Music Industry

Dubai DJcity Linkup Announced

The official DJcity Linkup is back in the UAE.

After the success of the April event, we have joined forces with Sample Music Festival to deliver an interactive networking event featuring demos from top brands such as Ableton and Native instruments.

The Sample Music Festival event is taking place at Hall 4, Dubai World Trade Centre. The event is from 15th – 17th October, with the DJcity Linkup taking place on Wednesday 16th October from 4pm to 6pm.

For more information on the Sample Music Festival event visit HERE.

Related Post: DJcity UK Linkup 2019 Announced

DJcity UK Linkup 2019 Announced

The official DJcity UK Linkup is back for another year. After the success and positive feedback from last year’s link up, we have joined forces again with BEATGEEK for an exclusive DJ, producer, and brand event.

The BEATGEEK event is taking place at Aures London, 18 Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN. The event is from 27th – 29th September, with the DJcity UK Linkup taking place on Sunday 29th September from 3pm to 6pm.

The Sunday event will be broken down into below:

Portablist Lounge 2019 Battle Finals
On Leake Street itself, a whole day of open portable turntables, networking, tutorials, cyphers, the Portablist Lounge Battle and much more. Portablist lounge is completely portable, powered by a minirigs soundsystem.

Products 4 Sale
Located in the Link Tunnel, there are trade stalls from various brands with products available to purchase on the day.

Official DJcity Linkup
The Official DJcity 2019 London Linkup will be located inside Aures.

RSVP if you would like to attend the Official DJcity UK Linkup 2019 HERE.

For more information on the BEATGEEK event visit the website.

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Review: Denon DJ Prime 4 Standalone DJ System

Tips and Tricks

In March, Mojaxx provided a first look at Denon DJ’s Prime 4 standalone DJ system. Now, following a firmware update, Mo has returned with a full review.

Watch above on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

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Watch the ‘Beyond the Music Retreat’ Documentary

Beyond the Music Retreat

In March, DJcity and DJ/producer Vice joined forces to host the inaugural Beyond the Music Retreat in Black Hawk, Colorado.

The conference, which took place over two days, featured some of the brightest minds in the industry. The panelists included Chuckie, A-Trak, Z-Trip, Justin Credible, Miles Medina, and DJ Spider.

The retreat made an impact on its attendees, including A-Trak, who took to Twitter to reflect on the experience.

Those who didn’t attend can now watch a mini-documentary that includes interviews with panelists and attendees.

Watch below.

Related: Watch DJ Vice’s ‘MikiDz Show’ Set

Audio-Visual Arts Festival Announce London Conference



AVA (Audio-Visual Arts) started in Belfast 5 years ago, and now they are one of the UK’s leading electronic music festivals and conferences.

Now they are bringing the conference to London. The conference will offer an insight into the music and arts industry from artists, agents, labels and innovators. ​Bicep, Octave One​, ​Abbey Road Studios, Ninja Tune, Artwork and more will form line up of panels, workshops and keynotes alongside some of the industries most notable names and brands.

The conference is free-to-attend, for all-ages and is a perfect opportunity for all starting out or wanting to get into the music industry.

Addres​s – The Printworks, ​Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7PJ
Date​ – Friday 15th March
Timings​ – 10:00 – 17:00

The full AVA London programme can be found at here.

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Charlie Sloth Leaves BBC for Apple Music

Drake and Charlie Sloth

Drake and Charlie Sloth
Drake and Charlie Sloth (Source: BBC)

Charlie Sloth, one of the leading hip-hop radio DJs in the UK, has announced that he’s leaving BBC Radio for Apple Music.

Sloth, who has been with the network for a decade, has hosted shows on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. His rap freestyle segment “Fire in the Booth” is globally renowned. The segment has featured appearances from Drake, Stormzy, Big Shaq, and many more.

It hasn’t been revealed what his role at Apple Music will be, but there is speculation that he will be hosting a new show on Beats 1 and contributing to the platform’s playlists.

Sloth isn’t the only BBC host to leave for Apple Music. In 2015, Zane Lowe departed the network to launch a show on Beats 1.

