Music Industry

Beyond the Music Retreat Announces Premier Package Giveaway

Beyond the Music Retreat is back and giving away a Premier Package to one lucky DJ and a guest of their choice! ($1,798 value). To enter, simply follow @beyondthemusicretreat, @beatsourceofficial, @djcity, and @djvice on Instagram and tag three of your DJ friends in the comment section of this post. We’ll choose a random winner in 72 hours, and you’ll have to figure out which friend to bring. See Terms & Conditions.

Beyond the Music Retreat is an educational conference dedicated to helping DJs take their careers to a higher altitude. Join us at Arizona’s Wigwam Resort from June 13-15 for discussion panels and networking events with some of the DJ world’s brightest minds.

Technics Releases 50th Anniversary SL-1200 Turntable

To celebrate the SL-1200 series’ 50th anniversary, Technics has released limited edition direct drive turntable system, the SL-1200M7L. The latest product is a special edition model based on the SL-1200MK7, which was released in 2019. The turntable comes in seven different colors including red, blue, green, black, beige, yellow and white. Each color features a gold tonearm along with a special badge inscribed with serial number.

The SL-1200M7L retails for $1,099.99 and is available for pre-order now.

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Snoop Dogg Buys Death Row Records

In 1993, Snoop Dogg dropped his debut album Doggystyle on Death Row Records. Nearly 30 years later, the iconic West Coast rapper and entrepreneur has bought the label, which had been owned by MNRK Music Group (formerly eOne Music).

Co-founded by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre in the early ’90s, Death Row has been home to iconic hip-hop artists like 2Pac, Dre, and Snoop.

Snoop said in a statement:

“I am thrilled and appreciative of the opportunity to acquire the iconic and culturally significant Death Row Records brand, which has immense untapped future value … It feels good to have ownership of the label I was part of at the beginning of my career and as one of the founding members. This is an extremely meaningful moment for me.”

In 2021, Beatsource teamed up with Death Row and JetPack to design a limited edition DJ bag in celebration of the label’s 30th anniversary. Watch the unboxing video below and order the bag here.

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Mojaxx Reviews Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-REV1 and DDJ-REV7

Mojaxx reviews Pioneer DJ’s new controllers, the DDJ-REV1 and DDJ-REV7 on the first episode of his new Beatsource Tech series. The DDJ-REV1 is an entry-level, two-channel controller for Serato DJ Lite, and the DDJ-REV7 is a two-channel controller for Serato DJ Pro with motorized platters that provides the mixer and turntable experience in one unit.

Both are part of the new DDJ-REV series that takes inspiration for its layout from a professional DJM-S mixer plus turntable setup and adds innovative features for open format DJs.

“The ‘REV’ series of controllers are a new and exciting chapter for Serato and Pioneer DJ,” says Serato Chief Strategy Officer Nick Maclaren. “Following up on the DDJ-SB3 was never going to be easy, with a brand new layout and innovative features we’re confident beginners are going to love learning on DDJ-REV1. For our professional DJs, the DDJ-REV7 is one of the most powerful controllers we’ve ever worked on and it’s exciting to have motorized jog wheels make their debut on a Pioneer DJ controller.”

Watch Mojaxx’s review for the DDJ-REV7 above and for the DDJ-REV1 below.

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New Global Music Page Now Available On the DJcity Mobile App

New Global Music Page Now Available On the DJcity Mobile App

New Global Music Page Now Available On the DJcity Mobile App

Earlier this year, DJcity introduced the new Global Music Page to their website. This new feature has now been added to the DJcity mobile app. The global music page allows users to easily expand their crates with our extensive catalog of tracks from around the world. A single subscription with DJcity includes full access to all five DJcity record pools for the price of one, including DJcity, DJcity UK, DJcity Latino, DJcity Japan, DJcity DE, and more to come, like our new South Asian catalog.

Watch Mojaxx‘s walkthrough below and download the DJcity mobile app here.

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Twitch Reaches Partnership With Music Publishers

Twitch Reaches Partnership -- Not A Licensing Deal -- With Music Publishers

Twitch Reaches Partnership -- Not A Licensing Deal -- With Music Publishers
Four Color Zack performing on Twitch.

After a year wherein numerous independent creatives employed as DJs struggled then learned how to adapt their skills to streaming platforms, Twitch — one of the most popular of platforms for disc jockeys to continue to play as well as earn sustainable incomes — has partnered with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) on a long-awaited agreement focused on building “productive partnerships” between the livestreaming service and publishing organization, according to a press release announcement.

The deal is not quite yet a licensing deal. Instead, it’s a time window during which Twitch and the NMPA will negotiate an arrangement for handling music use on the platform going forward.

“We look forward to working together toward building long-lasting partnerships with Twitch,” NMPA president/CEO David Israelite tells Billboard. “This agreement provides the framework for that relationship to develop.”

2020 and 2021 has seen Twitch operate under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), shielding content-hosting platforms from liability for copyright infringement by users, outlining a process for rights holders to file “takedown notices” to report unauthorized music uses. However, this process frustrated users after the NMPA and RIAA together filed thousands of takedown notices over the past year, for minor violations.

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