My deepest thank you.

This is a Message to all the DJs who have ever played at one of our events. (including live PAs):

I would seriously want to thank you for being there and making the event amazing regardless of the time slot. You made my dreams come true. The vibe, the way the entire day/night melted together because of the perfect synergy amongst all acts. Thank you for being professionals. Thank you, regardless of whatever situation was at hand, we did it for the people. Thank you for understanding that i had a vision and thank you for making that vision come to life.

It’s those people and the people they play for is why i do this. People who truly enjoy the Music. The vibe is all that matters… for that one moment in time we were all one, dancing to the beat of the drum. Thank you all for making it happen over and over for the past 20 years…

-Swing Kids (Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSwingKids)
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The Octopus – Cable Management for the DJ on the Go, Cheaply

There comes a time when you start bringing a lot of equipment with you. Each piece of equipment will have at least 1 wire you need to attach to it. Multiple power plugs may need to be plugged in. USB cords in and out of the computer. USB Hubs.. power plugs, hard drives. The list can go on.

I normally bring a NI Kontrol S2, a NI Maschine Mikro (mk1), a NI Kontrol F1, and my favorite toy of all, the Midi Fighter 3D. I’m using a Belkin 4 port powered USB hub and of course my Apple MacBook.

I need 4 USB cables for my equipment, plus 1 USB for the Hub to connect to the computer. I now need 3 spots on a power strip. 1 for the MacBook, 1 for the S2 and 1 more for the USB Hub. When you travel from gig to gig 3 spots is a lot to ask for on a busy power strip. I needed a solution to make the set up and take down quick and painless. Something that would help with organizing and storing all at once. I needed a cheap solution, because.. why not.

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Prepping your record bag in Traktor with the Midi Fighter 3D (Mapping)

Midi Fighter 3D

Bamboo’s playlist prep tool.

Back before the digital world, right before a gig, I would have to go through my records and fill up my bag with the vinyl I would most likely play depending upon the gig. Fast forward to today, I needed something to quickly go through my tracks from various playlists and add said tracks to a preparation playlist, or, my digital record bag if you will. I created this mapping to work with the midi fighter 3D from DJ Tech Tools. It will be available for free from the DJ Tech Tools mapping database on their site.

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Launching Traktor & Maschine, turn off Wi-Fi, close all Apps, all with a keyboard shortcut.

*Updated* The other day I was reading an article on DJ Tech Tools called “DIY Autosave in Traktor”. It talked about setting up a keyboard shortcut and using a third party app called ‘QuickKeys’ in order to autosave your collection and a few of your settings. Great article, so go read it if you haven’t read it yet.

Since it’s almost 2013 and I get lazier (or smarter) as I age I decided to automate the difficult task of opening up my Traktor and Maschine software while closing all other applications and turning WIFI off, all mapped out to a keyboard shortcut. The beauty of DJTT’s article is that it uses an application that works for both Windows and Mac OS X. Again, I am lazy so you will get the non third party Mac only tutorial.

Automator Chooser

First thing we need to do is open up “Automator” located in your Applications/Utlities/ Folder. Choose ‘Service’ for the type of document we are creating. We chose service instead of an application so we can give it a keyboard shortcut later. Since we are not sending any inputs to our service application change the ‘Service receives selected’ ‘text’ to ‘no input’ in ‘any application’.

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WIP Bans Traktor, but what really is the problem?

Im not sure if you heard, but the Spanish Promotion Agency, WIP, banned Traktor from  their events. They informed everyone by making a now deleted note on Facebook, got picked up by all the big online mags.. Mixmag, DJ Techtools and a whole bunch of other sites…

Before we get started here is a quote from the note (via DJ Tech Tools):

 “The real issue is with “artists” who swear they can play any format be it CD, vinyl, usb and or Traktor but whose Traktor sets are nothing but stale, bland and outright insulting to a paying crowd and promoter.

We’ve  also grown tired of the endless issues with missing cables, problems with timecode (learn how to use your gear before you play out), taking up the previous Dj’s time to set up your gear (cause you didn’t want to come to the club early and set up your Traktor), how is it you play 5 times a week and still don’t know how to set it up right?

And, more importantly we’re fed up with the general laziness shown by 99% of “artists” that we’ve seen and heard playing Traktor.”

Personally I think that this is starting to highlight a major problem with today’s DJ and Promoter.
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The clowns in our EDM scene.

I remember in the 90s when hip hop was damn good. When it was about the good life, being fun and energetic like, De La Soul or Tribe Called Quest, or when it was about real life in the streets like NaS, Smif-N-Wessun, Pete Rock… and in like all music you had the clowns, people like Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer etc… But in the golden age of hip hop you would notice that you can name more of the ‘real’ artists then you could clowns.

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