Sloth posted the following message on Instagram:

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After almost 10 years of dedicating my life to BBC radio 1xtra & Radio 1 and achieving everything I set out to I’ve decided the time has come to leave the BBC and seek a new challenge. I want to thank everybody who has listened to me over the years and supported me in everything I have done I love you and the journey continues. I also want to say a huge thank you to the following people for always believing in me and supporting me while at the Bbc. Dellessa James Alex lawless Carlene Morlese Rob little john Julie Shepherd Rebecca frank Joe Harland Rhys Hughes Lim La Richards Janine kempadoo Hermet Chadha Rachal Mcalroy Alex Rata Lucy Hickling And especially Ben cooper for being a great leader and for giving me all the opportunities he has to prove myself I’m forever grateful I hope all my colleagues at 1xtra and radio 1 keep up the amazing work it’s been an incredible place to work and I’m honoured to have done so. I joined the BBC as a boy and I leave as a man. Together we have created some moments that will live forever. Charlie Sloth ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ANNOUNCEMENT ON WHATS NEXT COMING SOON ❤️

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Artists Can Now Upload Their Music Directly to Spotify



Spotify has announced a new feature that could transform the music industry.

The feature, which is part of the Spotify for Artists platform, enables acts to upload their music directly to the streaming service without the need for a third-party distributor or record label.

Right now, uploading is only available by invitation to a few hundred US-based independent artists, but Spotify says it will “bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams in the future.”

By enabling artists to upload directly, Spotify has moved into the space of user-uploaded audio content, which has traditionally been dominated by SoundCloud.

It is the latest move by Spotify to work directly with artists. In July, the company introduced a tool that enables artists to submit their music for playlist consideration. And earlier this year, Spotify confirmed that it’s signing direct, non-exclusive deals with independent artists.

Learn more about the upload feature here.

Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Sept. 18

DJ Dubl & DJ Stylus Discuss Anxiety, Depression, & Mental Health in the DJ World

Talkover Podcast

London’s DJ Dubl and Manchester’s DJ Stylus drop their latest “Talkover Podcast” and discuss in detail a very important topic, health issues in the DJ world.

They explore why so many DJs (and other music industry professionals) suffer from disorders like anxiety, depression and stress as well as the common fact that most people suffering stay silent. They talk about possible solutions, plus ways to help cope with these issues. Both have suffered quite badly from anxiety as DJs and they discuss their own personal experiences with trying to be a creative minded, an active DJ, and battling with mental health issues. Hopefully this will resonate and help a few people.

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Getahead to Launch in London – 24 Hour Festival of the Head

Getahead Festival

The modern world is full of abundant choice and opportunity, but all too often this is resulting in burn-out. Striking the right balance is something that has dogged the DJ world for as long as it has existed, and recent tragic events with Avicii’s suicide have shone a bright light on that. In the last few years, mental health has been spoken about far more openly, but there is still much work to be done on avoiding these issues, or helping those already suffering.

Getahead is a collaboration between Daniel Kirby of Techdept, and AEI Group (home of UKF, Drum & Bass Arena, Subsoul and The Sound You Need amongst others), with a shared vision of helping people get ahead in life without burning out.

Constant travel, lack of sleep, bad diet, not enough exercise, the ready availability of things to take away sobriety, distance from your loved ones when you need support… a few years of this can be dangerous if you aren’t taking care of yourself!

On Wednesday June 13th from 6am to 6am, Omeara will host a 24 hour series of raves, events, panels, workshops and more – all centred around equipping people with the tools to navigate the hectic modern world and find success, without risking their own health along the way. Obviously don’t try to go to it all – it’s a pick n mix format to work around people’s busy lives.

A morning sober rave is kicking things off, with a more traditional rave closing proceedings – Ben Verse of Pendulum fame has curated a fantastic D&B line up for the main room, with Carly Wilford hosting room 2, and DJ Santero hosting the 3rd room with Stanton Warriors, Sam Young aka Vanilla Ace, Tim Cullen, Dr Mood Swing, Alex Session and Bowler, as well as one more EXTREMELY special guest DJ who I sadly can’t name for contractual reasons! BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Melody Kane is bring her “No Kane No Gain” fitness session to the day sessions, and there’s all sorts of stuff on offer besides this.

As well as the rave, Ben Verse has compiled a stunning D&B album, MIND STATE Vol 1, featuring exclusive tracks from Chase & Status, The Prodigy, Sub Focus, Spor, D-Bridge, and more – with several of the artists from the album slated to perform at Getahead.

Tickets are available HERE.

Shout out to DJ Santero for sharing the festival’s details with us and watch the official Getahead Festival video below.

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Ramz Links Up With Local DJ’s in Germany



UK rapper Ramz who is best known for his single “Barking”, which reached number 2 in the official UK charts and was the 4th most-downloaded track on DJcity UK in December, linked up with a selection of local DJ’s at Universal Music during his promotional tour in Berlin.

His single “Barking” is currently number 1 on German Spotify. They discussed a selection of topics including the rise in UK music in Germany, the local German club scene and the importance of DJ’s breaking new music.

Related: DJcity UK’s Most Downloaded Tracks of Dec. 2017