Music Production

2019 Goldie Awards: Judges Announced

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

Beatport and Loopmasters Enter Partnership


Source: Beatport

Beatport, the leading online music store for DJs, has sold its Beatport Sounds business to Loopmasters, the leading online store for sound packs and plugins. The deal includes an investment in Loopmasters by Beatport.

Launched in 2003, Loopmasters includes a download store for sound packs, a cloud-based subscription service called Loopcloud, and the Plugin Boutique.

Over the next year, Beatport will integrate Loopmasters’ product suite into its website.

Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels said:

“Our partnership with, and investment in, Loopmasters illustrates Beatport’s commitment to delivering the best products to our loyal customers and the global DJ/producer community. Loopmasters’ long history of delivering a world-class product and customer experience is going to be a valuable asset for Beatport’s more than 36 million annual visitors for many years to come.”

Loopmasters’ Founder and CEO Matt Pelling said:

“We are thrilled to integrate the Loopmasters product suite into the Beatport site, enhance our sound library with their licensed sounds catalogue and gain access to the amazing artist and label relationships they have cultivated over the last 15 years. The combination of these two great companies will surely create an unparalleled product offering for emerging and established producers around the world.”

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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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Katy Perry Loses ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Lawsuit

Katy Perry performs at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (Credit: Douglas Mason)

After a week-long trial, a California jury has decided that Katy Perry‘s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” unlawfully borrowed elements from another song.

Christian rapper Flame, a.k.a. Marcus Gray, claimed that the hit song copied the beat of his 2008 track “Joyful Noise.” Perry and Dr. Luke, who co-produced “Dark Horse,” both insisted that they had no prior knowledge of Flame’s song.

The jury has yet to decide on how much Perry and her collaborators, who also include featured artist Juicy J and co-producer Max Martin, owe Flame in damages.

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Watch the Producers of Lil Tecca’s ‘Ransom’ Explain How They Made the Track

Nick Mira and Taz Taylor, founders of Internet Money Records, recently sat down with Genius to break down how they produced Lil Tecca’s breakout single “Ransom.”

“Ransom” is currently No. 26 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and the music video has over 40 million views on YouTube. “Ransom” is also featured on this month’s DJcity Trends chart.

Nick Mira is best known for working with Juice WRLD, and Taz Taylor has production credits for such artists as Drake and Gucci Mane.

Watch the making of “Ransom” above.

Related Post: How Lil Nas X’s ‘Panini’ Was Produced

How Lil Nas X’s ‘Panini’ Was Produced


In late June, Lil Nas X dropped “Panini,” the follow-up single to his groundbreaking smash, “Old Town Road.” The track is currently No. 22 on Billboard’s Hot 100, making it his second highest-charting single.

Its producers, Take A Daytrip and Dot Da Genius, recently sat down with Genius to break down how the song was made. Take A Daytrip are best known for co-producing Sheck Wes‘ “Mo Bamba,” and Dot Da Genius is best known for working with Kid Cudi.

Watch above.

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