Pro DJ Turns Successful Entrepreneur During Lockdown

Pro DJ Turns Successful Entrepreneur During Lockdown

While the pandemic has brought nothing but misery for established and aspiring artists up and down the country, there are those who have well and truly made the best of a bad situation. A prime example of being Chester-based Omar Meho, who before the pandemic was well on his way to hitting the big time. Omar was studying at the University of Brighton when he decided to turn his interest in DJing into a part-time hobby. It wasn’t long before he was spending way more time making and mixing music than studying, ultimately landing him his first gig. Omar taught himself to DJ from scratch and subsequently found himself playing live shows, making a decent name for himself. ‘I got my first ever residency in Brighton while I was uni. I gigged in pretty much every club in the city, managing to build good relationships with all the club owners as I went,’ says Omar. It didn’t take long for his talents to catch the eye of promoters overseas, with Omar subsequently spreading his wings and hitting the club circuits in France and Ibiza. Everything seemed to be going pretty perfectly – especially when he was offered a prestigious residency in Dubai. An offer which, unfortunately, was presented to him at the beginning of 2020.  A few weeks later, COVID-19 came along and completely wrecked his plans. Turning the Tables Understandably gutted, Omar needed to immediately rethink his short and long-term prospects. There wasn’t a great deal of work available in any sector in the UK at the time, but he still needed to make an income doing something....
Reloops Stand Hub is the Game changer We Did not Know We Needed

Reloops Stand Hub is the Game changer We Did not Know We Needed

The Reloop Stand Hub stands above its closest competitors; it boasts a completely unique and hugely innovative design, which combines a multi-functional laptop stand with an advanced USB hub with power delivery port. Designed with discerning DJs, performers and producers in mind, it is a true pro-grade piece of hardware with a stable power supply and convenient networking of hardware peripherals. Best of all, the Reloop Stand Hub has been designed to be compatible with the vast majority of laptops and tablets. The Ultimate Multi-Functional Laptop Stand Users can experiment with the easy to use push-lock mechanism, which allows the Reloop Stand Hub to be adjusted between six different setups for all types of applications. Classic C-shape: Classic laptop stand configuration Lower C-shape: Optimised for use with keyboard, modular controllers or tablets Z-shape: Stable setup for an optimal working height position Lower Z-shape: Flat design for tablets and controllers Higher-Z-shape: Elevated design of the classic Z-Shape for extended height Transport position: Flat transport size The whole thing folds down to a compact and convenient size, making it great for transporting and storing away when not in use. According to Reloop, the Stand Hub has been designed with universal compatibility in mind, accommodating almost all devices (11”-18”) across all major brands. Connectivity extends to 4 high-retention USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-C port for connecting laptops and smart devices and one USB-C PD port for both, passive and active use. Designed to withstand the hardiness of life on the road, the Reloop Stand Hub features a gorgeous scratch-resistant black powder coating for total corrosion resistance and a seriously elegant aesthetic. The...
Welsh DJ Makes History at UK’s First Live Show in Over a Year

Welsh DJ Makes History at UK’s First Live Show in Over a Year

Just over a week ago, the first major indoor live music event for more than a year took place in the UK. The mini-festival was attended by around 5,000 revelers, who throughout the entire thing commented on how surreal it felt to be back in something strikingly similar to normality. One of the performers at the festival, Katie Owen, was recently interviewed by Nation Cymru, who after years of dedication finally hit the big time in 2019.  This was the summer that she signed a contract with the Coalition Agency, one of the biggest music management companies in the UK. She was also taken on the road by Jo Whiley as part of her ‘90s anthem tour. Katie was understandably devastated when the COVID-19 pandemic brought her flourishing new career to a grinding halt, forcing her to shelve the plans she had for another year on the live entertainment scene across the UK and beyond. In her interview with Nation Cymru, she spoke of how surreal and simply fantastic it was to once again be part of the live music scene after such a long time. “I’ve DJ’d quite a few times for (promoter) SJM who were involved with the festival, they got in contact with me a week before and asked me to play so it was pretty last minute but I’m so grateful that they did” she told Nation Cymru. “It was absolutely incredible, like a surreal dream. I couldn’t sleep the night before because I was too excited, it honestly felt magical, as if I was a kid on Christmas Eve again,” “I had to take...
Doodeo Announces All-New Live Streaming Tools

