• DJ Carlo Atendido: What It’s Like DJing a Festival in the Philippines

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    In January, DJ Carlo Atendido launched a series on DJcityTV called DJ Life, offering a glimpse into his life as a traveling DJ. The first episode found the two-time Red Bull 3Style Philippines champion running into trouble as he attempts to perform at a show where there’s no equipment.

    Now, it’s smooth sailing for Carlo. On the second installment of the series, he heads to Iloilo City in the Philippines to DJ at the Dinagyang Festival. Carlo is greeted by dancers at the airport, holds a meet and greet with fans, and then rocks a set at the festival.

    Watch on DJ Life above.

    Related: Carlo Atendido Launches DJ Lifestyle Series on DJcityTV

  • Watch: Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII Mini-Documentary

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    In February, we traveled to Kraków, Poland to take in the full Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII experience. In addition to five nights of battles, the week-long event included workshops, tours of the city and surrounding area, and pre- and after-parties. Red Bull gave us exclusive behind-the-scenes access to everything that went down. Watch above.

    Related: Watch DJ Nu-Mark’s Showcase Set From the Red Bull 3Style World Finals

  • Meet Jose Luis, One of the UK’s Most Influential Latin DJs and Promoters

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    Jose Luis
    Jose Luis (Source: Jose Luis)

    Latin music is exploding worldwide, and one of the DJs and promoters leading the charge in the UK is Jose Luis.

    Born and bred in Venezuela, Luis has lived in London for half of his life. For the past 11 years, he has been DJing and promoting at his monthly La Bomba event at the O2 Academy Islington, which he calls “the original reggaeton party in the UK.” Luis has promoted shows with some of the biggest names in Latin music, including Don Omar, DJ Nelson, Plan B, Tego Calderon, and DJ Kazzanova. As a DJ, he has opened for stars like Daddy Yankee, Juan Magan, Calle 13, and Hector El Father.

    When Luis isn’t DJing and promoting, he runs Latino Life, a website focused on the UK scene. He’s also a founder and managing director of the UK Latin Awards, which “recognizes the contribution of Britain’s one million Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese residents.”

    We recently spoke with Luis about the UK scene and Latin music in general.

    How did you get into throwing parties?

    I was always involved in parties when I was in secondary school. I was a party animal and had a big record collection. I was into house, punk, and salsa music. When I first came to London, I landed a job at a Latino record shop called El Barrio. The owner was a promoter for Colombian acts in Europe. I learned a lot from him and started DJing. After a while, it was a natural progression to do my own thing.

    What styles of Latin music are played at your events?

    Mainly reggaeton these days, but with London being such a multicultural city, we mix it up with what’s popping here. It could be afrobeats, dancehall, hip-hop, Latin trap, etc. We sometimes have a room where we play more traditional Latino music such as salsa. But even salsa has got an urban treatment these days. There is a newish sub-genre called “Salsa choke” from Colombia, which is great and is gaining ground everywhere.

    Have your parties gotten more popular with the rise of Latin music?

    Yes, but there are also a lot of new people doing big events which kind of split the audiences a bit. But yes, the recent popularity of Latin music has increased the number of people at the parties for sure.

    Jose Luis
    Jose Luis (Source: Jose Luis)

    Where do you see Latin music going?

    Getting bigger and bigger. Latinos are not a race, we are a culture, and our culture is made of many influences, which allows new influences to be part of it. For example, right now Baile funk is having a comeback. The latest big hit from J Balvin is a remix of a funkeiro track by Brazil’s MC Fioti, which features Balvin himself (Colombia), Future (USA), Stefflon Don (UK), and Juan Magan (Spain). “Despacito” just got a Mandarin-Spanish release for the Chinese market, and the list goes on. I truly believe Latin music, at least in the UK, has arrived and people will embrace it.

    Do you see any potential between UK and Latin artists?

    That is kind of my focus at the moment — to create a bridge. If UK artists realized the potential they have in Latin America, they would be all making Latino influenced beats! It is hard because the UK is a very dynamic and unforgiving market for artists, so they need to be on the ball. But I would love to see people like Skepta, Lethal Bizzle or even Wretch 32 doing Latino collaborations. For some reason, I never paid proper attention to Wretch and recently started listening to him proper. I can see him collaborating with someone like Residente. That would be sick!

    What differentiates the UK Latin Awards from other Latin awards?

    We are the only ones recognizing UK based talent. The UK is such an amazing place for music. Latin music is being created all over the world, and the UK, having such a massive variety of genres, is not an exception. We wanted to give UK and European artists a platform for the world to get to know them better. Most, if not all the major Latino Awards are created in the United States, and we wanted to create a counterpart in the UK and Europe.

