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Disko Drew Interviewed by DJ Spider on ‘The 20 Podcast’

Disko Drew

DJ Spider

Los Angeles radio veteran Disko Drew sat down with DJ Spider for this week’s episode of The 20 Podcast.

Drew hosts and DJs on three shows: Power 106‘s “Noon Mix,” Cali 93.9‘s “Cali Caliente Morning Mix,” and the “Globalization Morning Mix” on SiriusXM and Pitbull‘s Globalization channel. Drew also serves as the music director for Cali 93.9 and Globalization.

Drew and Spider also went through Beatsource‘s weekly list of must-have tracks, The 20.

Watch the clips below and listen to the full episode here.

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Beatsource Hosts Launch Party in Los Angeles


A-Trak at Beatsource Launch Party
Beatsource Board Member A-Trak rocks the party (credit: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

​Beatsource, the new digital music service for open-format DJs, hosted its launch party in Los Angeles on Thursday. The event took place at the residence of Absolut Elyx CEO, Jonas Tahlin.

Announced earlier this year, Beatsource is a joint venture between Beatport and DJcity. The public beta of its download store launched in early October, and its LINK streaming service and PROMO subscription tier will launch soon.

Attending the party were A-Trak, who serves on the board of Beatsource, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, legendary Los Angeles DJs Felli Fel and Revolution, Grammy-winning producers The Stereotypes, and Justin Bieber‘s DJ Tay James.

Beatsource Board Member A-Trak and Beatsource President Brian "DJ Quickie" Wong
Beatsource Board Member A-Trak and Beatsource President Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong (credit: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

The event featured DJ sets from A-Trak, Spider, Chris Villa, Danny West, and Kaos. There were also demos from Beatsource technology partners Pioneer DJ and Denon DJ.

“Beatsource is excited to celebrate the first major step for our brand with our avid supporters, industry colleagues and DJ friends,” commented Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong, president of Beatsource and co-founder of DJcity. “There is no better way to launch a music platform than with our favorite DJs playing some good music at this incredible and intimate venue.”

Check out some photos of the party here.

Watch the recap video below:

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Beatsource and DJ Spider Launch ‘The 20 Podcast’

DJ Spider
DJ Spider at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas (Source: Facebook)

Beatsource, the new digital music service from Beatport and DJcity, has launched The 20 Podcast. Hosted by DJ Spider, the show features interviews with influential DJs and music industry professionals. Spider and the guests begin by going through standout tracks from Beatsource’s weekly list of must-have songs, The 20.

For the debut episode, Spider sits down with Miles Beard, VP of A&R at Artist Partner/Artist Publishing Group (APG), an arm of Atlantic Records. Miles was responsible for signing Charlie Puth and has A&R’d hits for stars like David Guetta, Pitbull, and Jason Derulo. Miles discusses his journey from starting as a DJ in Los Angeles to becoming a successful A&R.

Watch two clips below, and listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Mixcloud or Spotify.

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‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’: DJ Felli Fel on If Radio Can Still Break New Music

DJ Felli Fel

During a visit to Los Angeles, the R.O.A.D. Podcast sat down with legendary DJ, producer, and radio host, Felli Fel. Felli, who has worked on-air for over 20 years, was asked if radio can still break new music in the age of streaming.

Felli also discussed his beginnings as a DJ and producer, how his hit “Get Buck In Here” featuring Diddy, Akon, Ludacris, and Lil Jon came about, his relationship with DJ Khaled, plus more.

Watch an excerpt below and the full episode here.

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Beatsource Names A-Trak as Board Member


A-Trak at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on April 26, 2019 (Source: Facebook)

Beatsource, the new digital music service for open-format DJs, has added A-Trak to its board of managers.

Beatsource is a joint venture between Beatport and DJcity. It was announced in February.

A-Trak said in the press release:

“Genre-specific stores don’t reflect the DJ landscape anymore. The open-format DJ community has needed a home where we can find all the music we need, curated by like-minded people we respect. Both Beatport and DJcity have been vital to the health of DJ culture for many years, and I’m honored to work with their teams to bring some great products to market.”

He added on Instagram:

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Here we go! I'm excited to join the board of managers at @beatsourceofficial, the new venture between @beatport & @djcity. There are some challenges that need to be met to improve DJs' experience in shopping for music. On one hand there is curation, and Beatsource will be an open format store. The idea of genre-specific stores is dated. Beatsource is built by Beatport + curated by DJ City's trusted team, followed by DJs around the world. On the other hand there is tech: as the music industry fully embraces streaming, DJs will need solutions to play songs from lockers where their song library is stored offline. This new technology opens the door to a bunch of other advancements: new types of promo pools with tracked plays; even tackling the problem of performance royalties for songs played by DJs. There is a lot at hand here. By joining the board, my role is to give input that represents the entire DJ scene. I'm happy to be involved!

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Beatsource President Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong says:

“He is absolutely the perfect fit to help our organization as an advisor. We all know him as one of the greatest DJs ever and as a passionate advocate for the open format DJ, but it’s his creativity in business that is going to be so valuable as our company innovates and leads the DJ world into the streaming era.”

The public beta of Beatsource’s download store is set to launch in September. Its streaming service, Beatsource LINK, is expected to release at the end of 2019. Based on Beatport’s patented technology, the streaming service will integrate the Beatsource music store into DJ software and hardware and will include offline streaming.

McDaniels recently spoke with Music Week about the future of Beatport and DJ streaming.

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Streaming Is a ‘Huge Leap Forward for the DJ Community’: Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels

Beatport Link

Beatport Link
Beatport Link in Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox (Source: Beatport)

Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels recently spoke with Music Week magazine about the future of the company. The Q&A coincides with the latest issue, which looks at the progress of Beatport Link, Beatport’s new streaming service for DJs.

On Beatport’s transition from downloads to streaming:

“We are still fully committed to downloads. We think it’s a growing business for us and so five years from now there’s still going to be DJs that want to download and use USB sticks, just like there are DJs now that play vinyl. We are committed to the DJ as our customer, however people want to DJ. I’m not saying we are going to start selling vinyl, but in the digital world we are committed to providing multiple, different ways to obtain music.”

On the global opportunity of streaming for Beatport:

“[China, India, South Africa, Russia, and Latin America] are all massive markets all with their unique attributes. We’ve got to be thoughtful about how we do it with pricing challenges. But also if you think about the expense of DJing, the hardware and everything else that goes along with it and learning how to do it is a pretty big barrier to entry. Our hardware and software partners create those entry-level products and we can deliver a content solution that is price competitive. I absolutely think that’s going to be a big part of our future.”

On how Beatport isn’t a competitor to platforms like Spotify:

“You have to remember with Apple and Spotify, their user and license rights with the labels and publishers are limited to personal consumption only. The nature of our business is it’s supplying music to DJs for public performance and for for professionals. From what I understand, the big music streaming companies are not looking at this because it opens up a whole new host of issues with labels and publishers about licensing. This is what we’ve been doing for 15 years, so we are in this very unique position.”

On if vinyl will survive as a DJ format:

“I think so. I love it. It’s still a pain in the ass to carry around those records everywhere. The shift from vinyl to CD, CD to download was a pretty big shift. Streaming is the access model. Not only do you not have to bring anything to the club, but you can curate everything beforehand at home. And then all of the data and information you get by performing, it’s just going to be amazing. It’s a huge leap forward for the DJ community. I think people that may have been holding out are going to make that leap forward.”

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