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‘MikiDz Podcast’: Tips For Twitch

With the popularity of live streaming showing no signs of slowing down, the MikiDz Podcast crew dedicate this episode to DJs looking to make the most of Twitch. They share a list of tips from live streamer DJ Marco Penta, along with some of their own, on how to run a smooth stream.

The fellas also discuss Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S11 mixer, DJ Rell’s first gig since the start of the pandemic, 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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‘MikiDz Podcast’: A Night at the Moxy

In this episode of the MikiDz Podcast, the crew talks about the nightlife and entertainment industry’s slow but steady return to normal. In particular, they discuss the reopening of Texas venues at half capacity and a unique socially-distanced concert event in the works at the Moxy Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.

The fellas also talk about Beatsource LINK’s integration with Serato, viral TikToker Doggface208, MikiWAR and DJ Rell‘s guest set on Double Down Radio, 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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DJ Heat Discusses DJ Life in the WNBA’s COVID-19 ‘Wubble’


DJ Heat on the court at the WNBA’s “wubble” before a WNBA Finals game. (Source: DJ Heat)

Usually, August finds NBA and WNBA teams either in the midst of training camp or in the midst of the playoffs, respectively. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, both leagues suspended regular play, and instead created condensed seasons for players interested in playing inside of tightly-monitored “bubble” communities in Orlando, Florida. Looking to replicate the exact feel of live basketball, fans were involved via Zoom-style courtside integration. As well, just like in their home arenas, DJs — like the WNBA’s Washington Mystics’ (and NBA’s Washington Wizards) official DJ, DJ Heat — were called upon to provide thumping soundtracks to add to the action. The experience that showcased how well sports leagues have adapted to these trying times.

“This company called 3PT Productions contacted me to play in the ‘wubble,’ (shorthand for “WNBA bubble”)” says DJ Heat. Heat’s a DC native who’s has been a club, radio, and live event DJ for nearly two decades but has worked with the Mystics as their game DJ for the past four. “I worked with them during NBA All-Star Weekend last year in Chicago. When they were asked to do the WNBA game production for the 2020 season, they needed three DJs, and they asked me to be one of them. I was down. I wasn’t busy really doing anything else, so it was a great opportunity.”

The notion of “home games” in a controlled environment presented a fascinating notion for Heat. “Typically, I’m just the Mystics’ DJ. But, in the wubble, I was every team’s ‘home court’ DJ at least once.” Playing music correlated with key audio elements from each team’s home arena, and their city’s musical heritage ultimately provided a “home court advantage” of sorts for DJs to include in their in-game mixes.

“For instance, when I DJ for the Mystics usually, there’s a lot of [legendary, percussive, and DC-born sound] go-go and [DC suburbs-based rapper ] Rico Nasty. Comparatively, for the Los Angeles Sparks, I got to play all of the west coast hip-hop and g-funk I loved as a child.”

Heat notes particularly that because she was sitting courtside and thus immediately next to gameplay and visible to fans at home, it impacted the number of interactions she had and added to the laid-back, yet competitive game environment. “As many requests were made by players and referees on the court as were made by fans on social media,” she recalls.

“I was DJing for the New York Liberty,” Heat starts. “The referee for the game was from Yonkers. After I played Notorious B.I.G.‘s remix to Mary J. Blige‘s ‘Real Love,’ he immediately told me that Mary was from Yonkers, too. He then requested some [fellow Yonkers-based artists] DMX and The Lox. When they dropped, I could see him give me a smile and thumbs up from the court during TV time outs.”

She continues,

“Everyone, even the ESPN reporters, would walk over and ask to hear songs. Even more, I’d try to tailor small moments like — during the WNBA Finals — playing the instrumental to [South Carolina based rapper] Lil Ru’s [2009 regional hit] ‘Nasty Song’ for Las Vegas Aces star Aja Wilson, who’s also a South Carolina resident. My social media lit up as people at home watching the game heard the instrumental and couldn’t believe I’d play it. But, playing in-game sets including a lot of unexpected music like that is also what made the wubble so unique.”

As it appears that the coronavirus could stretch into another basketball season, Heat cites the togetherness forget by the unique circumstances as a reason why she’d likely do it again.

“The players, referees, team staffs, production crew, and yes, DJs too, we all developed a bond because of the experience. Even though there was no crowd, we’re all professionals who feed off of the energy of one or one-thousand people. So, no matter what, we got into our zones for game-playing or providing entertainment.”

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‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’: Are Nightclubs Taking Advantage of DJs?

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On this week’s episode of the R.O.A.D. Podcast, the crew discussed how certain venues across the country are taking advantage of the pandemic by drastically lowering DJ rates.

Co-host D-Miles also shared his experience spinning for Kamala Harris‘ Las Vegas rally.

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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A-Trak Talks Potential of Beatsource LINK, Definition of ‘Open-Format DJ’: 20 Podcast

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Legendary DJ/producer A-Trak sits down with DJ Spider on The 20 Podcast. The Fool’s Gold boss, who’s also a board member at Beatsource, discusses the potential of Beatsource LINK, the definition of “open-format DJ,” plus more.

Watch the interview above. An audio version is available on all major platforms.

Hosted by DJ Spider, The 20 Podcast features conversations with influential DJs and other music industry professionals.

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Beatsource LINK Featured in Flaunt Magazine


(Source: Beatsource)

Beatsource LINK’s highly anticipated integration with Serato DJ has garnered attention beyond the DJ world. Dubbed “a digital revolution for the DJ game,” Flaunt Magazine has written a piece about why Beatsource LINK is a game-changer and how it fits into the evolution of DJing. (For those who don’t know, Flaunt is an influential outlet that covers fashion and culture.)

Author Shirley Ju writes:

“A pivotal moment just took place in the digital music space with the evolution of how open-format DJs and producers access music and perform their sets. Using Beatsource’s wide variety of playlists across hip-hop, dance, Latin, pop, R&B, and reggae & dancehall, a DJ of any skill level—whether you’re a beginner, hobbyist, or a seasoned club veteran, will be able to cue up the music they want to play via the LINK technology and immediately start mixing in Serato, with the simple push of a button.”

Read the full article here.

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