Matter of Fact: Grassroots Vinyl Pressing Plant Now Open for Business

Matter of Fact: Grassroots Vinyl Pressing Plant Now Open for Business

As the world’s love affair with vinyl intensifies, more artists and musicians than ever before are setting their sights on classic LPs. The issue is that with most vinyl pressing companies, indie labels and aspiring newcomers to the scene are pretty much counted out of the running. Precisely what inspired the creation of Matter of Fact – an innovative vinyl pressing specialist in Germany, aimed exclusively at grassroots music and indie labels. Two years in the making, Matter of Fact was founded by a group of entrepreneurs who almost went bankrupt running a smaller record label, as a result of major label dominance on the vinyl market. Delays on the vinyl manufacturing market coupled with increased production and shipping costs have made it practically impossible for small labels to compete with bigger players. “If a small label has a banger or hit and wants to release it, they have to schedule it in 8-12 months. This is an extreme situation. Only majors can plan years ahead”, said Andrew Kroenert, co-founder of Matter of Fact. Affirming his company’s commitment to “the underground, the small and the indies who have held up the flag all these years,” Kroenert stated outright that under no circumstances will the company press any records for any major labels. Black Gold for the Masses “MATTER OF FACT is specialised in the production of ‘black gold’. Are you looking forward to pressing and manufacturing vinyl records? It does not matter if it is a short run or a major project, we take care of every step of production: from mastering and lacquer cutting to GEMA registration, creating...
5 of the Best DJ Headphones in 2022

5 of the Best DJ Headphones in 2022

DJ headphones buck the trend where most high-end hardware is concerned, in that you don’t have to spend a fortune to set yourself up with something epic. Even the most advanced cans from the market’s leading manufacturers will rarely set you back anything that’s likely to break the bank. If anything, you’re likely to find yourself spoilt for choice. Irrespective of how limited your budget may be, you’ll find a world of seriously high-quality options to choose from. As a brief overview of what’s up for grabs right now, here are five examples of the best DJ headphones you can pick up for this kind of money in 2022: OneOdio Studio Pro 10 DJ Headphones First up, the fact that these OneOdio Studio Pro 10 DJ Headphones retail for less than £30 is pretty much ridiculous. Exactly how they managed to come up with such a heavy-hitting piece of hardware for this kind of price is a mystery. But they did, and what they came up with quickly earned more than 30,000 Amazon reviews of 4.5 stars or more. Comfortable, robust and with great sound quality to boot, there is nothing (serious) you can pick up for this kind of price that comes close. Pioneer DJ HDJ-CUE1BT A step up in terms of both price and performance comes the Pioneer DJ HDJ-CUE1BT, which you can pick up right now for around £75. These things were first introduced a couple of years ago, and have been touted ever since as the cans to go for when durability is your priority. The bass response of the Pioneer DJ HDJ-CUE1BT headphones is...
New-Generation Wireless DJ Technologies (and Why They Matter)

New-Generation Wireless DJ Technologies (and Why They Matter)

Cast your mind back just 20 years ago and it was hard to imagine an era when things like wireless mice, wireless earphones and wireless charges would exist. Today, they’re not just the norm – they’re the basic standard we’ve come to expect. Sooner or later, most cables as we know them will be a thing of the past. This includes the vast majority of DJ cables, which although invaluable in the part they play can be inconvenient, to say the least. True, we’ve not yet reached a stage where wireless transmission quality or reliability are sufficient to power a DJ rig. Certainly not while playing live, where there’s no substitution for high-end cables and connectors. But give it enough time and pretty much everything you do (on stage and elsewhere) will be wireless. Hesitant as some DJs are to give wireless technology a shot, it’s already making a big difference in how many top-level performers and recording artists get the job done. What Stage Are We at With Wireless DJ Technology? Depending on how you look at it, you could say that we’re still at a fairly early stage in the whole wireless DJ technology transition. Even so, the sophistication of some of the wireless gear on the market right now is simply fantastic. Essentially, there are three things that need to be perfected (or at least improved significantly) for wireless to take over as the new standard: Latency Battery Life Reliability and Quality Latency refers to the delays involved in the signal being produced, transmitted, received, processed and acted upon. In the case of DJ equipment, latency...
Introducing the Swiss Army Knife of DJ Cables

