Wednesday, February 27, 2013

mixed in keyring? – Urbanears Slussen

Like it or not, DJing is rapidly becoming a pocket-sized pastime with a cheap if not free price tag. You can sit behind your keyboard and complain, but that won’t make it go away, nor will it stop the inevitability of the digital age continuing to rampage through the DJ scene. So it’s time to embrace the weird and wonderful that the new style is throwing our way, and one such quirky little thing is the Urbanears Slussen – the IKEA sounding pocket audio adaptor, and a free iOS app to go with it.
As ever, some official words to whet your appetite:

To unleash Slussen, plug the adapter into your iPhone, iPod or other iOS device and download the Slusen app. Connect your headphones and sound system into the adapter via the two 3.5mm jacks.  Launch the app, and that’s it.  Slussen’s pre-listening feature ensures that the tunes are always bumping, even while preparing the next track.

Open a track by tapping the name field on top of each deck. Choose the track you would like to play in the drop down menu. Repeat the procedure on the other deck. The track will automatically start playing once loaded onto a deck. You can scroll through a track by sliding your finger along the waveform or by tapping the fast forward and rewind buttons.

Once you’ve hit play on one of your decks, you can control whether the music is heard in your speakers or not. Slide the crossfader to the side on which you want to be heard. You are now ready to press play on the other deck. To make mixing easier, make sure you press the sync button so that the two decks are in perfect sync. Please note that the two tracks need to be fully analyzed before you can press the sync button. You know this is done when the waveform is fully visible. Once the two tracks are in sync you are ready to mix them.
Slussen’s powerful equalizer is accessible by tapping and holding the EQ button on the middle of each deck. Once that is done, you will be presented with four options. Slide your finger towards the option you would like to adjust. Slide clockwise to increase and counter clockwise to decrease. Similarly, you can adjust the other equalizers and the gain. Adjusting the equalizer is great way to make your mixing smoother.
To pre-listen to a track you’d like to mix into your set, tap the headphone button and slide the headphone crossfader from side to side. If you don’t have the Slussen adapter plugged in, you won’t be able to use the pre-listening feature and you should change your settings in the settings menu.
  • Kill all – Kill the EQ effects on the respective side
  • 125 BPM – increase the BPM of a track or change the pitch by tapping the BPM button
  • Sync button – press this button to make sure that two different tracks are played in perfect sync
  • Equalizer – press and hold the EQ button to adjust the equalizer or gain
  • Scratch function – press and move any of the decks while they are playing to scratch
  • Crossfader – slide from right to left to choose which side should be heard in your speakers
  • Headphone crossfader – lets you choose which deck you will hear in your headphones
  • Cue feature – cue instantly, or set a new cue-point by tapping the cue button

Urbanears makes headphones that fit your everyday life. Supplying the perfect listening device for anyone with a pocket full of music and a wish to make the most of it, Urbanears models are designed to optimize sound and captivate self-aware customers by matching preferences in size, style, design, function and relation to music. Other companies may try to emulate the brand, but Urbanears is the original in colorful headphones.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Club Life College Invasion Tour Starts Tonight

