The Passionate DJ Podcast is a weekly talk show, dedicated to the art and science of mixing music. Together, we're becoming better DJs through passion and purpose.
Episode 210: Drive-In Concerts (A Little Slice of Normalcy)
In today's episode, Tony DeSaro tells us all about the recent drive-in concert phenomenon, springing up during an otherwise dismal year for live events. We talk about these socially-distant music experiences from Tony's perspective while working with Prime Social Group. | https://primesocial.com
What started as a potentially awkward concept has developed into a uniquely special kind of event (much like we saw with the Silent Disco). From Montell Jordan, to Shinedown, to Major Lazer... these concerts are providing a safer option where live music would otherwise not be allowed.
Thanks to these shows, people in the Midwest have been given a little slice of normalcy.
For more information about this concert series (based in Columbus, OH):https://www.westlanddrivein.com/
And don't miss our annual flash sale: Our "Midnight Edition" t-shirts! A fan favorite!https://passionatedj.com/merch
Episode 209: Hands On With The Pioneer CDJ-3000
Today we have the brand new Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 multi-players in studio. In this episode, David, Tony, Trip, and Mo spend about an hour messing with the decks and talking about their first impressions.
UNBOXING VIDEO: https://youtu.be/N54GNtubq7g
FULL REVIEW COMING SOON
The MPU (micro-processing unit) is the first Pioneer has ever put in a CDJ. It drives the unit, delivering stable performance and enabling advanced new features, and creates a smoother overall DJ experience.
Today we'll talk about the removal of the optical (CD) drive, the placement of the new Hot Cue buttons, the overall build quality, the price point (and who these are for), and much more!
Episode 208: ZAANDR (Live in Studio)
In today's episode we feature Columbus-based DJ/producer ZAANDR. He showed up in-studio a few weeks ago to perform a live stream, but Passionate DJ was having some unfortunate internet issues at the time. So, we decided to bring his music to you in this week's podcast episode.
Today's show will consist of original music, mixed and recorded live in our studio, and our interview with ZAANDR sprinkled throughout. If you'd like to hear the entire unmodified set (without the interview), check it out on our SoundCloud:
We really appreciated ZAANDR's approach to dance music. While his sound is very accessible and festival-friendly, there's also a lot of "underground" influence. He transitions between house music and halftime trap beats, yet manages to make it all sound cohesive.
Episode 207: Shacked-Up (w/Fatty Lumpkin)
Today we are speaking with highly-skilled turntablist, hip-hop aficianado, and all-around nice guy Fatty Lumpkin. After coming up around the rave scene and finding an interest in DJing, he eventually honed his skills in hip-hop... becoming a member of the former Skratchmatik crew. Now, he plays regular private gigs for comedy legend Dave Chappelle... sometimes multiple times a week.
We ask Fatty about what he does, and how he got to where he is as a DJ. He tells us a little bit about what it's like to perform at socially-distanced gatherings, and the precautions they take to stay safe. He tells us what it was like to be standing just out of the camera frame, when the now-iconic "8:46" segment was recorded. (Hint: it was emotional.)
All in all, we want to thank Fatty (aka Jesse Twopair) for showing up and telling us about performing live, his approach to DJing, and what it's like to basically be Dave Chappelle's resident DJ!
To start the show out, we also discuss the release of the new RANE TWELVE MKII and RANE SEVENTY-TWO MKII. Check out our YouTube channel to get the scoop.
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Episode 206: Gently Down The Stream
Today is all about the state of DJ software, streaming, podcasting, and services. In today's "industry update" epsiode, we look at all the latest happenings in the digital DJing space (since we last covered this topic in February), and talk about our personal struggles with the idea of DJing via streaming services in a live environment.
We talk about:
Rekordbox 6.0 and its "Cloud Connect" features, including integration with Beatport Link, Soundcloud Go+, Dropbox, Inflight. The "Creative" pricing tier allows you to sync your library across multiple devices.
The removal of Spotify access from third party sources - namely, the removal of Spotify from Algoriddim DJay. They have partnered with companies like Soundcloud Go+ and TIDAL to continue offering streaming services.
The pros & cons of using TIDAL in DJ sets (Mo Dingo shares his experience after a few months of testing).
The addition of "stems"-like technology to both Virtual DJ and Algoriddim DJay. Both companies are trying to make it possible to separate different pieces of a complete stereo track – for example, vocals or drums, rather than requiring a special file format (such as the one practically abandoned by Native Instruments).
All of this, and more, in today's episode of The Passionate DJ Podcast!
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Episode 205: How to Become a DJ
This 9-part video series is a beginner's guide for learning how to become a DJ. It's based on the original written article, and can be used as a video companion. Since its original form in 2013, this guide has helped thousands of beginner DJs to get their start.
📖 Full Guide: https://passionatedj.com/howtodj
A DJ, or disc jockey, is a person who hosts recorded music for an audience. But there are many different kinds of DJs, and many reasons for them to exist. We cover several types in the video:
• Club DJs• Mobile DJs• Radio DJs• Turntablists• DJ/Producers
We also discuss the difference between DJing and music production. While DJing is hosting pre-recorded music to an audience, producing is the original creation or recording of music. (e.g. someone produces a techno song, and then a techno DJ plays that song at a festival.)
It may seem confusing, because many performances are hybrids of these two concepts. When the creator and performer of a song is the same person, you might refer to them as a DJ/Producer.
For additional help or encouragement along your journey, join our free Facebook group:
Need help finding your first bit of DJ hardware? Check out my other mega-guide to DJ controllers:
"When you’re learning to DJ, you’re learning to match your own musical expressions with the desires of an audience. It isn’t just matching beats, or scratching over songs. It’s about being observant, empathic, and reactive.
Contrary to popular belief, learning to DJ is not an easy route to overnight success. This takes work, and hustle, and time. It’s not difficult to start. But it is difficult to stand out, and to be exceptional."
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Even So I've been DJing for over 8 years, it's always good to learn more...
good stuff but need more modern music needle drops
I love this podcast and even subscribe with a monthly payment to thei Patreon "After Party". This gives us an additional hour of information relevant to the modern workign DJ. My favorite parts are the equipment reviews. What's missing? WE need more more samples of new releases. There don't seem to be any podcasts, at least in my searches, that highlight the new music releases from Beat Port, Juno Download, Traxsource and WhatPeopleListenTo.com. I'd think those companies would love it if you auditioned a few tracks each week, even if it was only on the "After Party" subscription audio. If there's a podcast that suits this purpose please let me know.
From the heart, real and useful. Thanks.