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Sioux Falls, S.D. — Good thing Chris Hintz’s high-school principal knew he loved music. Otherwise, Hintz might have another career.…

Beyond BKN: Garry Rothstein’s Trio DJs has expanded. Brooklyn, N.Y. – Garry Rothstein started DJing at the ripe old age…

DJ Expo: Mobile Competition Means Business
Atlantic City, N.J—For the 23rd straight year, DJ Expo will bring the industry together with its unique schedule of events.

Produced by DJ Times and Testa Communications, DJ Expo—set for Aug. 13-16 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City—will present exhibits, educational seminars, sponsored entertainment and valuable networking opportunities for mobile and club DJs. […]

Mad for Miami: DJ Times’ Busy Week

Miami Beach, Fla.—After a year of separation, the Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival, which highlights Miami Music Week, have found some common ground in 2012. Or at least, their events will overlap enough for participants to enjoy both.

Their past differences aside for the moment, this week will see a more concentrated schedule of DJ- and dance-industry events—and it seems to be a welcome change for many. As always, DJ Times will be there, taking in all […]

Chuckie: Two big Miami gigs.
In preparation for Winter Music Conference (March 16-25) and Miami Music Week (March 20-25), including Ultra Music Fest (March 23-25), we give you the next entry in a series of DJ profiles—Chuckie.

Known to clubbers for his Dirty Dutch sound, Chuckie has taken his hard-edged house vibes worldwide—and his travels continue March 22-23 when he touches down in Miami Beach for a pair of events. […]

Miami 2012 Preview: Axwell
In preparation for Winter Music Conference (March 16-25) and Miami Music Week (March 20-25), including Ultra Music Fest (March 23-25), we give you the next entry in a series of DJ profiles—Axwell.

Have times ever been this good for Axwell?

That seems doubtful. As one-third of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell last winter saw the group sell out Madison Square Garden on the strength of a string of global hits that included […]

Miami 2012 Preview: NERVO
In preparation for Winter Music Conference (March 16-25) and Miami Music Week (March 20-25), including Ultra Music Fest (March 23-25), we give you the first in a series of DJ profiles—NERVO.

NERVO is back in the U.S., hitting the road with a slew of shows—17 gigs in three weeks—that’ll straddle a week of Miami madness. We’ll find the DJ/producer duo behind the decks March 24 at Ultra Music Fest, along with four other club dates in the 305.[…]

DJ TIMES FEBRUARY 2012 DIGITAL EDITION’s iRig
NEW YORK—February 2012 DIGITAL EDITION of DJ Times Magazine is available for your enjoyment. Great tunes, business news, new gear, and exclusive one on ones. GET IN ON ALL THE LATEST THINGS DJ RELATED. -_- ENJOY! — DJ Times […]

Garden Party: SHM @ MSG.
New York City—It was big news that three Swedish DJs could sell out Manhattan’s famed Madison Square Garden, and do so online in a matter of minutes.. But, soon after, the question became, “OK, but can they deliver?”

Answer: Oh, yeah.
The triple threat of Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello rocked the joint like it’s Read on…

Skrillex blew the roof off the Georgia Theatre.© Elliott Anderson
Vancouver, B.C.—Before we jetted off to the Pacific Northwest for the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals, we spent the weekend down south—way down south, in fact—for a variety of DJ-related activities. It went something like this:
First up this past Thursday, Dec. 7, was Miami Beach for Pioneer Electronics’ worldwide launch of its MIXTRAX technology at South Beach mega-club, Mansion. Proudly rooted in DJ culture Read on…

US champ Big Once looks for a big road win.
Vancouver, B.C.—The attention of the DJ world turns to the Pacific Northwest this week as the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals hits town.
Beginning Tuesday night at the Bar None club, a series of DJ competitions will whittle 18 DJs—champions in their respective countries—down to four. The winners of those four semi-finals will compete Saturday night, Dec. 17, for the title at the Commodore Ballroom. Read on…

Laidback Luke: Getting Sirius in NYC
New York City—Apparently, superstar DJs are racking up more frequent-flyer miles than many flight attendants these days.

Or at least that’s the life Laidback Luke has been living, a fact he realized while recently conversing with an airline employee about his…

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DJ Conclave 2.0: Takeaways from Upper-Midwest Mobiles
Bloomington, Minn.—Each year, Disc Jockey News offers an intimate conference for mobile entertainers, mostly from the upper Midwest. Led by the affable Grey Eagle, Minn.-based John Young, its DJ Conclave 2.0 returned to the Twin Cities area this past Nov. 13-15 for instructive seminars and networking opportunities. DJ Times was there to listen and catch some of the action. Here are some highlights:
The endlessly energetic Scott Faver…

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Grammy Noms: Skrillex Dominates EDM Categories & More
The 2011 Grammy Award nominations are out and, of course, we quickly focus on the DJ/EDM-related categories. The big story for DJ culture? That’s easy—it’s Skrillex.

EDM’s breakout artist—aka Sonny Moore, age 23—was nominated for five Grammy Awards.

While that development seems to have fostered plenty of digital debate in the cyberworld—Facebook, for example, is abuzz—we think it’s all bunk. Congrats, Sonny, you deserve it. We just hope we get more than a glimpse of you on CBS’ 54th Grammy Award broadcast the evening of February 12…

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Amsterdam Dance Event Report: Techno Talk & Talkin’ Tech
Amsterdam, Holland—Still grey and dreary here in Holland, but Days 2 thru 4 at ADE saw plenty of partying and seminar paneling. We did our best to do a bit of both. (Somebody’s gotta do the job, right?)

On Thursday, I joined Declan O’Driscoll (from Canada’s BPM TV) at the Air club in Rembrandtplein for Afrojack’s 2 a.m. set. What was…

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Amsterdam Dance Event Preview: Cr2 Records
Amsterdam, Holland—Here’s a preview of the Oct. 21 event—Cr2 Records Label Showcase featuring DJs Ron Carroll, Nicky Romero, MYNC, Tommy Trash, Gregor Salto, Lucien Foort and Norman Soars:
It’s been another strong year so far for Cr2 heavyweights MYNC. Worldwide tours, numerous highly successful mix compilations and…

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Globally recognized for absorbing air with captivating choons, Roger Sanchez tours and masters media all while keeping up his Release Yourself audio podcast offering exclusives and highlighting other artists. DJ Times was lucky enough to catch up with him for a few minutes as he passed through Boston…

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In an increasingly networked and globalized planet, what happens in a quinceañera event in Monterey or a beachside club in Bali can now directly influence the party thousands of miles away.

So make way for moombahton…

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DJ Sebastian Marquez from Dallas has some advice for anyone without a passion for music: don’t get started in DJing.

“Network and surround yourself with positive, creative people,” Marquez says. “My logo was designed by a talented young man of 15-years old who also happens to be my cousin, and my wife has an incredible marketing brain that I rely heavily on.

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Recently, musical pioneer Cheb i Sabbah was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer. He was advised that the cancer was spreading to his liver and left lung. Without immediate and proper treatment, the prognosis is grim. We here at DJ Times consider Cheb I Sabbah a friend, and when we heard the phrase “weeks maybe months,” a lump formed in our collective throat. But wait, it gets worse.

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?Eclectic Method—Ian Edgar and Jonny Wilson—have built up from a touring club anomaly in 2003 to a multimedia production house as comfortable working with Chuck D on the single “Outta Sight” as they are crafting content for Evian’s “Think Young” campaign. EM’s Jonny Wilson recalls a pivotal conversation he had with his former boss Brian Eno when he was starting out as a sound engineer.

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?All eight tracks from Skrillex’s Scary Monsters charted on Beatport’s Top 10—in particular, the title track charted at No. 1, the first dubstep track ever to do so. This has put Skrillex on the road, leaving little time to maintain an apartment, let alone a home studio. So, not since Julian Assange has one homeless guy with a laptop managed to inspire and piss off as many people in such a short period of time. How does he do it?

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?Lucky for underground DJs seeking a varied playlist, Chris Manik’s music can’t be too easily categorized. As evidenced by his “McLovin’ You” EP (Culprit) or his 17-track debut, Armies of the Night: I Declare War (Ovum), he doesn’t step to one beat, yet he’s adept at plenty. We spoke to Manik…

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro? We’ve reconvened with Alex Kayne, the atypical DJ whose longest residency of note was not at a dance club but a metal/rock venue—Club L’Amour in Brooklyn, where he started spinning in 1979. We spoke to him last month about tactics he uses to keep the floor moving.

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?Above & Beyond has become world-famous for its brand of hypnotic, uplifting and melodic trance. But rating highly in international DJ polls is only a fraction of the hype for Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness.

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?Bass bombs detonated throughout the night recently at New York’s Highline Ballroom, issuing from the stacks during Smash Gordon’s electro-dubstep set and whipping the bridge and tunnel crowd into spasms when headliner Datsik got behind the decks. The 22-year-old Canadian summoned from Serato his signature dark and robotic dubstep and had the room moving up and down like a cornfield in a windstorm. We talked to Datsik…

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?J.Rocc performed as the third member of Jaylib, along with Madlib and the late, great beatmaker J.Dilla. His official artist debut, Some Cold Rock Stuf (Stones Throw), ranges far and wide, reflecting his huge music collection and technical know-how, both of which surfaced in the early ’90s. DJ Times recently spoke with J.Rocc (aka LA’s Jason Jackson), and we asked him about working with the legendary DJ/producer Dilla.

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 BO - Are You Facebooking Like a Pro? Alex Kayne is not your typical DJ. His longest residency of note was not at a dance club but a metal/rock venue—Club L’Amour in Brooklyn, where he started spinning in 1979, and from where he is often credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, and The Rods, among others. Not surprisingly, being a metal/rock DJ comes with a different set of challenges. But there are similarities.

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Rapper Ice-T appeared on WNYC/Public Radio International’s The Takeaway today, and answered host John Hockenberry’s question about his contribution to the current culture of narcissism in pop music, “where everything is about me, me, me,” Hockenberry said.

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Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?Have you ever looked up at the stars and thought, “Wow, I would love to go up there someday”?

Whether at a rave or some other time, we’ve thought about space and maybe even heard the Music Of The Spheres at some point in our lives. And in space, like any other destination, there will be music playing when we get there. Maybe Chuck Berry. But what will music and DJing in space really be like? By next year this dream might become reality.

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Are You Facebooking Like a Pro?The playlist pedigree of an entire generation of DJs and music enthusiasts has in some way been informed by the tastes of Pete Tong, who recently celebrated 20 years of spinning on BBC 1, where his Essential Mix remains one of dance music’s most iconic shows, like a stern, hip and reliable old uncle.

We spoke to Pete Tong…