NYC Electro
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

1Aug/130

Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop (DJ Color TV Twerk Remix)

Fresh from the studio with polish and grace, we have a new remix to the most requested garbage: Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop" Twerk Remix, by your's truly Dj Color TV. Its a bit faster at 93bpms with an ass clap/twerk track that you can't deny. The video is a mashup between her's and Diplo's "Express Yourself". Check it out! Like it on Soundcloud and you can download it from there to. If you want to download the video, click here, it'll take you to MediaFire.

We Cant Stop DJ Color TV Twerk Remix

We Cant Stop DJ Color TV Twerk Remix

We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus (DJ Color TV Twerk Remix) from DJ Color TV on Vimeo.

28Jul/130

International Ease and DJ Color TV in Ohio!

If you were in Bowling Green, Ohio and you were at Clazel Nightclub, you were in for a treat this past weekend. International Ease and Dj Color TV, from NYC, came all the way to Ohio to rock this small college town. And rock it, they did! Clazel is right in the heart of downtown BG. Coming from NYC, you never know exactly what to expect, but our good friend DJ Manny, from near by Toledo, booked us and we had a feeling it was going to be good. In fact, the people in BG know how to party! Girls twerking on the stage, champaign showers, hands in the air, you name it, it happened. The weekend isn't over yet, we are on the move to a party island: Put In Bay, OH. We will be DJing along side with DJ Manny tonight at Club "Level 2"! You need to come if you are in the Toledo, OH area. Click through for more photos and info...

Intl Ease and Color TV in Ohio, photo credit: Chance Photography (BG, Ohio)

Intl Ease and Color TV in Ohio, photo credit: Chance Photography (BG, Ohio)

10Jul/130

BEWARE OF BANGERS! Special Guest DJ: International Ease. w/ DJ COLOR TV DJ COMBO, July 11th LIT Lounge

This Thursday, come party with DJ Color TV, DJ Combo, and special guestDJ: International EASE at LIT Lounge. Will will be throwing down from 10pm to 4am, partying like its 1999!

We are lucky enough to get DJ Ease 2 weeks in a row, so if you missed it last week, then come this one! If you don't know DJ Ease, its time to know! He is the 2013 WMC Master of the Mix Spinnoff Champ, the 2013 WMC Master of the Mix Scratch Battle Champ (different but affiliated with the TV show), the 2013 Atlanta DMC regional champ, and is on his way to the US DMC National qualifying battle in August. His club play is as good as his scratches and cuts, you have got to check this guy out!

LIT Lounge is at 93 2nd ave (There is just a red light, no signs at all). Between 5th and 6th Street.

Make sure you go to the Facebook Page and the Yelp Page to let the world know you are going!

Beware Of Bangers

Beware Of Bangers

2Jul/130

July 4th party at LIT Lounge, with special guest DJ Ease, 10-4am

After the fireworks, come party with DJ Color TV, DJ Lazor, and special guest International DJ Ease at LIT Lounge from 10pm to 4am.

If you don't know DJ Ease, its time to know! He is the 2013 WMC Master of the Mix Spinnoff Champ, the 2013 WMC Master of the Mix Scratch Battle Champ (different but affiliated with the TV show), the 2013 Atlanta DMC regional champ, and is on his way to the US DMC National qualifying battle in August. His club play is as good as his scratches and cuts, you have got to check this guy out!

The party is July 4th at LIT Lounge. If you dont know about LIT, then you are missing out. Its one of NYC's jems. Host to some of the best punk and indi rock bands in their basement venue, and host to some of NYC's best DJs/Producers in the upstairs/main floor. Thursday, after the fireworks, its gunna be bananas there! It'll be bananas wearing bandanas! Cray! More info and links after the jump...

July 4th at LIT

July 4th at LIT

24Jun/130

The Rewind – Open Turntables Night – TONIGHT at the Plank

Tonight is another great night to check out great rotating DJs. Tonight is DJ Color TV, DJ Combo, DJ Ease, DJ Suga Ray, and DJ Max Carnage on the open turntable night. If  you dont know these names, you should. These guys range from battle champs to teaching at The Scratch DJ Academy. Checkout facebook.com/TheRewind for all the info.

 

Tonight, its from 8pm to 2am at The Plank: 216 Bedford Ave, on the corner of Bedford and North 5th, in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

TheRewind - Open Turntables

Open Turntables!

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.

5Jun/130

Toca Tuesdays with Tony Touch: DJ June’s Birthday

Every Tuesday night Tony Touch throws a great party Hip-hop in the East Village/Lower East Side called Toca Tuesdays. He brings in a scheduled special guest along with his resident DJ, Dj June. Last night was DJ June's Birthday celebration. The schedule was DJ June playing a longer than normal set, then Tony Touch. But that isnt what exactly happened. She DJ's excellently then Tony Touch brought in DJ Finesse for starters. Then after a great happy birthday set of songs from Finesse, there was another special guest... Just Blaze! It was late, people were vibing, and so was Just Blaze and Tony Touch. They did a series of juggles together. Watching it, it was like Just Blaze saw a song on Tony's computer and was like "Yeah this is the one" and Tony was doing the same! You gotta check out the video.

Just Blaze and Tony Touch

Just Blaze and Tony Touch

DJ June, DJ Finesse, Tony Touch

3Jun/130

Tonight! NBA Finals and Master of the Mix Finale, and Open Turntables @BrooklynStable

Cheap drinks, the final NBA Finals game, the Season Finale of Master of the Mix, Open Turntables, and top it off with Cheep Drinks and you got one hell of a Monday night. Tonight we will be blessed with a special DJ sets from Dj K-Styles, Supa DJ Peter Parker, DJ Ease, yours truely DJ Color TV and more at Brooklyn Stable here in Brooklyn. One the TV, we got the Master of the Mix season finale with DJ Chris Karns vs DJ Jayceeoh, vs DJ Incrediboi. Not to mention the Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers in a 3 to 3 tie for the finals. Its an action packed night.

Here is the facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/531499503575657

Open Tables at Brooklyn Stable

Open Tables at Brooklyn Stable

29May/130

Pete Tong’s interview with Shelly Finkel: EDM Promoting, Events, and more…

Its pretty rare to listen to a real industry leader/movement maker and creator, but this is one of those times, Shelly Finkel is a major payer in the music industry. If you are interested in the culture and creation of these new EDM events, or as he states is as the EMC (electronic music culture), then you should definitely give this a video a serious listen. He did recently acquire Beatport and he funds/runs major dance music events, so he is still on the cutting edge of music on many different genres. Check the video below:

I found this video on DJ City. Check out DJ City for other great articles and their amazing record pool.