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10Nov/130

Redbull Thre3Style DJ Battle 2013 Wrap-up and winners

In November, in Toronto Canada, for an entire week, Redbull brought out the best DJs from all over the world to compete for the world championship called The Redbull Thre3Style. For those of you that don't know, its a 15 minute DJ battle where the DJs must play at least three different genres of music, thats about the only limitation, the rest is up to the DJ to rock the crowd as hard as they can! So, lets go through a brief day-by-day, then we will get to the world finals and champions, all after the jump...

Redbull Three Style

Redbull Three Style

29Aug/130

Labor Day Weekend Parties in NYC w/ DJ Color TV, DJ Sancon, DJ Jonny Santos, and Jeremy Bastard

Labor Day and other summer holidays in NYC are always great. Lots of the "Bridge and Tunnel" crowd are out of town/at the beach somewhere and so are many people in Manhattan. So that makes the parties on a weekend like this one much more fun. The spot you normally would hate to go to on a weekend night, due to over crowdedness or unpleasant people, is safe to hit. It will still be the quality music you would expect but with room to actually dance! The bar is accessible, people are more approachable and generally having a good time.

That being said, we got some parties here for you all!
• Tonight (Thursday night) is DJ Color TV and Jeremy Bastard at The Delancey
168 Delancey Street New York, NY 10002
YELP Invite Facebook Invite

• Saturday Night, DJ Jonny Santos (NYC) and DJ Sancon (Kyoto, Japan) will be rocking at Over the Eight
594 Union Ave (between Richardson St & Frost St) Williamsburg Bk, NY 11211
Their Yelp Page Facebook Invite

* Sunday Night, DJ Color TV and DJ Sancon will be at LeftField for the Labor Day Eve party! Its goth in the basement and hip-hop up top. 87 Ludlow Street, just south of Delancey St.
Their Yelp Page with a coupon Facebook Invite

 

 

7Aug/130

DMC US Finals Battle Roundup

If you are a DJ and you were in the NYC area, then this past weekend was for you. 2 huge DJ battles happened back to back: The DMC US Finals on Saturday (Aug 3rd), and Roc Raida's Gong Battle on Sunday (Aug 4th). These battles were super dope and the talent that came out was top notch. Both had their elements of stress and controversy, but thats is what DJ battles are all about. So, lets take a look at what happened at both events! (Update, there is too much for 1 article, so come back tomorrow to hear all the drama from the Gong Battle) Click through to read it all and to see the pictures.

DMC US Finals Stage

DMC US Finals Stage

10Jun/130

Will Producers Make DJs Obsolete? (repost + more insight)

From time to time, we here at NYCelectro.com repost articles that are worth reposting, and this is one of those articles. DJ Tech Tools, a site that continuously posts amazing articles, recently posted this article about if being a producer is a better path to follow than being a DJ. It is an amazing read and very insightful. As a DJ myself, that is learning/turning producer, this article really hits home. Here one of my favorite quotes of the article: ..."being a great music producer/DJ is about moving the ball forward a few inches every day", good stuff. After the jump, there is more insight about the article/current state of DJ affairs, and the link to the original article.

 Will Producers Make DJs Obsolete?

Will Producers Make DJs Obsolete?

I know that DJs are feeling the pressure from these Producers that "DJ". They are getting the gigs, and money, that the experienced DJs should be getting/were getting. So why is this? The phenomenon is a bit new but is no surprise. Back in the day; pre Final Scratch (you remember that?, I had it)/Serato/Tractor/iTunes/whatever; you needed records, music knowledge, a good local store to buy from, and money to buy the records (usually doubles of each song) in order to DJ a gig. The level of entry was high and not too many people could really get into it. There were simply too many obstacles for regular people, thus making the art of DJing valuable. But now, things are very different. You can easily get libraries of great songs, a cheap controller, or just iTunes, and claim to be a DJ. As most young DJs do, they are over confident with their "skills", Pauly D haha, and go out and get that gig, even get big gigs cause they know people, all while under cutting the guy with actual DJ skills. This is why its nearly impossible to make a steady living DJing these days, literally everyone is a "DJ". This is why the Producers are becoming so sought after as "DJs". They are making the music and then playing it live. For example, would you rather see Daft Punk live, or hear some guy play their songs off his laptop? An example, we just saw CRNKN live. CRNKN was on turntables and Jayceeoha, an amazing DJ, opened for him. Jayceeoh is a way better DJ, but CRNKN has his own music. And if you didnt know, Jayceeoh just won the 2013 Master Of The Mix challenge and he was not the headliner.