    What do you have planned for the future?

    I just keep working man! I am a believer in hard work. This year we are planning two free outdoor events. One has been confirmed in the South Bank outside the Mayor of London’s office. It’s a festival called La Clave and will take place on June 9. We’re waiting to confirm the second event, but if it happens, it could be a game changer for Latinos in London and the UK.

    Also, I just started a new show on Colourful Radio every Thursday. It is the very first urban Latin program on terrestrial radio or DAB, which is the equivalent to satellite radio in the UK. Once independent radio stations start playing it, it is just a matter of time until the big stations to do the same.

    2018 should see me doing more music production, too. I have about 20-25 tunes to release with my crew La Kasha, which is a DJ-percussion crew. We are doing some mad stuff at the moment, trying to create a London Latino electronic sound. We’re already talking to labels about releases. Hopefully, I can get that on the road. And we are taking La Bomba abroad again. It has been a minute since we did a tour and international gigs with a full crew. We already have something about to be confirmed in Germany where I have been working for the last 10 years. I think that will keep me busy for the rest of the year!

    Listen to Luis’ new mix below and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and SoundCloud.


    1. Rocky Theme
    2. MC João – Baile De Favela – Teriyaki Boys Blend
    3. Dennis DJ, MC Léléto, & MC Maromba – Automaticamente
    4. DJ Isaac – Jiu Jitsu
    5. MC Fioti, Future, J Balvin, Stefflon Don, & Juan Magan – Bum Bum Tam Tam
    6. Kid Kaio & Moradzo – Aranha
    7. MC Kevinho – Olha A Explosao
    8. Janessa – Tarraxa – JL Reggaeton Edit
    9. Shinehead – Jamaican In New York – DJ Panji Reggaeton Mix
    10. Daddy Yankee vs Ed Sheeran – Shakes of You – JL Mashup
    11. Daddy Yankee – Dura – Refresh Hype Intro
    12. DJ Nelson ft. Alberto Stylee – Flow Salvaje
    13. J Balvin vs Toto La Momposina – Ginza’s Curura JL Mashup
    14. El Chombo – Introduccion B – El Cosita Mix
    15. Tropikore ft. Tony Touch, Chipy D, & Nigga Sibilino – Om Curry
    16. Joe Arroyo – No Le Pegue A La Negra – O.M.F. Moomba Mix
    17. J Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente – Dillon Francis Remix
    18. Lao Ra ft. Almighty – Me Gusta
    19. Eve – Who’s That Girl – Stavros Martina Moombahton Bootleg
    20. Pitbull – POW

    Related: Chuckie Talks J Balvin Collab, ‘Machika’

  • How DJ AM Became the Highest Paid DJ in the World

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    Jonathan Shecter aka “Shecky Green.” (Credit: L.E. Baskow / Las Vegas Weekly)

    Jonathan Shecter aka “Shecky Green,” the co-founder of The Source magazine and current Editor-In-Chief for Cuepoint at Medium, was recently a guest on the Reflections of a DJ (R.O.A.D.) podcast.

    A former director of programming for the Wynn, Shecky played a key role in negotiating DJ AM’s groundbreaking deal with Las Vegas’ PURE Nightclub in 2006.

    During the convo, the show’s co-host Crooked asked Shecky about how he helped broker the deal. Shecky discusses how the negotiations went down and how it raised the bar for DJs going forward. He also talks about how the death of AM marked the beginning of the EDM era.

    Reflections of a DJ is hosted by Las Vegas DJs Crooked, D-Miles, Neva, and Jaime Da Great.

    Watch the clip and listen to the full interview below. New episodes go up on Wednesdays on iTunes and SoundCloud.

    Related: DJ Scooter: WTF is Open Format DJing?

  • The Chainsmokers: Must-Have Items in Our DJ Bag

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    The Chainsmokers
    The Chainsmokers at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas on Feb. 3, 2017. (Source: Facebook)

    The Chainsmokers have been on fire since their 2014 breakout hit, “#Selfie.” Along with releasing follow-up hits like “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Closer,” and “Something Just Like This,” the duo has been touring the world and holding down a residency at Las Vegas’ XS Nightclub. With all their globetrotting, it’s safe to say the ‘smokers know a thing or two about traveling.

    Check out their must-have travel items below.

    Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

    “It’s the amazing sampling gadget we have been using in a lot of our songs. It’s super small and convenient to travel with.”

