Good DJ vs. Lazy DJ – Which Are You?

Good DJ vs. Lazy DJ – Which Are You?

Most professional DJs would probably consider themselves fairly hardworking. If you have invested years in your craft and built a successful business, you’ve much to be proud of. Unfortunately, even the most seasoned DJs on the circuit are not immune from developing bad habits along the way. Habits which may be insignificant to you, but could paint entirely the wrong picture to everyone else. With this in mind, here are just a few of the unfortunate habits of DJs on a slippery slope towards true laziness: Recycling the same set indefinitely If you are playing to a 100% new crowd each time you perform, then yes – you can get away with recycling a solid set. But if you are playing regularly at the same place and/or to the same people, playing the same set over and over is unacceptable. All this suggests is that you lack the creativity and motivation to come up with more than one set. You have found something that works, you’ve practiced it to perfection, and you can do the job with one arm tied behind your back. Fair enough, but this will quickly fall out of favour with those already getting tired of your predictable performances. Using too many effects This has a tendency to be the mark of a DJ who wants to sound like they know what they are doing, when the truth is quite the contrary. Overusing effects is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to hiding mistakes and covering for a lack of talent. It is worth remembering that when people head out to watch a...
Pioneer XDJ-RX3 Set For UK Launch in January

Pioneer XDJ-RX3 Set For UK Launch in January

It may have been a long time coming, but patience is most certainly a virtue with the all-new XDJ-RX3. Pioneer’s latest standalone system is shaping up to be everything we could have hoped and a whole lot more. With no computer required, the Pioneer XDJ-RX3 packs everything needed to port on a world class performance. All you need is a Rekordbox prepared USB stick and you’re ready to go, with a machine that means business on an entirely new level. State of Flow The XDJ-RX3 has been engineered to combine the best features of the CDJ-3000 player with those of the DJM-900NXS2 – both club-standard devices of impeccable quality. Though the centrepiece of the whole thing has to be the XDJ-RX3’s brand new 10.1 inch touchscreen, allowing for more seamless browsing, mixing and more. Scheduled to touch down in January, djkit is now taking early orders for the XDJ-RX3 at a guaranteed UK low price. 10.1 Inch Touch Screen with All-New Interface By far the largest touchscreen of its kind fitted to a Pioneer device to date, the 10.1-inch panel at the heart of the XDJ-RX3 is an absolute monster. Far from a superfluous design tweak, this huge touchscreen is complemented with a new GUI and many new features make it easier to navigate, speed up browsing and increase precision when mixing. Release FX Activate the new Release FX mode and the performance pads can be used to instantly change the energy of any mix. Get creative with eight different types of effects – Vinyl Brake (short / long), Backspin (short / long), Echo Out, Build Up, Mute and...
Which is Better – The XDJ-XZ or the Prime 4?

Which is Better – The XDJ-XZ or the Prime 4?

Two of the best-selling standalone systems on the market right now, the Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ or the Denon DJ Prime 4 are evenly matched plus superior; both with endless points of appeal and their own unique features, making it difficult to choose between the two. It is therefore a case of weighing up what matters most to you as a DJ in order to decide which way to go. A brief comparison of some of the main features and selling points of these two high-end devices: Appearance Too close to call, as both look absolutely fantastic. The Pioneer XDJ-XZ has a fabulously familiar look, which anyone who has used any CDJ or DJM before will know in an instant. On the Prime 4, that enormous central screen lures you in at a glance; it is therefore a case of familiarity vs. big-screen appeal, the decision is more about preference. Design The fact that Pioneer DJ has gone with such a familiar layout and design is a major plus point, but it does not necessarily give it the edge, as the Denon Prime 4’s design and layout are strikingly similar to that of the XDJ-XZ.  Getting to grips with either is easy, the total package of innovation and intuitiveness. Software Integration This will undoubtedly be the biggest deciding factor for most buyers, as the two systems have been designed with entirely different software suites in mind. The XDJ-XZ is engineered to get the best out of Serato DJ Pro, which you can use at the same time as a USB stick as a failsafe.  By contrast, the Prime 4 runs...
Four Errors Beginner DJs Make When Performing Live

