Monday, January 30, 2012

Where To Build Your Fan Base Online


Recently it came time to update DJ TechTools founder Ean Golden’s artist website. Since the last update was more than three years ago and a lot has changed since then, he was wondering: Does anyone even need a website anymore? Why not just focus on Facebook/Twitter and ditch the .com altogether? Since you’re probably wondering the same thing, we scoured the net and asked industry professionals for answers.

To Ditch or Not to Ditch the URL


With Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud seemingly in control of music fans’ attention, and a slew of other social media services for musicians available, you don’t necessarily need to have your own web domain these days to build your fan base online. Personal websites require money and time to create and maintain — two resources DJs and musicians must always use wisely.
However, there are still very compelling arguments for maintaining a personal website these days. Constantine Roussos, a music industry entrepreneur, is trying to create a .music domain extension. His recent “16 Biggest Reasons to Have Your Own Website” list created a tremendous amount of buzz amongst industry insiders as he has relentlessly toured music conferences around the globe while advocating his cause. Here is his excerpted list — it’s thick on marketing speak, but it makes a lot of sense:
1.  You own your website.
2.  You are branding your artist/band name, not a third-party website.
3.  You never know if that third-party website will exist in the future or be as relevant (for example, MP3.com shut down). All your “friends” left MySpace, and unless you captured their email through your official site, you are in trouble.
4.  You control your search engine results. It is easier to get ranked #1 for your artist/band name if you have your own dedicated domain name. You can also add search “juice” or “pagerank” to your official page by linking to your official site from social sites, as well as others linking to you.
5.  It is a long-term strategy.
6.  Visitors to your website have a much higher sales conversion ratio than third-party sites.
7.  You control all the content and brand image.
8.  You portray professionalism. Would anyone in the press take you more seriously if you had a website versus not having one? First impressions count.
9.  You can funnel and aggregate all your social media and widgets in one location, where it is convenient for your fans to find information about you.
10.  Flexibility. You can create polls, add any programming, widgets or modules of your choice without third-party restrictions.
11.  You have no fear of being deleted because you are being too “commercial.”
12.  You can own your shopping cart and keep more profit from your sales.
13.  You can add your own advertising and sponsors on your page.
14.  You can offer product bundles and competitions for your fans.
15.  You can build credibility with your fans, create a fan club area for your superfans, as well as dedicated message boards to interact with your fans.
16.  You are investing in yourself and not others. Websites are like cheap virtual real estate.
Perhaps you’re convinced by those arguments but still don’t have a lot of time or cash to put into your own website. Consider using Nimbit’s Instant Band Site as a solution. Instant Band Site is a WordPress plug-in that uses a template based format to create a music website with a minimal amount of labor. The template formats may not be visually stunning, but this service does offer many shortcuts to getting your site running.





Just like WordPress, Nimbit has a free account or premium featured paid accounts. Instant Band Site with NimbitFree gives you a store to sell music directly from your site, an email list sign-up, a streaming music player, connections to your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and MySpace, integration with photo libraries and other WordPress add-ons, and an artist bio, blog, and event calendar. Paid Nimbit accounts start at $12.95 a month and add a complete store for selling physical merchandise with credit card processing and order fulfillment, as well as many other features.

While owning your own website will cost you for the domain name and web hosting, there is a lot you can do with minimal expenditure.

The Online Juggling Act

While DJs short on time may wish to concentrate only on social networking tools, the consensus we found among music industry professionals, pundits and DJs themselves was to strike a balance between your own site and your social media sites.
“You should have have ‘www.yourname.com’ as your homebase online, which feeds out to and back to all of your social media sites,” says Ariel Hyatt, a music publicist and author who successfully transitioned from pitching traditional media to all digital and social media in 2006. “Anyone who lands on your website should get samples of your music and links to your MySpace, Facebook, Twitter feed, and any other key pages that you update often,” Ariel said.
The following graphic has become a classic in social media strategy and shows how your different online tools can work together.

It’s all well and good to suggest spending your waking life on social networks instead of doing what you know and love — DJing, so to save time on social media management, Ariel highly recommends utilizing Artistdata.com, SocialOomph.com, and/or Ping.fm. “These will vastly cut down on your updating time,” she says.
To some, being a Facebook and Twitter chatterbox comes naturally, but others don’t know where to begin. Ariel offers a social media “Food Pyramid” strategy that ranks the types of suggested posts in inverted order. Notably, she suggests that only one out of ten Facebook and Twitter posts be hardcore self-promotion, so that you don’t annoy your peeps by over-hyping yourself. The other nine out of ten posts should be split up between simple photo links, links to articles or videos you like, and direct messages to people within your network. Read more on this strategy or get Ariel’s book.

