to adapt, A-Trak recognized that ditching his laptop all together would be difficult.

    “I spent years and years and years and years already converting my turntablist meets party-rocking style from vinyl to Serato. To have to rethink that to yet another technology, essentially, that would represent a lot of work.”

    Updated on May 22, 2017 at 6:02 p.m. PDT

    Related: US and UK Ban Laptops and Other Devices in Cabins From Some Flights

    Posted in DJ Culture, Music Tech
  • Scratch Combo of the Month: May 2017

    Posted by on | No comments

    School of Scratch‘s Emma Short-E has shared her Scratch Combo of the Month for May. Post a video of yourself performing it with hashtag ‪#‎DJcitySoS‬ and we might share it.

    Related: Scratch Combo of the Month: April 2017

  • Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Talks All Things Dancehall

    Posted by on | No comments

    Walshy Fire
    Walshy Fire in the mix at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, Connecticut. (Photo credit: Dan Nilsen)

    Leighton Paul Walsh, a.k.a. Walshy Fire, is best known for being a member of Major Lazer. The Jamaican-born MC, selector (DJ), and producer has had a successful career outside of the group, though. In 2004, Walshy joined the Miami Black Chiney sound system. He toured with it for 8 years and also hosted a popular radio show in the city. It wasn’t until 2012 that Walshy joined Major Lazer. Yet, despite the group’s success and busy schedule, he has still found time to continue his solo career. On Wednesday, Walshy dropped a new riddim album called “Chicken and Dumplin” with soca producer Kubiyashi. The project includes songs from heavyweights Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, among others. On Friday, Walshy will headline Mad Decent’s takeover of Avalon’s Control party in Los Angeles.

    We caught up with Walshy before the show to discuss all things dancehall.

    As someone who was born in Jamaica and has been involved with dancehall for their entire career, how do you feel about its current popularity in the mainstream?

    It’s great. Dancehall is for everyone, for the masses. Hearing it world wide is a great feeling.

    Some pop artists have been criticized for appropriating dancehall culture and not giving credit where credit is due. Do you agree with that criticism?

    Credit is really all anyone wants in life. Every genre of music, every artist, every musician. So credit should always be given. Allow people to know where you sampled from.

    You once said in an interview that your sole purpose with Major Lazer is to “bring back some glory and international exposure [for] reggae and dancehall.” Do you think you’ve achieved that aim?

    I wouldn’t say, but I have a lot more work to do.

    Walshy Fire and Kubiyashi’s “Chicken and Dumplin” riddim album. Download select songs on DJcity.

    You’ve been credited with coining the term, “future dancehall.” What’s your definition of it?

    Future dancehall is dancehall mixed with EDM influences. It stays at the same dancehall tempo (94 to 100 BPM) but has rises and drops. And I don’t want the credit for making that name up. A lot of folks were calling it that before me. I might just be the one who made it popular.

    What is your favorite dancehall riddim of all time?

    The Answer Riddim.

    In your eyes, what are the similarities and differences between Jamaican selectors and American DJs?

    For Jamaican DJs, it’s not about the music as it is about the personality of the DJ. You can play an obscure song no one’s heard and with your personality make it big. You can make people laugh and do things they didn’t plan on doing, etc. Also, Jamaican DJs mix very quick. For American DJs, it’s more about shutting the club down with the big songs, scratching, blending, etc.

    Your role in Major Lazer is an MC and producer, but you also have a solo career as a DJ and producer. Is your approach different?

    Yeah, I bring the Jamaican and Miami style of DJing.

    A recap of Major Lazer’s historic concert in Havana, Cuba on March 6, 2016.

    How did your experience as a radio host in Miami influence you as an artist?

    I miss it a lot. It allowed me to be able to be humble and relate to the average person who just wants to have a good time. It’s not about trying to be this untouchable celebrity DJ. That will never be me.

    In 2016, Major Lazer became the first major American artist to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties were restored. What was that like?

    It was the Highlight of my DJ life. Check out the documentary we did on it called Give Me Future.

    Are you or Major Lazer working with any Cuban artists?

    I work with Yotuel [from Orishas]. He’s a dope dude. I also work with Ari Lopez who now lives in Jamaica.

    Who are some newer artists that you’re feeling right now?

    Meleku [Sizzla’s son], Jah9, Masicka, and Ricardo Drue.

    Walshy Fire and Sillva’s back-to-back set at the 2017 Rum Set Boat Party in Miami.

    Follow Walshy Fire on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

    Related: Wax Motif Remixes Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’

  • Review: Reloop RMX-90 DVS Mixer for Serato DJ

    Posted by on | No comments

    For years, the only Serato DJ-enabled devices that Reloop offered were controllers. Then, in January, the German company unveiled the RMX-90 DVS, a four-channel mixer with native support for Serato DJ. In addition to the DVS integration, the RMX-90 also comes with onboard effects.

    On this episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx provides an in-depth review of the RMX-90.

    Related: 3D Printing Your Own DJ Gear

    Posted in DJcityTV, Music Tech, Videos
  • DJcity Trends Charts for May 2017

    Posted by on | No comments

    DJcity Trends

    The May 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

    DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of charts intended to help DJs discover new and emerging club music.

    This month’s edition features picks from the following DJs:

    Chris Styles (mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM)
    Eddie Boy (resident DJ and music director at Elevate Lounge)
    First Choice (mixer at New York’s Power 105.1)
    Klutch (member of Electric Bodega)
    Mind Motion
    Play (director of DJcity UK)
    R-Tistic (2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle Champion)
    Santarosa (Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization)

    Related: DJcity Trends Charts for April 2017

    Posted in Charts
  • JFB Performs Turntablism Routine With Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’

    Posted by on | No comments

    English DJ and turntablist JFB is known for spinning styles like ghetto funk, drum and bass, and hip-hop. However, in a new turntablism routine for DJcityTV, the former Red Bull 3Style world finalist puts his touch on Bruno Mars‘ hit single, “That’s What I Like.” Watch the one-minute performance above and grab the track on DJcity.

    Follow JFB on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Twitter.

    Related: Why Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Makes You Dance