Episode 148: Community Struggles

June 25, 2018

In today's episode of the podcast, we give our thoughts on the struggles people are having within the Passionate DJ community. We reached out to our Facebook Group, and pulled lots of great topics. 

Not a member of our Facebook group? Well, what are you waiting for?


Here are some struggles which we address in Episode 148:

  • Mental stamina with longer DJ sets
  • Balancing professional life and DJing
  • Knowing and remembering digital tracks vs. records
  • Finding help with all the non-DJ stuff (promo, writing, design, video, etc.)
  • Saying no to bookings, and finding time to record mixes
  • Dealing with requests
  • Dwelling on mistakes in the mix
  • Finding new venues to play
  • Stage fright; confidence
  • Getting better gigs; playing the shows we want
  • Getting clients to leave reviews
  • Determining which DJ hardware to invest in

Tony starts out the show by telling us about his experience at Breakaway festival, and the story behind the awesome photo he took with legendary duo Sasha & John Digweed:

David also takes a few minutes to discuss other happenings within PDJ, including lots of incoming hardware reviews on our YouTube channel.

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Episode 147: Summer Hardware & Industry

June 17, 2018

Today, David talks about happenings in the DJ industry, and the latest hardware to come out during the summer so far. We kept this one brief, as we didn't want to drag out the news stories out too much. But there's a lot going on, and you should know about it!

Here are some of the news stories we talk about in Episode 147:

Hardware & Software Updates

Xone:96 Announced

Allen & Heath has announced its first flagship mixer in over a decade. A modern evolution of the iconic Xone:92, the silver-faced kit features the analog architecture that made its predecessor popular. However, it adds some great modern features, such as a dual sound-card and onboard Traktor Scratch support.

It's also a great mixer for multiple-DJ sets (due to its dual-cueing setup), or any setups that require complex routing.

Pioneer DDJ-SX3 Launched

This third iteration of the original DDJ-SX follows the trend of dual-USB, while also adding another mic input, Color FX made popular on other Pioneer gear, and improved jog wheel latency.

It's interesting to see that Pioneer is still creating hardware dedicated for use with Serato, where they've spent much more time lately developing Rekordbox-centric controllers.

The SX3 is advertised at about $1000 and is available now.

Release of Virtual DJ 2018

With a heavy emphasis on video and visuals, the new Virtual DJ is sure to be a hit amongst its huge fanbase. The software includes built-in support for streaming to all the important platforms, including the ability to overlay waveforms, track info, logos, etc.

Check out all the new features of Virtual DJ here.

Denon to add Traktor Collection support

According to some teaser pics on social media, and statements made both by Denon DJ and Native Instruments, it seems likely that we'll soon be able to import Traktor libraries into Engine Prime (much like you can currently do with Serato).

Theoretically, you should be able to take your playlists, beat grids, cue points, etc. and play them on Denon Prime players from a USB key (instead of using a laptop).

This may be the closest thing we've seen to a "standalone" Traktor experience.

FL Studio Finally Launches for Mac

Image-Line's latest version of its DAW, FL Studio 20, comes with native Mac support for the first time in two decades.

Apparently, the reason in the long delay for porting the software to Mac had to do with the programming language used to write it (Delphi)... which is much better suited to writing software for Windows.

FL Studio 20 comes with loads of other updates, including support for time signatures, freezing for clips (to save CPU - finally!!), and the ability to have multiple arrangements so users can work with different versions of the same project.

Has the Electronic Music Industry "Peaked"?

According to the recent IMS (International Music Summit) Report, the overall value of the electronic music industry has fallen 2% to $7.3 billion. However, there may be an explanation: the fact that many "EDM" songs are actually being classified as Pop.

The full 29-page IMS Report is available in PDF format, here.

Girl (A documentary on Female DJs) Released

From the website, GirlTheMovie.com:

What started as a lark became an obsession after meeting the notorious DJ Sandra Collins.

Kandeyce Jorden's exploration of a blossoming subculture of the electronic music scene slams her face to face with a connection that can only be found by getting completely lost.

