March 13, 2006
Apparently Paul Van Dyk’s laptop crashed while he was playing a set at Godskitchen. Now this may seem funny at first, but its not when u realize how many top djs use laptops in their sets. It took Djs a long enough time to accept CDs to spin, but vinyl is consider more true to form. Vinyl is expsensive to by and even more to get your songs pressed on it. Everyone can create a song and save it onto a CD and play it at the club nowadays.
Spinning vinyl is just plain hard. While the CD’s are a little easy even with the beatmatchin. Laptops bring new creativity of playing music to the masses. Only time will tell if the almighty DJ will be replaced with two ipods that can mix themsevles.
Oh wait I did that post already!
March 7, 2006
So you go to a club. U see the DJ. Hes not your typical DJ. Why? he keeps on playing with his laptop during his set. He has a werid setup of a turntable, cd player and that computer..
So his setup looks like this.
Well thanks to that little box between the computer and the mixer and decks, you can now spin your mp3s directly on to vinyl or cd. Which every you prefer. Most of the top Djs do it nowadays and its a great way for medium level DJs to show off thier collection of rare dance remixes or produced tracks. Off course there is a competitor in Serato’s Scratch, but Final Scratch is the most widely used. The box is magical and does on the fly conversion from the decks to the mixer from the computer to max sweet mixing music. An alternate way to mix that is gaining more users.
February 2, 2006
There is a current trend in Dance music that makes me cringe: the Excessive 80’s remakes or as I like to call them “80’s song remixed to a dance beat and song by some no name talent.” Harsh, no not really beacuse its flooding the market. But I’m guilty of enjoying a few of them thou. Only the true obscure songs that use a tiny sample of the songs. Mylo – Dr. Beat, Mylo – In my arms, and Eric Prydz – Call on Me are some of the current examples of good 80’s remixed songs.
But there are some that don’t even try. They just throw a dancable beat and get someone to sing vocals of a popular song and its an instant hit. It copys the Music Industries standard of having a remade song on every album, so if the band’s first song release sucks they have another bon fide hit to release as a second hit or to generate buzz.
The Cause of this hoopla has to be DJ Sammy and the song Heaven. Bryan Adam’s orginal was a nice rock motif, but it didn’t experience the success of DJ Sammy version. But the problem is that Sammy does this for alot of songs on his Albums and created tons of copycats. Plus when ever i hear a DJ sammy new release, its always an 80’s song, ALWAYS.
Note: If 80’s dance song’s brought you into the world of dance, good. But there are other types of music out there. Don’t get suck listening to old genres of music, try and listen to new stuff since that is what dance music is all about.
January 31, 2006
Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music has the best interactive guide of dance music on the web. Its like a family tree, tracing every spliter of dance music. The best part is that he has samples of the genre of songs to help u get an understanding. I would say that we all in a state of Dutch trance/ House songs, with the Dutch Masters (all the Dutch DJs) producing the best dance song out there right now with europe and the U.S. trying to keep up.