Artistic Merit

We looked at Bassnectar as a case study for a DJ/producer who has galvanized a rabid and loyal fan base through a robust website, as well as Facebook and Twitter. Lorin, the man behind Bassnectar, is now in a place most of us are not, in that he has a crew of a few people working with him, including work on his website and social networks. However, the way he separates the duties of his website, Facebook and Twitter can inform us all.

Lia Holland works for Bassnectar Labs doing PR and assisting with the online sites. She said Lorin only interacts with fans in the comments sections of his own website so he can save time for production and touring, while his crew maintains the Facebook page entirely. “Bassnectar.net caters to a growing squadron of hardcore fans,” she says. “And Facebook is perhaps the primary means of reaching out to the entire fan base.” They run frequent contests on Facebook and post the “family” photos (a picture Lorin takes with the crowd at the end of each night).
“Our approach to Twitter is more lighthearted,” Holland continues, “with Lorin maintaining the Bassnectar account and everyone on the touring crew having their personal Twitter feeds syndicate to the iPhone app for fans to read.”
“People love Bassnectar because of the music and the live show,” Holland says. “We like to use every aspect of the Internet to digitize that tactile experience so fans want to pass it on.”

Even More To Do?

As if there weren’t enough to keep you occupied already, are you now expected to have a mobile app like Bassnectar does? Not necessarily. It can be phenomenal way to connect and stand out, but don’t rush into it unless you already have a large fan base and know there is a demand for an app. Ariel says, “start a mobile phone text messaging list first, using Mozes.com or Myxer.com to gauge how interactive your mobile community is before you launch an entire app for yourself.” If you decide it is app time, check out the Mobile Roadie service for app building. -Markkus Rovito

One Path to DJ Happiness


This article will not help you get famous or lead to gigs in front of 10,000 people. It will not help you do more amazing  technical feats or impress your girlfriend with mad remixing skills. If either of those are your goals in DJing, please stop reading now. I’m serious – don’t click read more – go check out this article on self promotion instead.

The Music Theory


Music, at its core, is a collection of vibrations. Some vibrations make certain people feel warm and fuzzy while the exact same song might make another person cringe and vomit.
When writing music, you get to carefully pick the exact collection of vibrations that perfectly represents your artististic “fingerprint”. Some people have a similar fingerprint, and love your music, while others simply don’t. The size of a band’s following may be less a reflection of their PR power but simply how many people share a similar taste. Bands that are really authentic seem to collect die hard fans over time that span decades and fads.
Digital DJing is a very powerful extension of this concept. Instead of writing each song from scratch, we can go out and collect music that makes us feel amazing in volume.  If a DJ stays true to his core and collects music in that theme, chances are his fans will have similar taste and love all of it too. That my friend, is the simple recipe for a long and happy DJ career- if it comes from the right place.

PICKING THE WINNERS


This is where I am going to diverge strongly from the standard practice of being a popular DJ, and instead offer a path to becoming a happy DJ. Normally, you might be inclined to put together sets based on the following criteria:
  • Dancefloor potential
  • Popular tracks
  • New and fresh tunes
  • Rare tracks no one else has
  • The latest fad
Instead, what if you picked out a playlist that contained:
  • Timeless music that you love from the first listen to the 10,000th
  • Tunes that get you personally dancing through the entire set
  • Songs you would have on your iPod
  • Songs you really want to share with others
If you do a good job of attracting like-minded people to your shows, they will also love your music and everyone will walk away fulfilled. In that context, it doesn’t matter if there are 5 people or 500. You will be a truly happy DJ no matter what the outcome. If you happen to be one of the lucky few that blows up playing a sound they truly love – awesome. Double backflip 360 with cherries on top. If not, no problem, each gig was never a compromise and always fun.

SAGE ADVISE OR SPACE CADET CONCEPT?


This approach certainly will not be for everyone as there is no “right” path for musical bliss. Personally, I came to this conclusion after 15 years of DJing both ways:
Option 1: Playing songs that the people want to hear but I personally hated.
Result: Really bad physical and emotional side effects followed by epic stage 4 burn out.
Option 2: Playing music that I love, while focusing on attracting an audience that shares similar taste.
Result: I’m in love with DJing again.

THE FLIP SIDE


There are some DJs out there playing clubs, bars, weddings and parties where music they may not personally like is absolutely required.  I am not suggesting you try to ram your personal taste down the general public’s throat. No, that is a fast track to unemployment. Instead I am suggesting that you might try to build a career or a sound around music you really love. I have a good friend that really, authentically loves great pop music and makes a killing playing mainstream clubs without ever burning out.
If DJing is just a creative and fun way to make money, then who cares – play whatever the club owner wants. If you want to truly love every minute of the journey however, and be a really happy DJ,  it might be prudent to stay true to yourself and your passion – whatever that form may be.

