Following her open letter on Billboard, UK singer/producer/DJ Aluna meets with DJ Spider on this week’s episode of The 20 Podcast. Aluna, who gained fame as part of the duo AlunaGeorge, discusses appropriation and segregation in the dance music industry, why she went solo, plus more.
DJ Mel. (Credit: Daniel Boczarski)
As of June 2020, Instagram will begin financially rewarding content creators who use Instagram Live. Through both the rollout of short advertisements and the new “badges” program, creatives will be rewarded for live fan engagement. Instagram’s updates were announced on their website on May 27 .
Created in part due to an increase in Instagram Live usage at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program, similar to incentivization programs used by online broadcaster Twitch, ultimately allows for creatives to earn revenue via their fanbase “tipping” during creators’ live videos. Also, the platform will utilize advertisements that play at the start of each user’s active engagement. The revenue from these ads will be paid at 55% to the creator, and 45% to Instagram.
Recently, DJs broadcasting live on Instagram had their sets flagged for copyright violations. As of May 28, DJs have been advised to play 90-second clips of music. Furthermore, they have reminded users that “people also have access to a library of custom music and sound effects at no cost using [parent company] Facebook’s Sound Collection.”
Instagram’s badge program will begin testing next month with a small group of creators and businesses. Over the coming months, it will expand across the US, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Mexico. The badge icons can be purchased by fans during live performances and appear next to that fan’s name in the chat. Instagram has asked content creators wanting to be considered for badge access to fill out a short application form.
Stay tuned for more updates on live streaming as the practice continues to show promise within the DJ community.
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inMusic and Stanton Logos
Earlier today, inMusic announced the acquisition of Stanton from Gibson Brands, Inc., which adds the brand to their roster that includes Numark, RANE, and Denon DJ. Stanton has been an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of professional audio products for DJs and turntablists for over 70 years.
Stanton has a reputation for creating ground-breaking solutions for the DJ market, including Final Scratch (the industry’s first DVS solution), stereo cartridges designed for the working and performance DJ, and one of the first innovative standalone smart controllers.
Jack O’Donnell, CEO of inMusic, says:
“inMusic continually redefines the landscape for expressive DJ performance through unparalleled innovation and a dynamic response to the demands of its customers. With Stanton joining the home of the world’s premier music and audio technology brands, inMusic’s ground-breaking advancements in engineering, design and technology guarantees Stanton’s place at the forefront of this performance-driven industry, in the world’s true home of DJ.”
For more information about the acquisition, visit here.
Beatsource LINK, the joint venture between DJcity and Beatport, has launched new integrations with Algoriddim‘s djay and djay Pro apps. The announcement follows the beta launch of Beatsource LINK in Pioneer DJ‘s rekordbox software in early May.
With a subscription to Beatsource LINK, open-format DJs can access millions of curated tracks and hundreds of playlists within their performance software. Premium subscriptions offer Beatsource LINK’s patented offline mode, which enables DJs to play their tracks without an internet connection.
Algoriddim, which has millions of customers, offers their djay app on iOS and Android devices, and their djay Pro app on Mac and Windows.
Beatport LINK, which is built on the same technology as Beatsource LINK, has also been integrated into djay and djay Pro.
Beatsource LINK in Algoriddim’s djay and djay Pro app. (Source: Beatsource)
Karim Morsy, co-founder and CEO of Algoriddim, said in the press release:
“We’re excited to partner with Beatport and Beatsource to bring the best in electronic and open-format music to millions of djay users. Having the entire Beatport and Beatsource catalogues right at your fingertips, including the top tracks played by the world’s top DJs, opens up a new gateway into the art form.”
DJs can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Beatsource LINK here.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, also known as Bad Bunny, photographed by Gabriela Berlingeri. (Source: Rolling Stone)
After releasing his surprise album “LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR,” Bad Bunny made history last Thursday by becoming the first Latin urban music artist to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The Puerto Rican star was also the first artist to have a Rolling Stone cover story done during the pandemic.
This historic article features a glimpse at the life of the Grammy-nominated reggaeton artist while quarantined in Puerto Rico.
The cover story, which was written by Rolling Stone’s Latin music editor Suzy Exposito, broke ground by being the magazine’s first article completely worked on by Latinas. It includes photographs by Bad Bunny’s girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri, and it was transcribed and translated by Alex Douglas-Barrera.
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DJ Spider catches up with veteran DJ/producer Spryte on this week’s episode of The 20 Podcast. The Chicago native shares valuable information for DJs during the lockdown. He talks about how he’s diversified his income by producing music for TV, film, and video game live streams. Spryte also looks back on his early days as a turntablist and b-boy, and the DJ AM era.
Watch the interview above. An audio version of the podcast is also available on all major platforms.
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