Fresh off an epic 10-show tour in Brazil, Tiësto now has his sights set on college campuses across the US! Tiësto’s Club Life College Invasion Tour is back on the road again, this time with Tommy Trash, Quintino and Alvaro in tow. This year’s tour aims to outdo its past successes, invading campuses with Tiësto’s larger-than-life production and sound. It all kicks off tonight in Syracuse before winding its way back across the United States through March.
It’s going to be a busy March for Tiësto, who will be making his return to Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center on Saturday, March 2nd. He’ll also be throwing down at Salt Lake City’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party, Get Lucky 2013 at the Great Saltair, on Saturday, March 9th. Tiësto will also be hitting some great festivals in March including Inception, Electro Beach, U.M.E., and Ultra!
For a full list of Tiësto tour dates, check below or visit here.
For the first Musical Freedom Records release of 2013, Tiësto hand selected “Torrent” – the smash from Sidney Samson and Martin Garrix. One of late 2012′s biggest tracks, the aptly named “Torrent” is a giant electro wave that comes at you with a constant flow and never lets up. This is festival music at its finest. It’s available now on Beatport and will be available on iTunes and everywhere else on March 5th.
Tiësto has been nominated for multiple International Dance Music Awards! You can vote for Tiësto in the following categories:
16. Best European DJ
18. Best Global DJ
21. Best Radio Mix Show DJ (Global)
23. Best Full Length DJ Mix – Club Life Vol. 2
27. Best Podcast – Club Life
Voting ends March 1st, so vote now.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Tiësto’s “Adagio for Strings” in Mixmag’s recent poll. It’s now the #2 Greatest Dance Track Of All Time! Check out the full results here.
Tuesday Feb 19 Tiësto – OnCenter, Syracuse, NY, USA
Wednesday Feb 20 Tiësto – Times Union Center, Albany, NY, USA
Thursday Feb 21 Tiësto – Mullins Center, Amherst, MA, USA
Friday Feb 22 Tiësto – Whittemore Center, Durham, NH, USA
Saturday Feb 23 Tiësto – Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Saturday Feb 23 Tiësto – SoundGarden Hall Afterparty (Late night), Philadelphia, PA, USA
Monday Feb 25 Tiësto – Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA, USA
Tuesday Feb 26 Tiësto – Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA, USA
Wednesday Feb 27 Tiësto – EMU Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
Thursday Feb 28 Tiësto – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH, USA
Saturday Mar 02 Tiësto – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Tuesday Mar 05 Tiësto – Event Center @ San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA
Wednesday Mar 06 Tiësto – Save Mart Arena @ Fresno State University, Fresno, CA, USA
Thursday Mar 07 Tiësto – Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NV, USA
Friday Mar 08 Tiësto – Revolution Center, Boise, ID, USA
Saturday Mar 09 Tiësto – Get Lucky 2013 at Great Saltair, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Thursday Mar 14 Tiësto – Inception Music Festival, Cancun, Mexico
Friday Mar 15 Tiësto – Electro Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Saturday Mar 16 Tiësto – U.M.E. @ Schlitterbahn, S. Padre Island, TX, USA
Sunday Mar 17 Tiësto – Ultra Music Festival, Miami, FL, USA
Friday Mar 22 Tiësto – Ultra Music Festival, Miami, FL, USA
Friday Jun 28 Tiësto – Kanrocksas at Kansas Speedway (June 28-29), Kansas City, KS, USA
Friday Jul 26 Tiësto – Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium

Ibiza International Music Summit

IMS announces panels - Groove Armada to create IMS anthem, Eats Everything remixes it and much more...

 The Ibiza International Music Summit returns in 2013 with a speaker line-up full of pioneers and heavyweights of the global electronic music scene – artists, labels, executives, managers, agents, actors and more.

In six short years, the summit - dubbed “the TED of music conferences” - has firmly established itself as one of the leading global events for a sector worth $4bn (a figure declared by IMS in its annual IMS Business Report last year). Its importance this year is paramount as electronic music comes of age in the US, and the biggest players in the business are being drawn into the genre.
Themed IMS: Beyond The Boom Boom!, the event, hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, will take a deep look into the international expansion of electronic music and how the business is spilling out of the confines of the dance floor and into mainstream culture. IMS 2013 will lead the discussions about sustainability after the goldrush settles down.
2012 saw IMS go from strength to strength, with the most impressive and authoritative panels and guest speakers to date and 500 delegates in attendance. Last year’s summit featured exclusive interviews with Giorgio Moroder, Luciano, Nile Rodgers, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Diplo. It was here that the first true picture of the upcoming Daft Punk album was revealed by Rodgers and Moroder, with the news spreading around the globe within seconds.
The IMS Legends Dinner, hosted by IMS co-founder Pete Tong, will celebrate Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim. The DJ and producer, who came to be the primary representative of dance culture at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2012, will have his long-standing career celebrated at an intimate dinner party put on by the IMS. He will then go on to host an exclusive free party at the UNESCO world heritage site Dalt Vila – Fatboy Slim & Friends - with pals Pete Tong and DJ Driis (Idris Elba) on May 23rd.
Among the artists present this year are techno pioneer Sven Väth, who will be discussing career longevity in the electronic music scene.
IMS will also host a keynote from industry analyst and provocateur Bob Lefsetz who will deliver a state-of-the-nation address on the coming of age of the genre. A rare European visit.
Iconic actor Idris Elba (The Wire, The Office, Prometheus) will be delivering a keynote as his alter-ego Driis, talking tradecraft and keeping it real as a DJ.
Founder and owner of Ultra Records Patrick Moxey will be charting his rise to the top of the Sony tree: all hail Mr President of Electronic Music!
Bringing together the overall themes of IMS 2013, Willam Morris Endeavour’s Marc Geiger will give a keynote on the sustainability of electronic music, as the gold rush begins to calm. From the man who has seen it all.
Hard-hitting French label boss / venue owner / manager Emmanuel de Buretel tells it like it is in probably one of the most honest interviews you will ever see at an IMS event. Stand by!
Infamous promoters Andrea & Antonio will be revealing all about Circoloco @ DC10, from its beginnings in 1999, through the subsequent troubles in 2008/09 to the present day.
The original Berlin DJ Paul Van Dyk will give a keynote interview on the importance of social responsibility in electronic music.
Amy Thomson of ATM artists (Swedish House Mafia, Groove Armada) will give a keynote interview on empowering fans, or the ‘General Admission’ as she has famously called them, to create devotees.
Shelly Finkel of SFX Entertainment will be interviewed about Robert F.X. Sillerman’s $1bn bet on electronic music music acquisitions.
Tomorrowland’s Duncan Stutterheim will open up a window on the ideology of ‘electronic music experience’ company ID&T as they expand into North America. 
DJ-Z’s Seth Goldstein takes a good hard look at the next generation of electronic music fans, as he targets 13-16 year olds.
This year’s IMS Anthem will be created live by Groove Armada in front of delegates, with a remix to be done by man of the moment Eats Everything.
Ghostdancing focuses on the ghostwriting hitmakers exposed recently by Mixmag’s Ben Gomori. Guests so far include Timo GarciaNicky Romero and Glimpse.
There will also be an exclusive first 'work in progress' screening of Planet Rock & Other Tales Of The 808 – the Arthur Baker produced documentary about the seminal 808 drum machine.