LIFE IN A NUTSHELL


This article is a great example of the theory in practice. Some readers will loathe the content and find it annoyingly philosophical.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

QuNeo Controller

In an industry that seems constantly drifting toward more of the same, it takes some effort to dig in and find unique and useful controllers. The difficulty of further perfecting the workflow around two decks and a mixer is being realized by bother manufacturers and consumers as more modular setups and touch based controllers enter the market. While neither of those options have been perfected, they are being toyed with in more interesting ways than the past few years have shown us.

The interesting thing to me about DJing these days is the ability to craft my own workflow. It is, in fact, what I spend the majority of my time focusing on when I get a new controller or software. Molding a new method with a standardized set of decks (two platters, two or four faders, and a bunch of buttons and knobs) can be interesting, but eventually they all just seem to feel the same. Enter the QuNeo.

This utility controller has enough functionality crammed into its iPad sized body to satisfy both the standard producer and the experimental controllerist. We got to get our hands on it at their booth at NAMM and play around with their Ableton setup. My initial feeling was exactly what I expected: excitement. This controller steps beyond everything else I saw at the show. They managed to take a standard MPC style workflow and just put as much control as humanly possible into it.

Game changer - a platitude often bandied around by marketing departments to describe something that is a little different from the norm, but merely moves things on a tad. The QuNeo controller from Keith McMillen Instruments doesn't describe itself as such, but could certainly fit that description. Whatever you thought of controllers before, prepare to be blown away.

Looking like a big touch pad, the QuNeo is in fact a thin physical iPad sized controller, resplendent with low profile tactile pads. Now you might think that such controls might not do very much, but each of the controls are "pressure, velocity and location sensitive". You have to watch the video to realise what this means from a triggering samples point of view.

Yes it does look a little Lemur like, and obviously has striking similarities to all manner of iPad apps. But there's nothing quite like having a physical control to bash away at, especially when it responds so well in different dimensions.

What I also like is the openness of the project. It's class compliant and will work with MIDI and OSC, meaning that it'll work out of the box, but will soon see many clever adaptations. For your average DJ, hitting a pad will probably be the most that is needed, and frankly is all that is supported in most software. But if you're wanting to get a little more expressive (Vestax's PadOne supports pressure messages too), QuNeo could be for you.

Here's the interesting and highly tempting part. Are you aware of Kickstarter? It's a website that essentially proposes projects and asks for backers. And that's just what is happening with QuNeo. You can send them as little as $1, or as much as $1000 for a super VIP package. I've got my eye on the $200 package - not because I need one, but because this kind of innovation needs to be supported. And I also think it'll be an amazing tool to explore. It'll be the first time I've paid for a product to review, and I'll gladly do it in this case.

Take a look. Perhaps it'll be a new direction for other controller manufacturers to explore. Is it OK to say nextleveleness this time?

The kickstarter video which breaks down the basic functions, so I won't bother rehashing those. The unit looked great, and everyone I dragged to their booth agreed. The best part of this controller is the veritable unending amount of control you can add to a very simplistic setup. The touch pads can be used as almost anything from a drum controller to a step sequencer, to a 8x8 trigger controller to individual x/y pads. The LEDs were bright and clear, though the standard Red/Green/Yellow did seem a little toy-like. My hope is they add some finer LED control for purples and blues.

quneo midi controller kickstarter

The real interesting control comes from the rotaries, faders and x-fader. The long 100mm x-fader currently supports 3 points of contact but will eventually support up to 6. The short up-faders are also multitouch, but if you want to use them as simple volume faders they can also work as rather responsive VU meters. The rotaries can be used for a lot of exciting functions, especially when combined with multitouch and pressure sensitivity.

Obviously this isn't a lot of new information, but it was really great to get our hands on the unit and get a chance to play with it. They will be releasing the ability to remap the unit for nuanced, individual control, and will be providing communities to share said mappings.

My excitement for this controller comes from where this technology can lead more than where it exists right now. Placing so many functions into such a small unit, and keeping it elegant heralds steps in the right direction for iPad DJing and production, as well as really powerful modal control that can avoid over complication. The QuNeo has a workflow built very much around an Ableton setup, but if the next unit Keith McMillan Industries decided to work on reflected more of a DJ setup that could be tailored to iPad based software I could see some extremely exciting and visionary control added to an already proven workflow.



Key Detection Software Showdown: 2012 Edition


It’s been almost two and a half years since the last DJ TechTools key detection software comparison. Times have changed and the software has moved on, so we took a fresh look at the capabilities of Mixed in Key, Rapid Evolution, and Beatunes-  and we also discuss whys and wherefores of musical key, too. Ready to see which software won this time?

