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WS+JR

DJ White Shadow and D-JR Form New Duo, Drop First Release: DJcity Exclusive

WS+JR
DJ White Shadow (left) and D-JR (right)

Lady Gaga collaborator DJ White Shadow and Red Bull Music 3Style competitor D-JR have formed a new group called WS+JR. The duo will release remixes and edits of classic party tracks and current heaters.

To kick things off, WS+JR have dropped an edit of 2 Chainz‘s 2012 anthem, “I’m Different.” It is available exclusively on DJcity.

The duo is also set to embark on a worldwide tour, with dates to be announced soon.

Watch JR flip the edit below and download the edit on DJcity.

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W Hollywood Sound Suite

First Look: W Hotels’ New Music Studio in Hollywood

W Hollywood Sound Suite
W Hollywood Sound Suite

In early June, W Hotels Worldwide unveiled a music studio and writers room at its Hollywood location. The “Sound Suite” as its called, is part of an initiative to facilitate creativity among hotel guests and local musicians.

The studio is the brainchild of W Hotels’ North American music director, White Shadow, who’s best known for being Lady Gaga‘s DJ and producer. It provides hotel customers and local artists with an easy and comfortable way to write and record.

The W Hollywood isn’t the only location with a Sound Suite, though. The company recently launched studios in Seattle, Bali, and Barcelona, and there are plans to roll out more.

Recording booth
Recording booth

Like many great ideas, the Sound Suite came out of necessity.

After traveling with Lady Gaga on her Born This Way tour, White Shadow realized there needed to be an easier way for artists to record while on the road.

“It was inconvenient and costly to rent a studio in every city,” he tells us “So we put a studio in a flight case and set it up in our hotel rooms. But it takes a while to set up, and you’ve got people banging on the door if you’re making noise above a certain level.”

A couple of years later, White Shadow approached W Hotels about adding studios to their locations so that guests could use them.

“The W brand is super passionate about music,” He says. “It’s a big part of their DNA.”

“I knew that the studio would fit because they were willing to take a risk that I’ve never seen another big brand take. There wasn’t a 45-page case study about how to get a return on investment. It was like, ‘How do we come up with an idea and make everybody feel good?'”

DJ White Shadow
DJ White Shadow

While the Sound Suites are equipped with the best available technology, they’re smaller than traditional studios.

“We didn’t want to overdo it because studios are moving into smaller and smaller spots,” White Shadow explains. “You can sit in your room with a laptop and your headphones on.”

A smaller space is also more affordable and easier to use.

“I wanted up-and-coming artists to be able to use it and feel like they’re in an incredible studio in an incredible hotel,” he says. “We’re still trying to work out the kinks, but it will be available to customers at a special rate.”

Sequencer and synth
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 and Maschine Jam

The studio isn’t limited to guests, though.

“We’re going to do artist-in-residence programs,” White Shadow adds. “We’re also going to host special events for things that we think are cool and Native Instruments is going to do product showcases here.”

Of course, White Shadow is one of those artists.

“I’ve been recording in here non-stop for the first three weeks to make sure everything is on par,” he says. “We’ve done really good sessions in here already, and we didn’t have to go out of our way to create a vibe. The vibe was already here.”

Mixing console
Mixing console

Recording rack
Recording rack

Genelec monitor
Genelec 1038B monitor

Akai MPC2000XL drum machine
Akai MPC2000XL

Wall art
Wall art by Bisco Smith

Lounge area
Lounge area

Entrance
Entrance

Words by Anthony Polis and photos by Julian Melanson.

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DJ White Shadow Discusses His Music Director Role at W Hotels and New Billboard Partnership, ‘Next Up’

DJ White Shadow
 
Yesterday, Billboard announced its partnership with W Hotels for Next Up: New Artists, New Music, a new program featuring up-and-coming artists from Billboard’s Real-Time Emerging Artist Chart. The publication recently caught up with W’s North American music director Paul Blair, aka DJ White Shadow to discuss details about it.
 
In the interview, the Chicago-based DJ/producer who is best known for collaborating with Lady Gaga on her last two albums, talked about his role with the hotel brand, his thoughts on the Billboard partnership, how he looks for new talent and more.
 
“We’re really committed to finding out what’s new and what the next thing is,” says Shadow. “I want to figure out a way we can impact music, take it as far as we possibly can and partner up with the right people.”
 
