Pioneer Unveils Unveils DDJ-1000 Controller

Pioneer DDJ-1000 Controller

Ahead of Winter NAMM 2018 taking place January 25-26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, Pioneer DJ has announced the release of their four-channel DDJ-1000 controller for use with its rekordbox dj application. The compact and portable controller arrives with the release of rekordbox (ver 5.1), which includes a host of product enhancements and additions. If you own a licence key for one of the rekordbox Plus Packs (rekordbox dj, video or dvs), you can upgrade to the new version of the Plus Pack for free.

Pioneer DJ says its latest and greatest DJ weapon provides mixmasters and mixstresses with an arsenal of tools when DJing in a non-club environment such as an event or party venue.

The DDJ-1000’s SRP of €1,199 including VAT (roughly US $1466.95). It comes with a bundled licence key for our professional DJ performance application rekordbox dj, worth €139 (roughly US $170).

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2017 Rewind: Enzo Elia

Enzo Elia

How was 2017 for you?
Enzo Elia: It was a very intense year full of motivation. I met some people that encouraged me in my job.

Highlights?
Being part of Twelve Notes (my agency). And for sure my release “Black Birthday” on Engrave Ltd. that gave me a lot of satisfaction!

Lowlights?
Losing my spare time and my hair…strong correlation!

Song of the year?
Musumeci’s “Hey Mama” (Dynamic). It’s a mix of nostalgia, depth and oriental flavors.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I don’t know yet. Let’s wait until the 30th of December and probably my ideas will be clearer!

@Enzo Elia

2017 Rewind: La Louma

La Louma

How was 2017 for you?
La Louma: 2017 has been the best year of my life so far. I know more, I have greater perspective, and my sense of curiosity and gratitude have both heightened, and thus my experiences and relationships have become more and more meaningful. From the big once-in-a-lifetime milestones to the tiny details of everyday life, I see reality with increased clarity and am thankful for every minute of it.

Highlights?
Seeing Stonehenge
Going to Finland
Moderating a panel at Treefort Music Fest
Managing the tent for THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE at Bonnaroo
Seeing Lea Salonga in concert
Hosting my teacher Ven. Robina Courtin for a weekend of teachings in LA
Befriending Allee Willis and nerding out about The Color Purple the musical for hours and hours
Working with several incredible directors on my first few music videos
Seeing the LA Philharmonic perform Dvorak’s New World Symphony at The Hollywood Bowl
Attending the SF premiere of Nobody Dies, a documentary film about Thao Nguyen
Spontaneously driving from LA to Idaho at the last-minute to see the eclipse
Launching Bitchwave with my friend Terra Lopez of Rituals Of Mine
Releasing my debut album as La Louma

Lowlights?
The passing of Jessi Zazu

Song of the year?
Zola Jesus – “Witness”

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To be fearless and never give up.

@La Louma

2017 Rewind: Phunkadelica

Phunkadelica

How was 2017 for you?
Phunkadelica: 2017 was nothing but great for PKA, as it introduced us to the public with our project, thanks to the trust Engrave’s guys gave us.

Highlights?
Of course finding us in the Beatport Indie Dance Top 100 two days after our debut, because this can only mean, regardless of the number of tracks sold, that our music is appreciated. It makes us so proud, because it’s a project we consider “original” as it’s inspired by so many other things but still elaborates everything in its own way. This is what we aim for.

Lowlights?
There may not have been any? 🙂

Song of the year?
The Orielles – “Sugar Tastes Like Salt” (Andrew Weatherall Tastes Like Dub Mix Pt.1 Live Bass) (Heavenly Recordings)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Two amazing things may be yet to come in 2018, and we’re already working on them: our first album and our first live show. We’re thrilled!!!

@Phunkadelica

2017 Rewind: Soleima

Soleima

How was 2017 for you?
Soleima: 2017 was an extremely exciting year for me. I signed a record deal, released my first music as Soleima, and played lots of concerts. Also this year I chose to do music as a career rather than as a hobby, which has been a change.

Highlights?
Releasing my first-ever EP, No. 14.

Lowlights?
Trump

Song of the year?
Vera – “In and Out of Love”

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To stay happy, do what I like to do because I can – which means, keep making music and play concerts. 🙂

@Soleima

2017 Rewind: Degray

Degray

How was 2017 for you?
Degray: I think 2017 was a good year. It felt like the year passed by very quickly. I’ve released more music last year reaching the fifth EP on Parse Audio and have been massively occupied preparing a lot of things for 2018, like finally starting to release physical records, preparing my live set, etc. So 2017 was maintenance mode in preparation for a lot of new things to come in 2018.

Highlights?
The release of my Origin series and hearing both EPs in a continuous mix which I’ve done as part of my live preparation has been a very exciting experience. In general, getting excited to release and create new music and art has been the highlight.

Lowlights?
Mainly been the difficulties of running a label as well as being an artist, from time management to promotion to listening and searching for new music. it’s hard keeping the balance.

Song of the year?
Fabrizio Lapiana’s “Far Away” or Four Tet’s “Daughter.” Both are great.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To continue pursuing my view on music and release records that I like and to finally get my live set ready for the road.

@Degray