Author: Jim Tremayne

Eric Sharp has been a tastemaking DJ on the West Coast for more than a decade. Playing clubs, festivals, raves, and other one-off events, the Cali-based talent has earned a devoted fanbase in the underground and has served as a resident at Sound, Hollywood’s top nightspot. But his evolution as a music-making artist has been no less impressive.  After making a slew of remixes, Sharp began releasing original productions in 2013. Starting out with ethereal groovers on his Sharp Cuts EP, Sharp began to create tracks with wider ranging sounds. He also launched the Rock It Science Laboratories (RIS Labs)…

Read More

Athens, Ga. – Outside of the Classic City, Athens, Ga., is well-known for three main exports: a live-band/club scene that has produced influential rock acts like The B-52’s and R.E.M.; the University of Georgia and its massive alumni base; and UGA’s wildly popular football team, the Bulldogs – 2021’s National Champs.  So, in a college market of 125,000 that loves its live bands, what opportunities remain for a mobile-DJ/entertainment service? If you’re David Osborne, a longtime Athens resident, 2004 UGA grad, and multi-op mobile, there are plenty.  Not only does Osborne run Sound Insight, a premium outfit for higher-end events,…

Read More

For DJ Ruckus, big events and big venues are no big deal – after all, he’s been spinning them most of his professional life.  In addition to playing big clubs like Miami’s Crobar as a teenager and spinning Vegas hotpots like Hakkasan and Zouk (where he recently became a resident), he’s worked a slew of major fashion events, for clients ranging from Louis Vuitton to The Gap.   And the private celeb parties? The client list is long – from his cousin Lenny Kravitz to P.Diddy, from Oprah to Spielberg, J.Lo to Kanye – and tough to top. He’s also enjoyed…

Read More

Presented by David Lee of BASSBOSS, this video briefly offers DJs some studio set-up tips, then more specifically addresses the set-up of subwoofers in a relatively small studio environment. Topics include: Recognizing reflection points in a studio, like a desk, wall or ceiling; How acoustical treatments can help minimize problems; The phenomenon known as “cabin gain,” and how it impacts frequency response; The use of “bass traps”; How to maximize sound through the placement of subwoofers; and Why reflection is the biggest issue in a small studio, and how to best mitigate it. To check out more tech, click here.

Read More

The Movement Music Festival, one of America’s best electronic-music events, returns from a three-year hiatus to the Motor City this Memorial Day weekend. Presented by Paxahau, the festival will run Saturday, May 28, thru Monday night, May 30, at Hart Plaza and will feature some of the globe’s top electronic talents. Saturday, May 28 performers include: Richie Hawtin; 2 Chainz; Carl Craig; Derrick Carter; Seth Troxler; and Claud VonStroke. Sunday, May 29 performers include: Adam Beyer; James Murphy b2b Carl Craig; Juan Atkins; Loco Dice; 2manydjs; and MK. Monday, May 30 performers include: Jeff Mills; Chris Lake; The Martinez Brothers;…

Read More

Presented by David Lee of BASSBOSS, this video – the second in a three-part series – explains to DJs the variety of crucial factors that go into making a good subwoofer-system purchase. Topics include: How to understand your needs, as it relates to sound, transportation and price; Which genres most require subwoofers & why; The choice of Low Vs. Loud; Why continuous power is more important than peak power with subwoofers; Why you want a flat frequency response; How to fill the space with bass; and How to plan for your use-case scenario and avoid companies selling “magic specs.” Curated…

Read More

Popular global DJ/producer Markus Schulz will spice up the action at DJX ’22 this August with an opening-night performance and a “Keynote Q&A” session where he’ll share his success story with DJX attendees. Set for Aug. 8-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., DJX ’22 will present: three days of exhibits featuring the latest DJ-related technologies; 30 seminars, panels, and keynotes; and three nights of After Dark events featuring top DJ talents. Produced by DJ LIFE mag and its publisher Hazan Media Group, DJX is the DJ industry’s longest-running and most successful trade show/exhibition. Opening…

