A-Trak at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on April 26, 2019 (Source: Facebook)
A-Trak said in the press release:
“Genre-specific stores don’t reflect the DJ landscape anymore. The open-format DJ community has needed a home where we can find all the music we need, curated by like-minded people we respect. Both Beatport and DJcity have been vital to the health of DJ culture for many years, and I’m honored to work with their teams to bring some great products to market.”
He added on Instagram:
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Here we go! I'm excited to join the board of managers at @beatsourceofficial, the new venture between @beatport & @djcity. There are some challenges that need to be met to improve DJs' experience in shopping for music. On one hand there is curation, and Beatsource will be an open format store. The idea of genre-specific stores is dated. Beatsource is built by Beatport + curated by DJ City's trusted team, followed by DJs around the world. On the other hand there is tech: as the music industry fully embraces streaming, DJs will need solutions to play songs from lockers where their song library is stored offline. This new technology opens the door to a bunch of other advancements: new types of promo pools with tracked plays; even tackling the problem of performance royalties for songs played by DJs. There is a lot at hand here. By joining the board, my role is to give input that represents the entire DJ scene. I'm happy to be involved!
Beatsource President Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong says:
“He is absolutely the perfect fit to help our organization as an advisor. We all know him as one of the greatest DJs ever and as a passionate advocate for the open format DJ, but it’s his creativity in business that is going to be so valuable as our company innovates and leads the DJ world into the streaming era.”
The public beta of Beatsource’s download store is set to launch in September. Its streaming service, Beatsource LINK, is expected to release at the end of 2019. Based on Beatport’s patented technology, the streaming service will integrate the Beatsource music store into DJ software and hardware and will include offline streaming.
McDaniels recently spoke with Music Week about the future of Beatport and DJ streaming.
Beatport Link in Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox (Source: Beatport)
Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels recently spoke with Music Week magazine about the future of the company. The Q&A coincides with the latest issue, which looks at the progress of Beatport Link, Beatport’s new streaming service for DJs.
On Beatport’s transition from downloads to streaming:
“We are still fully committed to downloads. We think it’s a growing business for us and so five years from now there’s still going to be DJs that want to download and use USB sticks, just like there are DJs now that play vinyl. We are committed to the DJ as our customer, however people want to DJ. I’m not saying we are going to start selling vinyl, but in the digital world we are committed to providing multiple, different ways to obtain music.”
On the global opportunity of streaming for Beatport:
“[China, India, South Africa, Russia, and Latin America] are all massive markets all with their unique attributes. We’ve got to be thoughtful about how we do it with pricing challenges. But also if you think about the expense of DJing, the hardware and everything else that goes along with it and learning how to do it is a pretty big barrier to entry. Our hardware and software partners create those entry-level products and we can deliver a content solution that is price competitive. I absolutely think that’s going to be a big part of our future.”
On how Beatport isn’t a competitor to platforms like Spotify:
“You have to remember with Apple and Spotify, their user and license rights with the labels and publishers are limited to personal consumption only. The nature of our business is it’s supplying music to DJs for public performance and for for professionals. From what I understand, the big music streaming companies are not looking at this because it opens up a whole new host of issues with labels and publishers about licensing. This is what we’ve been doing for 15 years, so we are in this very unique position.”
On if vinyl will survive as a DJ format:
“I think so. I love it. It’s still a pain in the ass to carry around those records everywhere. The shift from vinyl to CD, CD to download was a pretty big shift. Streaming is the access model. Not only do you not have to bring anything to the club, but you can curate everything beforehand at home. And then all of the data and information you get by performing, it’s just going to be amazing. It’s a huge leap forward for the DJ community. I think people that may have been holding out are going to make that leap forward.”
MistaJam at BCM Planet Dance in Mallorca, Spain on July 20, 2019 (Credit: Baluga)
MistaJam is best known for his shows on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, but the legendary DJ also produces tracks.
Last October, Jam released his debut single “Rotate” on Cedric Gervais‘ Delecta Records. Today, Jam follows up with a soulful house groover titled “Trust You” featuring vocalist Scott Quinn. It is the debut release on Jam’s new Dance NRG label.
Stream “Trust You” below and download it on DJcity.
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A-Trak at the 2018 Goldie Awards. (Source: Facebook)
The Goldie Awards have announced the judges for the 2019 competition, which goes down in New York City on Oct. 17.
The awards, which feature separate DJ and beat battles, will be judged by an eclectic lineup. They include Armand Van Helden, Just Blaze, Busy P, Craze, Take A Daytrip, Alison Wonderland, UNIIQU3, and Kittens.
Entries for the DJ and beat battles are open until Sept. 1. Submission and ticket info can be found here.
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UK DJ/producer Safety First! has dropped a synthpop-influenced house single titled “Blue Monday” featuring Australian DJ/producer G-Wizard. The track interpolates New Order’s 1982 synth-pop hit of the same name.
Based in Manchester, Safety First! has performed at high profile venues and events across Europe. His tracks have received support on top UK radio stations such as KISS FM, Capital FM, and BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Cedric Gervais at Amnesia in Agde, France on Aug. 3, 2019 (Credit: Kelian Hess)
French DJ/producer Cedric Gervais has dropped a house remix of DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga‘s bilingual anthem “Loco Contigo.” The original track is gaining momentum and is currently No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
Gervais’ rework adds energy to the track, making it more suitable for club and festival play.
Stream the remix below and download it on DJcity
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