Detroit House Pioneer Dwayne Jensen Passes Away

R.I.P. to influential house producer Dwayne Jensen, who passed away on May 28. As a tribute, we send the episode out with this track:

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Episode 146: The Free Bonus Episode

June 11, 2018

Today we're giving you a full preview of Afterparty, our monthly bonus show which is exclusively for Patreon subscribers of The Passionate DJ Podcast.

Become a Patron here: http://patreon.com/passionatedj 

If you're not familiar with Patreon, it's a great way to support your favorite creators and help pay them for the stuff you love. You decide the pledge, and then receive rewards in order to thank you for your support. 

In our case, we offer a monthly bonus show called Afterparty. The show is similar to The Passionate DJ Podcast; in fact, much of the show is made up of side recordings, deleted scenes, and other bonuses which would otherwise never be heard.

Sometimes you'll hear exclusive interviews with your favorite DJs. Other times, you'll hear pre-show banter and side conversations. We even toss in field recordings and on-site raw interviews. We then stitch all this together, polish it, and present it to you in a monthly bonus episode.

Patreon is a great way to support your favorite content creators, because it allows us to keep making the stuff that you love, and keep the advertising to a dull roar. 

Many don't realize that creating a single episode of our podcast can exceed 20 hours... not including promoting it, and not including the creation of our written and video content. By subscribing, you not only help the podcast to continue existing, but you get access to more of the show you already love.

Gain access to Afterparty here: http://patreon.com/passionatedj 

In this exclusive, free episode, you'll hear:

  • Bonus tips from How to Get More DJ Gigs
  • Extended discussion from our interview with DJ 2nd Nature
  • A deeper exploration into Detroit Techno and its iconic tracks

We understand that not everyone is willing and able to support Passionate DJ monetarily, and hope that you will continue enjoying The Passionate DJ Podcast! 

If you'd like to support in other ways, you can...

  • Share our episodes when they go live
  • Leave comments on social media or PassionateDJ.com
  • Tell your friends about Passionate DJ
  • Leave ratings and reviews wherever you listen to us

But above all else, we really just appreciate you listening to the show!

One last time, that URL is http://patreon.com/passionatedj

See you there!


Episode 145: Ten Years Ago (2008)

June 4, 2018

2008: the International Year of Languages, Planet Earth, Sanitation... and Potatoes. The Summer Olympics were in Beijing, Bitcoin and Spotify were born, the Large Hadron Collider was built... and Rihanna takes over the pop charts.

Today we explore what was happening ten years ago, in the realm of music, DJing, and life.

We listen to the tracks that topped the charts at Beatport and the Billboard Top 25, explore some of the 2008 DJ Mag poll, and talk about all the interesting events that occured in music and DJing.

At the beginning of the episode, we talk about 3DMentional Entertainment's upcoming September show featuring Paul Oakenfold as headliner, and our very own Trip Turlington as direct support (under his alias Digital Psykosis).

One last thing: don't forget about Afterparty, our monthly bonus episode! You can gain access by subscribing to us on Patreon, here:

As each normal episode of the podcast takes about 20 hours to put together, in addition to all of our other written and video content... Passionate DJ is quickly becoming a full-time job. We've set a new goal of gaining 30 patrons by the end of the summer, to let us know that we should continue making Afterparty.

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Episode 144: The Belleville Three

May 28, 2018

In honor of the Movement festival, where techno heads converge on Detroit over Memorial Day weekend, we spend Episode 144 diving in to the Belleville Three: Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May.

Here, we listen to clips of interviews and some of the iconic tracks that put "Detroit Techno" on the map. This is a bit of a misnomer, in that these pioneers actually developed their sound from living in Belleville, a rural town about 30 miles away from Detroit. But, regardless of that technicality, there's no denying that their contribution to music history became a worldwide phenomenon.

They heavily cite influences form radio DJs in Detroit, which was often used as a test market, which gave them exposure to lots of experimental types of music. That, along with the lack of subscription to the concept "we should like black music", allowed them to consume and experiment with music in a way that felt right, to them. The three also discuss in some of these clips, about the influences they had on each other, as they each have their own sound.

