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DJcity and Beatsource will be hosting an 8-hour live stream party this Saturday, April 11 to raise funds for those on the COVID-19 frontlines.
Watch from 12 to 8 p.m. PT on Beatsource’s Twitch channel.
The renowned DJ Scene catches up with DJ Spider on The 20 Podcast. The Las Vegas-based DJ, turntablist, and producer is a former Red Bull 3Style regional champ, and his remixes, bootlegs, and edits have been supported by heavyweights like Diplo, Steve Aoki, and A-Trak. In the interview, Scene discusses music library management, live streaming, misconceptions about managers, and more.
Watch the interview above. An audio version of the podcast is also available on all major platforms.
Hosted by DJ Spider, The 20 Podcast features conversations with influential DJs and music industry professionals. Spider and his guests begin each episode by going through Beatsource‘s weekly list of must-have tracks, The 20.
Jazzy Jeff wears a Genre BNDR face mask. (Source: Genre BNDR)
Recently, the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus has begun to impact the global music community. The cancellation of Austin, TX’s SXSW festival, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, Red Bull 3Style’s World Championships, and France’s Tomorrowland Winter are likely only the beginning. DJcity spoke with a few notable DJs to find out how they are handling these cancellations and contemplating their next steps.
Four Color Zack:
“I’m fully expecting [the rash of cancellations] to trickle down to other kinds of gatherings and venues. [It’s] probably just a matter of time,” says Four Color Zack, a former Red Bull 3Style World Champion who was expecting to head to Moscow for the Red Bull 3Style world championships. Zack also notes that he had a recent tour of China canceled because of the coronavirus, and adds, “it would have gotten canceled anyway since the sponsors and venues are all stopping in their tracks.”
Fellow former 3Style World Champion Hedspin adds, “I’ve been touring Asia at least two-to-three times a year for almost a decade now. The only people I’ve noticed that are affected are my DJ/promoter friends in Mainland China and Hong Kong. A lot of them have taken a hit financially because a lot of the nightclubs have temporarily stopped operating, and the general public is just staying home.”
Regarding the spread of coronavirus into Europe, Hedspin is concerned about that marketplace too. “Switzerland just got a notice from the government that all events with more than 1000 people present will have to be canceled or delayed until further notice. This announcement will also affect the European tour dates I had lined up.”
In a recent Twitter post, DJ/producer Dani Deahl summed up the thoughts of many artists:
Musicians make the bulk of their income from touring.
Cancelled festivals and shows bc of Coronavirus will be big financial losses for indie artists this year.
Please consider buying a piece of merch to support your favorite indie act(s) and help art thrive. ❤️
— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) March 6, 2020
When asked about developing other revenue streams in coronavirus’ wake, DJ/producer Spryte says, “Luckily, I have multiple revenue streams outside of tour DJing. However, if this weren’t the case, I would probably look into more local gigs or work with local venues to provide their music in some manner. Everything going on right now is very similar to what happened with the swine flu back in 2009. I try to stay optimistic that my travel schedule won’t be affected much, but I do think everyone should be asking themselves this question just in case.”
Three months in, the concern about coronavirus’ impact are possibly overstated but not without merit. DJ Scene has his own tips for staying healthy while traveling. “I’ve been carrying disinfectant wipes in my backpack for many years. I always wipe down tray tables, armrests, seatbelts, headrests, and walls if I have a window seat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given wipes to other people when they comment, ‘that’s a good idea.'”
When asked about a solution for fans of live sets, he offered a simple solution. “I think it’s a great time to dive into DJ mixes. Whether it’s audio or video, people can enjoy them on-demand while working out, driving, cleaning their house, etc. There are tons of new and classic content to explore. Boiler Room sets are a killer example.”
Ultimately, when thinking about this, or any terrifying situation, the idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure becomes relevant. Four Color Zack instead opted to quote Neil McCauley, a career criminal portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the 1995 film, Heat. “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner. Always have an exit strategy.”
DJ Scene performs at Daylight Beach Club in Las Vegas on April 22, 2016. (via Facebook)
Las Vegas’ DJ Scene is one of the most respected and versatile DJs in the open-format community. A native of Seattle, Scene has won Red Bull Thre3style and DMC battles and is currently a resident at Daylight Beach Club in Vegas. He’s also an active producer and dropped an EP with Four Color Zack on Fool’s Gold in May. His latest release, “Wonka,” just premiered on DJcity. Below are five must-have items that he always carries in his DJ bag.