The IMS Market Focus panel will be investigating the ins and outs of the German music market.
Ben Turner, IMS and music lawyer Kurosh Nasseri will present the Association for Electronic Music and explore its potential at the forefront of the genre.
IMS partner Ben Turner states: “A powerful collection of speakers in a powerful year- a defining year, in fact. From Bob Lefsetz to Idris Elba; from DC10 to Tomorrowland, it’s all here in probably our most diverse list of speakers to date. The focus is on life beyond the Boom, but presented in a positive framework and with a sunny outlook. IMS has been criticised for being ‘too positive’ before – something I won’t ever apologise for! IMS keeps it real, but celebrates positivity and longevity. See you in the sunshine.”
On news of receiving the IMS Legends award, Norman said "It’s a huge honour to follow Carl Cox and Pete Tong and be the third recipient of the IMS LEGENDS AWARD. Ibiza has been a pivotal part in my life and my career and so there is nowhere better than there to receive it.”
IMS Ibiza 2013: Beyond The Boom Boom 
·      Techno and Ibiza icon SVEN VÄTH keynote on Longevity
·      Keeping It Real keynote from actor / DJ IDRIS ELBA aka DRIIS
FATBOY SLIM to be honoured at IMS Legends dinner 
·      BOB LEFSETZ delivers State of the Nation keynote address
·      Ultra’s PATRICK MOXEY talks about his presidential ascendance at Sony
·      William Morris’ MARC GEIGER on Sustainability of a Genre
·      EMMANUEL DE BURETEL from BECAUSE lays down the law!
The Sixth Ibiza International Music Summit
Theme: “Beyond the Boom Boom”
22nd – 24th May, Ibiza Gran Hotel
Music Artists:
FATBOY SLIM (IMS Legends Dinner Recipient)
SVEN VÄTH (Keynote Interview)
DRIIS aka IDRIS ELBA (Keynote Interview)
SOLOMUN (IMS Grand Finale DJ)
PAUL VAN DYK (Keynote Interview)
GROOVE ARMADA (IMS Anthem creator)
EATS EVERYTHING (IMS Anthem remixer)
ARTHUR BAKER (Exclusive film screening)
SCUBA (IMS Grand Finale DJ)
MONIKA KRUSE (Market Focus: Germany)
NICKY ROMERO (Ghostdancing Debate)
TIMO GARCIA (Ghostdancing Debate)
TENSNAKE (IMS Grand Finale live act)
KAZ JAMES (IMS Legends performer)
LE CAROUSEL (IMS Grand Finale live act)
TOM STAAR (IMS Legends performer)
Music Industry:
BOB LEFSETZ (Keynote Interview)
MARC GEIGER – William Morris Endeavour (Keynote Address)
SHELLY FINKEL – SFX (Keynote Interview)
Key Topics:


Following months of intense speculation, and with the rumour mill now churning at full capacity, Tomorrowland is ready to put the gossip to rest once and for all.Tomorrowland, which sold out all tickets this weekend in just one second, is very proud to be welcoming 180,000 people from no less than 214 different countries from all over the world to its birthplace in Belgium. This number means even more nationalities will attend this year's edition than those that participated in the last Olympics in London, which was 204 - making the 2013 edition the most international gathering of people in the entire world! Included in this number are all the Global Journey packages, bringing in travellers from 120 cities worldwide on unique Tomorrowland planes.
Finally the time has come; Tomorrowland is able to offer an extra opportunity for all to experience the magical fairy-tale.
A mystical and fantastical trailer has been released for what will be the start of a truly incredible international adventure.

