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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DJ/Producer Claudio Coccoluto Has Died

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DJ/producer Claudio Coccoluto has died, according to reports in the Italian media and on social media. He was 59.

While an official statement on Coccoluto’s passing has not yet been released, it is believed that Coccoluto died in Cassino, Italy this morning, surrounded by family after a lengthy illness.

Coccoluto, who also maintained the Coccodance alias, began DJing in 1980. He went on to form his own label, The Dub, and remixed the likes of Adamski, Joey Negro and Dimitri From Paris. All the while, he continued to DJ all over the world at clubs like Ministry of Sound and helmed shows on BBC1 and Kiss FM.

Of his many productions, Claudio Coccoluto presents The Heartists’ tribal-flavored “Belo Horizonti” released in 1996 on Basement Jaxx‘s Atlantic Jaxx remains a rousing rhythmic masterpiece.

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New York City House Music Icon Angel Moraes Has Died

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New York City DJ/producer/remixer Angel Moraes died suddenly yesterday, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was surrounded by family. The cause of death is not yet known.

Angel passed away yesterday abruptly. He passes away surrounded with the people that loved him unconditionaly. Chris,…

Posted by Angel Moraes on Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Brooklyn, NY-born Moraes rose to notoriety in the ’90s house scene. His 1993 track “Release Yourself” issued on his Hot N’ Spycy imprint earned him international attention.

Subsequent tribal-fueled tracks like “Heaven Knows,” Welcome To The Factory” (a track dedicated to Sound Factory resident Junior Vasquez) and “I Like It” cemented his status in the upper echelon of NYC house producers.

In 1998, Angel took his knowledge of creating sound systems and founded Montreal’s Stereo nightclub. In 2000, he released his acclaimed full-length album, Back From Stereo.

During his career, Angel remixed top-tier artists like Pet Shop Boys, k.d. lang, Roy Davis, Jr., Jaydee, and Funky Green Dogs.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Angel a few times. He was a soft-spoken man who was passionate about his music. He seemed to have dealt with many of life’s ups and downs in stride and there was also optimism in his voice. Angel also exuded the same positivity whenever I’d see him out at a club.

The last time I interviewed Angel was in 2017 for a year-end rewind feature. When asked about his lowlights of the year, he mused, “Dealing with what seemed to be an endless line of pieces of shit lying SOB’s.” His resolution was earnest: “The same as every year: To be a better version of myself.”

And let’s not forget that behind the decks, well, he was a demon who could turn out the most jaded dance floor.

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Daft Punk Says Au Revoir: French Electronic Music Legends Announce Split

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Famed French electronic music duo Daft Punk has packed it in after 28 years. A moment of silence, please.

The duo — Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — made the announcement today via “Epilogue,” an eight-minute video posted on Youtube. The video is excerpted from their 2006 film, Electroma. The reason for the breakup is not yet known.

Over the past 28 years, Daft Punk rewrote the rules on what an electronic music band could do. With their helmets and space suits, they crafted wildly innovative electronic music across four acclaimed full-length albums: Homework (1997), Discovery (2001), Human After All (2005) and Random Access Memories (2013). The pair also scored the soundtrack to 2010’s Tron: Legacy.

Bangalter and de Homem-Christo collaborated with a host of artists, including Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Romanthony and Todd Edwards.

Daft Punk co-produced Kanye West‘s sixth studio album, Yeezus (2013). In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song “Starboy,” a collaboration with The Weeknd.

In 2003, they released the feature-length animated film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.

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