Music Industry

‘MikiDz Podcast’: DJ Nitrane Talks Performing with an Artist in the Club

On this week’s episode of the MikiDz Podcast, the crew sits down with DJ Nitrane. Nitrane is the tour DJ for Dreamville Records artist Bas. The guys discuss what to play when there’s an artist hosting, performing, or just popping bottles in the club.

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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Drake Talks Ghostwriting Rumors and Cultural Appropriation in Rap Radar Interview

Drake recently sat down with Rap Radar‘s Elliott Wilson and Brian “B-Dot” Miller in his Toronto home for an extensive interview. Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, the artist talked about ghostwriting rumors, beef with other artists, accusations of cultural appropriation, his current label situation, and more.

On the difference between ghostwriting and collaborating with other artists:

“Look, if it makes a great song…but it’s you and this other person that’s cooking it up, you’re not doing anything wrong.”

On borrowing other cultures’ musical styles in his songs:

“That’s not appropriating… I make a point to give opportunity to people that I respect. Wizkid was on [“One Dance”] with me, and I had blessings from the real dons in that space.”

Watch the interview above.

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SiriusXM Announces Exclusive Radio Broadcast Agreement with Rolling Loud

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Travis Scott performing at the Rolling Loud festival in Queens, New York on October 12, 2019. (Source: Facebook)

Rolling Loud — now the world’s largest hip-hop festival — has officially signed a deal for SiriusXM to serve as the multi-city event’s American broadcast partner for 2020.

2019 saw Rolling Loud expand to events in Los Angeles, Miami, the Bay Area, and New York City. The five-year-old festival’s longest-standing proceedings, in Miami, were broadcast via SiriusXM this year. The partnership proved successful enough to continue.

From Friday, December 13 – Monday, December 16, SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation (ch. 44) will be rebranded as Rolling Loud Radio. This weekend’s channel 44 programming will feature backstage interviews and live performances from artists such as DaBaby, Future, Wale, Young Thug, YG, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Lil Skies, Lil Tecca, Polo G, Smokepurpp, and more.

Furthermore, in 2020, SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation (ch. 44) will feature Rolling Loud’s co-founders, Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler hosting their own weekly two-hour mix show. The broadcast intends to highlight the culture of Rolling Loud with songs, artist interviews, and special commentary.

“My team and I have been working with Rolling Loud co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler on many levels for a long time to help make this partnership happen,” noted SiriusXM Host, Sway Calloway. “They’ve helped to enhance and put a spotlight on the live performance aspect of hip-hop music in a huge way with their festival, the biggest of its kind, and we are excited to work with them to bring what they’ve created to our SiriusXM subscribers.”

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

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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’

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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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