THEORY FOR DUMMIES (BY A DUMMY)

First, a crash course in music theory for DJs without any extraneous tangents. This might be tough!
A musical key is a group of notes that play well together, and in western major and minor scales there are seven notes out of a total twelve per scale. Major scales work by starting with a note  – this note is called the tonic, and becomes the name of the key – and moving up the semitones in the following steps: 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1.  Minor scales start with the tonic and move up the semitones in this manner: 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2 (there are a few special rules for different types of minor scale that involve differences when moving back down the notes, but for now this will suffice).
The scale pattern is always the same, so some keys play almost the same notes even though they focus on a different tonic (move up seven semitones to see this; only one note will be different between the two keys and it will be due to where available sharp/flat semitones throw the pattern). Because of the cyclical nature of moving through tonics – eventually you will come full circle – keys can be placed on a circle which indicates which keys are most similar, and this circle is called the circle of fifths. This is true not only for the major and minor scales independently, but there is also a relationship between a major and minor scale which share most notes.

The Camelot wheel gives the twelve tonic scales a number, so that rather than having to remember the relationship between scales one can simply look for numbers – in the heat of the moment this is a simpler way to think about key relationships than memorising the circle of fifths.

FINDING KEY


The only way to find a key is to dissect a song and distinguish the notes that are playing. A good musician can do this by ear; in much the same way that learning to beatmatch tunes your brain to be able to distinguish different rhythm metres in isolation, training can enable you to separate pitches (if you have true biological perfect pitch and train yourself to recognise pitches as note values you can know a key almost instantly, whereas most of us aspire to a well honed sense of memory based relative pitch). You can also always play along with a song on a keyboard until you find the selection of notes that don’t clash and derive the key that way.
Computers can analyse audio files and pull apart the notes too. The reason for all this theory is to help you understand how to interpret the results that computer software comes up with and understand how relevant they are. Considering the above, you should be able to understand how the following can throw a computer (or indeed a human) key detector off the scent:
  • If a song does not use all the notes in any key, then its key might be ambiguous. Whilst a huge amount of songs are chord based and thus use all notes in a key, a lot of electronic music uses very little melodic content. A song that only has three notes could (depending on the three notes used) be any number of keys, and the only real way to secure which is correct is to identify the tonic.
  • It is possible for a song to be composed – entirely unintentionally – in more than one key by a producer who noodles without any attention to music theory. It’s not uncommon for a song to drift around a section of the circle of fifths throughout the course of a song, because it’s not particularly jarring to do so in many cases it often goes unnoticed.
  • It is possible for a song to be intentionally composed to change keys conspicuously. Key changes are a way of changing the mood of music, and many artists use this as a tool in their songs.
If a track has a key change in it, it will be impossible for a key detection programme to tell you what key the track is in for what should be obvious reasons. However if there is a little key drift or perhaps a small section of atonal (not in key) audio, we might hope that the software would have a punt at the most likely to be compatible. Similarly whilst we could forgive a key detection programme for not being able to conclusively tell us a key where one isn’t clearly defined, we’d hope it could be somewhat accurate in its guess of the tonic.

THE TEST


Let’s take a look at the three DJ key detection software options we’re comparing today:
  • Mixed in Key is the most well known of all the key detection software. It runs on Zplane’s Tonart key detection algorithm (Zplane make the Elastique realtime timestretching/pitching algorithms used by many major software, from Ableton to Native Instruments; although not Serato, who use their own). Tonart’s also used in Djay and a few lesser known alternatives for native key detection. We’re testing version 5.
  • Rapid Evolution is the only free offering of the three here, and whilst the stable version is still at v2, today we’re going to test the public beta (58) of version 3.
  • Beatunes is another commercial alternative that not only finds key but is capable of a bunch of other housekeeping. We’re testing version 3.
Why haven’t we included Mixmeister, as we did in 2009? Put simply, I don’t feel it’s particularly relevant at this point in time. It’s been more or less blown out of the water by Ableton Live, Traktor, et al, and buying a fully fledged, $200 piece of software simply to extract key information from it seems ridiculous.
Okay, so the test. From a broad but realistic pool of genres and styles I selected 50 tracks, cranked the accuracy sliders on the software up, and let them get to work. To ensure that the results of the software are being compared to accurate real world results I brought Mark Davis, creator of the Camelot Wheel and one of the major proponents of harmonic mixing, on board. Mark determines the keys of songs manually, and guarantees his results are 95% accurate; he has amassed a jaw dropping database of over 55,000 key matched tracks over 20 years of research and sells the database in book form (with regular electronic updates and an electronic search) from harmonic-mixing.com.

