• Our Favorite Black Friday DJ Deals

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    Black Friday

    Black Friday is a sh#t show. Who wants to wait in line for hours or fight crowds to save 10% on something they don’t need? Nobody, that’s who. Luckily, we’ve saved you time by compiling some of our favorite BF deals.

    GENRE BNDR
    Your favorite DJ’s favorite clothing line is giving 25% off of its entire catalog. Use code “BFRIDAY25.”

    Mega DJ Center
    The Houston staple is offering sweet discounts on select 7″ vinyl.

    Orbit Concepts
    The company is offering free shipping and customization of its JetPack Prime and Prime XL backpacks.

    Jesse Dean Designs
    The king of custom gear has cut costs on a slew of portablist accessories.

    DJ TechTools
    Our favorite DJ tech gurus have slashed prices on a ton of products and accessories. You need to log in to see the deals, but it’s worth the effort.

    Serato
    The leading DVS manufacturer is offering 50% off select control vinyl as well as discounts on software and merch.

    Related: DJcity Teams With GENRE BNDR for New T-Shirt Collab

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  • JetPack Slim Backpack Gets Stylish Update

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    JetPack Slim
    New JetPack Slim color options

    Since its release in 2016, Orbit Concepts’ JetPack Slim backpack has become a staple in the DJ community. Its sleek black design can be seen hanging from the shoulders of some of your favorite DJs.

    This week, Orbit Concepts announced two new color options for the JetPack Slim: gray and camo. The bags have the same interior as the original model but add a new stylish shell.

    To celebrate the launch, Orbit Concepts will offer a limited supply of the JetPack Slim at a promotional price of $99.99 on their website. The offer begins Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. PT.

    Related: DJ Bag Review: Jetpack Slim and Jetpack Cut

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  • Beyond Faithful: the Beef Behind the Hypest Record in DJ History

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    Be Faithful

    Whether or not you’re a DJ, chances are you’ve heard Fatman Scoop and Crooklyn Clan’s timeless anthem, “Be Faithful.” It’s a sure-fire party starter that gets played everywhere from clubs and stadiums to weddings and movies.

    EDM stars drop it in between choreographed hand-hearts. Even Australian Parliament members “throw they hands up” when the song comes on. I’ve been playing it for over 16 years, and it’s never failed. Not once.

    What many people don’t know is the story behind it and the on-going feud between Fatman and Crooklyn Clan member Sizzahandz. To shed light on the situation, the R.O.A.D. Podcast sat down with both of them to hear their sides of the story.

    Watch below:

    Listen to the full episode on SoundCloud

    Listen to the full episode on SoundCloud

    Related: TJR and Reece Low Enlist Fatman Scoop for Party Anthem, ‘Check This’

  • First Look: DJ@War’s Scratch Training App, skratchEZ

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    Joshua Hodge, a.k.a. DJ@War, is a veteran DJ and turntablist from the UK. When he recently posted a video of a new scratch training app that he’s working on, we knew we had to get the scoop. Check out the app, skratchEZ, above, and read our convo with Joshua below.

    What exactly are we looking at in this video?

    This is one part of an application prototype I made for my final computing project. Basically, the concept is like DJ Hero but with real equipment. The game is a call and response: two bars of scratches are played for you, then you respond by trying to imitate what you just heard, and a score is given on how accurate you were. Then the process is repeated.

    Awesome. So how did you come up with this idea and why?

    It’s actually an idea I’ve had for about four years but didn’t have the skills to make it until last year. I thought, wouldn’t it be amazing if DJ Q-Bert’s DIY DVDs were updated with the technology we have today? Melodics was another big influence as well, with their finger drumming app. So many DJs I’ve met over the years have said, “I wish I could scratch,” but never had the patience to learn. Well, what if it was a game? I think that would motivate a lot of people to get on those decks!

    Inspiring! This is obviously in the very early stages. How do you plan to expand development and what’s the overall goal?

    Well, my big goal is that I have loads of ideas for the app and want to really push it forward to make it an interactive tool for people to learn and engage with DJing and turntablism. I think to make the app I want, it will take either investment or a collaborative effort with a company such as Serato or Melodics, but I’m going to keep pushing it forward.

    I’m sure you’ll be able to drum up interest. Where can DJs who are interested stay up-to-date with your progress? Do you have a timeline for releasing something to the public?

    People can check out updates on my programming channel called The Audio Programmer, where I teach people how to make their own VST plugins and audio apps from scratch. Also, I’ll be updating my accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I’d like to try to set up for a controlled alpha release by mid-July. By controlled, I mean it would probably be limited to the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 and maybe Rane mixers.

