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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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Related: DJcity UK’s Most Downloaded Tracks of Sept. 2018

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.

Related: Jamal Edwards Explores Mental Health in the Music Industry

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

Four Color Zack: The Politics of DJing in Las Vegas

Four Color Zack

Four Color Zack
Four Color Zack at Holy Ship! 10.0 on Jan. 7, 2018. (Credit: Rukes)

Four Color Zack recently sat down for an interview with the Reflections of a DJ podcast (a.k.a. R.O.A.D. Podcast). The show is hosted by Las Vegas DJs Crooked, D-Miles, Jaime Da Great, and Neva.

Among the topics discussed were the politics of DJing in Vegas. A fan of the show, Zack told the hosts that he values their inside perspective of the Vegas club scene. The conversation that ensues covers what it’s really like DJing in Sin City as well as some of the dos and don’ts of holding down a residency.

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

Follow Reflections of a DJ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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

Jose Luis

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

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How DJ AM Became the Highest Paid DJ in the World

Shecky Green

Shecky Green
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.

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