RESULTS


Key Showdown Results (click the link for the full test as a PDF)

Mixed in Key 5: 42%

Time taken: 5 minutes
Good at: Looking good, detecting key and giving camelot values
Not so good at: Being affordable – it’s the most expensive option on test.

beaTunes: 28%

Time taken: 4 minutes
Good at: Integrating with iTunes and doing a load of housekeeping above and beyond key detection
Not so good at: Camelot mode – it doesn’t exist. It’s also the least accurate at our test tracks.

Rapid Evolution: 42%

Time taken: 7 minutes
Good at: Detecting key for free!
Not so good at: Having a good interface. 

CONCLUSION

If you have a massive library, key detection software can be a huge timesaver. The 2008 MacBook used is starting to show its age, but as you can see it handled the task with ease and time taken was simply not an issue for any of the software on test. As long as the software gets most right, you’ll be able to weed out the ones it messed up on or couldn’t detect and do those manually, or pay someone like Mark Davis to tell you. At $20 for 100 tracks from Mark – that’s 20 cents per track – you’re getting decent value for money if you’re not confident finding the keys yourself. If what you want isn’t in the database, though, you’ll have to wait until a listening session to get your custom choices recorded.
As for which key detector is the best, the numbers don’t lie. Beatunes was the quickest (although as mentioned there’s barely anything in it), Rapid Evolution and Mixed in Key were jointly the most accurate, and while Rapid Evolution’s free – MiK has a much nicer user interface. Those are probably the three selling points vying for your attention (excepting Beatunes’s inability to detect Camelot key), so if you’re determined not to pay then it’s worth giving Rapid Evolution a run through because it gets the job done. When all’s said and done though, for the one off payment versus the lifetime of easier use, Mixed in Key gets our vote. Just remember that nothing beats a well trained human.
More info on each software: 
Mixed in Key 5
Rapid Evolution 3
BeaTunes 3 

Friday, January 27, 2012

RoNiN & Nesta






Genre
nu disco, slowmo house, groovy tech house, futuristic techno
Members
Ronald Hajjar, Nabih Esta
Hometown
Beirut, Lebanon
Record Label
Beirut In the Mix | www.facebook.com/beirutinthemix
About
www.soundcloud.com/roninandnesta | Upcoming gigs on the 'Events' tab
Description
Listen to Beirut In the Mix with Ronin & Nesta
Saturdays 8pm (Beirut) 7pm (Paris) on Mix FM 104.4.
Downloads and live streaming on http://www.mixfm.com.lb/Music/Programs/6

RA top 10 chart: http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/roninnesta/top10?chart=95137
Biography
Beirut has been many things to many people over the last century, but thanks to a devoted team of industry players - including whirlwind DJ tag team Ronin and Nesta - the city has become a hotbed of house music.

Separately they are Ronald Hajjar and Nabih Esta, marketing manager and student by day, but together they are Ronin and Nesta, a disco-destroying duo who have cemented Beirut's place on t...See More
Artists We Also Like
Shonky, Manoo, Luciano, Agoria, Laurent Garnier, Fur Coat, Baby Prince, Ricardo Villalobos, Josh Wink, Soul Clap, Lee Van Dowski, Dyed Soundorom, Jamie Jones, Wehbba, Seth Troxler, Pearson Sound, Barem, Damian Lazarus, Carl Craig, Alex Picone
Band Interests
grooviness, sexiness, craziness, party animals and positive vibes!
Website
Booking Agent
bookings@jk58.co / ronald.hajjar@gmail.com / T +961 3 231001

Dj Lethal Skillz





Location
Affiliation
961 UnderGround, Arap, Ramallah UnderGround & The Arab Summit
Birthday
March 29, 1976
Biography
The Arab of Lebanese Origin, DJ Lethal Skillz, one of the few DJ’s that can set a club on fire just by placing him behind the decks, is also a well known producer and a music tutor. His ambitions do not stop at playing in a club or event, but have exceeded to producing albums and videos all over the world.
After his first album release New World Disorder, the second album KarmaGeddon is set to be released in Feb 2012 with the some of the best beats produced by the Lebanese phenomenon and featuring most of the International conscious active Arab rappers from East and West.

