NYC Electro
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.

29Aug/120

Labor Day Eve, Unofficial E-Zoo after party at LIT’s downstairs!

This Sunday night, Labor Day Eve, come party with the NYCelectro.com's DJs: Color TV, Lazor, and Shu-t. This is the official unofficial Electric Zoo closing/after party! Come ready to dance down and dirty!

Its going to be HIp-hop, Electro, and DubStep all night. Come check out the live remixes by DJ Color TV, the 2012 WMC 3rd place champ. Dance your ass off with DJ Lazor's Electro/Dubstep mixes. And get wow'd by DJ Shu-t's turntablism!

Its at LIT Lounge in the downstairs/basement.

 

LIT Downstairs, Labor Day Eve

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

28May/110

Memorial Day Eve Party @ Solas with Color TV and Lazor

If you are in NY this weekend then you need to come out to Solas this Sunday night! It will be the full NYCelectro.com crew rocking the house! Thats right, DJ Color TV, Lazor, and Shu-T will be there making your dance into Memorial Day. Come get your dance-on that night before you get your grill-on the next day!
Also, Just announced, Tonight at Solas, will be DJ Color TV, Shu-T and special guest DJ Sancon. Sancon is from Tokyo Japan and tours with big name artists (in Japan) as well as works as a successful touring DJ between Japan and America.
Click through for more details.

The party is on this Sunday, 5-29-2011, from 10pm till close, whatever time that might be. Its free admission, so just bring money for drinks. The music will be Electro, Pop, Hip-hop, Dance, Rock, and more, anything to get the dancefloor moving all night long. Its at:

Solas
232 E 9th St # 1
New York, NY 10003-7580
(212) 375-0297
map

18Jan/111

Happy 1st Birthday to NYCelectro.com

We are officially 1 year old today. Its not a bunch of 1 year olds writing these articles, but the website itself is now one year old. Now that we have cleared that up, lets talk a bit about last your and the year to come for this site. Continue reading:

Happy Birthday NYCelectro.com

31Dec/100

Happy New Years from NYCelectro.com

Happy New Years to all NYCelectro.com readers. Its been a great year, lots of great stories, tons of amazing parties and so many good times. Allow me, DJ Color TV and the rest of the NYCelectro.com team, to wish you all the best wishes in the year to come.

If you are in the NYC area, then you should come out to one of the many parties that we will be rocking. Shu-T,  Lazor and I will all be at be holding it down at different places tonigh. Click through to find out where to go and the New Years deals for each place.

16Dec/100

Pre-Holiday weekend, Where will NYCelectro.com DJ’s be?

Happy Holidays, Chrismachanikuansica if you will. This weekend is going to be a very big weekend, at least here in the NYC area. People are already out in full force. Its the last weekend to get your party on before X-mas, so the question is, where is the party at? And where can I find the NYCelectro.com DJs? The questions are one in the same and its easy, lets break it down:

Tonight 12-16-2010:
DJ Lazor is spinning videos at M1-5
DJ Color TV is chillin at Pianos with Fleetweek DJs

Friday Night, 12-17-2010:
DJ Color TV will be spinning at Solas with Philly B
DJ Lazor will be spinning videos at Nevada Smith's
DJ Shu T is at The Sunburnt Cow in the East Village (drink specials!)

Saturday Night, 12-18-2010
DJ Color TV will be spinning at Solas with DJ Shu-T and Philly B
DJ Lazor will be spinning videos at M1-5

Its a busy weekend for sure. Come out and get your dance-on. These are guaranteed good parties. All events are 21+ and start after 10pm. To get the locations, click through.

Wheres the Party At?

7Oct/100

DJ Color TV and DJ Philly B interviewed by “Godlike-TV”

Recently, Godlike-TV came to visit the NYCelectro studios in Brooklyn, NY. Yours truly, DJ Color TV, and DJ Philly-B were interviewed and Color TV did a little showcase of some turntable skills at the beginning. Click through for the video and my thoughts on the interview.

DJ Color TV, video showcase.

15Sep/100

Past DJing Tips, Tricks, and Reviews. The most popular yet.

This week it has been a slower week for NYCelectro. So we thought that it would be a good time to make a reminder of some of our past tips, tricks, and reviews. The links below are some of our most popular and thorough articles yet. Click the links below to jump to the articles.

• An indepth review on the Novation Dicer
• Serato Tip of the Week: Analyze Your Files
• How to Make Your Music Library Truly Portable (a 5 part series)
• The First iPad DJ is a FAKE!
• DJ Hero Review by a Real DJ
• How to Handle Requests and a Tough Crowd
• Can you DJ with the iPad?
• A Quick Look at the Rane-68 Mixer

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27May/100

DJ Shu-T rumored in San Antonio for DMC

Shu-T did not take the DMC title in NY a few weeks ago. So... DJ Shu-T did what any self respecting battle DJ would do, registered to compete again, disappeared, and (as rumor has it) went into full practice mode. Actually, the DMC competition in NY is the last time anyone saw DJ Shu-T. Speculation was that he was locked in his room diligently practicing day and night, living only on Red Bull and Pringles. But, today he was spotted in Texas, assuming he is here for tomorrow's DMC. Was that actually him? Will he take the championship tomorrow night? I don't know, but i know where im putting my money! More to come on this developing story... ... ...