February 2011

“Everything You Need To Know About DJing & Success” Q&A Book Tour

FunkNaughty recently co-collaborated with house legend Danny Rampling writing the ‘Digital DJ’ section, for his new International selling book “Everything You Need To Know About DJing & Success”. After last weeks official book launch party in London, Danny is now hitting the road and touring England taking in a host of the country’s top universities with an intimate Q&A tour.

The tour will allow anyone interested in DJing, music, promoting, producing and working within the scene to meet Danny in the flesh and put questions to him.

On the Tour Danny will also be joined by a number of top Industry professionals and leading industry training schools such as Point Blank (Voted ‘Best Music Production and DJ College’ six years running – T-Scan Awards) and the School of Audio Engineering (the world’s largest educational institution for audio, creative media and digital film).

We highly recommend attending if you are able to. They’re will be plenty of tips and advice for you to pick up on and to get your personal copy of “Everything You Need To Know About DJing And Success” signed by Danny.

Tour Dates:

Monday 28th February – Glasgow (Point Blank experts)

Tuesday 1st March – Leeds (Point Blank experts)

Tuesday 1st March – Manchester

Wednesday 2nd March – Liverpool (Point Blank experts)

Wednesday 2nd March – Bangor

Thursday 3rd March – Nottingham

Monday 7th March – Plymouth

Tuesday 8th March – London SAE (Point Blank experts)

Wednesday 10th March – Oxford (Point Blank experts)

Wednesday 16th March – London

To reserve your place at one of the events simply email: ramplingtour@learnhowtobeadj.com

Please leave your name and the session you would like to attend.

For more details check out the website that accompanies the book  http://dannyramplingbookbonuses.com

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 has taken the world by storm allowing DJs to create all kinds of mash ups. DJ Mag are giving it’s readers a chance to win a Traktor Kontrol S4.

Simply send them a 6minute mix featuring at least 4 different genres of music and you could win one! DJ Mag don’t mind what you do as long as your mix “rocks the discotechque”. They will be judging the mixes on creativity and jaw dropping DJ trickery.

So get practicing and then upload your mixes to www.soundcloud.com/mixdoctor/dropbox

Closing date for entries is 1st March 2011

Good luck!

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Pioneer DJ Network: DJ In Ibiza Competition

pioneer dj competition

This is one for all you budding DJs out there. Pioneer DJ are offering the chance for a very lucky someone to head to  Ibiza for the opening season this coming June and DJ at a number of the white isles’ top clubs.

All you need to do is post a mix on the www.letsmix.com site and get the 50 ratings needed for your mix to be listened to by the judges.

With the Ibiza Launch Package, Pioneer DJ Network gives one winner the chance of a lifetime. The DJ who emerges in this fierce battle of synth sawtooths and euphoric chord progressions, will spend summer spinning at some of the hottest clubs in Ibiza. First prize is a pair of DJ slots at some of the greatest clubs the island has to offer, during the packed Ibiza opening season (venues TBC). The prize comes complete with flights and hotel, and a nice pack of Pioneer branded gifts! 2011 promises to be another great year in the Pioneer DJ Network. It is the most important DJ contest online for the semi-professional or budding amateur DJs with the right skill set, music selection and attitude. Paired with the dream vacation fun, there is little else to match this great kick start to your summer DJing.

Upload your mix, embed the player everywhere, and get the 50 ratings total required to be deemed a qualifier. The mix will then be listened to by the Pioneer DJ Network jury.

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New Traktor Software Release Date Announced – April 1st

As you’ll know doubt be aware, and as we mentioned a coupe of months ago, Native Instruments have been working on a new version of Traktor Pro Demo Video & Traktor scratch Demo Video.  Well the wait is almost over, as they announced yesterday, 11th February 2011, that the new versions will be released on April 1st, for those of you who can’t wait that long, a demo version will be out soon.

To compliment the release of the new Traktor Software, Native Instruments have updated the Audio 2 sound card and are due to release two new ones, the Audio 6 & Audio 10.  Imagine them as a small, medium and large sound card, which one you choose is really dependent on the number of connections you need.

The key features of the new software are:

  • New easier to use waveform, highlighting kick and drum positions
  • New effects
  • New sample and loop section
  • Loop recorder
  • Customisable screen

As with any Native Instruments product you know it will have been well tested and will offer you more control over your music, meaning you can further enhance your DJ sets.  The interesting thing about the new software is that the emphasis is firmly on using the controller, loops and effect functions, rather than beat matching.  This should ultimately allow DJ’s to express themselves in ways not possible before and really push the boundaries of their performances, beat matching has been totally automated, the traditional skills of a DJ have truly been replaced, now is the time to step up and offer something new and unique and watch the crowd go wild!

We’ll keep you posted with how our testing goes……..stay tuned.

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