Four Errors Beginner DJs Make When Performing Live

Recording a DJ mix at home is nothing like performing in front of a live audience. In studio, you have all the time in the world to polish the presentation of your work and hide your mistakes. On stage, you have no such luxuries, everything takes place in real-time. This has a tendency to be a rude awakening for many aspiring DJs, who underestimate the complexities of live DJ sets. They reach the assumption that if they sound good in the studio, they will kill it on stage. Some do, but most quickly realise the two really are worlds apart. Specifically, there are several all-too common rookie errors made by newcomers when performing live. Each of which is relatively easy to avoid, once you become aware of it. Peaking Too Early It can be tempting to blast straight out of the starting blocks at full speed. You have talents to showcase, so why not give the crowd both barrels right away? In reality, this rarely works. Instead, it is far better to treat them to a semi-slow-burner, rather than going full-on from start to finish. Plan your set in advance and ensure it features plenty of lows, plenty of build-ups and just a handful of peaks. However awesome the peaks of your set may be, nobody will remember them if they are wall-to-wall. Running Out of Steam You need to be aware of your own energy levels throughout the set; your job is to vibe with the crowd, get into the music and have the time of your life. They will be feeding off your energy, so you need...
How to Travel by Air with Vinyl Records

How to Travel by Air with Vinyl Records

You have booked yourself a gig abroad, your bags are packed and you have even taken care of all those infuriating COVID-19 declaration forms. You are pretty much ready to go; only just realising you have a bunch of ultra-fragile LPs to take along for the ride. Vinyl records are naturally more susceptible to damage than tapes, CDs and digital media. They can also occupy much more space in your bags, which does not usually bode well for affordable air travel. Travelling by air with vinyl records can be a daunting prospect, but it is nonetheless possible to get your precious vinyl from point A to point B without damaging or destroying it along the way. A few points worth considering before packing your bags and setting off: Can I Take My Vinyl Records in My Hand Luggage? The short answer is yes – vinyl records can be transported as hand luggage. There is nothing about a vinyl LP that is restricted where carry-on baggage is concerned. Nevertheless, it is vital to check the carry-on baggage size and weight restrictions of the airline you are travelling with. Hand baggage allowances tend to be quite restrictive at the best of times, leaving little room for manoeuvre where vinyl is concerned, it could be better to throw your clothing and other non-breakables in your hold luggage if looking to free up hand-luggage space. Remember that as it will be going in the overhead locker, it needs to be packed into something fairly robust, it will be bashed about a fair bit along the way. Carry-on Bag or Checked Luggage? You could...
Ireland Confirms October 22 Reopening Date for Nightclubs

Ireland Confirms October 22 Reopening Date for Nightclubs

After what at least feels like an eternity of relentless restrictions, it is finally happening. The Irish government has confirmed that nightclubs across the country will once again be able to open their doors from October 22. Best of all, this date represents the full reopening of nightclubs and venues in Ireland, not some half-baked approximation of a reopening. The date was confirmed by the Irish government as part of its four-stage strategy for easing restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Clubbing falls within the bracket of “high risk activities” due to the number of people present in an enclosed space, making it one of the final parts of the plan to restore normal life. However, the government has made it clear that the October 22 date is conditional on the success of the ongoing vaccine rollout across Ireland. 6am Curfew Could Also Be Introduced for Pubs and Nightclubs Sweetening what could already be a pretty sweet date on the calendar, Minister for Culture Catherine Martin also confirmed that the bars and clubs permitted to reopen on October 22 could stay open until 6am. As part of an interview with the Irish Mirror, she said that the “opportunity should be there” for those looking to stay open until the wee hours. “I think shutting down, Dublin, we’re working way behind our other European cities,” she said. “It can be done, it can be done in a safe way and I think that option definitely should be there.” Whether or not the plan goes ahead could be influenced heavily by an upcoming pilot nightclub event, set to take...