Read More

In the ongoing effort to bring the DJ community its best-possible show experience, DJ LIFE magazine and DJX ’22 are announcing an exciting new partnership in the Monopoly City. DJX will kick off its After Dark series with an opening-night party (Aug. 8) that will also serve as the closing event for a new Atlantic City music festival, Lucy The Elephant, a four-day/night event that will present some of the globe’s top DJs, including renowned talents like Tiësto, DJ Snake and more. (Full details here.) DJX’s opening-night attraction, set to play the HQ2 Nightclub at the Ocean Casino Resort, will…

Read More

Curated by the DJ Life Mag’s award-winning team, DJ Life Lessons will tap into its network of industry thought-leaders to provide learning modules on a broad array of topics. DJ Life Lessons is designed to educate, inspire, and positively impact all segments of the DJ community through online education. “With the DJ LIFE Lessons series, we’re bringing solutions on a number of DJ-related topics from a variety of experts in those fields,” says Jim Tremayne, Editor of DJ Life Mag. “Whether it’s centering on technology, business or performance, DJ LIFE Lessons will bring useful information to DJs of all stripes…

Read More

DJ Life Mag today announces the launch of DJ LIFE Lessons, an online video-learning series that will be housed on djlifemag.com. Curated by the DJ Life Mag’s award-winning team, DJ Life Lessons will leverage its network of the industry thought-leaders to provide learning modules on a broad array of topics. DJ Life Lessons is designed to educate, inspire, and positively impact all segments of the DJ community through online education. “With the DJ LIFE Lessons series, we’re bringing solutions on a number of DJ-related topics from a variety of experts in those fields,” says Jim Tremayne, Editor of DJ Life…

Read More

In Monday night’s “In The Cue” podcast, DJ LIFE editor Jim Tremayne and Hazan Media Group CEO/President Shawn Hazan discuss the evolution of DJX, its re-branding, its history and its future. In their visit with podcast hosts David Hanscom and Greg Curran, Tremayne and Hazan explain how DJ Expo became DJX and how DJ LIFE magazine supports the long-running trade show. Since its 1990 inception, the show has become the premier event for the DJ industry. Set for Aug. 8-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., DJX will present the industry’s largest exhibit floor, 30…

Read More

This week, Jim Tremayne (DJ Life Magazine Editor) and Shawn Hazan (DJ Life Mag Publisher/DJX Organizer) visited with DJ-industry thought-leaders Joe Bunn and Mike Walter on the PhDJ Podcast to discuss the upcoming DJX show. Set for Aug. 8-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., DJX is set to bring a packed exhibit floor full of the latest DJ-related products and technologies, 30 educational seminars/panels/keynotes touching on the DJ industries hottest topics, and sponsored After Dark parties. In the podcast, the foursome discusses the show’s 32-year history, its purpose and some new moves, like its…

Read More

So far, Ryan Swain has led an interesting and blessed life. In the U.K., the 32-year-old Yorkshireman is a well-known radio/TV presenter and DJ whose career remains on the ascent. Among other professional pursuits in media, Swain currently presents his Party Mix show each Saturday night on YorkMix Radio, and he spins anthemic tunes regularly in clubs and festivals around Britain. But, because he underwent life-saving surgery as a toddler for a heart condition, Swain never forgets those less fortunate and is always one to use his celebrity to benefit a variety of charities. With his humanitarianism in mind, not…

Read More

Certain terms gets tossed around all too loosely in dance-music circles – but legend is one that genuinely fits “Little” Louie Vega.  A DJ’s DJ and a producer of diverse sounds, Vega, 56, has been a staple of New York City’s rich club-music scene and an in-demand, global jock for four-plus decades now. The Bronx native’s list of accomplishments is long, but a short version includes: his influential collabs with Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez as Masters At Work and Nuyorican Soul; his 2006 Grammy Award for his remix of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly”; his performance with Cirque du Soleil and his Elements…

Read More

For the past six-plus years, Gryffin has been one of electronic dance music’s more consistent hitmakers. With a slew of club and radio smashes like “Tie Me Down” with Elley Duhé, “OMG” with Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Safe With Me” with Illenium featuring Daya, the Las Vegas-based DJ/producer/multi-instrumentalist has become a favorite headlining clubs and festivals.    And now he’s back with another irresistible single, “You Were Loved,” a soaring, carefully crafted collab with platinum pop-rock band OneRepublic. After catching his DJ set at Las Vegas’ XS Nightclub, where he’s a resident, we connected with the 34-year-old Gryffin (aka Dan Griffith)…

