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Aug 04

The Dos and Don’ts Of Becoming A Successful DJ/Producer

Clearly the electronic music field has never been so competitive. With chances at success coming and going as fast as the next fleeting sound, tomorrow's stars are resorting to some very interesting tactics, indeed. Some are great. Some are not. While an ideal approach to marketing oneself is a moving target, here are some things we know for sure.

DO: Use A Memorable, Punchy Name That People Can Find On Google

DON'T: Use Random Capitalization And Numbers And Get Upset When People Get It Wrong

DO: Cultivate Hype

DON'T: Expect You'll Be A Mystery Forever

DO: Utilize Nostalgic Cartoon Or Video Game Imagery

DON'T: Commission CGI Versions Of Yourself

DO: Strive For Originality In Your Work

DON'T: Expect People Not To Compare It To Things

DO: Ask For Feedback

DON'T: Argue That They're Wrong

DO: Craft Dynamic Productions

DON'T: Cram 10 Tracks Into One

DO: Work Toward An Optimal Output Rate

DON'T: Put Out A Half-Dozen Pieces Of Sh*t At Once

DO: Keep It Real

DON'T: Forget Where You Came From

DO: Reach Out To Relevant Websites With Personalized Emails

DON'T: Spam The Entire Internet

DO: Network As Much As You Can

DON'T: Make It Weird

DO: Offer Feedback On Others' Work

DON'T: Comment With Your Mixtape

And Most Of All, Remember This

Aug 04

Julio Bashmore Releases ‘She Ain’t,’ 3rd From Debut Album

British producer Julio Bashmore channels throwback disco funk in She Ain't, the latest release from his forthcoming debut album, Knockin' Boots.

Bashmore's latest opens with fiery vocals soon joined by a soulful melody of upbeat chords and retro synths. As with his other recent tracks, She Ain't represents a turn from the deep house style of Bashmore's earlier work as he explores the groovier elements of dance music.

She Ain't joins Holding On and title track Knockin' Boots as the third release from Bashmore's first LP, set to release Aug. 7 on Boardwalk Records. Preorder the album on iTunes here.
Julio Bashmore - She Ain't (Original Mix) [Boardwalk]
Aug 04

WATCH: Tiesto, 7UP Seek Next Top DJs In ‘Your Shot’ Series Debut

Dutch dance icon Tiesto has teamed with 7UP to discover and train America's next top DJ for a new web series titled Your Shot.

Already one of the biggest commercial supporters of dance music, 7UP is powering the 10-part, eight-week web series that will document 30 budding DJs as they compete for the opportunity to perform alongside Tiesto in Las Vegas at Hakkasan and at 7UP's Stage 7 at Ultra Music Festival 2016.

What separates Your Shot from other DJ competitions is that this web series requires no previous DJ experience--applicants need only have the desire to learn. Out of thousands of applicants, only 30 people will be selected to receive extensive training at the Your Shot Academy in Los Angeles, before eventually performing in front of a panel of judges that includes Tiesto. The group will be whittled down to six contestants, who will then travel to vegas to receive personal training from the In Search Of Sunrise man himself.

Watch the first two episodes down below now. New episodes will premiere every Monday.

Aug 04

Old-School House Music Master Todd Terry Gets ‘Sinister’ With Dim Mak Debut

Thick, funky, and club ready defines Sinister, the latest single from New York-based house legend Todd Terry, who makes his debut on Dim Mak.

Featuring dark, glitchy funk buoyed by a warped bassline and a percussive breakdown, Sinister represents somewhat of a deviation from the norm in releases from the label that is best known for its pounding mainstage anthems. If you're looking to move away from the big rooms and into some sweat-drenched underground surroundings, Todd Terry has 30-plus years of experience and is arguably one of the best to ever control those dancefloors worldwide.

Grab this massive underground house track here.
Todd Terry - Sinister (Original Mix)[Dim Mak]
Aug 04

The Chemical Brothers Drop ‘Wo Ha,’ Unreleased Track From New Album

The Chemical Brothers have released Wo Ha, a track that did not make their recently released album Born In The Echoes.

A krautrock-inspired and breakbeat-laden groove is dominated by a searing synth in the melody that clouds the entire production in an ethereal seeming fog. Similar to numerous tracks on Born In The Echoes, Wo Ha has much more happening than initially meets the ear beneath its sparse surface. In remembering all of the dance hit-making techniques of yesteryear, this cut not found on the album is a retro-fitted winner.

Stream this track below, and purchase Born In The Echoes here.