In some other interviews, Kevin and Derrick explain an early lesson in crowd reading, playing the right tracks, and getting past amateur status, that the three learned when playing a gig. Kevin also explains his musical connection bridging between his original home in New York, and Detroit, and how Mojo (radio DJ) opened Kevin’s eyes to all kinds of music.

In another clip, Richie Hawtin is doing a recap of the CNTRL tour, where he discusses Detroit, the Bellville Three, and the Midwest of the US (including Dayton!). There's so many interviews, full of so much great information, and we hope you enjoy learning more about the Belleville Three. Dig in!

Also, in honor of Memorial Day, the Passionate DJ Podcast would like to remember our military members who gave the ultimate price, those who served and are no longer with us, and thank the families who have lost their loved ones in service to these United States. Thank you for your sacrifices, so that the rest of us have the freedoms we enjoy.

MOCAD Interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt4aQEXqMRw
DJ Mag Interview w/Juan Atkins: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyqhPVPZ_3c
Derrick May discusses Strings of Life: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt3QvoF8eK4
Signed Media Interview w/Kevin Saunderson: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_6huw5Y6MI 
Richie Hawtin discussing Detroit, the Belleville 3, and Dayton: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9qrbT_Nb0


Episode 143: How to Get More DJ Gigs

May 21, 2018

Episode 143 focuses on a heavily requested topic: HOW DO WE GET MORE DJ GIGS?! While there's no magic formula, we do have some tips to try and connect with more people and line up more gigs!

Make sure your online presence is up to snuff! Make sure to have a personal website to act as your "home base" that reaches out to your sociasl media platforms of choice. Then, use social media for your interactive engagement with your current and potential fans.

You'll also want to develop effective promotional materials, for when you're ultimately asked. At least an EPK or a One-Sheet is mandatory, but you could go really interactive and present a promo video introducing yourself to anyone discovering you on the web.

Do your research, think outside of the box! You never know what is happening at a gig, another show, or any number of unique opportunities that exist. Build your own event, do some outreach in to the scene you want to be active in, and make sure to look for opportunities for collaboration! Not for the queasy. as this requires some REAL communication time and effort. 

Don't forget to subscribe to our Patreon page to receive our monthly bonus show: Afterparty! 


Links Mentioned in this episode!




Episode 142: Pick 3 (Back in the Day)

May 14, 2018

It's time for one of our favorite recurring episodes: Pick 3! Each of our co-hosts brings in three tracks in a "show and tell" format, where we listen and give commentary.

For this installment of Pick 3, we decided to go to each of our respective "back in the day" memories and picked some tracks that invoke those old school memories!

MC Breed - Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin'
B Rezell - Blowed Away
DJ Quik - Tonight
Parliament - Flashlight
Midnight Star - Freakazoid
PM Dawn - Looking Through Patient Eyes
Gang Starr - Who's Gonna Take the Weight
Laid Back - White Horse
Notorious BIG - Hypnotize
Naughty By Nature - Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)
L.A. Style - James Brown is Dead
Yellow Blackbird - Superfly (Andy Moor Remix)

Don't forget, you can now access our exclusive bonus show "Afterparty" by subscribing at www.Patreon.com/PassionateDJ - For about the price of a 3 track EP on Beatport, you'll get access to another show full of extended interviews, content that was edited out of the published episodes, candid conversations between us co-hosts, and more! By subscribing, you're helping to keep Passionate DJ going...and for that, WE THANK YOU!


Episode 141: Cryztal Grid

May 7, 2018

In Episode 141, we catch last week's guest co-hosts Gerrad Wise and Cody Christianson for a deep dive in to all things Cryztal Grid. Despite being a very new performing duo, they're getting all sorts of attention and we were able to snag them as they have just finished performing for Number Fest (16) in Athens, Ohio.

Join us as we do a deep dive in to how they met, how and what they use to perform, their methods and approach to DJing and music production, and the philosophy behind everything they do. Plus, they even share some Easter eggs, one of which is hidden right in their name.

