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List of DJs Donating Money to Las Vegas Victims

Diplo performing at XS Wynn Hotel Las Vegas

I lost interest in Diplo when he embarked on a musical shift to EDM and started doing stupid shit like standing on DJ tables during his sets (see photo above). While I won’t digress and give my opinion on the former and the latter, the man born Thomas Wesley Pentz deserves a pat on the back for announcing on Twitter on Saturday that he’s donating $100,000 to a GoFundMe launched by Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak and County Sheriff Joe Lombardo to help victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas.

Earlier in the week EDM act The Chainsmokers confirmed they donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe.

“My deepest sympathies are with the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families,” Diplo wrote in a statement. “It’s my hope that these events will start a long awaited and honest conversation about the importance of gun control in America. Las Vegas is my home, and it’s devestating to see this happen in such a vibrant city with an amazing community of people I consider my family.”

In addition to donating $100,000, Diplo, a resident at Wynn Las Vegas’s XS Nightclub, challenged other DJs and hotel owners to follow his lead. His message was heard loud and clear.

Kaskade promptly replied, “Count me in @diplo #VegasStrong.”

Dutch DJ Tiësto, who also has a Las Vegas residency, doubled down: “As a Las Vegas lover I do what Vegas lovers do! I double down! So I will donate 200k.”

So far over $10 million has been raised. You can contribute to the fund here.

October 11 update: Hakkasan Group has announced a Benefit Concert to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. In response to the recent tragedy, the Las Vegas-based company will look to bring the industry together to raise funds for families and victims affected by this devastating event. With tickets starting at $30 and VIP tables available for purchase, all proceeds will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims Fund via the Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) which will take no fees or operating costs for their help in distributing relief to the victims.

Image by Danny Mahoney

Remembering Bay Area Icon DJ Stef

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Stephanie Ornelas, better known as DJ Stef, passed away at her San Francisco home on Sunday morning. According to reports, she suffered a heart attack. She was 55.

Ornelas grew up in the Bay Area, attending Concord’s Mt. Diablo High School and San Francisco State University. In the ’90s she founded Vinyl Exchange, a fanzine for record collectors and crate diggers. A talented graphic designer, she was passionate about music and spreading the word both online and in print.

Ornelas had just finished a third-Saturday summer residency at Drake’s Dealership in Uptown Oakland.

There’s been an outpouring of love for Stef on social media, including reflections from El-P, Prince Paul and DJ Z-Trip.

Swiss Techno Duo ME & her Disband

ME & her at Kitty Su Mumbai

Swiss techno duo ME & her have called it quits. The pair, who released tracks on OFF Recordings, Get Physical Music, Clarisse Records, Deeperfect, Hottrax and Suara, announced their disbanding on Facebook.

During their time together the Zurich-based twosome comprised of Phuong and Jen traveled the world, spinning at top clubs and festivals. They kept a tour diary of their whirlwind first tour of India for Big Shot, hitting Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad.

This past summer Jen launched her own label, Cyborgs in Love, a platform for both her solo experimental techno project YENI and new talent. Big Shot premiered DJ Emerson’s apocolyptic remix of Swiss producer John Haden’s brilliant “Different World.”

Read on for the full statement.

As most of you guys already noticed. It has been pretty quiet around us the last few weeks. After some discussions about the future of ME & her we decided to split up to focus on our solo projects (Jen as DJ YENI & Phuong as MYLE)! We want to thank everyone who were supporting us throughout the last years. To our bookers, labels, dj friends, promoters and mostly our followers and dancers, without u guys it wouldn’t be possible! We fell, we stood up, we laughed, we cried, we shared so many moments together and no one can take these memories from us as it will always remain in our hearts! But it’s time to move on, so we are excited to start our next chapter.
One Love
Jen & Phuong

Top image: ME & her spinning at Kitty Su Mumbai, 2015

List of 2017 DJ Awards Winners Doesn’t Totally Suck

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Are award shows necessary? Not in my view, because they don’t reflect reality. Firstly, art is subjective. Secondly, just because x sells (or has more social media followers) than y doesn’t make it artistically better. Thirdly, who gives a fuck?