Read More

For many DJ/producers, 2020-21 presented a period of unfettered artistic opportunity – with no gigs, it was free time to make their best music. But for Mister Lady, the L.A.-based talent came out of the lockdown with musical evolution on her mind. Known for harder-edged techno like 2021’s “The Feeling” EP, she began the new year by mixing her tougher musical instincts with more melodic flavors to create “Close to Me,” a superb tech-house cut. Still, never too far from more bracing sounds, she recently followed that up with “metalKlangen,” a raging six-song techno EP. Call it balance. Born in…

Read More

As a genuine fan of many genres, Alfie Cridland prefers to spin sets that aren’t so easily slotted. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that his latest release, “It Was All a Dream” – a collab with U.K. duo Covenants and Micapoan on Perfect Havoc – finds hip-hop icon Biggie Smalls in the midst of a rousing tech-house track. But that’s just his taste. From Cridland’s 2020 debut, the pop-dancey Paul Kay collab “Last Day in Paradise,” to his more recent material like “New Levels,” a bangin’ house collab with Tobtok and Milwin featuring Mila Falls, the U.K.-based DJ/producer…

Read More

Miami Beach, Fla. – As always, this year’s Miami Music Week offers a star-studded lineup of DJ/producers headlining a variety of much-hyped club, hotel, and festival events. But it’s also an opportunity for up-and-coming jocks to take their place in the spotlight. One of these rising talents is DJ HoneyLuv, a house spinner/producer who’ll be supporting top jocks like MK (at The National Hotel March 25) and Chris Lake (at Space Park Miami March 27) this week. The former U.S. Navy aviation mechanic and college-basketball player (at the University of La Verne) has recently released “Your Tongue,” a tasty banger…

Read More

Illexxandra and DJ Shakey are a pair of Brooklyn-based jocks who’ve rocked America’s underground party scene for years. Spinning at clubs, festivals, one-offs – even some mobiles and roller discos – they’ve mastered a variety of dancefloor genres and built their individual profiles nicely. But more recently, they joined forces in the studio create a superb debut EP, “Bass Arithmetic,” on ill.Gates’ Producer Dojo imprint. Filled with quirky, funky flavors, like the title track, “Nutty Queen” and “Bubble Rap,” the EP drops twisted synth basslines and head-bobbing breaks with ease. It’s quite a joy ride. But getting to a point…

Read More

Today, Andrea Oliva is one of Europe’s more prominent underground DJ/producers. His often melodic, but tough-edged techno sounds have earned him nearly every opportunity a DJ can enjoy.  In fact, with major slots in Ibiza (Space, Pacha, Ushuaia), a deep discography of productions (“Scream”) and remixes (Luciano’s “Rise of Angel”) on a variety of impressive labels (Cadenza, Defected, Desolat), and gigs at top festivals (Coachella, Glastonbury, Sonus), Oliva’s bio is on par with the Continent’s best electronic talents.  But, like many DJs on the ascension, the Swiss-born talent wanted more. So, he recently launched All I Need, an Ibiza-focused music-label…

Read More

Looking for a change-up to an overstuffed diet of EDM or hip-hop? Give a listen to DJ Samantha Michelle, who offers a slightly different range of musical flavors, including a tasty serving of rock-n-roll. Folk, funk, glam, psychedelia, blues or R&B, Michelle is open to a broad range of genres – from classics to deep cuts – as long as it rocks the party. Spinning since 2012, the Canadian-born, NYC-based jock has made her mark in playing special events (fashion, arts, film fests, charity) and members clubs (like the London-based Soho House, which has 28 worldwide clubs), plus the occasional…

Read More

New York City – Sitting smack in the middle of Manhattan’s famed Times Square district, Nebula is perhaps an unlikely place to find top-shelf tastes mixing with underground grooves. But, since the club’s opening this past fall, Nebula has done just that by booking top global-DJ talent to match its state-of-the-art light, sound and video systems.  Filling out an 11,000-square-foot, dual-level room, Nebula has brought in some of the world’s best tech-house, deep house and techno DJ/producers. Recent bookings have included MK, Purple Disco Machine, CamelPhat, Damian Lazarus, Carnage, Duck Sauce and Lee Burridge. And, most recently, Diplo, who’s supporting…