Through the course of the journey of Lethal Skillz in Hiphop and music, LS has non-argumentavily came of age with a significant and consistent list of versatile collaborations and performances, LS came full circle, opening up for the likes of Pharoahe Monch and M-1 of Dead Prez, De La Soul also played with the likes of Dj Q-bert, Rob Swift, Dj Akakabe and Co-ma World DMC Champions to Timbaland, 50 cents, Whokid, Big Ali, Missy Eliot, Sean Paul, Pitbull, Massari, MIMS, Coolio to mention a few....
Awards
Official Sponsors:

Redbull [Middle East] // Skullcandy [Levant] // Rocawear Clothing [Middle East] // Marc Ecko Clothing [Middle East] // Echo Park Clothing [Malaysia]
Gender
Male
Personal Information
DJ/Turntablist/Producer & Musical Tutor
Personal Interests
Website Links to related Projects by Dj Lethal Skillz:
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- http://www.reverbnation.com/djlethalskillz
- http://www.myspace.com/lethalskillz
- http://www.youtube.com/djlethalskillz (Video Clips, Events, etc...)
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Phone
Website

Ceasar K




Genre
Breakbeat
Members
Ceasar K
Hometown
Beirut-Lebanon
Record Label
Vibe Lebanon Records
About
961 Breaks
Description
Organized Industrial Noise from Beirut City.
Biography
Ceasar K is a DJ, Producer, Turntablist and record collector from Beirut City.

The pioneer of the Breakbeat genre in both Lebanon and the Middle East since the late 90s, Ceasar is today an in-demand remixer and producer with numerous releases on reputable record labels worldwide as well as on his own,‘Vibe Lebanon Records’.

Vibe Lebanon is an independent EDM entity based in Beirut which is home for an internet radio, a record label as well as an online dance music shop.

Winner of the 2004 Heineken Found at Thirst DJ Competition and later on a Jury member in that same competition, he has performed throughout Lebanon, the Middle East, Europe and the USA either as a DJ, a live act or a turntablist.

His sets stand out as being highly original and technical with a touch of old school that also reflects in his music, which often carries subtle influences from both the 80s and the 90s.

His love for the old school and true DJing culture has also led him to open alongside some of his friends sharing the same passion, the first bar in the middle east dedicated to playing strictly vinyl records--Flipside is the place to be for all record collectors, vinyl DJs and everyone that is passionate about the best music format of all times.

Ceasar is also behind another unique concept venue in Beirut ‘The Silver Factory’ which is a real operating silverware factory in which he hosts underground events on a regular basis—back to the basics—a purely industrial venue with just an earth shattering sound system and a bar.


More info on:

www.ceasarkonline.com
www.facebook.com/ceasark
www.myspace.com/ceasark
www.soundcloud.com/ceasark

Related links:

www.vlrecords.com
www.vibelebanon.com
www.flipsidebeirut.com
www.mysilverfactory.com
Current Location
Beirut-Lebanon
Website
Press Contact
ceasark@vibelebanon.com
Booking Agent
Vibe Lebanon

maDJam





Genre
House, Techno, Electro, Tech-House, Deep House, NuDisco, Progressive House, Minimal, Ambient... whatever sounds good at the right place & right time!
Members
Ah-maD A-Jam & You!
Hometown
Beirut, Lebanon
About
Mix FM- Lebanon | Peppermint- Dubai | SPLONGE! | Official Pioneer DJ- Middle East | Emirates Airline | Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Curator | Free live sets & studio mix downloads for you to hear, dance & enjoy! ;)
Biography
DJ maDJam Official Page
Mix FM, Peppermint Club, Splonge!
Official Pioneer DJ Middle East
Lebanon Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Curator
maDJam Biography

DJ-ing since age 10 Ahmad Ajam (letter-chopped to Mad-Jam) has started from elementary-school house parties to the biggest clubs and events around the world. He’s currently active in promoting, audio imaging, radio & TV broadcasting, while maintaining a profile as one of the Middle East’s most popular DJs.

Having lived in Beirut & Dubai, he keeps a database of all happenings in the Middle East Clubbing scene through forums, friends and promoters. He also produces and mixes Club Frequency on Mix FM- a weekly radio show that's been on air since June 2000- recorded live at various gigs & also syndicates to a number of online radio stations & Emirates In-Flight Entertainment. Mad-Jam has also contributed to a number of cultural and social publications including DJ Mag Middle East & MTV’s Showtime based show “Salaam”.

Mad-Jam’s sound is best described as “party music” and varies from ambient, deep, vocal to progressive house with a touch of funk, electro, techno and just about everything in between. He is renowned for 3-way mixing with & played in most club nights in Beirut, along with big-scale events such as the Bacardi Festival, and the Red Bull Air Race which gathered more than 80,000 spectators in Abu Dhabi.

Mad-Jam’s played warm-up and follow-up sets with some of the biggest DJs & dance music artists including Sasha, John Digweed, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Steve Lawler, Danny Howells, Paul Oakenfold, Antoine Clamaran, Anthony Pappa, Paul Van Dyk, Bob Sinclar, Pete Tong, Armin Van Buuren, Nick Warren, Christopher Lawrence, Robbie Rivera, Benny Benassi, David Morales, Dave Seaman, Sander Klienenberg, Hernan Cattaneo, Ferry Corsten, Carl Cox and Tiesto.

maDJam's is a true supporter of the dance music scene across the Middle East, and plays regularly in Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, India, Cyprus, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Lebanon & Peppermint Club in Dubai. He's around for more gigs in Paris, Switzerland, Moscow, Athens, Ibiza & Creamfields, Abu Dhabi.

