Sync 24 Recalls Last DJ Gig Before COVID-19 Lockdown

Sync 24

Throughout our Last DJ Set series, we’ve asked a range of artists — AlinkaDavid MoralesAlan OldhamSpencer Parker and Julia Bondar — to recall their last gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March, forcing clubs and festivals to close.

As we inch closer toward the re-opening of clubs and festivals, we asked electro explorer Phil Bolland (a.k.a. Sync 24) of Cultivated Electronics to recall his last gig before lockdown. Continue Reading

Premiere: Kate Simko – Her Likeness (Extended Mix) – Underplayed

Kate-Simko

Underplayed, a documentary about female DJs and producers directed by Stacey Lee, will debut on Amazon Prime on International Women’s Day (March 8). The film features interviews with a broad range of artists, including Rezz, Alison Wonderland, Tokimonsta, NERVO and Tygapaw.

Musical multihyphenate DJ/producer/composer/musician Kate Simko, who leads London Electronic Orchestra, scored the soundtrack for the film.

Ahead of the release of the Underplayed soundtrack tomorrow on Lakeshore Records, we’re thrilled to world premiere “Her Likeness” (Extended Mix) from the 20-track collection.

The genesis of the rousing, Detroit-inspired “Her Likeness” — the only uptempo cut on the soundtrack — harkens back to February 2020. Kate wrote the banger the night before traveling to New York City to play at a Cityfox party.

“I knew they’d booked me to close out the room so I had late-night NYC in mind making it,” she tells us via email, adding that she was “loading live parts from the song on the plane.”

Kate adds, “I wanted to create a raw, don’t give a f*** vibe with this song. It’s over eight minutes long which is pretty unusual for a soundtrack cue. It’s unapologetically long because it has lots of little synth lines, rhythms and melodic voices coming in-and-out with something new to say.

“Underplayed is a film about women’s voices being heard, and ‘Her Likeness’ is like a homage to all the women out there hustling to carve a space for themselves in this industry.”

Hit the play button below and enjoy.

Image above by Rui Pignatelli

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Beatport Pivots To Web-Based, MIDI-Compatible DJ App

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Yesterday online music retailer Beatport announced the release of Beatport DJ to all LINK subscribers. It’s a web-based, MIDI-compatible DJ app that allows DJs of all skill levels to set up workflows and playlists.

The interface is well-appointed with all of the bells and whistles you’d expect from a typical DJ setup and it seamlessly integrates music from the company’s store. What’s more, is that no software is needed to use it and previewing music is intuitive and smooth.

A day before Beatport DJ was unveiled, a rep from Beatport gave me a demo of the product. I learned the product was created after taking in feedback from customers, listening to their pain points and trying to reduce the friction that comes with the laborious process of finding, reviewing, buying and downloading music.

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Beatport DJ’s interface.

From the demo I watched, Beatport DJ significantly reduces prep time, allowing DJs to focus their energy on being creative and performing.

For now, Beatport DJ works only with a Chrome web browser. It’s in the beta stage, meaning that the product isn’t yet in its final form, so look for it to evolve now that it’s public.

Good to know: All existing LINK and LINK PRO, and LINK PRO+ subscribers can use BEATPORT DJ, as well as all existing LINK partner integrations with Algoriddim djay, Denon Engine OS, Hercules DJUCED, Pioneer DJ rekordbox, WeDJ, Serato DJ, PCDJ and TRIBE XR.

I asked about where the product might go from here. Beatport’s rep said the company is hoping to have iOS, mobile and social functionality as well as public and private playlists in the immediate future.

Beatport is currently offering free trials of Beatport DJ. You can access it here.

Have you tried Beatport DJ yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Micfreak March 2021 Chart

micfreak chart

1. Abco & MicFreak – Higher (Original Mix) – Unquantize
2. Jasper St. Company – You’re My Latest and Greatest Inspiration (DJ Spen & MicFreak Higher Love Vocal Mix) – Nervous
3. Roland Clark – I Can’t breathe (MicFreak Acid Remix) – Unquantize
4. David Morales – Strings – Diridim
5. Junior Jack, Jocelyn Brown – Hold Me Up (Riva Starr Tangerine Funk Remix) – Defected
6. DJ Spen, Gary Hudgins, Brandon Yancey – Sumthin Sumthin – Quantize
7. DJ Fudge, Chinua Hawk – Love x Love (Michael Gray Remix) – Reel People Music
8. The Shapeshifters, Billy Porter – Finally Ready (Dimitri From Paris Remix) – Glitterbox
9. Blaze, UDAUFL, Barbara Tucker – Most Precious Love (Alaia & Gallo Remix) – King St. Sounds
10. Andrea Curatto, Coco Street – Find Your Way – Cool Staff Records

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

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