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D.A. Doman: One of Hip-Hop’s Most In-Demand Producers

D.A. Doman

D.A. Doman
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After a breakout year in 2018, D.A. Doman has become one of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers. The Chicago native has helped lead the resurgence of 100 BPM tracks with his signature sound.

He also played a key role in Tyga’s comeback, producing two Billboard Hot 100 singles for the rapper (“Taste” and “Dip“). Doman also produced “SWISH,” which was one of DJcity’s most-downloaded tracks of the year (along with “Taste” and “Dip”).

To cap off a successful 2018, the 34-year-old produced Kodak Black’s “ZEZE,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, and Kid Ink’s “YUSO,” which reached No. 26 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart.

Continuing the momentum in 2019, Doman has lent his signature sound to Bhad Bhabie (“Bestie“) and Tyga (“Floss in the Bank“). Both tracks appeared on DJcity’s monthly Top 50 chart. Most recently, Doman produced two tracks on Rich The Kid’s new album (“Save That” and “The World is Yours 2 – Intro”).

We spoke with Doman to learn more about his background and sound.

Most of your previous work is slower and trap-influenced, but in 2018 you started producing more 100 BPM tracks. Why did you transition?

I produced Chris Brown‘s single “Privacy” in 2017, and that did well. That was uptempo, and I wanted to do something different than the rest of hip-hop. Everyone was doing slow beats, so I said to myself, “let me make some uptempo ones.” I wanted to be unique and have my own sound. It was influential ’cause now there’s a lot of people doing uptempo music again. “Taste” and “ZEZE” definitely made an impact. I’ve had several big hip-hop producers [direct message] me and thank me for changing things up and keeping things fresh.

Yeah, 100 BPM tracks have made a comeback. How long do you think it will last?

Everything goes in trends, so this sound that I got hot will eventually die off. Hip-hop is so versatile though; you can have a bunch of different vibes going at once. For instance, trap tempo stuff is still super popular now, but so is this uptempo wave that I brought in.


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You had a very successful 2018 and are continuing to see success. Do you feel pressure to keep up the momentum?

You know honestly, I love music so much, it never feels like work when I’m doing it. And the only way to keep up the momentum is to keep making music all the time. So no, I don’t feel pressure.

Have you produced any tracks that you think got overlooked?

I think the best things don’t get overlooked. “Taste” could of easily gotten overlooked, but it didn’t, there’s a reason for that. [laughs]


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You’ve produced a lot of tracks for Tyga. What’s your relationship with him like?

It’s a good relationship. He trusts my ear.

The majority of your work has been in hip-hop and R&B. Do you have any desire to work in other genres?

Yup, I have some music coming in other genres. Rap and R&B are my first loves though, after my wife and daughter. [laughs]


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Do you have any upcoming tracks that you can tell us about?

I got a bunch of stuff coming up. I have a big record with Ty Dolla $ign coming. He’s not only a great singer but a great writer too. And I got more, but it hasn’t been officially announced yet so I can’t speak on it. The two songs I produced on Rich The Kid’s album, “Save That” and “The World is Yours 2 – Intro,” are out now. You can check those out. “Save That” is my signature uptempo sound and is club ready.

Thanks much for the interview and thank you to all the DJs, PDs, and MDs who have my records in rotation. You guys make the world spin.

Follow D.A. Doman on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. You can also listen to a playlist of tracks he’s produced on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

Related: Watch Kid Ink’s ‘YUSO’ Music Video

2019 Grammy Awards Nominees

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The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards have been revealed. Check out the contenders for the DJ-relevant categories below (the full list is available on the Grammy website).

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the pack with eight and seven nominations, respectively.

The eligibility period was from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. The awards will take place on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

GENERAL FIELD

Record Of The Year

I Like It – Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
The Joke – Brandi Carlile
This Is America – Childish Gambino
God’s Plan – Drake
Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA
rockstar – Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

Song Of The Year (songwriter award)

All The Stars – Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)

Boo’d Up – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

God’s Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

In My Blood – Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)

The Joke – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

The Middle – Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha, & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey)

Shallow – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

This Is America – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

POP

Best Pop Solo Performance

Colors – Beck
Havana (Live) – Camila Cabello
God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande
Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – Lady Gaga
Better Now – Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Fall In Line – Christina Aguilera ft. Demi Lovato
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Backstreet Boys
‘S Wonderful – Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Girls Like You – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B
Say Something – Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton
The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

