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Laidback Luke and A-Trak Talk Heart Hands, Jumping on DJ Booth

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While in Washington D.C. for an event last week, Laidback Luke sat down with A-Trak for a candid conversation. The two discussed topics such as A-Trak’s start as a club DJ, how French music influenced his career, and how Fool’s Gold became more than a record label.

The focus of the convo centered around the topic of real DJing, however, and some of the controversial antics DJs do on stage. Specifically, they talk DJs throwing up heart hands and standing on the DJ booth. A-Trak tells Luke why it looks bad when certain DJs throw up the heart symbol then explains why he jumps on the DJ table during his shows.

On DJs throwing up heart hands:

“I don’t hate it, but you know what it is? I think, you know, in some cases it can be, it can look like a bit of a caricature of certain kinds of DJs who aren’t actually doing much mixing and who do more of like the theater.”

Why he jumps on the DJ booth:

“That’s just an energy thing. You know, sometimes I think that my approach to DJing is, there’s a certain amount of showmanship to it. If you were to see Slash do a concert, you expect Slash to just be a showman … in a sense, my approach to DJing is comparable to that. … and sometimes I’ll get up on a table, especially at a bigger festival where it’s just a way to feel a connection with the crowd.”

On balancing DJing and antics:

“The reach of DJing has gotten so big, I think, inevitably there’s a certain amount of antics that come with just trying to make sure that the crowd feels your presence in certain ways. But I think the important thing is that the actual DJing part of the set is still, you know, the majority of the time. And that the jumping around is kind of a little spice on top. Not the other way around.”

Watch the conversation above (starts at the 2:46 mark).

Related: Watch A-Trak’s ‘MikiDz Show’ Set

Watch Zedd and Katy Perry’s ‘365’ Video

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Katy Perry plays an obsessive robot in the video for her Zedd-produced single, “365.” The track, which was released last Thursday, is their first collaboration together.

The visual shows robot Katy Perry and human Zedd living together as part of an experiment. Perry malfunctions after she develops feelings for Zedd but finds out he doesn’t love her back.

“365” follows Zedd’s 2018 single “Happy Now” with singer Elley Duhe. Perry’s last release was 2017’s “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Watch the video above and download “365” on DJcity.

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DJ Nuñez Drops ‘DJcity Podcast’ Latino Mix

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DJ Nuñez (Source: DJ Nuñez)

DJ Nuñez, one of DJcity’s Denver representatives, has dropped a Latin mix for the DJcity Podcast. His 33-minute set consists of reggaeton and moombahton, including one of his edits. Nuñez is a resident at Temple Nightclub, STK Denver, and Ameristar Black Hawk Casino Resort.

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Tracklist:

1. Bad Bunny ft. Drake – MIA – Joe Maz Remix
2. Sak Noel & Lil Jon ft. El Chevo & Aarpa – Demasiado Loca
3. Trobi & Vorkwerk – Makamba – DJ Nunez Hype Edit
4. Pitbull – Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera) – Richastic Remix
5. Diego Val ft. Domino Saints – Feeling Really High Up
6. DJ Cesar K-OSO – Los Reyes
7. Mala Fe – El Chivo – Isooc Remix
8. Dee Mad – Calibra
9. Daddy Yankee – Lo Que Paso, Paso – DJcity 2019 Club Edit
10. Los Angeles Azules & Natalia Lafourcade – Nunca Es Suficiente – DJcity Club Edit
11. Ozuna – Baila Baila Baila – David S & DJ Mad Remix
12. Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – Con Calma – Mula Deejay Club Edit
13. Darell & Farruko – Caliente
14. Don Omar – Dile – DJ Santarosa Twerk Bootleg
15. Sonora Matancera – Mala Mujer – DJ Mario Andretti 2019 Club Edit
16. Don Miguelo – Pegaito – DJ Nolo 98-128 Transition
17. Juan Magan, Deorro, & MAKJ ft. YFN Lucci – Munequita Linda
18. Osmani Garcia & Flo Rida – Si Tu Bailas – Afro Trap Brazil Remix
19. Pedro Capo & Farruko – Calma Remix

Follow DJ Nuñez on Facebook, Instagram, Mixcloud, and Twitter.

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Watch Sean Paul’s ‘Shot & Wine’ Video Feat. Stefflon Don

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Sean Paul has shared the video for his Stefflon Don-assisted dancehall single, “Shot & Wine.” The track was the No. 29 most-downloaded song of January on DJcity.

In the colorful visual, Sean and Stefflon Don dance and perform together in a neon-lit room.

Watch the video above and download “Shot & Wine” on DJcity.

Related: Watch Tyga’s ‘Girls Have Fun’ Video Feat. G-Eazy and Rich The Kid

Picco Drops Latin House Single and Video, ‘Cubano’

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German DJ/producer Picco has dropped a horn-laden, Latin house single titled “Cubano.” The track currently sits at No. 1 on Germany’s Deutsche DJ Playlist Hot 50.

The fitting video shows off the beautiful sights and people of Cuba.

Picco has worked with artists such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Porter Robinson and has done remixes for the likes of Taio Cruz. He travels throughout Europe for shows and is a resident on Fantasy Dance 96.7 FM in Cologne.

Watch the video above and download “Cubano” on DJcity.

Related: Exclusive Remixes From DJcity’s Netherlands and Belgium Team

How Bad Bunny Took Over Pop

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Bad Bunny at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA on Aug. 25, 2018. (Credit: Alan Hess)

Of the Latin artists that have crossed over into mainstream popularity, none have done it quite like Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican native has taken a progressive, often controversial path to become one of music’s biggest stars. And he’s done it while singing only in Spanish.

