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Help Wanted: Big Shot Is Looking For Freelancers


Breaking news! We’re looking to expand our roster of global contributors. That’s right, we’re in search of reliable, deadline-driven freelancers — feature writers, music reviewers, photographers and videographers —to pitch us fresh story ideas, artist interviews, trend stories, music reviews, event recaps and breaking news.

We’re a niche publication, so a deep knowledge of DJ culture and all forms of electronic music is absolutely essential.

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Collector Alert: Pioneer to Release Limited-Edition White NXS2 DJ Mixers


The folks at Pioneer DJ like to mix things up, both color-wise and in quantity. Two years after they presented the limited edition gold DDJ-SZ controller for Serato DJ — only 1,000 units were made worldwide — the company have announced that they are releasing exclusive new versions of their flagship multiplayer and DJ mixer in a brilliant white finish.

Here’s the catch: Only 1,200 CDJ-2000NXS2-W decks (1,000 for Europe, 200 for the USA) will be produced, along with 600 DJM-900NXS2-W mixers (500 for Europe, 100 for the USA). Each unit will be stamped with a distinctive plaque featuring a unique serial number.

Both the CDJ-2000NXS2-W and the DJM-900NXS2-W will be available from early October at an SRP of €2399 (roughly $2877), including VAT.

Would you spend a bundle of cash on these beauties? Specs are below.

Next-generation high-resolution audio with support for FLAC/ALAC files
Full-colour touch screen with fast browsing and detailed track information including Wave Zoom, Needle Countdown, Phase Meter and more
Multiple performance features for almost endless creative possibilities
Pro DJ Link enables even more features
See full rekordboxTM track information including colour-coded Memory Cues

Highest quality audio components for a warm, detailed sound
Smooth curves on the EQs and channel faders for precise, seamless mixes
Detailed control of a wealth of FX plus an independent send/return
Two USB ports, four phono inputs and DVS support for total flexibility and seamless DJ handovers
Pro DJ Link via LAN or USB for even more scope and flexibility

Hüsker Dü Drummer Grant Hart Dead at 56

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Grant Hart, drummer and co-singer for the influential Minneapolis post-punk trio Hüsker Dü, has died. Hart was 56 and had been battling cancer.

Hart, along with bandmates Bob Mould and Greg Norton, changed the lexicon of rock music with their razor-sharp guitar sound and thoughtful lyrics over the course of six incredible albums. from 1983’s Everything Falls Apart to 1987’s Warehouse: Songs and Stories. Their 1984 double-album Zen Arcade is their career-defining moment. Hart co-wrote classics including “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill” and “Turn on the News.”

After Hüsker Dü broke up in 1988, Hart formed the alternative rock trio Nova Mob. He moved from behind the drum kit to playing guitar and singing. He dissolved the band in 1997 to focus on a solo career.

I interviewed Hart not long after Nova Mob released one of their albums. He was enjoying sobriety but seemed torn between his feelings about Hüsker Dü’s disbandment and moving on. I recall him taking a few shots at Bob Mould during the interview.

One of my favorite songs Hart released is the title track of 1988’s 2541 EP. The title is taken from 2541 Nicollet Avenue, the address of his former band’s rehearsal space and record label (Twin Tone), where the members had at one time lived. “2541” was later covered by Marshall Cranshaw and the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster.

Pioneer Unveils DDJ-XP1 DJ Controller & rekordbox 5.0 Update


Breaking news from Pioneer DJ. The brand have announced the upcoming release of the DDJ-XP1 DJ controller and a recordbox update.

Let’s unpack it all for you.

rekordbox 5.0, which is available now, has a new Koretech engine, featuring an improved audio, graphic and video signaling program. It’s said to be more stable, responsive and intuitive. Verison 5.0 also features advanced track analysis, faster track loading and scrolling, and a fresh GUI for easier use. The improved export feature enables you to perform with your entire music library, or restore it to your computer, using only a USB/SD device.

The DDJ-XP1 DJ controller brandishes 32 multi-colored performance pads and is designed for solo and multi-player performance via turntables to control your digital music. Create your own customized interface with intuitive, tactile control over Hot Cues, Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler, Beat Loop and the new Key Shift and Keyboard modes.

Product specs and promos videos are below.

KORETECH next-generation engine with re-examined audio/graphic/video signal processing program
Light and stable performance
Advanced track analysis
Evolved library management
Improved USB/SD export features
New GUI for easy use

32 multicoloured Performance Pads
Customisable interface
Control for Hot Cues, Pad FX, Key Shift, Keyboard mode and more
Slide FX strips
Robust structure
Non-slip rubber surface
Includes rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs licences

San Francisco DJ, Activist & Artist Bubbles Killed

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Tragic news to report. San Francisco house and techno DJ/activist/promoter Bubbles (a.k.a. Anthony Torres) was killed this morning outside the New Century strip club on Larkin and Myrtle streets.

The news was confirmed by Bubbles’ attorney Jim Reilly who told the SF Examiner: “This is a hate crime. The details are still coming out… For a transgender activist to be gunned down on [his] own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand.”

Police have yet to release suspect information.

Torres came up with the idea for his androgynous counterpart 16 years ago – not long after moving to San Francisco from Phoenix.

In a 2012 interview with SF Gate, he said, “In San Francisco you can get away with doing this. It’s an escape from every mundane day, and San Francisco allows me to do that. Bubbles is like a toy, in a way.”

More on this story as it develops.

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