Serato is celebrating two decades in business with a series of anniversary releases. First, a three-part documentary chronicling the company’s history has been developed. Also, a limited-edition anniversary box set is available for sale that includes two 20th Anniversary Serato control vinyl and a 20th Anniversary photograph book tracing the story of Serato from 1999 to 2019. These two items are now available on Serato’s website.
Serato has expanded from the minds of two New Zealand-based computer science students to be a worldwide product and tech staple. DJs including the likes of A-Trak, Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, Mix Master Mike, DJ Spinna, and more appear in the documentary.
Watch part one below.
For more information, visit Serato’s website.
The retreat made an impact on the attendees, including A-Trak, who took to Twitter to reflect on the experience.
Watch the mini-documentary below and check out the photos of the attendees at beyondthemusicretreat.com.
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British creative collective Boom City has released a turntablist documentary, Making Mad Noise – 10 Years of Community Skratch.
The Community Skratch event series brings turntablists together from around the world for showcases and networking. It began with the Community Skratch Games in 2006 in Galway, Ireland. It later expanded to Brighton, UK, with DJ Manipulate‘s Community Skratch BBQ.
As the turntablism community grew, the event series branched out with UK and European tours. Community Skratch has also begun to collaborate with Battle Avenue, expanding the turntablist network even further.
Watch the documentary above.
In January, we traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to attend the Red Bull Music 3Style World Finals IX. The week-long event included five nights of battles, pre- and after-parties, panel discussions, tours of the city and surrounding area, plus more.
Watch our mini-documentary above.
DJ Jazzy Jeff at the PLAYLIST Retreat in Delaware in August 2018. (Credit: Julian Melanson)
At the beginning of August, DJ Jazzy Jeff hosted the fourth annual PLAYLIST Retreat at his property in Delaware. The multi-day event brought together like-minded DJs, producers, and songwriters to network and collaborate.
In attendance were legendary DJs like Z-Trip and Skratch Bastid, music producers such as Lord Finesse and DJ Khalil, and companies like Serato and Roland, among many others.
Like previous years, the retreat featured a song making competition that grouped random artists into teams.
Watch DJcityTV’s mini-documentary about the retreat below.
Pete Tong at Blue Marlin Ibiza. (Photo credit: Alex Caballero)
In 2016, Avicii surprised the dance community when he retired from touring at the age of 26 due to health concerns. Now, more DJs have shared their struggles in a new documentary from Pioneer DJ’s DJsounds.
Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm explores what drives DJs to put themselves through rigorous schedules and the toll it has on their health.
“I’m addicted to the feeling of connecting with a crowd and controlling the vibe,” says legendary DJ Erick Morillo.
The New York City native’s sentiments are echoed in the documentary by renowned house DJs like Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, and Ben Pearce.
With their addiction to performing comes consequences, however. The side effects include deprivation, loneliness, drug and alcohol abuse, and pressure from fans and management.
“I was deeply unhappy,” Pearce says. “I was drinking every day and basically chugging my life down the drain. And I think it got to the point that I knew that if I didn’t do something about it, I wouldn’t be around much longer.”
Tong adds: “It’s a very hard job to get any sympathy for because everyone has this image in their heads of private jets and spraying champagne. But the touring life of a DJ is really hard.”
The documentary was premiered on Wednesday during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) in association with Help Musicians UK and the Association for Electronic Music. Both groups are dedicated to helping musicians with mental health issues.
Watch it below.
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