For your listening pleasure...
Fresh from the 1s and 2s…
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It’s in the bag
Some of my DJ students ask me what does a digital DJ take to a gig. So, after emptying my own DJ bag out I amazed even myself at the amount of stuff I do cart about. As you can see, I’m clearly paranoid about not having something for that one tricky setup where I could be missing a crucial cable or perhaps the Mac goes A over T, but hey, it still beats breaking my back carrying three boxes of vinyl/CDs about.
Samsonite laptop satchel bag, Kontrol S4 controller (occasionally used), Macbook Pro and KB Covers Traktor keyboard cover, Kensington lock cable (to keep the laptop safe from teefs), Traktor time code vinyl (2 x clear, 2 x worn out black one), ‘Skull Scratching’ battle vinyl, sun visor CD holder containing timecode CDs, some backup audio CDs with a few set tunes and backup CD-Roms containing MP3s), vinyl cleaning cloth and carbon brush, 4 USB cables, RCA audio splitters (for those awkward 2 channel mixers), headphones, Numark DJ2GO USB controller (very portable, for emergencies), Mac charger, various RCA, jack and mini jack cables/adaptors, iPod dock audio/charging adaptor, XLR to jack adaptor, spare Stanton cartridge and stylus, spare turntable grounding cable, mini jack to 2 x mono splitter DJ cable, iPod nano, electrical tape, bandana/sweat rag, Native Instruments Audio4DJ interface/DVS sound card and cables, cash/cashcard, business cards in holder, multi mains power adaptor, pocket wind up torch, pliers, tiny multi tool set, AKG microphone, request/note pad and pens, Rayban Wayfarer style shades (with neon blue accents, from McDonalds circa 1987).
Akai LPD8 tiny midi controller, spare headphones, DJ insurance papers, laptop stand, pack of funk/hip hop compilation CDs, chewing gum, spare Stanton 500AL and Shure Whitelable cartridges/cartridges in a case (also containing shiny DJ ‘turntable’ bling ring that I never wear and bit o’ paper for fixing records that wobble on the deck spindles) and finally a pair of awesome Sicmat slipmats.
Fortunately, all the gear does it’s job perfectly, I can’t remember the last time I had to resort to the emergency stuff. Just as well. A bit of paranoia doesn’t hurt.
That’s all folks!
The Burlesque Suite DJs @ Mu Mu
From left to right, DJs Gavin, Darren, Abbie, Jon and Laurie (not pictured). Snapped 27/08/11. Rare to have so many of us in the same place at the same time! Top night.
Concepts for DJ tech nerds
These sort of things bend my brain (but are they really the future?):
For Sale! 1 x Numark NS7
UPDATE: NOW SOLD (Hooray!)
Greetings monied DJ tech fans!
DJ Jon is selling his Numark NS7, one very fine piece of equipment indeed. If you are in the market for one of these glorious machines, it’s on eBay with pics and full details here: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220775001661
“This is why, this is why I’m hot..”
A few samples of last week’s photo shoot, courtesy of ace photographer/creative editor Ben Burr (book him now before huge success beckons and he gets expensive)
Frisky Disco – a mixtape
“One hour of my favourite classic disco cuts mixed right before your very ears! Recorded live for a club demo mix in late 2010 using Traktor Scratch Pro, some midi pad cue-point play, a little cheeky scratching and a few dusted-off 12 inches for good measure. Ecoutez…”
1 / Dazzle! – Dazzle Me
2 / Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space
3 / Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space (Reprise)
4 / Sylvester – I Need You
5 / Norman Conners – Once I’ve Been There
6 / Milton Hamilton Crystallized – Love Supreme
7 / Freeez – Southern Freeez
8 / Gibson Brothers – Cuba
9 / Foxy – Get Off
10/ Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant
11/ Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force
12/ Lipps Inc – Funkytown
13/ The Trammps – Disco Inferno
14/ James Brown – Satisfied
15/ Kasmere Stage Band – Super Strut
16/ Black Machine – How Gee
17/ David Shire – Salsation
18/ Three Degress – We Are Family (Live)