Introducing the Swiss Army Knife of DJ Cables

Since the dawn of digital DJing, established and aspiring artists have used the same trick to negate the need for a standalone audio interface. A trick that involves using the stereo output from the headphones socket on a laptop to feed the signal to both the speaker and a headphone, paving the way for ‘real’ dual-output DJing. It’s a surprisingly simple yet effective hack that works. The stereo sound put out through the headphone socket is split in two – half being channelled to the speaker, and the other half going to your headphones. The trade-off (of course) is the fact that both of these subsequent audio signals are mono, but this isn’t exactly the end of the world for something so simple and convenient. Plus, it’s fairly standard for DJs to run their rigs in mono anyway, so you’re not really losing anything at all. But there’s apparently a fair amount of untapped potential in this initiative, which a team of innovators has set about exploiting fully. The Firefly DJ Cable “Connect your tablet or smartphone with a DJ app to any speaker or analog sound system quickly and conveniently. If you use an extensive system with many cables, this cable will save your life if your system goes down. The intention in designing this Swiss-army style cable is specifically for the mobile DJ to use on any occasion free from connecting to a mixer. It works with every DJ app that splits out the left and right channels to use with headphones for pre-cueing music. The headphone jack is TRRS giving access to your earbud microphone. The...
DJ Laptop Buyer’s Guide (and Five Top Picks)

DJ Laptop Buyer’s Guide (and Five Top Picks)

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely acknowledged the importance of having a reliable laptop stand as a DJ. Or perhaps, you’re at least curious as to why so many musicians bang on about setting yourself up with a good laptop stand. Either way, getting to grips with the endless range of options available can seem daunting. But as is the case with most things, it’s pretty easy to narrow things down, once you know what you’re looking for. Do I Really Need a Laptop Stand? If a laptop forms a core part of your equipment setup, then yes – you’re going to need a laptop stand when performing on stage. Technically speaking, you could get away with sitting your laptop on some other surface within arm’s reach, but a proper DJ laptop stand looks so much more professional. In addition, these things are designed specifically to safeguard what’s probably your most important on-stage asset. With a safe and secure stand, you avoid the risk of damaging or destroying your laptop at the worst possible time. Plus, given the fact that the best DJ laptop stands on the market are cheap as chips, there’s really no reason to deny yourself the pleasure of owning one. Which Laptop Stand Should I Buy? It’s mostly a judgment call, as most of the best laptop stands for DJs are pretty similar by design. What you want is something safe, secure and durable, but at the same time compact and portable enough to cart around. To make things all the more straightforward, we’ve compiled a shortlist of five of the best DJ laptop...
How Professional DJs Select Songs For Their Sets

How Professional DJs Select Songs For Their Sets

On the surface, you’d think that having an immense catalogue of music to work with would be a bonus for the aspiring DJ. In practice, it can actually be a major cause of confusion. After all, with a limitless stockpile of tracks to choose from, how the hell can you narrow things down to a brief 20-song set? Selecting songs for a DJ set can be a surprisingly daunting prospect for newcomers. Precisely where a few tips from the pros can pay dividends, making it much easier to prep for your next live performance. Let’s get started: Research Your Audience First up, you can narrow things down massively by simply factoring in the most obvious preferences of your target audience. Are they 90s, 80s or 70s kids? Are they looking for songs they can sing along to, or go nuts dancing to? What are their ages and how contemporary (or otherwise) are their tastes? Forget what you’re into when selecting tracks for your set – focus all of your attention on those you’ll be entertaining. Go For a 6/2 or 7/3 Formula In a club setting, most established DJs swear by the classic 6/2 or 7/3 formula.  This is basically where you play six or seven bangers the crowd will get a real kick out of, followed by two more subdued tracks or deeper cuts. In doing so, you’ll be giving them all the time they need to go nuts on the dancefloor, followed by a welcome break to use the bathroom, hit the bar or go for a smoke. Head to Similar Gigs in Your Area The easiest...