Over the coming weeks, the unique bottle as featured in the trailer - packed with the secret formula required to produce the super festival - will make its way across thousands of miles worth of ocean and eventually dock at the first location selected to host the next chapter in the festival’s magical history. This new location will become the centre of a second worldwide gathering of music fans from across the world for one weekend of September this year.
Belgian brothers Manu & Michiel Beers, creators of Tomorrowland, said: "Having the chance to organise a Tomorrowland outside of Belgium is more exciting than anything we ever dreamed of when we started years ago as young music lovers and entrepreneurs. This year it has become more and more of a reality. We see it as a fantastic and very unique opportunity; it will be an enormous challenge and a big step for our young, creative and vibrant team. We're all very motivated and excited to begin this new chapter and create the same unique experience that we do in Belgium. We're very happy we can finally give an alternative to the enormous amount of people from all over the world that want to visit our festival. We’ve found a beautiful location that feels like a second home, and it’s very similar to our fantastic terrain in Belgium. We will reveal all the details within the coming weeks.”
And so the guessing game begins! With official confirmation that Tomorrowland will travel, taking on the most appropriate name as it does so - TomorrowWorld - it’s anyone’s guess where the first ever edition of the festival outside of Belgium will take place. You have the dates – now start imagining the location!
The magnificent Tomorrowland tale continues…TomorrowWorld is coming.
27th, 28th, 29th September 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013


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Recording editing mixing and mastering like the pros

Learn the finer points of professional audio production and master signal processing techniques with this Open Mix interactive course. With sessions in four contemporary styles including rock, dance, pop and oriental.


This course is intensive and designed for people who want to gain the knowledge and practical experience to mix Front of House and Monitor mixes on stage.We will be using the latest industry equipment and gain experience mixing on a range of analogue and digital desks.



Electronic Dance Music

Learn the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including drum and bass, trance, dub, and house.

Modern Music Production

learn how to compose melodies, riffs, chords, basslines, develop your arrangements and work with vocals whilst keeping everything in key so it 'sounds right'.

Oriental Music production

This course contains a series of practical activities related to working with Arabic Maqams and rhythms. Students will work with audio, MIDI and VSTi’s to create an original piece of Arabic music containing loops, samples and recordings of a live performance.

Digital DJing

DJing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged alongside more traditional turntables and CDJs.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Armin van Buuren first EDM artist to integrate Google+ Hangouts into live events

This week, Armin van Buuren announced that, during the live shows of his upcoming A State of Trance 600 ‘The Expedition’ world tour, he will be video-chatting with his fans via Google+ Hangouts. By doing so, he is the first artists in the EDM scene to offer this unique interaction. Via the hang-outs, fans can video chat with their personal DJ hero, as well as artists such as Markus Schulz, Dash Berlin and W&W. Not only is it the perfect way of engaging the audience to the quickly growing social medium that is Google+, but also to enhance their live listening experience at home. Next week,the A State of Trance 600 world tour of the Dutch DJ will kick-off in the Spanish capital of Madrid. This week, Armin came through on his promise that the tour would be ‘bigger, better and more interactive’, announcing Google+ Hangouts during all live shows of the tour. Next to the live radio and video broadcasts, Armin van Buuren and other DJ’s on the line-up will also be chatting with a selection of fans. The live shows will gather millions of music lovers all across the globe. 8 of the 12 shows will be broadcast life and offer fans the possibility to video chat via Google+ Hangouts. A State of Trance fans are invited to subscribe for the hang-out sessions via
Armin van Buuren: ”On my Google+ page, I’ve got over a million fans and that number is only growing. Through the Google+ Hangouts, I’m hoping to take the radio show to the next level and make it even more interactive for the fans. Every week, more than 20 million people tune into my show, so for these special live shows I’d like to take it one step further. Via the Google+ Hangouts, I can turn the listeners into viewers and offer them a front row seat.”

Tickets for the ASOT600 shows in Madrid, Mexico, New York and Miami have sold out. Tickets for other editions are available via     

Google+ page Armin van Buuren:
Google+ page A State Of Trance:


Electronic music festivals have become a spectacle and 21st century phenomenon on an international scale - all in breakneck speed. In 2013, the pace is only accelerating and Sunburn Festival (product of Percept Live, India) is well and truly ahead of the game. Today, India’s electronic music backbone and window to the dance world reveals their Official After Movie. Following an exclusive premiere with Less Than 3 the wonder of Asia’s largest festival is now yours to feast your eyes and ears upon. Get ready world, you’re about to Live.Love.Dance with Sunburn Festival.
Captured at the exotic paradise of Sunburn Goa’s 6th edition (Percept’s flagship event), this 9-minute trailer encapsulates every component built to create the ultimate dance showcase. On the golden shores of the Indian subcontinent, we live, love and breathe the world’s best music with every single partygoer, as the video bottles everything to the intoxicating atmosphere of community permeating the air. Touching the mind, body and soul of all that attend is a sensation that transcends Sunburn beyond any other music festival – it is a true coming together of worlds and cultures; an event that synergizes music, entertainment, freedom and society. In less than 10 minutes we see humanity from all ages and all cultures coming together to experience the unique event that provides everything music lovers from all backgrounds, colours and creeds could desire. From Spas to beer bars and Fedde Le Grand to Sander van Doorn, Sunburn is a bespoke festival of the highest order.
At the core however, Sunburn is a labour of love for dance music – 6 stages filled to the brim with the best acts in the world are put together by 100% manpower in a truly mind-blowing, exquisite location long associated with electronica. A spectacle in themselves, these stunning structures have housed the likes of Axwell, Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren and many, many more. A selection strut their skills in the captivating after movie and provide the blistering soundtrack to match the backdrop. Sunburn has truly raised the bar for festivals to follow - expect them to push it higher and higher as 2013 unfolds!

