DJ Culture

‘MikiDZ Podcast’: Lazyboy Does It Again

In this week’s episode of the MikiDZ Podcast, the crew recaps the Goldie Awards DJ battle that went down over the weekend. The battle was stacked with some of the top talent worldwide, with DJ Lazyboy‘s creative and technical performance ultimately earning him first place.

The fellas also talk about some of the latest music industry news, including the return of Bobby Shmurda, Beatsource LINK’s offline mode coming to Serato DJ Pro, Daft Punk’s breakup, and more.

Watch the MikiDz Podcast above. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Mixcloud, and Spotify.

The MikiDz Podcast is a talk-show that discusses news and topics in the DJ and nightlife industries. It is hosted by MikiWAR, DJ Dainjazone, and DJ Rell. The MikiDz Show, which is also hosted by Miki and Dainjazone, features live performances from the world’s most-skilled DJs.

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New ‘VIP Crates’ From Sean Paul, Deorro, Purple Disco Machine, and More

New ‘VIP Crates’ From Sean Paul, Deorro, Purple Disco Machine, and More

New ‘VIP Crates’ From Sean Paul, Deorro, Purple Disco Machine, and More

In January, our friends at Beatsource launched VIP Crates, an on-going series of exclusive playlists curated by the world’s most influential DJs and artists. They received great feedback, and today we’re excited to bring you the second batch of crates.

Like the first installment, the second batch was curated by a diverse group of DJs and artists from around the world. The playlists are available on the Beatsource LINK music streaming service for open-format DJs.

  • Sean Paul, multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning artist
  • Deorro, multi-platinum DJ/producer
  • Purple Disco Machine, multi-platinum DJ/producer
  • DJ Carisma, mixer at Power 106 and SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation
  • Smitty, official DJ for Post Malone
  • Irie, official DJ for the Miami Heat

Browse VIP Crates here.

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‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’: Streamers vs Club DJs

'R.O.A.D. Podcast': Streamers vs Club DJs

On this week’s episode of the R.O.A.D. Podcast, the crew discussed the tension that is building up on Twitter between DJs who live stream and club DJs who are against it.

Watch an excerpt above and the full episode here.

Follow the R.O.A.D. Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.

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‘MikiDZ Podcast’: We Back!

In the latest episode of the MikiDZ Podcast, the crew comes back from a break and hits the ground running. They cover some of the latest DJ and pop culture news, including Twitter beef, disagreements with Z-Trip, the stock market, The Weeknd‘s Super Bowl performance, and more.

Watch the MikiDz Podcast above. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Mixcloud, and Spotify.

The MikiDz Podcast is a talk-show that discusses news and topics in the DJ and nightlife industries. It is hosted by MikiWAR, DJ Dainjazone, and DJ Rell. The MikiDz Show, which is also hosted by Miki and Dainjazone, features live performances from the world’s most-skilled DJs.

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Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Coming to Serato DJ

Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Coming to Serato DJ

Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Coming to Serato DJ

In October, after months of anticipation, Beatsource integrated the Beatsource LINK music streaming service for open-format DJs with Serato DJ. It was a groundbreaking advancement; however, it was just the beginning of their partnership with Serato.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Beatsource LINK’s offline mode, which enables DJs to mix without an internet connection, is coming to Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5 soon. You’ll be able to mix anywhere with Beatsource LINK.

Can’t wait? You can test Beatsource LINK’s offline mode in the public beta of Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5 here.

Don’t have Beatsource LINK? Try it free.

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On Daft Punk’s Amazing Musical Legacy, 1993-2021

Daft Punk

Daft Punk made dance music in France, sung in English and aimed at the whole world,” said Universal Music France A&R and Label Manager Antoine Ressaussière in the now-retiring duo’s 2015 documentary Daft Punk Unchained. As noted by their publicist today, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have parted ways as Daft Punk.

The news was announced with an 8-minute video “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film Electroma.

Disco music’s turn of the 1980s rise was built around the idea that the music was bigger than the creator and that the audience’s ability to experience incredible euphoria via music was the formulaic sound’s true winner. To wit, the duo always pushed the image over the sound. Slickly suited robots in glistening electrified helmets created music so ironically iconographic that — especially in the case of the group performing in front of tens of thousands at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in 2006 and 2013 — it was described as “the return of the future,” serving up “magical, trans-dimensional, electrified funk” that signaled the “dawn of a new age.”

Moreover, it was the group’s ability to synthesize and globalize the influence of 70s funk, 80s disco, and 90s house into a soulful metronomic thump that inspired artists as diverse as Chic‘s Nile Rodgers, Swedish House Mafia‘s Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams. In inspiring these five artists, the archetypes of what bleeds into modern pop music’s undefinable, genre-free, open-format style emerge.

For electro house’s leading Swedes, it was attempting to mirror the blend of hip-hop breaks and synthpop in Daft Punk’s 1995 single “Da Funk” that unified them as friends and young producers. For Kanye West, it was hearing A-Trak play the duo’s 2001 hit “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” that inspired the sample for his 2007 global breakout hit “Stronger.” The single ultimately keyed West’s growth from a backpack rapper favoring sped-up soul samples into being the 2010s most avant-garde and sociopolitical zeitgeist-challenging creator. As for Wiliams and Rodgers, their pairing with the robots for “Get Lucky” revitalized the latter for a new generation of music aficionados, while for the former, it allowed his seamless blend of fashion and music to have a timeless soundtrack that extended beyond the boundaries of keyboard-enabled boom-bap production excellence.

On the duo’s final 2013 album Random Access Memories, the vocals from the track “Beyond” offer a quote that sums up Daft Punk as a source of inspiration, now and forever:

“You are the light behind a cloud. You are the end and the beginning.”

Check out Beatsource‘s 100% Daft Punk playlist here.

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