The Passionate DJ Podcast
Episode 191: New Year’s Special 2020!

Episode 191: New Year’s Special 2020!

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year, Passionate DJs! In today's episode we look at the year in review. What kind of topics did we cover? What were the most popular episodes? What were some of our favorite moments? And why did the podcast disappear for a few months in the middle?

We play clips from previous shows (including some off-air blooper moments...), present a bonus segment from last week's holiday episode, and then wrap up the episode with a letter from David to all of you.

With 2020, Passionate DJ will begin its seventh year. Just incredible.

Thank you for being on this journey with us. Here's to many more!

Keep on spinning.

Episode 190: Holiday Record Exchange

Episode 190: Holiday Record Exchange

December 25, 2019

⚠️ This episode contains gangsta rap with loads of swearing. You have been warned!

We're back with another Holiday episode! In one of our favorite shows of the year, all four Passionate DJ hosts exchange records with each other for Christmas. We then share our spoils with you by playing samples from each record, and giving our reactions as we listen together.

We cover a lot of ground this year, as we always do. Expect to hear pop, 80s rock, blues... and yes, tons of hip-hop.

David, Tony, Trip and Mo all have a great time in this episode as we share some laughs, and prepare to wrap up another great year of podcasting… as well as continuing to become better DJs through passion and purpose.

We'll keep the tracklist quiet this time... listen to find out.

Happy Holidays, Passionate DJ fam. We'll see you next week for our annual New Year's Special!

Episode 189: Best DJ Controllers for 2020 (The Controller Compendium)

Episode 189: Best DJ Controllers for 2020 (The Controller Compendium)

December 9, 2019

Today we're talking about DJ controllers, and deciding which is the best DJ controller to buy as we head into a new year. There are so many options these days... how do you know which to choose?

Since 2014, The Controller Compendium has helped thousands of DJs compare the top DJ controllers so that they can get the most for their hard-earned money. This version, as posted on YouTube and on the Passionate DJ Podcast, is based on the written guide which can be found at That will be the most up-to-date version of the guide featured in this video.

The guide is divided into several price categories:
* Premium ($1000+)
* Midrange (under $1000)
* Budget (under $500)
...each containing a Top 5, plus several honorable mentions.

The guide then addresses each of these platforms separately:
* Rekordbox DJ
* Serato DJ
* Traktor DJ
* Algoriddim DJay
* Standalone
... each containing a top recommendation, plus several honorable mentions.

We also talk about what you should consider when you're shopping for a DJ controller, and the knowledge you should bring to the table before hitting "buy". While this guide can't determine a "one size fits all" answer for every single DJ... by the end of the episode, you should have the confidence of making an informed choice for YOUR needs.


Once you’ve decided what your requirements are, you should decide how much money you’re willing to spend on your hobby or business. There are great options in every price point, which is why this guide is initially segmented by price.

Never feel like you have to buy high-end gear to be a “real” DJ, or to keep up with the times. Buy the controller that fits your needs, for the amount you have to spend. Even in the “middle” price point, you’re mostly just paying for additional luxuries. All the basics will be covered.

DJ hardware is only part of the equation. For a steady fix of DJ news, tips, stories, and adventures… follow The Passionate DJ Podcast here on YouTube or on your favorite podcast app. Our show features inspiring stories, interviews with famous DJs, tips to increase your DJing skill, industry news, and much more.

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Episode 188: Ten Years Ago (2009)

Episode 188: Ten Years Ago (2009)

November 25, 2019


As the third entry in our "Ten Years Ago" series, today's episode will focus on the music and happenings of 2009. From the death of the King of Pop, the creation of Glee, and the launch of Farmville... we leave no stone unturned as we explore the events of a decade ago.

Of course, we discuss the DJ hardware that was launched that year (ever hear of a little something called the CDJ-2000?) and the winners of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll. We listen to a few best-selling 2009 tracks on Beatport, and learn what words were added to the lexicon that year.

Before diving in to our main topic, we take some time to discuss the latest release from Pioneer, the XDJ-XZ standalone DJ system, and how it stacks up vs. the Denon DJ Prime 4.

Other stuff coming soon:

- Hands-on reviews of the Denon Prime X1800 & SC5000

- Video: Day of the Big Show (Up & Up Festival)

- Update to Controller Compendium; Best DJ Controllers 2020 episode

- Holiday episodes!


Episode 187: Going Up & Up w/MASIN

Episode 187: Going Up & Up w/MASIN

November 11, 2019

Today's episode features Matt Masin, a DJ from Long Island who has been doing serious work as a club and festival DJ for the past year and a half. Matt joined us for a two-part interview about Up & Up Festival, for which he was playing direct support under headliner Elephante.

The Up & Up's innovative guerrilla ticketing system is simple: students crowdsource demand on their campuses leading up to a 48-hour competition period, and the top colleges with the most pre-orders win a festival. The Festival Series launched in 2016, with headliner Cash Cash, and expanded nationwide in 2017 and 2018, featuring Alan Walker, GRYFFIN , Two Friends & Slushii, Lost Kings and Elephante.

As a relatively new DJ, Masin has gained more experience in the past year than many DJs ever will. We wanted to talk to him about his active new music career, and get a feel for how he approaches his music. And it's a good thing we asked, because Matt drops a lot of golden nuggets in today's episode.

We also get some perspective from co-host and stage manager Tony DeSaro, who tells us about the problems he needed to solve leading right up to the moment the first DJ hit "play"!

Coming soon to YouTube: our latest entry in the "Day of the Big Show" series, featuring Up & Up Festival.