f the festival requires any endorsement, one must look no further than the company from which it stems. Percept is showered in accolades for promoting a sense of community in all their practices and Sunburn Goa and its after movie emphasizes this to the ultimate degree. 
This year, Percept is taking its ethos on a totally global scale - the world’s population must experience the inimitable nature of Sunburn. Look out for a date near you and expect an equally emphatic climax in next years Sunburn Goa. Till then, lose yourself in the after movie one more time. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tips For DJs and Producers: Productivity Hacks and Time Management

Everyone has a unique way of spending their time in the studio. It could be practicing a new technique, tapping out a fresh beat, digging for new music, or reading gear reviews. Most of our time is determined by how we feel at a specific moment. But should you be spending your time mapping effects in a new Ableton template, tweaking a new drum loop, or building a wild effect chain in Traktor? Today’s article by guest contributor Mohamed Kamal offers some solid advice to help DJs and producers make the most of their time.

What’s important in terms of “being productive” for DJs and producers is subjective, but in my world it’s going from point A to B. It could be networking to land a big gig, nailing a remix for a big producer, attracting DJs and venues to my startup, and so on.
Eliminating waste is the fundamental principle of any successful person. As defined by Womak/Jones in their book “Lean Thinking” (a must-read):
“Waste is any human activity which absorbs resources but creates no value”
Of all resources, there is no resource more valuable than time. Time is more valuable than money. While money can fluctuate up or down, time only moves in one direction – down.


Many great and successful DJs — in fact, most people who are highly successful — succeed because they work hard to develop a narrow but important set of skills. It’s often easy to be good at many things, but becoming great at a few key things is often more difficult.
Especially with new DJs and producers, it’s very easy to want to pursue the dream of becoming a globe-trotting, festival-headlining DJ. But when focusing on these more glamorous visions, don’t get caught up working on activities outside or unrelated to your own strengths.
Mediocrity is a silent killer. Not having a clear roadmap to becoming an expert in a particular set of skills doesn’t do ourselves — or our dreams — any good. That’s what many of us fail and refuse to acknowledge.
Find the skills and areas where you want to become exceptional – and dedicate your time towards those. If you’re distracted, you will regret it.


You need to make sure that the majority of your time is spent working on developing your narrow and exceptional skill set. Unfortunately that’s often rare:
Over 22,000 people have taken a distraction survey conducted by Harvard Business Review writer Peter Bergen and 73% agree or strongly agree that they don’t spend enough time on what’s important – their sweet spot, which primarily involves doing work that takes you from point A to B. That’s a massive waste of time.
As a DJ you have many hats to wear, including networking, DJing, marketing, producing and perfecting your skills. All categories contribute heavily to your success, but you can’t be outstanding at all of them. Creating structure to improve your talents requires managing your time and focus.
A simple way to manage your time is to create roles and schedules for different types of work: manager schedule and creator schedule.
  • The Manager role typically organizes the studio time into short 30-45 minute blocks. Spend each block dealing with a different task like promoting an event, marketing, blogging and reviewing new gear. Always start with the hardest task first.
  • The Creator role might need to organize studio time into longer blocks of uninterrupted time. I usually shut off my phone, email and anything with a notification sound. Creator’s activities include music production, practicing a new technique, custom controller maps and so on. Again, start first with the hardest thing that you’ve been putting off.


Trying to find a balance between creative and noncreative time can be more art than science, but there is a fundamental concept that must be present to improve your talent and productivity: flow. Flow is perhaps best defined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in an interview for Wired magazine:
“being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” 
Activities that are likely to flow well typically have the following attributes:
  • Have a clear objective
  • Need your full concentration
  • Lack of interruptions and distractions
  • A sense of challenge
While flow can’t be triggered at will, you can arrange activities so they allow for flow. Below, I’ve put together a list of five hacks I use to create flow during my practice and studio times as a DJ and producer.

#1: Establish uninterrupted time blocks for creativity.

