January 2011

FunkNaughty Recommends Danny Rampling’s Everything you Need to Know About DJing & Success

Danny Rampling, Global DJ, has recently become a published author with his book Everything You Need To Know About Djing & Success and to coin a phrase, the book does exactly what it says on the cover!

FunkNaughty were fortunate enough to contribute to the digital DJing section of the book, providing an overview of the digital DJing market and biggest pieces of hardware and software available.  In addition, there are numerous references to the online resources of FunkNaughty.COM throughout the book.

FunkNaughty were hugely pleased to contribute to the book, not only is it set to become an indispensable book for so many aspiring & established DJ’s but it also gave us the opportunity to work with DJing legend Danny Rampling.

Having read the book from cover to cover we can’t recommend it highly enough and you can purchase a copy Here from Amazon.


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Native Instruments Maschine & Traktor Video & Competition

Following on from our recent interview with Carl Cox, which you can read here – Carl Cox Interview we thought we’d invest some time in researching the Maschine controller favoured by Carl.

Maschine is a MIDI controller developed by Native Instruments, so you know it comes with a good pedigree and is suitable to use with Traktor.  Now as we’ve said here at FunkNaughty before, you need to get out practising with a wide variety of controllers, before you go ahead and buy one but we were very impressed and can see how we’d use the controller when performing live.

Native instruments have prepared the following video on connecting Maschine & Traktor, which you can view Here and if you currently go to the Maschine FaceBook page and like it, then you stand a chance of winning one of these great controllers.

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Sasha Mix – Live @ Ministry Of Sound Dec 2010

Sasha @ Ministry Of Sound Dec 2010 mix
Sasha serves up some epic peak time club sounds with this mix recorded in December live at one of London’s finest – The Ministry Of Sound.

Here at FunkNaughty we always recommend listening to Sasha even if he’s not someone you’d normally listen to. Sasha has a unique style of DJing. Being one of the leading lights in the digital DJ scene. Instigating and developing Ableton Live as a DJ Tool.

Sasha uses Ableton Live to build his sets from different tracks, sound bites, loops and effects. Listen carefully to how he mixes and you’ll get a few ideas for your own sets.


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Teaser Video – Traktor’s New Hardware & Software

Native Instruments are back with a teaser video featuring a new Traktor Software and Hardware.

As we predicted last year with the release of the Traktor’s S4 controller & software package we had an idea that a new version of Traktor would soon be released.  Judging by this new video its look that way indeed. The video shows a new version of Traktor Scratch updated with the new features only available from the  S4 software.

You can check out the teaser video above, which shows Dennis Ferrer and the Martinez Brothers putting the new software and hardware through its paces.

What we can tell from the video is that the new software will contain:

  • colored waveforms
  • sample player
  • loop player
  • loop recorder

The new  4 sample decks are a major coup for all Traktor users, and will enable more creativity when DJing. The new coloured waveforms are an interesting feature and a move away from Traktor’s traditional yellow look. We’re not entirely sure what they represent but we expect the new colour range of the waveforms will  benefit the DJ by indicating the different frequencies in the track.

The new hardware is a multi-channel soundcard. We’re not sure what it is called as the name has been carefully blurred out in the video. I guesss it’s a surprise! We’ll just have to wait and see. Our guess is that it will be  replacing the Audio 8. Only time will tell.

More info to appear as we receive it.

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Alive Recording’s Podcasts

Like your house music, deep, techy and with ‘that’ groove. The groove that keeps people all across the world dancing on a Saturday night. Then check out Alive Recording’s podcast series. From the likes of Tom Budden, Milton Jackson and Zeitgeist.

For Alive Recording’s podcasts click here

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Ableton Winter Sale – Save Up To 25%

There are only a few days left to take advantage of Ableton’s winter sale. Until January 15th you can still get big discounts on Ableton products, including Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8.

Don’t hibernate. Act now to get up to 25% off Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8:


Ableton Live 8 features a host of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a revamped MIDI editor. Suite 8 adds eleven professional instruments and a huge sound library for a complete software studio.

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Tom Budden – Alive Recordings Interview

Continuing our series of interviews with top DJs and producers FunkNaughty caught up with Alive Recordings head-honcho Tom Budden.

Tom has been a leading force at the forefront of the UK’s south coast  house & techno scene for a number of years now.  First applying his DJ skills with his residency at the infamous High Tide parties, and swiftly moving onto even bigger heights with high profile gigs at many of the  UK’s top clubs, such as Ministry Of Sound, Sankeys, Shindig, and The End. His International career took of as well with trips all around the globe and tours with the likes of James Zabiela and Nic Fanciulli.

In 2008 Tom took another leap in his career by launching Alive Recordings. A deep/tech house label dedicated to producing music with ‘that’ groove. The groove that keeps people moving; on dance floors all a cross the globe; every Saturday night.

In the past two years Alive Recordings  has grown into a very respectable label within the industry with artists  from around the globe producing tracks played by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Danny Howells, Milton Jackson and Steve Angello.

Taking some time out of his busy schedule FunkNaughty were able to catch up with Tom and put a number of questions to him about digital DJing, producing and much more.

It’s over to Tom….

What’s does your DJing set up consist of at the moment?