    Very cool. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us.

    Thank you to DJcity for the support! You guys are the best.

    Related: Watch: DJ Precision Performs Routine and Reviews Rane’s New Gear

  • Watch All Six Sets From the Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Finals

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    Trayze Wins 2016 Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Finals
    DJ Trayze wins the Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Finals at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 11, 2016. (Tim Blackwell/Red Bull Content Pool)

    On August 11, six DJs competed at the Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Finals to determine who would represent their country at the world finals in Chile later this year. Each DJ performed a 15-minute routine, which was judged by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Skratch Bastid, and reigning world champion, DJ Byte. In the end, DJ Trayze took first place, Boi Jeanius placed second, and Jaycee came in at third. Watch all six of the routines below and let us know what you think.

    Jaycee, Atlanta

    Boi Jeanius, Chicago

    Mike 2600, Minneapolis

    DJ Ease, New York City and Las Vegas

    DJ Supagi, Seattle

    DJ Trayze, Washington, D.C.

    Related: Red Bull Thre3style USA Finalists

  • Skratch Bastid Defends ‘Fake DJing’ Disqualification

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    Skratch Basti

    DJcity has reached out to Thre3style judge Skratch Bastid for his take on G Smooth’s latest public statement and video addressing the controversy that stripped him of his 2016 Australian Thre3style title last week:

    G Smooth was disqualified from the competition after Thre3style judges determined much of his set was pre-recorded. In a lengthy Facebook post, Smooth asserted:

    “On the night of the Australian Red Bull Thre3style championship on July 1, 2016 at Boney, my set was NOT pre-recorded. I performed my set LIVE.”

    Smooth followed his post with a FB Live video showing him perform the would-be winning set in it’s entirety.

    G Smooth Red Bull Live Set – Take 2!

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    DJcity was able to obtain unreleased footage of G Smooth’s set from the night of the July 1st battle. Check it out and draw your own conclusions.

    Related: Red Bull Thre3style Awards Australia Title to Beast Mode

  • Travel Tips for DJs Visiting Miami

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    DJ Livitup
    DJ Livitup in Miami

    DJs may not know where to eat, stay, and play when they get booked in cities they’ve never been to before. To help them get the most out of their visit, DJcity has launched a monthly series called DJ Travel Tips. The series highlights some of the best things to do in some of the most popular destinations around the world.

    Where to stay

    DJ R SILVA:

    “Most of Miami’s nightlife is located in South Beach, so finding an affordable hotel can sometimes be tough. For those who aren’t on a budget, places like Fontainebleau and Clevelander offer beachfront views and nonstop activities. On the cheaper side, corporate hotels in Miami like Days Inn and Hampton Inn offer great rooms and amenities with the same standards as five-star hotels. Keep in mind that Miami is a seasonal city, so timing can definitely impact the cost of your stay.”

    Where to eat

    DJ Livitup:

    Moshi Moshi is the spot to eat if you love sushi. It’s one of my favorite places to go after a gig. The food is on point, and I always run into people from the industry, especially late at night. If you’re not into sushi, then La Sandwicherie is the place to be. They offer fresh sandwiches and shakes. Make sure to order the “special sauce.” Of course, Miami wouldn’t be Miami without Latin food. Jimmy’z Kitchen has healthy and modern selection, and you can’t go wrong with the Ahi Tuna. Last but not least, one of most talked about spots for tacos is Coyo Taco in the Wynwood neighborhood (it’s also a speakeasy bar). Not only do they serve bomb tacos, but they also book major DJs throughout the week. You won’t be disappointed!”

    What to do

    DJ A-Train:

    “Taking an Everglades airboat tour is a must. You can always find a deal on Groupon (look for a tour that includes an “alligator show”). I recommend spending the extra money to get your own boat, which usually seats up to four people. You should also rent a bike for an hour take a ride in the Wynwood neighborhood, which boasts “one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.” If you can, try to squeeze your way into the old RC Cola plant if the gates aren’t locked. Remember, though, while Miami is known for fun in the sun, it also has unpredictable weather. That means that a lovely day can quickly turn into a shit storm at any given time. If that happens, buy a day pass to The Standard’s Spa. If you’re ballin’ on a budget, check out Russian & Turkish Baths. Make sure to catch the sunset at The Standard or hit up the little Russian cafe at the baths. That borscht soup, though!”