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Episode 186: Prime Time

Episode 186: Prime Time

October 28, 2019

In today's episode, David and Trip crawl over the Denon Prime setup... consisting of the SC5000 and X1800 Prime. This rig has made waves in the industry (being pushed along by Denon's #ChangeYourRider advertising campaign)... and now that Trip owns them free and clear, we take the time to explore the system in-depth and record our results.

💿 Denon DJ SC5000 Prime | *
🎚 Denon DJ X1800 Prime | *

Essentially, we throw ourselves under the bus and simply hit record, without any real planning, so that you are getting our true reactions to spending time with these things.

This episode to be followed up with "proper" review videos, but if long-form discussion is more to your taste, this will be the episode for you.

Will Trip keep this setup, and #ChangeHisRider? Or will he simply flip it? Only time will tell...

P.S. - this is your last opportunity to get in on our October special:



Passionate DJ Classic Logo Tee –
Midnight Edition!



Available ONLY during the month of October! Get it while it lasts!

The Denon SC5000 Prime Player includes:
7-inch HD display with multi-touch gesture
24-bit/96Khz digital audio outputs
Uncompressed audio formats (flac, alac, wav)
Dual-layer playback with individual audio outputs
8 multifunction triggers for cues, loops, slices and rolls
8-inch rugged metal jog wheel with HD jog display
Customizable RGB around the jog wheel
(3) USB and (1) SD input for music playback
LAN output to Link to up to four players

The Denon X1800 Mixer includes:
(4) phono/line switchable channels; (4) digital inputs for high-resolution audio mixing
Dual USB audio connections
Crisp OLED screen for precise menu based adjustments
Dedicated sweep and BPM FX knobs
Expressive EQ - choose classic or isolation modes
Adjustable filter resonance control

💿 Denon DJ SC5000 Prime | *
🎚 Denon DJ X1800 Prime | *

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Episode 185: Rookie DJ Mistakes

Episode 185: Rookie DJ Mistakes

October 14, 2019

OCTOBER SPECIAL! Passionate DJ "Midnight Edition" Shirt


Today, David and Mo talk about common mistakes made by inexperienced DJs. If you're worried about making common faux pas as a DJ, this is the episode for you!

We talk about:

• Tranwrecking, and generally mixing poorly
• Poor gain staging
• Being unfamiliar with gear and concepts
• Being under-prepared (not knowing tracks)
• Being over-prepared (not reading crowd)
• Overdoing it with FX or hyperactive mixing
• Disregarding the importance of progression
• Not knowing your history, or doing your homework
• Chasing fame over the love of music
• Dependency problems
• Getting drunk, etc.
• Playing low-quality sound

... and much more!

This week's episode is brought to you by shameless self-promotion:

➡️ David's YouTube channel

➡️ Mo's Mixcloud channel

➡️ Tony's Twitch channel

➡️ Trip's Soundcloud channel



Episode 184: Back to Business

Episode 184: Back to Business

September 30, 2019

🎃 OCTOBER SPECIAL! 🎃 The Passionate DJ "Midnight Edition" tee is back!

The Passionate DJ Podcast RETURNS from a long break! After a long summer... and spring... David, Tony, and Mo get together in the studio to catch up and talk about the happenings of the season.

We talk about:

• Our break, and Passionate DJ going forward
• Happenings in our home town #DaytonStrong
• Fam Jam I
• New hardware: Roland DJ-707M, Pioneer DDJ-1000SRT, Pioneer DDJ-SB3-N Gold and HDJ-X5BT-N Gold, V-Moda Crossfade M-100, MasterSounds Radius Two Valve, Alpha Model 9900
• DJ news: streaming service updates, layoffs at Native Instruments, Phase firmware updates, Apple kills iTunes

➡️ Links and Resources:

OCTOBER SPECIAL: Passionate DJ Midnight Shirt

ONE MORE REP (Mo's other podcast)
* or your favorite podcast player




We're glad to be back...
Keep On Spinning!

Episode 183: Knocking The Dust Off

Episode 183: Knocking The Dust Off

April 22, 2019

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In today's episode, David and Trip talk about DJ hardware upgrades, the struggles of time management, the pros and cons of RGAS (Rapid Gear Acquisition Syndrome), gaining motivation, and general life stuff.

Trip recently picked up a new production toy, trading up his old Native Instruments Kontrol S25 keyboard for the sexy new edition of the S49, with all black keys. We get his first impressions on the new keyboard, talk about some of the latest features of Kontrol and MASCHINE, and drool over the "murdered out" look.

We also spend a little bit of time discussing the struggles of committing to a particular DJ platform. While most "typical" DJ gigs at a club lean towards the ease of use of Rekordbox, there's something to be said about the features offered by other software-centric companies like Native Instruments or Serato.

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Episode 182: Life,  Money, and DJing w/Alex of The DJ Hookup

Episode 182: Life, Money, and DJing w/Alex of The DJ Hookup

April 15, 2019

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✅ Special offer on DJ gear:

On today's episode of The Passionate DJ Podcast, David speaks with Alex Pyatetsky of The DJ Hookup. Alex has a long history within the DJ community, including a 10-year pursuit as a DJ himself. Now, Alex runs the highest-rated online retailer for DJ hardware for several years running.

Here are a few of the things we discuss in this week's show:

  • Why some DJs are perpetually broke
  • Networking as a DJ
  • Existing within the DJ communityGetting more DJ gigs
  • The value in mobile DJing

...and much more!

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✅ Special offer on DJ gear: