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Four Color Zack

Four Color Zack and DJ Scooter Debate Sync Feature on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

Four Color Zack
Four Color Zack at the Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals in Taipei, Taiwan on January 25, 2019. (Jasmine Chang / Red Bull)

Former Red Bull Music 3Style world champ Four Color Zack and veteran party rocker DJ Scooter debated the sync feature on this week’s episode of Reflections of a DJ a.k.a. ROAD Podcast. The argument was reignited by none other than Craze, who recently took to Twitter encouraging DJs to use the feature.

Both Zack and Scooter, who come from different generations, made valid points (Zack is pro-sync, and Scooter is anti-sync). The two also discussed topics like juggling their careers and family, “Instagram DJs,” and Lil Nas X‘s breakout hit, “Old Town Road.”

Watch an excerpt below and the full interview here.

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Related: Craze Talks Freestyling Sets on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

Nipsey Hussle

L.A. Leakers on Banning Kodak Black From Power 106

Nipsey Hussle
L.A. Leakers hosts Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk with Nipsey Hussle (Source: Instagram)

The L.A. Leakers have spoken on Power 106‘s decision to ban Kodak Black from the station.

The move came in response to Kodak’s comments about Nipsey Hussle‘s fiancee Lauren London following the rapper’s death. The comments were widely condemned, including by rappers like The Game and T.I.

Speaking with the Reflections of a DJ podcast, Leakers members Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk discussed how the ban came about and how long it will last. They also shared some memories of Nipsey, among other topics.

Watch an excerpt below and listen to the full interview here.

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Related: L.A. Leakers Team With Problem and IamSu for New Single, ‘Yesterday’

Jason Aguilar and DJ Exile

DJ Exile and Vegas Promoter Jason Aguilar Talk Latin Music on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

Jason Aguilar and DJ Exile
Jason Aguilar and DJ Exile

Las Vegas DJ/producer Exile and promoter Jason Aguilar were guests on this week’s episode of Reflections of a DJ (R.O.A.D. Podcast). Both have played a key role in bringing the new generation of Latin music to the Vegas strip.

In the interview, Exile and Aguilar discussed a variety of topics related to Latin music and the Vegas scene, including their Thursday night party “Noches Azul” at Blue Martini and bringing Latin stars like Bad Bunny and Anuel AA to venues like Drai’s, OMNIA, The LIGHT, and Kaos.

Watch an excerpt below and listen to the full episode here.

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Related: Craze Talks Freestyling Sets on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

BTMR

Watch the ‘Beyond the Music Retreat’ Documentary

Beyond the Music Retreat

In March, DJcity and DJ/producer Vice joined forces to host the inaugural Beyond the Music Retreat in Black Hawk, Colorado.

The event, which took place over two days, featured some of the industry’s brightest minds. The panelists included A-Trak, Chuckie, Z-Trip, Justin Credible, and Miles Medina.

The retreat made an impact on the attendees, including A-Trak, who took to Twitter to reflect on the experience.

Watch the mini-documentary below and check out the photos of the attendees at beyondthemusicretreat.com.

Related: Watch DJ Vice’s ‘MikiDz Show’ Set

Craze

Craze Talks Freestyling Sets on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

Craze
Craze at Q Nightclub in Seattle. (Credit: Robee Aquino)

Two weeks ago, Reflections of a DJ a.k.a. the R.O.A.D. Podcast had A-Trak and Roctakon on the show to discuss their recent Twitter debate. This week, the show sat down with Craze, who also took part in the argument.

The outspoken turntablist discussed the altercation, among many other topics, such as touring with Kanye West and working with Four Color Zack.

At one point, co-host DJ Crooked asked Craze how he goes about planning his sets. Craze revealed that he didn’t plan his sets until he started working with Zack.

Watch an excerpt below and the full episode here.

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Related: A-Trak and Roctakon Address Twitter Debate on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

DJ Woody

Watch: ‘Making Mad Noise’ Turntablist Documentary

British creative collective Boom City has released a turntablist documentary, Making Mad Noise – 10 Years of Community Skratch.