Combo, Jayceeoh, and Color TV

Combo, Jayceeoh, and Color TV

So, if you are an amazing DJ only, constantly being undercut by amateurs, what do you do? What can you do? The answer is simple, make our own music, edits, remixes, and cuts. This is what the DJ Tech Tools' article is all about. Producing will make you a better DJ. And it will get you more gigs with better promotions, and hopefully, better pay. And eventually this, from the article, might ring true :"Your inner producer will ultimately render your inner DJ obsolete." From personal experience, you become a better performer when you produce your own music/remixes.

This is the original article: http://www.djtechtools.com/2013/04/23/will-producers-make-djs-obsolete/

Header Photo Credit: Greg Sagayadoro via DJ Tech Tools

 

Mohamed Kamal is an ex SiriusXM DJ/Producer turned entrepreneur from Washington, DC. He is the Founder and CEO of Gigturn, a platform that connects DJs with fans and gigs.

29Apr/130

Crizzly’s Remix of Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thrift Shop, you heard of it? I know you have. Its this year's unlikely chart topper, hitting #1 on Billboard a few weeks back and still holding the #1 or #2 position depending on what chart you look at. Also, their newer song, "Can't Hold Us", is flying up the charts and is currently also holding a #1 or #2 position depending on the chart you are looking at. Anyhow, Lets talk Crizzly, if you dont know, its time to know him. He is an amazing artist and this remix is good. There is a saying "Crizzly fixed it", this song didn't really need fixing (aside from the over exposure), but this remix is good and will breath a bit of life back into the song for any DJ that is completely sick of it. One question, where is the music video version!? That would be cool.


If you click to soundcloud and click download, itll take you to Crizzly's fb page for a free download (or just click that link).

Thrift Shop (Crizzly Remix)

Thrift Shop (Crizzly Remix)

 

14Dec/120

The Jetpack DJ Bag review by DJ Color TV

Every DJ needs a good bag. The problem is they are expensive and its hard to tell if you are buying what you need until you bring it home and pack it up. If its too tight, then thats no good, if its too big, same problem. Like Goldilocks, it needs to be just right. I found one that fits my needs, and more importantly, all my equipment. I have fit a lot in the Jetpack bag including a Rane 57, and it all fits quite comfortably. But don't get me wrong, if you have less stuff, the bag can be collapsed down and be smaller, so thats good. Its the Jetpack DJ Bag. Checkout the video so see the rest of my take on this bag. Also there are many pics of this bag and more info, like where to buy it, after the jump:

Jetpack DJ Bag Review, by DJ Color TV

21Aug/120

Paris Hilton, the faux DJ

On Paris Hilton's debut as a DJ it was filled with embarrassing moments and was widely reported on. NYCelectro didnt want to give her the press, but now its just getting dumb. Not only was her set pre-recorded, she played it badly. Now she is at it again. Looks like the same stage hand DJ is sighlently still fixing her set. Just let her fail!

Afrojack, who is dating her, should be embarrassed and sounds like he is. Listen below, and the original video of her messing up and further insight is after the jump.

This is Paris' 2nd gig, still f-ing up
Paris Hilton, the faux DJ

23Jul/120

DJ A-Trak: Don’t Push My Buttons (from huff post)

Sometimes there is that content that is so great that it must be re-posted. A-Trak is weighing in on DJs on the big stage that actually DJ their track or Producers that just push play. Personally, I (DJ Color TV) am a real turntable DJ and when I make a remix, I save it out so I can play it live with 2 turntables and my sample player. That is the entire idea behind The HD Project. A-Trak actually DJs his stuff too, obviously, so keep reading to see what he says. Its very interesting. via huffingtonpost.com

DJ A-Trak

1Jul/120

DJTT’s interview with Armin Van Buuren

First, let me say, i usually dont re-post other articles. But this one is worth it. Also, if you dont know, go over to DJ Tech Tools, its a great site for Controlerist DJing and more, but dont forget us over here at NYCelectro.com. :)

Now, check out this interview with Armin Van Buurenm its really great! DJTT's article is after the jump.

27Jun/120

WMC VJ Competition with DJ Lazor, The Champs and gossip

The Winter Music Conference was a few months back and as you may already know, yours truly, DJ Color TV came home with the 3rd place championship for the DJ Mixing Competition. There was also a scratching competition and a VJ or V-DJ competition, in which NYCelectro.com's own DJ Lazor competed in. The VJ competition was not the best run competition in the world and for sure it was the not managed well. It seemed as if the people running the competition were more worried about keeping the volume low than on the skill of the competitors. But that being said, the winners were great. Lazor may not have placed (they only named 1st and 2nd) but his set was great. Check it out below, also check out the winning sets and the real scoop/shit of the battles after the jump.

DJ Lazor- WMC 2012 VJ Challenge