    Mophie Battery Packs

    “Do we even really need to explain? You got the new iPhone update your sh#t is dying instantly.”

    Neck Pillows

    “This is sort of self-explanatory, but man we got like 10,000 of these. The trick is to go for the memory foam.”

    Power Converters

    “Nothing is worse than getting to another country and not having the right power adapter.”

    Illesteva Sunglasses

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    Follow The Chainsmokers on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

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  • Watch All Six Final Round Sets From the Red Bull 3Style World Finals

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    Damianito performs in the final round of the Red Bull 3Style World Finals in Krakow, Poland on Feb. 11, 2018. (Credit: Kin Marcin/Red Bull)

    The Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII came to an end on Sunday night in Kraków, Poland. After five days of battles featuring 24 national champions, it was Italy’s Damianito who took home the world championship trophy.

    Damianito, who was selected as a wildcard, defeated five competitors in the final round. Belgium’s DJ Cross placed second while Canada’s Cam B rounded out the top three. Chile’s Diego Zapata, South Africa’s Ryan the DJ, and Japan’s RINA also competed. RINA participated as the other wildcard pick while the other DJs had won their respective qualifying rounds.

    Each contestant was given 15 minutes to perform a set consisting of at least three genres. They were judged on originality (40%), skills (25%), song selection (20%), and crowd response (15%).

    The judges were DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Nu-Mark, Craze, Skratch Bastid, and Nina Las Vegas.

    Watch all six sets below.

    Damianito, Italy

    DJ Cross, Belgium

    Cam B, Canada

    Diego Zapata, Chile

    RINA, Japan

    Ryan the DJ, South Africa

    Related: Italy’s Damianito Wins Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII

  • Italy’s Damianito Wins Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII

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    Damianito performs at the Red Bull 3Style VIII World Finals in Krakow, Poland. (Credit: Pioneer DJ Global)

    Italy’s Damianito has been crowned the Red Bull 3Style VIII World Champion. The battle took place on Sunday night at the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre in Krakow, Poland.

    Damianito delivered an impressive routine despite only finding out Sunday morning that he would be competing in the final as a wild card. He was energetic, pulled off some clean tricks, and creatively used a talk box during his set.

    The Rome native, who serves as DJcity’s Italy representative, was left speechless afterward. He simply thanked everyone and said that he had “always imagined” himself being there.

    Damianito faced some stiff competition in Belgium’s DJ Cross and Canada’s Cam B, who took second and third place respectively. Also competing were Chile’s Diego Zapata, Japan’s RINA, and South Africa’s Ryan the DJ.

    Judging the battle were DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Nu-Mark, Craze, Skratch Bastid, and Nina Las Vegas.

    We will share Damianito’s winning set as soon as it becomes available.

    Related: Watch: Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII Wild Card Announcement

  • Watch: Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII Wild Card Announcement

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    Following this morning’s wild card news, DJcityTV gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the moment Italy’s Damianito and Japan’s RINA were selected. Unsurprisingly, they were both overcome with emotion after being chosen to compete in the Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII. Mojaxx caught up with them afterward to get their reactions.

    Watch above and stay tuned for more exclusive 3Style coverage.

    Related: Japan’s RINA and Italy’s Damianito Selected as Wild Cards in Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII

  • Japan’s RINA and Italy’s Damianito Selected as Wild Cards in Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII

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    RINA performs at the Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII in Krakow, Poland. (Credit: Dan Reid Photography)

    Japan’s RINA and Italy’s Damianito have been selected as the wild cards for the final round of the Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII in Krakow, Poland. While the judges usually make the picks, this year’s selections were made by the former 3Style world champions.

    RINA and Damianito will battle for the crown alongside Canada’s Cam B, Chile’s Diego Zapata, Belgium’s DJ Cross, and South Africa’s Ryan the DJ.

    Watch the live stream of the final round today at 11:45 a.m. PST / 8:45 p.m. CET on 3Style’s Facebook page.

    Related: Is Sync the End of DJing? DJ Jazzy Jeff Answers at Red Bull 3Style VIII

  • DJ Beats on Being a First-Time Red Bull 3Style Competitor

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    DJ Beats has been following Red Bull 3Style for years as a fan. However, this year, the Lebanon native had a chance to compete. Mojaxx caught up with him to see what it’s like to be a first-time competitor and the first DJ from his country to compete at the world finals.

    Watch above and stay tuned for more exclusive 3Style coverage.

    Related: Is Sync the End of DJing? DJ Jazzy Jeff Answers at Red Bull 3Style VIII

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