The Community Skratch event series brings turntablists together from around the world for showcases and networking. It began with the Community Skratch Games in 2006 in Galway, Ireland. It later expanded to Brighton, UK, with DJ Manipulate‘s Community Skratch BBQ.

As the turntablism community grew, the event series branched out with UK and European tours. Community Skratch has also begun to collaborate with Battle Avenue, expanding the turntablist network even further.

Watch the documentary above.

Related: DJ Woody Launches Scratch Sample Subscription Service

DJ Tina T

DJ Tina T Talks Competing on ‘Master of the Mix’ on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

DJ Tina T
DJ Tina T at Backyard Kitchen & Tap in San Diego, CA. (Source: Facebook)

Following their highly anticipated interview with A-Trak and Roctakon, the R.O.A.D. Podcast sat down with veteran DJ Tina T.

Based in Los Angeles, Tina is best known for founding Camp Spin Off, a DJ camp for teens. She also competed on the third season of VH1’s Master of the Mix reality show and DJ competition.

Tina discussed a variety of topics in the interview, including what it was like competing on Master of the Mix.

Watch an excerpt below and the full episode here.

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Related: A-Trak and Roctakon Address Twitter Debate on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, and Craze Talk DJing on ‘Drink Champs’ Podcast

Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, and Craze
From left to right: Craze, DJ EFN, DJ Jazzy Jeff, N.O.R.E., A-Trak (Source: Instagram)

DJ Jazzy Jeff recently sat down with the Drink Champs podcast for a casual yet insightful interview. The Philly legend discussed a variety of topics related to DJing and hip-hop.

Later in the interview, co-host DJ EFN spotted A-Trak and Craze in the audience and invited them to join in. It was a rare discussion with three of the most influential figures in DJing.

Watch the full show below. (A-Trak and Craze come on at the 52-minute mark.)

Related: Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Q&A at Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals

A-Trak and Roctakon Address Twitter Debate on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

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Last Friday, A-Trak took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the struggles of open-format DJs in today’s industry. Inspired by his experience at DJcity and DJ Vice’s Beyond the Music Retreat, he commented on the lack of infrastructure in the open-format DJ community.

A-Trak’s tweets received praise from a lot of DJs, however veteran New York club DJ, Roctakon, was not one of them. Roctakon responded with his own series of tweets, starting by saying that A-Trak “should not speak on the issues modern open format DJs face” because “he’s never been one of us.” He went on to explain why he believes A-Trak’s commentary is wrong.

Roctakon’s criticism drew a lot of attention, including none other than Craze, who defended his long-time ally.

The back and forth has sparked a larger discussion in the DJ community, and on Wednesday, A-Trak and Roctakon addressed the exchange during separate interviews on Reflections of a DJ a.k.a. R.O.A.D. Podcast.

To help facilitate the interviews, R.O.A.D. recruited guest co-host Shecky Green, co-founder of the Source Magazine and former talent director at Las Vegas’ XS Nightclub.

Watch excerpts of both interviews below and listen to the entire episode here. A-Trak and Roctakon’s original Twitter threads are also below.

A-Trak’s tweets:

Roctakon’s tweets:

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A-Trak on the Challenges That Open-Format DJs Face and How to Overcome Them

A-Trak
A-Trak speaks at the Beyond the Music Retreat in Black Hawk, Colorado. (Credit: Julian Melanson)

DJcity and DJ Vice‘s inaugural Beyond the Music Retreat went down in Black Hawk, Colorado this week. The conference brought together DJs from around the world, including A-Trak, who spoke on the “$kills vs Bills” panel alongside Miles Medina, Kayper, and DJcity National Director, Styles Davis.

With such a long history in the DJ business, A-Trak had plenty of experience to pull from. He, along with the other panelists, spoke on topics like playing for crowds that may not understand the technical aspects of DJing, losing gigs to celebrity DJs, and more.

After speaking at the conference, the Fool’s Gold boss took to Twitter on Friday to share more thoughts about the challenges that open-format DJs face and how they can overcome them.

Read what he said below.

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

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