Read More

Like all gigging DJs, Nicole Moudaber was blindsided by the pandemic in 2020. Not only were her touring opportunities put on pause, but with the global virus taking its tragic toll, creative motivation was at an all-time low. For “The Queen of Techno,” playing or producing music wasn’t her top priority. Nonetheless, as the lockdown moved on, DJs re-adjusted to the new normal. And DJs, being the hustlers they are, found new ways to remain noticed, if not fully active. Many took to Twitch and began live-streaming – some creating new profiles, some simply renewing their brands. Others, embracing the…

Read More

Sometimes, versatility pays off. Case in point: DJ E-Clyps, who has successfully turned his many passions and talents into a life of art and community advocacy.  Hailing from Fort Wayne, Ind., E-Clyps is equally adept at scratching classic hip-hop vinyl or mixing soulful house tracks on CDJs. And when he’s in the studio, he’s not sure what’s going to come out of “his lab.” But it’s always quality.   Just check out his most recent releases on his Blacklight Music imprint, “Basement Bounce” and “Walk Away,” a pair of old-school house tracks that’ll warm up the dancefloor. And don’t sleep on…

Read More

From his light-hearted videos and streams, one can see that French DJ/producer Myd has always been a bit of a goofball, someone who didn’t mind skewering our modern conventions while providing a backdrop of irresistible grooves. To get the picture, just check out these lockdown-era gems – “Together We Stand,” which pointedly lampoons our social-media/influencer culture, and “Moving Men” featuring Mac DeMarco, which puts Myd and Mac in cartoonland for some seriously stoned hijinks. In 2021, the frivolity continued, as Myd earned accolades for his dreamy-fun debut album, Born A Loser (Ed Banger/Because), which brought a tasty mix of house…

Read More

Berlin, Germany – DJ/producer Wankelmut initially caught the global dance community’s attention in 2012 with his stirring remix Asaf Avidan’s “One Day/Reckoning Song.” Then, his profile rose further the next year with his earworm track “My Head Is a Jungle” (with Emma Louise). The iconic MK remix of the latter tune brought even more attention and that led to high-profile DJ gigs and a slew of remix opportunities. Since then, he’s released a steady stream of productions and remixes, some leaning toward the deeper side of house, but always maintaining a uniquely catchy flavor. In fact, since the pandemic, he’s…

Read More

Manchester, U.K. – Across the pond, there’s the original dubstep sound with its wubs, wobbles and 2-step rhythms – and then there’s riddim, its dirtier, wonkier, more minimal subgenre. Confused? Well, don’t be. Just give a listen to massive Subfiltronik tracks like “Subminus,” “Demon Master” and the more recent “Vendetta,” and you’ll get properly sorted on what makes riddim. But… prepare for a rather visceral experience. As one of riddim’s main practitioners, the Manchester-based Subfiltronik (aka Corey Smith) has been flying the flag for dubstep and related bass-bombing genres for more than a decade. We recently caught up with the…

Read More

After enjoying one of her most prolific periods in the studio, Romanian techno DJ/producer Simina Grigoriu steams into 2022 with continued vigor, as she unveils her next EP, “Rooftop Ballerina / Pirouette.” The brooding “Rooftop Ballerina” pulses with a booming kick and swirling keys for a wonderfully disorienting result. Meanwhile, the even-darker “Pirouette” works a snaky synth line over a rumbling rhythm accented with tasty effects. Out now via her beloved Kuukou Records imprint, it’s quite a pair of techno tracks. DJ LIFE MAG recently caught up with the Berlin-based talent. Creatively, how did you approach “Rooftop Ballerina/Pirouette”? They’re two…

Read More

By his own admission, Lubelski is a bit of a modular-synth maniac. And if you listen to tracks like “Asylum” from Happy Accidents, his recent album on Dirtybird, you’ll quickly get the picture. It’s a manic tech-house excursion that fires you thru a gauntlet of compelling club sounds – nervy bassline, commanding kick drum, acid squiggles, the lot. It’s a thrilling ride that, according to his studio approach, resulted from the “conversations” he had with his synths. Quite a diverse outing, Happy Accidents is one of electronic music’s best recent full-lengths, and “All This Technology,” his recent tech-house collab with…