Doodeo Announces All-New Live Streaming Tools

Already one of the most popular and successful marketing platforms for DJs and entertainers, Doodeo is set to step things up even further by introducing a live streaming service. Confirmed in a press release by the team behind the global service, the new feature will allow DJs and performers to host online concerts to be streamed in real time. The introduction coincides with the recent explosion in the popularity of live streaming sets among established and aspiring performers worldwide, due to the inability to put on conventional concerts throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Doodeo also confirmed a series of options that will be made available via its live streaming services, such as hosting virtual events that are open to the public and those that are exclusive to paying attendees. It will also be possible to use the new service to host online fundraisers, in order to raise money for charitable causes. “The livestreaming feature is another tool that has been painstakingly designed to help performers reach their goals and forge successful careers,” commented Rony Hage, CEO of Doodeo. According to its founders, Doodeo was developed and introduced with the goal of becoming the world’s single most convenient and effective online portal for the entertainers and musicians promoting their work and booking gigs. Limitless Flexibility and Versatility The new features being introduced by Doodeo are expected to prove enormously popular, due to the difficulty still being encountered by performers spanning the entire industry. The limitless flexibility and versatility of the live streaming tools will enable performers to convert almost any type of live event into a virtual performance – paid or...
Sussex DJ Performs 40-Hour Set, Raises £25,000 for Charity

Sussex DJ Performs 40-Hour Set, Raises £25,000 for Charity

Making the best of a bad situation is something we have all been forced to do over the past 12 months. For some, this has meant riding out the worst of the COVID-19 crisis and hoping for happier times ahead. For others, it has meant the perfect opportunity to turn something terrible into something productive. We are talking about a Sussex DJ who has decided to dedicate his free time to charity. 40 hour nonstop DJ sets being blasted for the people who need it most! Graham Meeres started performing at 8pm on Friday 19 March and continued all the way through until midday on Sunday 21 March. Prior to this he had been live streaming his performances in a more conventional manner most Saturday evenings. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Graham decided to see how long he could play non-stop to generate some capital for charity. “My body is exhausted, I have never felt this way before, I have never experienced anything like it,” Graham admits that he had not expected to reach the colossal £25,000+ that was raised during his marathon performance. He goes on to explain why he chose to dedicate the set to the mental health charity MIND. “I chose MIND because of all the messages I have received from people struggling on their own, so to feel like part of a community albeit online I knew listening to a DJ at the odd weekend meant a big deal to some people; the people who depend on that connection.” Far from his first charitable venture, Meeres also raised a whopping £20,000 last year...
Beatport DJ Makes Browser-Based Mixing a Reality for DJs

Beatport DJ Makes Browser-Based Mixing a Reality for DJs

16 years after Beatport first arrived on the scene, Beatport DJ has made its long-awaited debut. For the first time, DJs will have the opportunity to use a fully browser-based application to prepare and mix music for their sets, with none of the usual software purchases or downloads required. Accessible via Google Chrome, Beatport DJ is now available to all Beatport LINK subscribers, providing a virtual DJ interface for users to do their thing online. There is a tempo slider, two decks, pitcher effect, reverb and loads more – all available on demand on directly via Chrome browser. As described by Beatport itself: “Beatport’s new web app is the ultimate tool for set preparation and music discovery for DJs, giving our LINK community incredible control over their music with the ability to browse and mix tracks from their web browser.” “Launching in 2004, Beatport led the transition from analog to digital content for DJs. Today, we continue this legacy with the launch of Beatport DJ — a web-based app set to completely revolutionize playlist building and music discovery for DJs and listeners alike. “If you are a LINK subscriber, you now have exclusive access to the ultimate playground for music discovery and playlist management, directly in your Chrome-based browser. Offering instant track-to-track auditioning using our integrated DJ control layer and the ability to add custom cue points to any track.” Simplicity is the name of the game with Beatport DJ, which allows users to quickly and easily drag and drop tracks from the Beatport music library onto the virtual decks. Playlists are easy to create, eight hot cues can be added to the tracks and...