“No matter where you go on this planet you will find good dance music. The promotion and production are the essential elements to support any scene, and that’s where I love to focus my effort in getting as involved as possible with all things so people have a good time listening to music that I love” he said.

“It’s all about the crowd & their response to the music whatever it is, as long as they’re up for it, then so am I"
Current Location
Anywhere
Artists We Also Like
Too many to squeeze in here...
Influences
Sasha, Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, John Digweed, Nelson (Afroboogie), Peter Gelderblom, Funk D'void, Agoria, Joe T. Vannelli, , Gui Boratto, Axwell, Angello, Ingrosso, Deadmau5 (Production only)... and you!
Website
Press Contact
djmadjam@mixfm.com.lb
Booking Agent
hasan@splonge.com

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jade Basement





Genre
ELECTRONICA / INDIE / DANCE
Hometown
Beirut, Lebanon
Record Label
EMI, Presslab Records, Great Stuff...
About
CHECK the DOWNLOADS & MORE tab for Dates, Music Downloads, etc.
Biography
After many failed attempts at losing his virginity back while still in college, a desperate yet ambitious Jade turns to alternative measures. Having watched Music Television once, he decides to become a rock star. And so Jade sets forth to form a band. Much to his and everyone’s surprise, his band Blend becomes the first in the Middle East ever to be signed to a major record label. The band’s debut album Act One was released in 2003. But despite having gained rock star status, and all the acclaim and the tours; Jade was still unfortunate when it came to losing his innocence. By that time, an emerging scene unlikely came to Jade’s limited attention. Tempted by the sexually charged dance floors of the Electronic Music scene, Jade wishfully decides to become a DJ. Shortly after, he starts throwing underground parties in Beirut, hosts his own radio show, and finally opens his very own club. Yet all his efforts were still in vain. His only consolation was the success of his club “The Basement”, which became a reference for Alternative & Dance Music in Beirut. His DJ career had him touring the world, playing in some of the most eccentric cities the likes of Moscow, Morocco, and Berlin. He also found another way to release his tensions. He set up a recording studio, and began producing electronic music and releasing it on labels like Presslab and Great Stuff. He also made time to make music for the ad industry, working with some of the most prominent agencies in the business. He formed a two-piece self-produced band with his studio mate Fe, in 2011: “Robert Polson”, and started a new live music/visual project with VJ TM: “The Middle Beast”, that focuses on blending his oriental influences with cutting edge electronic music. Until this very day, Jade still maintains a busy touring and studio schedule, and hopes that this half a minute would come when he would finally realize his life long dream.

For more info http://www.ihatejade.me/
Current Location
Beirut, Lebanon
Artists We Also Like
Joy Division, Murcof, David Sylvian, Tool, Leonard Cohen, Portishead, Jeff Buckley, Apparat, Nine Inch Nails, Nick Drake
Influences
Sea, Sun, Espresso
Website
Press Contact
contact@ihatejade.me
Booking Agent
Clique Bookings, Berlin info@cliquebookings.com Tel: +49 160 800 52 57 www.cliquebookings.com

Gunther & Stamina





Genre
Techno, progressive, Tech House
Members
Gunther & Stamina
Hometown
Beirut - Lebanon
Record Label
Ready Mix Records - Air Snare Records
Description
This page is dedicated to "Gunther & Stamina"
Who have been rocking and putting on fire the Middle East and Lebanese's biggest dance floors with there Dirty, Groovy and Twisted sounds and who over the past 7 years, have been avid supporters of the Underground Scene in Lebanon.

Gunther & Stamina played with John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, Lee Burridge, Anthony Pappa, Danny Howells, Dean Coleman, De...See More
Current Location
Beirut - Lebanon
General Manager
Raphael Merheb
Artists We Also Like
Big Al, Ezequiel Marotte, Cid Inc, Fady Ferraye, Daniel Mehes, Maher Daniel, Charlie May, Psycatron, Mark Henning.....
Influences
Sasha, John Digweed, Steve Lawler, Carl Cox, Svven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Infusion, Jeff Mills, Danny Tenaglia, Danny Howells, Anthony Pappa, Satoshi Tomie, Sander K, Underworld, Orbital, Massive Attack, Shpongle and many more.....
Website
Booking Agent
Raphael Merheb : For Info & Bookings please email: raphael.merheb@gmail.com

DJ BASE




Genre
Hip/Hop -- RnB -- Rap
Members
Welcome to the Official Page of DJ BASE where you will find the latest music updates as well as events, radio shows and tour dates..

