Today Pioneer DJ announced the upcoming release of their HDJ-X5BT DJ headphones. The model improves upon the popular and affordable HDJ-X5 model by adding Bluetooth wireless technology that’s perfect for listening to music on the go. According to Pioneer, a three-hour charge provides about 20 hours of playback. What’s more is that the headphones are bundled with a cable, allowing DJs to plug in when they’re behind the decks at the club.
The over-the-ear headphones will be available in three colors: X5BT-K (metallic black), HDJ-X5BT-R (metallic red) and HDJ-X5BT-W (gloss white).
The HDJ-X5BT headphones hits stores in early November and will set you back around $149. Check the specs and promo video below. Continue Reading
Here’s some good news for independent artists. SoundCloud has announced it’s expanding its direct monetization program, SoundCloud Premier, which launched four years ago.
Previously an invite-only program, the program is now available to SoundCloud Pro and Pro Unlimited subscribers with “eligible content,” at no additional cost. SoundCloud is inviting creators with 5,000 plays in the past month in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands or New Zealand to participate, with plans to grow the program over time.
There are a few more caveats: Artists must be over 18 and only publish original material to be part of the program. Oh, they can’t have any copyright infringement claims against them.
Obligatory press release gush from SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor: “SoundCloud is the world’s largest open audio platform, with content from more than 20 million creators. Expanding SoundCloud Premier’s direct monetization offering from thousands, to hundreds of thousands of eligible creators is an exciting step in our commitment to empowering as many creators as possible to grow their careers first on SoundCloud.”
Friends of veteran UK DJ Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help him pay mounting medical bills. Anderson was first diagnosed with cancer in his left lung in 2011, and a CT and MRI scan this summer revealed tumors in the DJ’s brain and right lung.
According to the team behind the campaign, “In the past two weeks Paul has undergone an emergency operation to remove some of the tumour and reduce swelling and pressure to the brain, which will be followed by a course of radiotherapy. Paul now needs to seek ongoing treatment with a specialist neuro-oncology team, as well as to ensure expert aftercare, physio and rehabilitation outside of the NHS.”
“We are aiming to raise as much as possible in order to fund his healthcare.”
Anderson established himself on the late ’70s/early ’80s London scene as a tastemaker/party rocker who played everything from soul and R&B to house. His resume dates back to the earliest days of Kiss-FM, helming a mix show when it was a pirate radio station. His current condition has forced him to curtail his DJ gigs.
“Needless to say Paul may not be able to appear at most if not all of his scheduled performances. However, he is determined to try and pre-record his regular Saturday show on Mi-Soul Radio to keep the good vibes flowing.”
Donations can be made here.
Scottish DJ/producer Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) has issued an apology for being intoxicated at Love Saves The Day, a festival held in Bristol in May. According to his statement posted yesterday on Facebook, he “behaved inappropriately and offensively to staff at the event, and damaged equipment, whilst heavily intoxicated.”
Jackmaster added, “As much as this was out of character: substances are an individual’s choice, not an excuse. I have already made major changes to my lifestyle, and will continue these ongoing. Over the last few weeks I have done everything in my ability to confront and address the repercussions of my actions head-on, and apologise personally to those that I affected. This post will serve to remind me that my behaviour was unacceptable, and it is a bid to address issues in the wider events and music industries.
“I appreciate the professionalism of Love Saves the Day for taking a strong stance for their staff, whilst maintaining openness throughout.”
Love Saves The Day’s organizers issued a response shortly afterward:
We received complaints from our staff as to the behaviour of Jack at our Love Saves The Day Festival this summer. We took the complaints extremely seriously and fully investigated the incidents.
Jack met with us and representatives of the staff involved and showed genuine remorse, full responsibility for his actions plus an undertaking to ensure that his behaviour would never be repeated at any event in the future.
Our staff and family have accepted his apology and consider this matter closed, whilst reserving the right to further pursue complaints at such point in the future that we are ever aware of this behaviour being repeated.
Love Saves the Day takes the welfare if its staff and family extremely seriously and will never tolerate any unacceptable behaviour towards them, from any member the public, contractors, or artists.