As the face of electronic music and DJing is changing, what makes us unique is what helps us stand out from the rest. One way of doing so is incorporating live musical elements, like they have....but even that isn't enough. We also do a deep dive in to how they planned every move to get where they are, and how they are planning to keep taking it to the next level.

We are absolutely loving these guys, as they are a breath of fresh air, in terms of music, talent, and attitude. We hope you enjoy them, their music, and this interview, as much as we do.

Ladies and Gentlemen...Introducing: Cryztal Grid.

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Episode 140: Hot Stories

April 30, 2018

Episode 140 has us pushing back some of our regularly scheduled content, in order to bring you some of the latest headlines in DJ and dance music related news! And, our good friends Cryztal Grid join us for some in depth discussion! If you’re not up on Cryztal Grid, yet, make sure you tune in NEXT week, where we will be interviewing Gerrad and Cody and giving you an up close look in to their music, performances, and insights.


Sadly, we start the episode addressing the obvious loss to the EDM community. Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, was found dead at 28 on April 20th. Having had very public battles with stress, depression, and anxiety from touring, and given the message released from his family, the PDJ team takes a moment to reflect on Avicii, as well as their own struggles.


Rane announced a recall on the new Rane 12’s! The popular new DVS controller needs a firmware update to adjust an issue that most people would never encounter, but in order to be applied, the units need to be sent in. Luckily, Rane says the turnaround time should be shipping units back within 1 working day upon fixing. Go to http://dj.rane.com/twelve-warranty-support if you have a Rane 12 and would like the patch!


Preorders for the new DVS unit Phase are available, as of April 25th. The new units are a little steeper than we expected, at $349 per pair of remotes and receiver. They work with any DVS system, according to Phase, which allows DJs to shed the need for using tonearms or timecode vinyl. Pretty cool idea with their own patented wireless data transmission technology, so we’ll see how it does!


Beatport in the news again, this time they acquired the recently closed up Pulselocker. Not sure what’s going on there, but apparently we’ll be seeing a relaunch in the fall. Meanwhile, Mixcloud has raised $11.5 million in fundraising, so we anticipate more development and marketing of their services.


And, of course…Native Instruments shakes things up by announcing new hardware for Traktor, as well as totally rewritten Traktor software on the way. This is interesting, given all of the questionable directions Native instruments has taken Traktor over recent years. Not to mention the lack of delivery on some expected or rumored functionality, and missing the boat on some obvious hardware support (no HID for CDJ2000NX2 until the latest beta release…SERIOUSLY?!). Lots of speculation around what is to come, but between hardware being discontinued and new products being teased, we’re definitely keeping our eye on NI!


Don’t forget about us here at Passionate DJ, as well! If you follow us at Patreon, you can now access our show “Afterparty”, which is a monthly bonus episode that consists of extended interviews, deleted scenes from the published episodes, exclusive “hot mic” moments during set up/tear down, and other specially curated content for our paid subscribers. To subscribe, go to www.patreon.com/passionateDJ TODAY!


Episode 139: AMA (Ask Us Anything) Three (Part 2)

April 23, 2018

Episode 139 is a continuation of last week's latest installment of "Ask Us Anything"!

  • Do we avoid food like tacos before recording sessions?
  • What will DJs who rely on iTunes do now that their business model has changed?
  • What music did we used to love that we no longer don't?
  • What spirits does the team like to drink?
  • Is DJing getting older or younger (in terms of the new people coming in to the craft)?
  • How to fill the room with an audience?
  • Do virtual assistants really help?
  • Prodigy or Chemical Brothers?
  • What's a lie about the industry that you believed when you started, what's a truth?

Don't forget, you can now access our exclusive bonus show "Afterparty" by subscribing at our Patreon page - For about the price of a 3 track EP on Beatport, you'll get access to another show full of extended interviews, content that was edited out of the published episodes, candid conversations between us co-hosts, and more! By subscribing, you're helping to keep Passionate DJ going...and for that, WE THANK YOU!