Read More

ZIPDJ has launched ZIPDJ PRO, an entirely rebuilt version of the subscription-based, music-discovery platform that’s been around for nearly 15 years. ZIPDJ PRO offers major core updates with new features, improved application speed/stability, and a new look to enhance up the v3 update of 2020. New features include a software overhaul, bringing a new music-discovery experience; advanced search and filtering for easier and faster discovery; Favorite & Follows, which provides valuable feedback for record labels; Playlists, which allows DJs to organize music into lists; and Advanced Mobile Optimization. President of ZIPDJ, Nick Fiorucci, has long led the industry with a…

Read More

As a late-teen, Kenneth Hyman entered NYU with the hopes of becoming a psychiatrist because, he says, he wanted to make people happy. But after getting exposed to NYC’s rich, mid-’90s club scene, he reconsidered his path and took to the DJ decks.   As Herbert Holler – his new DJ handle – he found a better method to infuse happiness to the masses. He worked smaller parties, handed out flyers for promoters and learned nearly every angle of putting on events that left customers satisfied. His hustle and perseverance set him up for good things to come.  In 2003, The Freedom Party – an egalitarian club event that plays all forms of classic party music – was born. Nearly 19 years and 800 events later, Holler’s hoedown remains the longest-running club party in New York City. Currently set up on the regular at downtown Manhattan’s Le…

Read More

Here we are, finally, where 2021 meets 2022… and, hopefully, a little more normalcy is just around the corner (variants be damned). So, as we wrapped up ’21, we fired off a quickie poll to DJs of all stripes, asking how 2021 looked to them in the rear-view. We asked three simple questions: What’s your top tune of the year (one that’s not yours)? What was your best accomplishment of 2021? What was the best DJ/musical moment (live, streaming, or studio)? Here are the first 100 responses we got. Ready, steady, go… 1. Anabel Englund, Ultra Music, L.A.  Tune: “What You…

Read More

Join DJ LIFE editor Jim Tremayne and Hazan Media Group President/CEO Shawn Hazan on Twitch as they visit with NYC DJ/Twitch personality Mike Marquez at 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 7. In addition to examining the latest developments in the DJ world, the three will discuss the recently launched DJ LIFE digizine and website, plus some exciting new moves at DJX, the trade show/exhibition that’s set for Aug. 8-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Since the lockdown, Marquez has delivered plenty of useful and entertaining content, plus some serious house jams, for Twitchers the world over.…

Read More

SoundSwitch, a leading manufacturer of DJ-lighting control software and hardware, has released Control One, a professional lighting controller and dual-universe DMX interface. Control One provides dedicated, tactile control over light-fixture color, intensity, movement, automated light shows, and FX. SoundSwitch + Control One bring music-synchronized light shows and the power of on-the-fly visual effect to the DJ’s fingertips. Control One is compatible with Engine DJ, Serato DJ Pro, Virtual DJ, and Ableton Link. Says SoundSwitchʼs Product Owner, Matt Watkins: “The Control One adds new functionally and improves the overall experience of controlling lighting while DJing. Following on from the release of…

Read More

The beat-mad throngs returned to the East Coast this past Labor Day Weekend, as the Electric Zoo: Supernaturals festival rocked Randall’s Island with a slew of top DJ/artists. Running on five stages from Sept. 3-5, Electric Zoo 2021 brought headliners like Tiësto, Alesso, Zeds Dead, Seven Lions, Kaskade, Illenium, and Steve Aoki, plus genre faves like Claptone, Andrew Rayel, Rezz, and Duke Dumont. Though the festival grounds remained only a tad wet from the week’s record rainfall – the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which took dozens of lives in the tri-state area – the kids poured in for New York’s…

Read More

After nearly 19 months of industry uncertainty, the DJ market returned in a big way as DJ Expo 2021 brought jocks of all stripes back into its community. Rebranded as DJX, the DJ Life-produced trade-show/exhibition filled the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City this past Aug. 9-12 with mobile entertainers, club DJs, streaming jocks and home-studio hounds. After missing its 2020 incarnation due to the pandemic, the show on AC’s famed Boardwalk delivered three days of exhibits featuring some of the industry’s latest technologies, four days of seminars, workshops and keynotes, and three nights of sponsored After Dark events.…

Read More