At the moment it depends on what’s available at the club. Since the new Pioneer CDJ2000’s have become more widely available I’ve been playing from a USB stick with my music organized in to different playlists, via the rekordbox software, according to the time of night or gig. If somewhere doesn’t have the new CDJ’s I’m using Traktor with the time coded cd’s and a X1 controller for loops and effects. I sometimes use a Korg koassilator for extra effects.

How has digital technology changed your DJ sets?

It has changed it completely. I’ve come from playing vinyl to cd’s, then to traktor and now to the new CDJ2000’s. I now do a lot of looping whilst mixing, which I think has changed the way I play, for example looping the end of a track with some fx in the mix to build in to the next track.

Which midi controller do you use when DJing?

I only use the Native Instruments X1 for Traktor, it is set up really well to use straight out of the box and the build quality is great. I was using a Korg Nano Pad as a controller for Traktor which I really liked but I went through a few of them within a year as they weren’t strong enough to be chucked in the bag every week.

Do you have a piece of DJ kit that you can’t live without?

Nothing out of the ordinary! The laptop is the most obvious thing, for getting new tracks while on the road and being able to go through music before a gig.

You’ve been producing and releasing tracks quite frequently over the past two years, how would you describe your sound at the moment?

Groovy tech house really. I get a bit bored making the same sort of thing every time, so some tracks might be on a bit more of a deep house tip and some might be a bit tougher or more melodic, just depends how I’m feeling on the day really.

Alive Recordings has grown into a very respectable label in a short time with many international DJs playing Alive’s releases. How have you gone about building and crafting the label and the productions being released on it?

I suppose it’s just a representation of the sort of stuff I would play out. Again, some of the music might be the sort of thing I’ll play early on in the evening and some might be more like the stuff I’ll play in a peak time set. But then it also has to have the ‘ALiVE’ sound. There are a few key newcomers that have become regulars like Teva and Pedramovich. I’ve also drafted in some artists that I’ve been supporting or look up to like Jet Project, Milton Jackson, Acumen, Arnaud Le Texier and Onno.

Can you give any advice to any up and coming producers on how to get their music heard and signed to a successful label like Alive?

The main thing is to make sure you’re 100% happy with your production before you send it to labels. I don’t think many labels would listen if they get sent something that is ‘almost ready’. Then it’s important to make sure you’re sending the music to the right labels that suit your music. I often get demos from people who obviously don’t know what sort of label ALiVE is, and send their Psy Trance Folk Jazz or whatever. Also get as much information about yourself across too.

What’s your DAW of choice?

Mainly Reason but sometimes a bit of Ableton Live as well.

What are your other key bits of studio kit?

Because I use Reason I don’t have much in the way of hardware. I have a pair of Adam-A7 monitors at home, which I’ve been really happy with. I’ll go to my friend Dave (Reset Robot) Robertson’s studio to finish up my tracks. He also has Adam Monitors and a good, dead sounding room which is important for the mixdown.

How do you work in the studio?

Generally I’ll start with a kick and build things from there. Sometimes I’ll have a loop that I’ll want to work around, just depends on the track really. I’ll build the groove until I’m completely happy with it before arranging.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’ve just finished some tracks that are coming out on Time Has Changed Records and a track for Danny Howells’ Dig Deeper label. Also a remix for my label of a Sender & Pavloff track that is a bit deeper than usual. There are a few more original tracks on the boil as well.

What’s your top tip for anyone getting in to digital DJing and music production?

Develop your own sound and get heard by as many people as possible. Nowadays you have to be promoting yourself from all angles.. Soundcloud, Facebook, Myspace etc.

Musically who has inspired you the most and why?

I think when Craig Richards and Lee Burridge used to play regularly together as Tyrant in the early Fabric days gave me the most influence musically. I used to make the trip up to London every month when they played. Also Danny Howells when I’ve heard him play all night, the way he’ll go from really chilled out stuff right up to gnarly techno and then mellows things out towards the end.

Your favorite DJ at the moment?

Will Saul was great when I saw him play a few weeks ago at East Village in London.

Your favorite producer at the moment?

On the deeper side of things I’ve been picking up a lot of bits by Zev from Wolf & Lamb recently. Then for the chunkier stuff I’ve been really into ONNO from Amsterdam, he did a remix for our 20th release this year.

Do you have a pre – DJ gig superstition?

No not really! I just try and be as organized as possible, well at least I try to anyway!

Which is you’re worst and best DJ moments?

I have had a few bad situations, which have always been my own fault, where I’ve set Traktor up wrong, things aren’t working and you end up getting a bit stressed out. The best moments are every now and then when you get a really good one where the crowd will take anything you throw at them, those are always the best!
You can check out all off Alive Recording’s releases and latest news at www.aliverecordings.com

For Alive Recording’s podcasts click here

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FREE – Sounds/To/Sample Downloads For DJs & Producers

Native Instruments and Sounds/To/Sample have teamed up this Xmas to offer you a brilliant free gift – The chance to download for free a selection of their Sounds/To/Sample series. Choose from 6 different genres – House, Breaks, Trance, Techno, Minimal and Electro.

We suggest hurrying along and downloading the packs sharpish as they are being pulled on January 15th.


If you register on the site you’ll also be able to access two extra folders of incredible loops to enhance your dj sets.

All samples are high quality WAV format and pre-beat gridded to work in Traktor.

A great little gift to start the new year with.


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