RAP

Best Rap Performance

Be Careful – Cardi B
Nice For What – Drake
King’s Dead – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake
Bubblin – Anderson Paak
SICKO MODE – Travis Scott ft. Drake, Juicy J, & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Like I Do – Christina Aguilera ft. GoldLink
Pretty Little Fears – 6LACK ft. J. Cole
This Is America – Childish Gambino
All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA
rockstar – Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

Best Rap Song (songwriter award)

God’s Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

King’s Dead – Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn, & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake)

Lucky You – R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels, & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem ft. Joyner Lucas)

SICKO MODE – Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim, & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Juicy J, & Swae Lee)

Win – K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels, & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

R&B

Best R&B Performance

Long As I Live – Toni Braxton
Summer – The Carters
Y O Y – Lalah Hathaway
Best Part – H.E.R. ft. Daniel Caesar
First Began – PJ Morton

Best R&B Song (songwriter award)

Boo’d Up – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

Come Through And Chill – Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel, & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel ft. J. Cole & Salaam Remi)

Feels Like Summer – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Focus – Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R., & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)

Long As I Live – Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton, & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Best Dance Recording

Northern Soul – Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford
Ultimatum – Disclosure ft. Fatoumata Diawara
Losing It – FISHER
Electricity – Silk City & Dua Lipa
Ghost Voices – Virtual Self

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL

Producer Of The Year

Boi-1da
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams

Best Remixed Recording

Audio – CID Remix (LSD)
How Long – EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix (Charlie Puth)
Only Road – Cosmic Gate Remix (Gabriel & Dresden ft. Sub Teal)
Stargazing – Kaskade Remix (Kygo ft. Justin Jesso)
Walking Away – Mura Masa Remix (Haim)

Related: 2018 Grammy Winners

Giorgio Moroder Announces First Live Tour

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Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder at the Mezzanine in San Francisco on Sept. 28. (Credit: M. Sanchez Photo)

Legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder has announced that he will go on his first live performance tour in 2019. The 78-year-old is best known in the DJ world for his 2013 collaboration with Daft Punk.

Moroder, who has performed DJ sets in recent years, will play piano, synths, and vocoder alongside a live band and vocalists.

He told The Guardian:

“It is something I have always wanted to do … Back in the days it was unthinkable for producers to ever leave their studios. That territory was reserved for the singers. Today, DJs and music producers have become the superstars of popular dance music, so the time feels right.”

Moroder is considered one of the pioneers of disco and dance music. He has worked with stars like Donna Summer, David Bowie, and Janet Jackson, accumulating over 100 gold and platinum records. Moroder was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

So far, Moroder has confirmed 15 dates throughout Europe starting in April.

Check out the tour schedule and get tickets on his website.

Related: Watch: Marley Marl Talks Producing Electronic Music, Current State of Hip-Hop

How DJ Snake Went From a Paris Ghetto to Being a Global Superstar

DJ Snake

DJ Snake
DJ Snake at Echostage in Washington, DC on March 3, 2018. (Source: Facebook)

Since his breakout anthem “Bird Machine” in 2013, DJ Snake has become one of dance music’s biggest and most prolific artists. He’s scored three Billboard Top 10 hits, played the world’s top festivals, and launched his own label, Premiere Classe. The 32-year-old has come a long way since his days as a hip-hop DJ in Paris.

In a rare interview with Billboard, Snake opened up about his youth and rise to fame.

Growing up in a poor suburb of Paris:

“[Ermont is] just like every ghetto in the world … A lot of poverty. Drugs. Criminality. No hope. You just feel like no one cares. All they give you is a few soccer fields in your hood, and everything is closed. So you just play soccer. You don’t have nothing else.”

Transitioning from being a hip-hop DJ to an open-format DJ and producer:

“I remember the first time I dropped a couple of house records, someone threw an Air Force One in my face. So I decided to stop, … I was like, ‘I want to be able to play everything.’ People were like, ‘You’re crazy. You’re going to lose all your credibility and fans.’ But I wanted to try new things and make my own music. So I became a producer.”