    Where to party

    DJ KILLAKA5:

    “Miami is known for its nightlife in South Beach, but there is a lot more to the city than that. On Sundays, Wood Tavern hosts the “Backyard Boogie,” which is similar to the world famous Do-Over party (old school funk, breaks, hip-hop, etc.) You should also stop by Purdy Lounge on Sunday nights for “Chocolate Sundays” featuring residents Louie Arson and Sharpsound. The music is always right and make sure you get a “Happy Meal” at the bar. On Mondays, check out DJ Iron Lyon and myself at Rockwell. It’s the best hip-hop party on a Monday. We constantly have big guests and performers, and you never know who might show up.”

    Related: Travel Tips for DJs Visiting Dallas

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  • Travel Tips for DJs Visiting Dallas

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    DJ Niro
    DJ Niro on the cut. (Sean Patrick)

    DJs may not know where to eat, stay, and play when they get booked in cities they’ve never been to before. To help them get the most out of their visit, DJcity has launched a monthly series called DJ Travel Tips. The series highlights some of the best things to do in some of the most popular destinations around the world.

    Where to stay

    DJ Niro:

    The W, Omni, and The Joule are all high-end places close to downtown and NYLO, Aloft, and Hotel Indigo are solid options if you’re looking for something cheaper. Also, check out the HotelTonight app if you’re willing to wait until the last minute. You can usually find good deals up to three days before your stay.”

    Where to eat

    Crisco Kidd:

    Shell Shack is great seafood place that serves almost anything that has a shell. Whatever you order, be sure to get it soaked in the ‘kitchen sink’ seasoning. If you’re looking for a good lunch spot for Sunday Funday, Clutch Bar has great food, music and atmosphere. As for tacos, my favorite place is Tacos Mariachi, located in Trinity Groves. You have to try the Norteño, The Campechano, and Salmon tacos. Ask for the ‘Crisco Kidd’ special as a bonus!”

    What to do
     
    DJSC:

    “If you’re looking for a fresh cut, stop by High & Tight Barbershop in the Deep Ellum district. It’s a barbershop with a hidden craft cocktail lounge so you can vibe while getting a cut. Off The Record, also in Deep Ellum is a dope record store that’s also has a bar. And as the official DJ for the Dallas Cowboys, I definitely recommend coming to take a tour of AT&T Stadium. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and costs less than $20.”

    Where to party

    Styles Davis:

    “If you’re in town on a Thursday and have the night off, check out DJ Sober’s ‘Big Bang’ party at Beauty Bar. I had the chance to play it a few months back, and it’s definitely one of the most fun hip-hop parties in the city. The vibe is casual, and it’s a dance-friendly crowd. It’s been going strong for five years, and DJs like SpankRock, House Shoes, and Erykah Badu have played sets there.”

    Related: Meet DJcity’s South Regional Manager, Danny West

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  • Sak Noel Releases Video for ‘Trumpets’ Feat. Sean Paul

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    Sak Noel and Salvi have released the official music video for their club-hit “Trumpets” featuring Sean Paul. The record was released exclusively on DJcity and has been bubbling over the last few weeks. It should be a staple in every DJ’s club set by summer.

    Watch above and download the track on DJcity.


    Related: Exclusive: Delirious & Alex K Remix Sak Noel & Salvi’s ‘Trumpets’ Ft. Sean Paul

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  • Listen to Jesse Marco’s Halloween Mix

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    Check out this eclectic Halloween-inspired mix that Jesse Marco put together for MADE magazine. Marco’s eerie set features a mashup of trap, hip-hop, and downtempo beats.
     

     
    Tracklist:

    1. The Exorcist Theme Song
    2. Drake & Future – Jumpman
    3. 2 Milly – Milly Rock
    4. John Carpenter – Halloween – DJ Deville 2013 Trap Remix
    5. DJ Khaled ft. Future & Rick Ross – I Don’t Play About My Paper
    6. BLVCK CEILING – Legend
    7. Carnage ft. A$AP Ferg, Rich The Kid, & Lil Uzi Vert – WDYW
    8. TUBF#CK – B#TCH MUST DIE
    9. Diplo – Must Be a Devil
    10. Tazer & Tink – Wet Dollars – Redlight Remix
    11. Kove ft. Moko – Hurts – Special Request Remix
    12. Michael Jackson ft. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
    13. HXV & Descender ft. Gucci Mane – Clubbin
    14. Dave Nada – Spell On You
    15. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You
    16. Jay Z – D’Evils
    17. Big L – Devil’s Son
    18. Geto Boys – My Mind Playing Tricks On Me
    19. Yung Gud – Forever 2001
    20. TroyBoi ft. NEFERA – On My Own
    21. BLVCK CEILING – Worry

     
    Related: Jesse Marco Drops Genre-Bending ‘Made In New York’ Mix

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