Description
Started at an early age producing on the guitar and the piano working his way through hip hop beats and urban sounds to become Lebanon's youngest, fastest rising and most renowned hip hop and RnB DJ...Also known as "the youngest to ever bring it all back"...
Residing at the world famous SkyBar Beirut and Bringing you the hottest Hip hop tunes to Beirut's biggest clubs and challenging venues such as Brut, Chocolate and Basement to mention a few...
Performing since the age of 18 alongside artists such as Akon, 50 Cent, Fatmann Scoop, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Sean Paul, Pitbull, Sean kingston, Shaggy, Tinie Tempah, Whookid and many more...
Respected on the international commercial HipHop scene from Montreal Clubs (alongside DJ Godfather), to Ayia Napa venues (Alongside DJ Blend), to Dubai album releases, hosted international acts at the Abu-Dhabi Formula 1 Weekend, and official DJ for upcoming Universal Records artist S1.
And of course, residing on NRJ Lebanon 99.1FM and NRJ International with his Radio-show The Base Sessions every Friday night at 8PM, standing at the forefront of the region's hip hop scene...
Current Location
Beirut, Lebanon


Website

DJ Jojo Zarifeh




Genre
Male
Hometown
Beirut ,Lebanon


Biography
DJ JOJO has been on the decks since his childhood. He started playing at family parties, pubs, clubs and events before moving to London to become a resident DJ at the Ministry of Sound He toured the most prominent Clubs around the world from Beirut to London, Zurich, Paris, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and many other major cities, and played with International DJs such as: Armin Van Buren, Tiesto, Bob Sinclair, Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, John Digweed, Sacha, Paul Oakenfold and many more. At present DJ Jojo is the number one DJ in the Middle East and currently the Resident DJ of 'Sky Bar', Beirut's No. 1 Club, which was voted The Best Club in the world in 2008. Not to forget his own club, ‘Chocolate Club’ which has been running since 2008 and his High-Profile retail store ‘Beat Box’ in Ashrafieh, an independent record shop since 1998 with the aim to support sounds that deserve to be heard and may be difficult to find elsewhere, as well as being The Headquarter for the DJ’s under DJ Jojo’s Management. In addition to that, DJ Jojo hosts his own weekly show 'Jojo On The Radio' on NRJ Mastermix (99.0 FM) every Friday from 10-11pm , where he mixes the latest in House, Prog House and Electronic Music. ''Anyone passionate about music will find something of interest amongst our varied wares at BeatBox" says JOJO. "At the end of the day, my aim is to please people, and not play music just for myself. Music has no color, it's for everybody.''
Website

DJ Anthony Bassoulou





Genre
All kinds of HOUSE Music
Members
Welcome to the Official Page of DJ Anthony Bassoulou!
Hometown
Mukallis, Mont-Liban, Lebanon
About
Music Is My LIfe
Biography
Anthony Bassoulou



Was born in Beirut, endowed with highly prominent influences and unmistakable musical ingenuity, it is no wonder that he has sustained his presence as one of the upcoming DJs in the Middle Eastern DJ scene.



Anthony Bassoulou is currently resident at Sky Bar Beirut after a good history of playing at some topnotch clubs in the region including People By Crystal Dubai, Palais By Crystal Beirut, Crystal Beirut, C Bar Dubai, Pulse, Fleur Platine & more.



He had a weekly radio show on Ciel FM 1992-1993, Radio DJ from 1994-1997 & Mix FM from 1997 till 1999.



Anthony’s supported many artists & DJs including Fedde Le Grand, Adam Clay, Antoine Clamaran, David Vendetta, Wyclef Jean , Example, J. Cole, Jay Sean, Shaggy, Fatboy Slim, Yasmin, Alexandra Stan, Jeremih, Nadia Ali, Dev, Mann, Taio Cruz, Estelle, Eva Simons, John Martin, Busta Rhymes, Flo Rida, Akon, Celeda, Akcent, Kat De Luna, Christian Burns, Boney M, Coolio, Fatman Scoop, Ja Rule, Salome de Bahia, Tall Paul, Ron Carroll, Wynter Gordon, Mims, Paris Hilton, Rudy and more.



Anthony’s passion for music makes people fall in love with tried and tested tunes, mash-ups and remixes that he has carried to all kind of dance floors.
Current Location
Beirut, Lebanon
Website
Press Contact
* Mobile : +9613461759 . * Office +9611999045/+9611999044.
Booking Agent
http://www.sky-management.net/ anthony@sky-management.net

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Been getting a lot of pictures of female DJs lately, which is making me worry about my career as a DJ. Not. This picture is whatever, not too worried about Dj Chainmail up here. 
VERDICT: What do you guys think? Hitable? Would you? FAME or SHAME, it’s your call on this one.









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