Going from producing other people’s tracks to producing his own:

“The good thing about not speaking the language is you just listen … You listen to everyone, every producer, every writer. Then one day I said, ‘Yo, f#ck that sh#t. Now it’s going to be my vision. I’m not going to listen to anybody, no A&R, nobody. I’ve seen this. I get it. This is greatness. But now I’m going to bring my f#cking greatness, my sound.’”

Hustling at Ultra Music Festival:

“We went backstage and I met RL Grime, Flosstradamus, and Baauer … I got all their phone numbers, and I was so excited that the day after, I was sending all my music. I was the worst — like, 10 emails each.”

Embracing styles from around the world:

“Paris influenced me a lot back then, but now the world has a big influence on me … There’s no way I’m going to sleep on the new things that I’m hearing in Brazil and India.”

Being a role model:

“You don’t need money to be creative … The ghetto builds champions every day. I just want to show the kids in every ghetto in the world that we can make some hot sh#t. We can change the world.”

Related: The 5 Best Remixes of DJ Snake’s ‘Magenta Riddim’

Coachella 2018 Lineup Revealed


Deorro performs at Coachella 2014 in Indio, California/ Maynor J. Reyes

The lineup for the Coachella 2018 festival has been revealed. The two-weekend event will take place April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Indio, California.

Notable hip-hop and R&B acts include Beyonce, Eminem, The Weekend, Migos, Cardi B, SZA, Post Malone, French Montana, Miguel, Tyler the Creator, Dej Loaf, and Jidenna.

Notable dance and electronic acts include Kygo, Deorro, TroyBoi, Chromeo, San Holo, ODESZA, Marian Hill, Snakehips, and Cash Cash.

Other acts include Wizkid, MØ, and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.

Check out the full lineup below or on Coachella’s website.

Related: Coachella 2017 Lineup Revealed

DJcity Trends for November 2017

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DJcity Trends

The November 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

November’s contributors:

Chris Styles, mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM
Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
Eski, contributor at DJcity UK
First Choice, mixer at New York’s Power 105.1
Jay Dabhi, mixer at New York City’s 92.3 AMP Radio and SiriusXM’s Globalization
Klutch, member of Electric Bodega
Mind Motion, member of Pirate DJs crew
Play, director of DJcity UK
R-Tistic, 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle champion
Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
Scene, Fool’s Gold recording artist

DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of tracks intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

Related: DJcity Trends for October 2017

DJcity Trends for September 2017

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DJcity Trends

The September 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

September’s contributors:

Chris Styles, mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM
Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
Eski, contributor at DJcity UK
First Choice, mixer at New York’s Power 105.1
Mind Motion, member of Pirate DJs crew
Play, director of DJcity UK
R-Tistic, 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle champion
Sammy Needlz, dancehall director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization

DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of tracks intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

Related: DJcity Trends Charts for August 2017

DJcity Trends Charts for August 2017

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DJcity Trends

The August 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

August’s contributors:

Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
Eski, contributor at DJcity UK
First Choice, mixer at New York’s Power 105.1
Klutch, member of Electric Bodega
Play, director of DJcity UK
R-Tistic, 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle champion
Sammy Needlz, dancehall director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization

DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of charts intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

Related: DJcity Trends Charts for July 2017

Mayeda Covers Kehlani’s ‘Distraction’

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Los Angeles DJ/producer Mayeda has transformed Kehlani‘s laid back single “Distraction” into a nu disco heater.

Released in July 2016, “Distraction” was the second single off the singer’s debut album, SweetSexySavage. It peaked at No. 85 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and was certified gold two weeks ago, nearly a year after its release.

Watch Mayeda’s cover above and download “Distraction” on DJcity.

Follow Mayeda on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Related: Mayeda Covers Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’

DJcity Trends Charts for July 2017

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DJcity Trends

DJcity Trends has received two big improvements! First, we’ve added an afrobeats and dancehall chart, and second, we’ve brought on our very own KidCutUp as an additional contributor. Check out the July edition of Trends here.

July’s contributors:

Chris Styles, mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM
Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
Jay Dabhi, mixer at New York City’s 92.3 AMP Radio and SiriusXM’s Globalization
KidCutUp, music producer at DJcity
Klutch, member of Electric Bodega
Mind Motion, member of Pirate DJs crew
Play, director of DJcity UK
Sammy Needlz, dancehall director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
Scene, Fool’s Gold recording artist

DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of charts intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

Related: DJcity Trends Charts for June 2017

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