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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.

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

22Apr/130

Master of the Mix viewing and Open Turntables, tonight @ Brooklyn Stable (every Monday night)

Every Monday at Brooklyn Stable, DJs will be throwing down on an open turntable session, then at Midnight we will have a viewing of "Smirnoff's Master Of The Mix", the latest episode. (Note: the open tables is not a competition, just for fun.) After the show, stick around for more music, drinks, and listen to a bunch of DJ complain about the TV show! :)
From 10pm - 12am - Open Tables
From 12am to 1am - Master Of The Mix viewing
From 1am till close - We shall see...
Also there are great drink specials, $1 draft, $2 cans, $3 wells, all day and all night long!!! Click through for more info on the party and how to sign up for the turntables.

Brooklyn Stable, Master Of the Mix Viewing

Brooklyn Stable, Master Of the Mix Viewing