“Too many times have I found myself missing a headphone adaptor and asking to borrow one. One day I just went on Amazon and bought 10 of them and threw five in my backpack. Now I’m never caught without one, and if anyone else needs to borrow one, I’m able to help.”
“I love having them with me to wipe tray tables and armrests on planes. You’d think the crew would clean everything, but they just pick up the big stuff. I started traveling with them the first time I saw snot on a tray table. I’ve also used them on mixers in clubs and TV remotes in hotels.”
USB Flash Drives
“I usually carry five to eight USB drives. I give some of the USBs, which contain my original tracks, remixes, bootlegs, and mixes, to promoters and resident DJs. Some of the other drives have everything I need to switch over or even play a full set (Serato Control Tone, mixes, and songs of different BPM). I also have a USB eLicenser, which is required by some of the soft synths and plugins that I produce with. If the key is missing, the session won’t load correctly. Major key.”
“There have been a few times when I’ve lost my ID or left it in a different pair of jeans. I started keeping my Global Entry card in my backpack at all times as a backup ID, so there’s never any surprises at the airport. It’s definitely saved me. I have a small group of cards wrapped with a rubber band that includes my Global Entry ID, hotel rewards cards, airport lounge cards, companion pass cards, and drink vouchers.”
Plastic Cutlery Set
“It seems like a weird item, but it’s come in handy more than a few times. You don’t always know when, where or what you’ll be eating when you’re traveling around. It never hurts to have a few extra napkins either.”
Stream “Wonka” below and download it on DJcity.
Earlier this month, Four Color Zack and DJ Scene served up one of the best Power 106 “Jump Off” mixes of the year so far. Thankfully, their half-hour set is now available to stream and download for those who missed the broadcast or want to hear it again.
Zack and Scene are respected in both the club and turntablism worlds because of their virtuoso technique and dedication to breaking new music. Their hip-hop and bass-heavy set is pretty much what you’d expect from them individually or as a duo.
Stream the mix above and download it here.
2. Tinashe – 2 On – Jubilee & Four Color Zack JMZ Remix
3. DJ Scene & Four Color Zack ft. Mad Lion – Stomp
4. Tyga ft. Young Thug – Hookah
5. Craze ft. TroyBoi – Baby Gurl
6. Vice ft. Mike Taylor – World Is Our Playground – Milo & Otis Remix
7. Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize – MVXXA Twerk Edit
8. DMX – Party Up – Ruen & Mister Gray Remix
9. Drake – 10 Bands
10. Rusko – Hold On – Sub Focus Remix
11. Nipsey Hussle – Hussle In The House – Instrumental
12. Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown – Main Chick
13. Blackbear – Dirty Laundry – TWRK Remix
14. Kid Ink ft. Dej Loaf – Be Real
15. Jeremih ft. YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em – Alesia Remix
16. Sudden Beatz – Cochina
17. Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low
18. IamSu! ft. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini – Only That Real
19. Migos – Fight Night
20. Que – OG Bobby Johnson vs Bad Gals – Salva Edit
21. Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter
22. DJ Scene & Four Color Zack ft. M.O.P. – Slap It Down
23. Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown – Show Me – Instrumental
24. Beyonce – 7/11
25. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
26. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen – DJ Scene & Four Color Zack Giveafaux Bootleg
27. Migos – Handsom And Wealthy
28. ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake – Tuesday – DJ Scene Going Down Bootleg
29. Jauz – Feel The Volume
30. ScHoolboy Q – Studio
31. Chedda Da Connect – Flicka Dat Wrist
32. Flosstradamus – Lana’s Theme
33. Big Sean ft. Drake – Blessings
34. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise – Tchami Bootleg
35. Jack U ft. Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now
At first glance, it seems like an unusual pairing. But DJ Scene and Four Color Zack’s collaboration with legendary rap group M.O.P. makes a lot of sense. The twerk-influenced song was just released through A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label, which is no stranger to combining artists of different genres. Seattle’s Scene and Zack are also known for their versatility, having both competed the Red Bull Thre3style — a competition that requires DJs to incorporate multiple music styles. With their eclectic production style and M.O.P.’s powerful vocals, “Slap It Down” is sure to get some club play.
Fun fact: the kid featured in the cover art is an eight-year-old from Seattle that goes by “Yung Lenox.” He drew the art that he’s holding in the photo, and his previous work has been praised by rappers such as Kool Keith and Cam’ron.
Download: DJ Scene & Four Color Zack ft. M.O.P. – Slap It Down
Related: Four Color Zack’s Advice to DJs
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