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Beatsource Names A-Trak as Board Member

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A-Trak at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on April 26, 2019 (Source: Facebook)

Beatsource, the new digital music service for open-format DJs, has added A-Trak to its board of managers.

Beatsource is a joint venture between Beatport and DJcity. It was announced in February.

A-Trak said in the press release:

“Genre-specific stores don’t reflect the DJ landscape anymore. The open-format DJ community has needed a home where we can find all the music we need, curated by like-minded people we respect. Both Beatport and DJcity have been vital to the health of DJ culture for many years, and I’m honored to work with their teams to bring some great products to market.”

He added on Instagram:

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Here we go! I'm excited to join the board of managers at @beatsourceofficial, the new venture between @beatport & @djcity. There are some challenges that need to be met to improve DJs' experience in shopping for music. On one hand there is curation, and Beatsource will be an open format store. The idea of genre-specific stores is dated. Beatsource is built by Beatport + curated by DJ City's trusted team, followed by DJs around the world. On the other hand there is tech: as the music industry fully embraces streaming, DJs will need solutions to play songs from lockers where their song library is stored offline. This new technology opens the door to a bunch of other advancements: new types of promo pools with tracked plays; even tackling the problem of performance royalties for songs played by DJs. There is a lot at hand here. By joining the board, my role is to give input that represents the entire DJ scene. I'm happy to be involved!

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DJcity CEO Brain “DJ Quickie” Wong says:

“He is absolutely the perfect fit to help our organization as an advisor. We all know him as one of the greatest DJs ever and as a passionate advocate for the open format DJ, but it’s his creativity in business that is going to be so valuable as our company innovates and leads the DJ world into the streaming era.”

The public beta of Beatsource’s download store is set to launch in September. Its streaming service, Beatsource LINK, is expected to release at the end of 2019. Based on Beatport’s patented technology, the streaming service will integrate the Beatsource music store into DJ software and hardware and will include offline streaming.

McDaniels recently spoke with Music Week about the future of Beatport and DJ streaming.

Related Post: Beatport Announces Beatport LINK Subscription Service for DJs

2019 Goldie Awards: Judges Announced

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A-Trak at the 2018 Goldie Awards. (Source: Facebook)

The Goldie Awards have announced the judges for the 2019 competition, which goes down in New York City on Oct. 17.

The awards, which feature separate DJ and beat battles, will be judged by an eclectic lineup. They include Armand Van Helden, Just Blaze, Busy P, Craze, Take A Daytrip, Alison Wonderland, UNIIQU3, and Kittens.

Hosting the competition will be Denzel Curry and YehMe2.

Entries for the DJ and beat battles are open until Sept. 1. Submission and ticket info can be found here.

Related Post: 2019 Goldie Awards: One Month Left to Enter

2019 Goldie Awards: One Month Left to Enter

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Goldie Awards DJ battle (Source: Facebook)

DJs and producers have one month left to enter A-Trak‘s third annual Goldie Awards DJ and beat battle.

Applicants can enter by completing the submission form on the Goldie Awards website and uploading a video to Instagram or YouTube by Sept. 1.

The Goldie Awards will select eight DJs and eight producers from the video submissions to compete in New York City on Oct. 17.

Get more info and buy tickets on the Goldie Awards website.

Stay tuned for updates on DJcity, which is an official partner of the competition.

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A-Trak Drops Guest Mix for MistaJam on BBC Radio 1Xtra


A-Trak and MistaJam. (Source: Instagram)

BBC Radio 1Xtra host MistaJam recently invited A-Trak to the studio for his “Traffic Jam” mix series. The Canadian turntablist dropped a half-hour of funky, disco-influenced house tracks including his song “DJs Gotta Dance More” featuring Todd Terry.

Listen here (A-Trak’s mix starts at the 32:18 mark).

A-Trak Announces 3rd Annual Goldie Awards


2018 Goldie Awards DJ Battle winner YUTO competes. (Source: Goldie Awards)

A-Trak has announced the return of the Goldie Awards, his annual DJ and beat battle. Hopeful turntablists and producers may enter by uploading a one-minute video to Instagram or Youtube and submitting it via the Goldie Awards website along with a questionnaire.

Eight competitors will be chosen in each category, and are allowed to use whatever equipment they choose. In the past, the battle has been judged by an all-star lineup of artists including Mark Ronson, Just Blaze, Anna Lunoe, and more. The event will be held at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on October 17.

Click here for more info and watch the 3rd Annual Goldie Awards trailer below.

Related Post: YUTO Delivers ‘DJcity Podcast’ Mix

Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, and Craze Talk DJing on ‘Drink Champs’ Podcast

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From left to right: Craze, DJ EFN, DJ Jazzy Jeff, N.O.R.E., A-Trak (Source: Instagram)

DJ Jazzy Jeff recently sat down with the Drink Champs podcast for a casual yet insightful interview. The Philly legend discussed a variety of topics related to DJing and hip-hop.

Later in the interview, co-host DJ EFN spotted A-Trak and Craze in the audience and invited them to join in. It was a rare discussion with three of the most influential figures in DJing.

Watch the full show below. (A-Trak and Craze come on at the 52-minute mark.)

Related: Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Q&A at Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals

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