In a new feature story in Billboard, writer Eduardo Cepeda describes how “el conejo malo” managed to take over pop music by taking “risks few young male Latin stars would.” Bad Bunny chimes in with insights into his mindset and discusses why he’s not afraid to paint his nails or call out social issues.

Bad Bunny released his critically acclaimed debut album X 100PRE in December. The project peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and currently sits at No. 19. It features the hit singles “MIA” featuring Drake, “Estamos Bien,” and “Solo de Mi.” The latest single is “Si Estuviesemos Juntos,” which the 24-year-old dropped on Thursday along with a music video.

Read Bad Bunny’s best quotes from the story and watch the video for “Si Estuviesemos Juntos” below.

Why he takes risks:

“When I came into this industry, I was never afraid to be myself … There were others who would advise me to tone down a bit, but I just always thought, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?'”

How calling out social issues comes easy to him:

“At the end of the day, these are basic messages .. Ultimately, I’m not doing that much. I’m only doing what a human being who feels wants to do — in my way, without stepping out of my flow, while staying in my lane. Without, I guess, boring people.”

Why he lets fans approach him in the street:

“That’s the whole point — that’s how it should be … Like, fucking trying to connect with people.”

Why he keeps his friends close:

“[It] makes you feel like you’re with family, makes you feel at home, makes you feel normal. It gives me that grounding I need to always stay within orbit and not forget Earth.”

Why he used the same two producers on X 100PRE:

“It influences not just the quality of the album, but also the sentimentality of it … That energy translates. You feel like you’re listening to an artist, not just music meant for radio play.”

Related: Watch Bad Bunny’s ‘Caro’ Video

Bassvoom Drops ‘DJcity Podcast’ Latino Mix

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Bassvoom at Waitara Club in Pichilemu, Chile. (Credit: im.dreamz)

Bassvoom, a DJ/producer from Santiago, Chile, has dropped a Latin mix for the DJcity Podcast. His 29-minute set consists of reggaeton and moombahton, including four his edits. Bassvoom is a resident at Waitara Club in Pichilemu.

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Tracklist:

1. Bad Bunny ft. Drake – MIA – Henry Fong Remix
2. Kevin Roldan & Zion & Lennox – PPP Remix
3. Paloma Mami – No Te Enamores – Bross Redrum
4. Daddy Yankee – Perros Salvajes – Alvaro Guerra Body Riddim Bootleg
5. Anuel AA & Haze – Amanece – Bassvoom Edit
6. Jamsha & Barbie Rican – Gaveta
7. Wisin & Yandel & Ozuna – Callao – ETX Hype Edit
8. Daddy Yankee – Aqui Esta Tu Caldo
9. Daddy Yankee – Rompe – Systematisch Oma Bootleg
10. Ozuna – Baila Baila Baila – IGORITO Acap Intro – Bassvoom Party Break
11. Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – Con Calma – Da Phonk Redrum
12. Kenny Man – Ni Gucci Ni Prada – Bross Edit
13. Cauty, Brytiago, Darell, Cosculluela, Rafa Pabon & Chenco Corleone – Ta To Gucci Remix – Gucci Perreo Version
14. Ozuna ft. Cardi B – La Modelo – DJ Nach Edit
15. DrefQuila – Exhibicionista – Bassvoom Redrum
16. Lorna – Papi Chulo – Richastic Remix
17. Joao Smith – Moombahook
18. Darkiel ft. Eladio Carrion, Myke Towers, Brray – Sigue Bailandome

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Watch Tyga’s ‘Girls Have Fun’ Video Feat. G-Eazy and Rich The Kid

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Tyga has shared a summer-friendly video for his G-Eazy and Rich The Kid-assisted single, “Girls Have Fun.” Produced by DJ Snake, the track was one of the most-downloaded songs of January on DJcity. It currently sits at No. 2 on DJcity’s Hot Box.

The fitting visual finds Tyga, G-Eazy, and Rich partying at a pool resort with lots of beautiful women.

Watch the video above and download “Girls Have Fun” on DJcity.

Related: Watch Meek Mill’s ‘Going Bad’ Video Feat. Drake

The Samples Behind Big Pun’s ‘Yeeeah Baby’

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Legendary Bronx rapper Big Pun tragically passed away 19 years ago today on February 7, 2000. His second studio album, Yeeeah Baby, was released posthumously two months later. It is considered a classic East Coast hip-hop album.

Executive produced by Fat Joe, Yeeeah Baby peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in October 2017. The project was supported by the singles “It’s So Hard” featuring Donell Jones and the Puerto Rican anthem “100%” featuring Tony Sunshine.

To honor the 19th anniversary of Big Pun’s death, Power 106’s Vin Rican has returned with a new episode of Wax Only. The series showcases classic hip-hop albums and the samples behind them.

Watch Wax Only above.

Related: The Samples Behind Gang Starr’s ‘Moment of Truth’

Watch Meek Mill’s ‘Going Bad’ Video Feat. Drake

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Meek Mill and Drake channel their inner mob boss in the video for their club heater, “Going Bad.” The track, which peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100, was the second most-downloaded song of December on DJcity.

Directed by Kid Art, the visual features cameos from T.I., Swizz Beatz, Nipsey Hussle, Mustard, and more.

“Going Bad” appears on Meek’s 2018 chart-topping album, Championships. Five tracks from the project finished in the top 20 of DJcity’s most-downloaded songs of December.

Watch the video above and download “Going Bad” on DJcity.

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