My creativity sessions are typically in the music production realm: programming beats, designing new sounds and chopping vocals. Because these activities need solidly uninterruptible blocks of time, I schedule these very early in the morning (6am-8am). I don’t check email/Facebook, my phone is off, and all potential distractions are eliminated. I find 3-4 hour blocks (with 10-15 min breaks in between) work best for me.
On the DJing side, this time is spent auditioning new tracks, practicing a technique, recording a podcast, or sometimes designing a new flyer for an event.

#2: Knock out creativity goals as early in the day as possible.

I’ve tried both staying up late and waking up early, and prefer the latter as it isn’t interrupted by sleep -allowing studio activities to flow better. I also find that accomplishing something tangible that early in the day sets the tone for my podcasts and other production projects. Everything tends to sit right, and by the end of the day I might have a complete track (it’s happened seven times so far!).
Most of my best recorded DJ sets were during the morning. Even if you’re not a morning person, give a creative start a shot to see how it frames your day.

#3: Schedule manager activities after your creative sessions.

Manager activities, as I mentioned earlier, include less intensively creative tasks like: responding to emails, engaging forums and blogs, checking out new mixes from other DJs, etc. On the production side, it’s organizing the mixer or doing small edits. These types of tasks are easier to accomplish after creativity sessions because they somehow validate what you have created. For example, after programming an 8 bar drum loop for your chorus, it will be much easier to layout it on the mixer, color it in the session and off to mixing.

#4: Don’t take the critic inside seriously

Does this sound familiar? You are recording a podcast or practicing a set, then a little voice says, “Ha, your mix is boring and dull. Just like you. You need new gear to make your mixes awesome. You’ll never make it big time with what you’ve got”. With production it’s, “You don’t know how to produce, who do you think you are? This song is crap!”
This internal critic is always with us. Living with doubt is something you have to deal with and learn to manage. An effective way to overcome this germ is to take a 5 minute break from the task at hand and come back when you’re ready. If you are unable to shake it off then:

#5: Look for outside help

If your internal critic is throwing red flags, reach out to friends who are more experienced. I used to be on an online radio show when I first started DJing and I wasn’t happy with my sets prior to the show. It wasn’t until a close experienced DJ friend had a listen and validated my mix that I felt confident in my abilities to rock the digital airwaves.
With music production, I had an experienced producer friend giving me feedback on my tracks – it’s the same idea. Silencing the critic by checking in with someone better at critiquing work saved me a lot of time and put me back into the flow.


Becoming great in any creative endeavor takes focus and self awareness – and your time to become great is valuable and limited. Defining success and identifying the 2-3 main areas in your DJing career that you need to focus on will help you stay on track. Knowing your shortcomings and reaching out for help will help you achieve the flow that you need to continue to be creative on a regular basis.
As always, we’re curious as to your thoughts – how do you all stay on-task and focused on achieving your goals in the studio, when you’re practicing, or even just in everyday life? Let us know in the article comments!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


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thanks for believing in DJ SCHOOL LEBANON   and making us number one
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TOB hit the decks with founder Saiid Zeidan.

Get into the groove

Get into the groove
Want to be a DJ but don’t know your faders from your frequency? A lesson at DJ School Lebanon could get you on the right track. TOB hit the decks with founder Saiid Zeidan.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

special offer for fans on our facebook page only (free 3 sessions )

The most active member will have a free 3 sessions at DJ SCHOOL LEBANON
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1- like our fan page DJ SCHOOL LEBANON
2 - like 10 posts on the page
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4- invite at least 10 of your friend
5 - good luck

Thursday, February 7, 2013

happy 30 years birthday - DMC

DMC is many things to many people. For most, it’s just a DJ battle, but for old duffers like myself, it’s a foundation of the modern dance scene and instrumental in shaping the careers and lives of a huge number of people on a global level. And today is a special day for them – happy 30th birthday DMC!
I know DMC as The Disco Mix Club – a Radio Luxembourg radio show broadcast from a boat in the North Sea in the early 80s by the royal ruler himself Tony Prince. It gave me my first access to a stream of funk and soul, as well as that new thing called Hip Hop. I remember hearing Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” on the show and embarrassing friends in the shop they worked at the next day about how “fucking amazing” it was in full unapologetic voice.
Just like anyone else listening on a regular basis, I had a solid collection of tapes. And even though the show was broadcast on 208 shortwave, the quality of the music and the emotions it stirred were undiminished by the lack of fidelity. Sadly, the tapes got destroyed in a flooded cellar, but in a time before the internet, these were the only way to hear mixes and importantly how to learn the craft of DJing.
Of course, DMC in a modern sense is more about the DJ battle than anything else. Granted, many of us have bemoaned much of what has gone on during the battles, but DMC are at least putting them on and promoting turntablism. We can but hope that they capitalise on the solid foundation and start to look at the tools that today’s DJs are using.
It is vitally important to understand where the dance music industry has come from to appreciate what you have now. We stayed in to catch the hottest tunes from the Disco Mix Club, and then we’d head off to the nearest good record shop to empty our wallets into their tills. And as archaic as the process of listening to and shopping for music sounds now, it’s a proper experience that I’m glad to have been part of and hugely grateful to DMC for making it happen. You can’t download memories or real tangible things.
Anyway – to radio show, record label, DJ battle and all round important DJ company – happy 30th birthday DMC. We salute you and owe you a great debt of gratitude. Hopefully we’ll be here to celebrate your 50th and the worx’s 30th!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Armin’s exclusive warm-up set for ASOT 600 Beirut