Don’t tell that to the DJ Awards, a nonprofit group who presented their 20th edition last night at new White Isle venue of the moment HÏ Ibiza.

Were there any surprises at the ceremony? No, not really.

EDM-er Hardwell took home a pair of awards and accolades were given to all the usual suspects: Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Armin Van Buuren. Detroit legend Marshall Jefferson received an award in the comically broad category of Electronic Music Producer and Adam Beyer’ s Drumcode won label of the year. South Africa’s Black Coffee (pictured above) won the Deep House category.

Drum ‘n’ bass, ambient, experimental and a ton of other sub genres were completely ignored. But hey, that’s how it goes with events like this. Full list of winners is below.

2017 DJ Awards Winners

Bass
Hannah Wants

Big Room House
Hardwell

Deep House
Black Coffee

Downtempo & Eclectic
Todd Terje

Electronic Live Performer
Richie Hawtin

House
Claptone

Tech House
Luciano

Techno
Carl Cox

Trance
Armin Van Buuren

Breakthrough
Solardo

International DJ
Hardwell

Newcomer
Bontan

Additional awards:

Dance Nation – Romania
Eco Awards – Oceanic Global
Electronic Music Pioneer – Marshall Jefferson
Ibiza Dj (2 Winners) – Graham Sahara / Paul Reynolds
Ibiza Music Event – Pure Carl Cox
Ibiza Night – Elrow Ibiza
International Festival – Dimensions Festival
Producer – Dennis Cruz
Record Label Of The Year – Drumcode
Track Of The Season – Cola (Camelphat & Elderbrook)
20th Anniversary Award – Dj Alfredo

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Carl Cox accepted his award via video

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Marshall Jefferson accepting his award

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Luciano won for tech-house DJ

Images by Andrei Oprescu

Android Version of WeDJ App Hits Google Play

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DJing on the go is fun. But after Pioneer DJ introduced their WeDJ app for iOS last November, it left Android users in the dark.

Today the company finally announced the release of WeDJ for Android.

The app boasts all of the features found in the iOS version and allows you to DJ on your mobile device wherever your heart desires.

WeDJ for Android is available on Google Play for free, with an introductory in-app price of €0.89 (roughly US$1.05) until October 9, 2017. From then on, the in-app billing price will be the regular price of €1.89 (roughly US$2.23).

Full list of features below.

KEY FEATURES OF WeDJ for Android on Google Play
Colourful animated user interface for easy and fun music mixing

It’s easy to start mixing music with WeDJ, even if you have no experience. The display’s colourful, intuitive layout gives you visual feedback, making it easy to learn the basics of DJing. When you tap each button or scratch with the jog, you’ll see the corresponding animation. Plus, the colour of the waveforms and jog wheels change according to the colour of the album cover image, so you can easily keep track of what’s playing on each deck.

Performance features enable endless creativity
Make your sets unique with WeDJ’s EQs, Hot Cues, loops and sampler. You can add more texture to the music by tapping on the Pad FX pads, and with Combo FX you can blend two effects by tracing your finger on the x and y axes on the display. Two of these features can be displayed at the same time on each deck, so you can create different sounds without switching performance panels. You can display these two functions simultaneously on one deck, and can add a variety of arrangements without switching the screen2.

DDJ-WeGO4 support for tactile control
The DDJ-WeGO4 controller is the ideal partner to WeDJ. When connected, the WeDJ display changes to a dedicated interface that’s optimised for use with the hardware. You can enjoy tactile control of WeDJ’s features by touching the DDJ-WeGO4’s jog wheels, faders and knobs. Everything you control, as well as waveforms and track information, will be shown on the screen of your Android device.
Flexible layout
Choose your preferred layout from the three options:
Two jog wheels
Enlarged horizontal waveforms
Enlarged vertical waveforms

Other features
Automix – Tap the Automix button and WeDJ will automatically mix in the next track before the end of the track that’s playing
Record – Capture your performances within the WeDJ app
On-board Loopmasters samples
Layout choice – Select the screen size most suitable for your Android device

WeDJ system requirements
Version: Android 4.4 or after3

1 Involves in-app billing
2 Applicable only for the tablet mode
3 Compatibility with all Android devices is not guaranteed, regardless of software version