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