Looking back upon the ASOT550 events of last year, it weren’t only the prime time sets that impressed the listeners. It were also the exclusive and intimate warm-up sets of Armin that moved us. Luckily, Armin’s in the right mood for ambient, prog and other warm-up necessities, so we’re glad to announce that during ASOT 600 Beirut, he’ll be doing a special warm-up set once again!
On Saturday March 9th, the Forum de Beyrouth welcomes the VIP’s, Golden Circle ticket buyers and the first 1000 visitors for an extra treat of one hour! Next to having invited Andrew Rayel, Antillas, Dash Berlin, John O’Callaghan and MaRLo to play there, Armin will be doing both a prime time set and warm-up hour.
Want to make sure you’re one of the lucky owners of a ticket, Golden Circle tickets or VIP tickets, then hurry up and get your ticket now! We welcome you to witness the live broadcast and warm-up hour right there at the Forum of Beyrouth! Just remember: be there early, cause only the first 1000 owners of a regular ticket are allowed for the warm-up set!
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JES Presents Taxigirl Mashups Volume One

celebration of the Inagural year for her "Unleash The Beat" mix show, JES makes available for download the first six mashups under her Taxigirl monger. A special treat for UTB listeners, the mashups are debuted each month on her global mixshow. Starting February 5th, "Unleash The Beat," will move from a monthly to a weekly show format on over 40 radio stations worldwide.
Volume One Tracklist:
1. JES Vs. Calvin Harris - Show Me So Close   (Taxigirl Mashup)

2. JES Vs. Avicii - Levels of Imagination (Taxigirl Mashup)

3. JES Vs.Wolfgang Gartner - My Love Goes There & Back (Taxigirl Mashup)

4. JES Vs. Afrojack - Closer to the Lionheart (Taxigirl Mashup)

5. Cosmic Gate & JES Vs. Nicky Romero - Flying To Toulouse (Taxigirl Mashup)

6. Robbie Rivera & JES Vs. Hardwell - Turn Around Three Triangles (Taxigirl Mashup)

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Volume Two of the highly sought after mashups from 2012 is set for release on February 20th. The winners of the "Unleash The Beat" song remix contest will see an official release of the remix EP by JES & Black Hole Recordings on February 25th.

Reepublic feat. T-elle - "Turn Off The Light"

The five French DJs Antoine Clamaran, Tristan Garner, Gregori Klosman, Michael Canitrot and Sebastien Benett have been friends for years and often talked about getting together in a studio.
They also wanted to share their love and passion for electronic music on scene not only through individual sets in the world's biggest parties, but also as a team.
This is how came to be the project REEPUBLIC.

REEPUBLIC was the most popular truck during the 2012 French TechnoParade in Paris (400,000 people).
After intensive gigs in the most prestigious clubs in France (Amnésia, Mix Club...), REEPUBLIC is now expected for the magical event organized by FG DJ RADIO in the prestigious and historical Grand Palais (Paris) on Feb 21st, 2013, alongside Pete Tong, Sander Van Doorn, Arty, Benny Benassi…

Their first single "Turn Off The Light" - Out now in France, GAS, BENELUX (Universal Music)
Available for the ROW.

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Paul van Dyk - (R)EVOLUTION: The Remixes

Last year, through his sixth artist album, electronic music legend Paul van Dyk changed up perceptions of the PvD sound, wholesale. Over the course of 2012, ‘EVOLUTION’s multiverse tracklist spawned five single saleschart smashes, an epic, globe‐circling 150+ date tour, sustained fan & press veneration and an ever‐widening stylistic scope of DJ support.
Now that ‘the originals’ have been established, the time has come to let the remixers speak as Paul’s evolution becomes an out‐and‐out revolution! Handpicked by the man himself ‐ from the ready‐to‐break to the firmly established ‐ the remix gathering has assembled. Let the reworks begin!
“Naturally, the original versions of EVOLUTION’s tracks were my and my coproducers
visions. Todate, the singles have brought some wonderful, creative remixes with them –
ones that blew me away when I heard them and which I played inclub and on the radio
throughout 2012. They were the seeds for this album; now is the right time to push the
boundaries of ‘EVOLUTION’ that bit further”
– Paul van Dyk, Berlin, January 2013