Next Up will hold a concert series for the highlighted artists starting in Los Angeles on May 25. W Hotel guests, members of the Starwood Preferred Guests, as well as selected fans will be able to attend the shows.
 
Related: DJ White Shadow’s 60-Minute House Mix for Lexdray

DJ White Shadow’s 60-Minute House Mix for Lexdray


 
In addition to making high-quality DJ bags, Lexdray hosts a monthly mix series that features their favorite DJs from around the world. Each mix is named after a city that the DJ feels represents them as an artist.
 
For the latest episode, Los Angeles-based DJ/producer White Shadow puts down 60 minutes of new house music in tribute to Honolulu, Hawaii. Shadow is best known for contributing production to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Artpop albums. He’s also traveled the world as her official DJ and as a solo act.
 
From Tchami and Oliver Heldens to Shiba San and Joe Stone, Shadow’s party-inducing set includes some of the hottest names of the deep and future variety. Stream it above and download it on iTunes.
 
Tracklist:

1. Oliver $ – Doin’ Ya Thang
2. One T & Cool T – The Magic Key – LeMarquis & FAB Remix
3. Freaky A – Long Way
4. Skitzofrenix – Bounce
5. Rocksted – Bass House
6. Dombresky – Gloary
7. Rocksted – Like Disco
8. Tchami ft. Stacy Barthe – After Life
9. Dosem – City Pulse – Christian Smith & Wehbba Remix
10. Oliver Heldens – Gecko
11. Shiba San – Okay – Dave Winnel Mix
12. A-Trak ft. Andrew Wyatt – Push
13. The Flexican – Braxton
14. Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated
15. Disclosure – Bang That
16. Tchami & Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (Future House)
17. Hit Mechaniks – Pushing Me On It
18. Joe Stone ft. Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It)

 
Related: DJ White Shadow’s Mix for the DJcity Podcast

DJ White Shadow’s Top 5 Restaurants in Chicago

DJ White Shadow
 
Paul Blair aka DJ White Shadow is best known for writing, producing, editing, and touring with Lady Gaga. He’s worked on some of her biggest tracks, including “Born This Way,” “The Edge of Glory,” “Applause,” and “Do What U Want.” Just recently, Paul was named North American Music Director for W Hotels.
 
Although he grew up in Ohio and Michigan, Paul spent many years in Chicago and became quite familiar with the city and its food. Check out his hilarious, yet honest, picks for restaurant review site The Infatuation.
 
Related: DJ White Shadow – DJcity Podcast – July 8, 2014

DJ White Shadow – DJcity Podcast – July 8, 2014

DJ White Shadow
 
While best known for producing tracks by Lady Gaga and joining her on tours, DJ White Shadow has over 20 years of experience, and is an accomplished producer in his own right. The Chicago native (by way of Detroit) has roots in techno and in recent years has been drawn to trap and other bass-heavy styles. With tracks ranging from 67 to 128 BPM, White Shadow’s new mix embodies his eclectic nature and love for forward-thinking sounds.
 

 
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1. Nadus – Nxwxrk – RL Grime Edit
2. Bro Safari, UFO! & Beauty Brain – No Control
3. DJR – Baile!
4. Future ft. Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – Move That Doh – Whiiite Remix
5. Dilligas ft. Crookers – Loud
6. Foxsky – Rattlesnake – Happy Colors Remix
7. Lil Jon ft. Tyga – Bend Ova
8. Excision & Bassnectar – Put It Down – Crizzly Remix
9. Johnny Good – Muchacho
10. Mace vs Retrohandz – Blaze Di Faya
11. Botnek & 3LAU – Vikings
12. Dog Blood – Middle Finger Pt. 2 – Valentino Khan Remix
13. Arston – Zodiac
14. The Chainsmokers – #Selfie – Botnek vs Lookas Trap Edit
15. Gregor Salto & Wiwek – On Your Mark – Ookay Trap Edit

 
DJcity’s weekly podcast features the latest club music mixed by its team and guest DJs. Previous mixers include Vice, Dave Fogg, Spider, Reflex, Epic Twelve, Steve1der and Yonny. The 30 minute podcast is available every Tuesday on iTunes and Mixcloud.
 
Listen to last week’s DJcity Podcast mixed by DJCJ