Comprising 17 fresh‐off‐the‐desk reworks from a full company of van Dyk’s fellow production studionauts, this is where evolution ends and full‐scale revolution breaks out. Sowing the uprising's first seeds is the production brotherhood of Woody van Eyden and Alex M.O.R.P.H., who are respectively tasked with retakes of ‘Sun After Heartbreak’ and ‘Such A Feeling’ (aka ‘Verano’). Drawing on a wealth of nirvana harmonics, thermal synths and Sue McLaren's and Elijah King's vocal talents, they reposition PvD’s original versions in an entirely new light… and time of the night.
Opening the tempo & tone throttle that little bit wider, musical mutineers Kyau & Albert, Maarten De Jong and John O’Callaghan zoom‐in on additional peak‐time aspects. Their radical interpretations of ‘Open My Eyes’,
‘Symmetries’ and ‘I Don’t Deserve You’ levy drums, percussion and distortion that are altogether more flooratomic in nature.
The popularity and musical latitude of 'I Don't Deserve You' emphasize this Plumb‐vocalled peach with two further reconfigurations. Having already been voted one of the 15 biggest trancers of the year on Armin van Buuren’s
ASOT radio show, ‘Deserve’ gets some house flavour into her system. Dubbing up the vocal, Gabriel Ben lets the hats hiss, the percs ride and the rhythms flow on his mix. Meanwhile, another American producer WAWA rolls one big piano moment in after another, inciting ravenous uplift and fanning ‘(R)Evolution’s flames even further. 
Taking things momentarily deeper and more‐subversively progressive, the Directors Cut mix seizes on ‘Love Ammunition’s lyrical metaphor. Michelle Leonard’s vocals scorch the room, underpinning a potent groove and sure‐shot drop. The album stays with her redolent tones as Giuseppe Ottaviani takes control of ‘Lost In Berlin’, building it up into a mainline titan.
With PvD’s full backing, other remix‐revolutionaries are given free reign to take the music where they see fit. Pedro del Mar & Double V rock up a storm on the Sue McLaren‐vocalled and Arty‐coproduced ‘The Sun After The Heartbreak’.
Elsewhere, youngblood Uzbek producer Exense masterminds the ‘Rock This’ rebuild. He tactically whips it into a powder‐keg progressive piece, holding back the pitch‐bending synths and rousing a titular shout to the break’s final precipice. Elsewhere, audio guerrillas like Niels von Ahorn, Robert Mint, Nick Callaghan & Will Atkinson and others perform coup after coup with eclectic, thrilling reworks that build into the consummate ‘EVOLUTION’ revision.


01. Paul van Dyk ‐ Such A Feeling ft. Austin Leeds and Elijah King (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
02. Paul van Dyk ‐ I Don't Deserve You ft. Plumb (John O'Callaghan Remix)
03. Paul van Dyk ‐ Symmetries ft. Austin Leeds (Maarten De Jong Remix)
04. Paul van Dyk ‐ Lost In Berlin ft. Michelle Leonard (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
05. Paul van Dyk ‐ The Sun After Heartbreak feat. Sue McLaren & Arty (Pedro Del Mar & Double V Remix)
06. Paul van Dyk ‐ All The Way feat. Tyler Michaud & Fisher (Steve Wish Remix)
07. Paul van Dyk ‐ If You Want My Love ft. Caligola (Niels von Ahorn Remix)
08. Paul van Dyk ‐ A Wonderful Day ft. Giuseppe Ottaviani (Robert Mint Remix)
09. Paul van Dyk ‐ We Come Together feat. Sue McLaren (Chriss Ortega Remix)
10. Paul van Dyk ‐ The Sun After Heartbreak ft. Sue McLaren & Arty (Woody van Eyden Remix)
11. Paul van Dyk ‐ I Don't Deserve You ft. Plumb (Gabriel Ben Remix)
12. Paul van Dyk ‐ Love Ammunition ft. Michelle Leonard (Directors Cut Mix)
13. Paul van Dyk ‐ Rock This (Exense Remix)
14. Paul van Dyk ‐ Open My Eyes ft. Kyau & Albert (Kyau & Albert Remix)
15. Paul van Dyk ‐ The Sun After Heartbreak ft. Sue McLaren & Arty (Nick Callaghan & Will Atkinson Remix)
16. Paul van Dyk ‐ I Don't Deserve You ft. Plumb (WAWA Remix)
17. Paul van Dyk ‐ Such A Feeling ft. Austin Leeds and Elijah King (Radio Edit)
18. Paul van Dyk ‐ Verano ft. Austin Leeds (Austin Leeds Remix)

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