Lena Willikens has always been an outsider. Born in the south-west German city of Stuttgart to a Hungarian architect mother and an artist father, formative childhood weekends spent in galleries and gothic churches coupled with a distinct, non-Swabian accent had her labelled "unusual" by her peers from an early age. "I was always the freak," she tells DJ Mag over Skype, half-laughing. "She's different!' She doesn't speak the same way that we speak!'"
Robots are going to change the world and they’re probably going to change dance music too, especially after it was revealed that a club in Prague installed a robot to play music to its clubbers.
According to Reuters, the arm-shaped machine selects record with a pincer and can even throw a few shapes, too.
Numark have added the NTX1000 turntable to their product line. The new deck features a heavy-weight motor, customizable functions, built-in USB and phono amp as well as up to 50% pitch control.
Back in May, we announced the debut of Best of North America awards, allowing us to highlight the hard-working acts that have helped the underground thrive in 2017.
We spent months hashing out the nominations in the office, then left it to you, our readers, to vote online.
The people have spoken. The votes tallied. Here are the first-ever winners of DJ Mag’s Best of North America Awards...
Denon DJ launched their new range of products earlier this year, with Tiësto changing his tech rider earlier this week, specifying the SC500 Media player and X1800 Mixer at all shows.
And Denon DJ’s new DJ gear represents a potential game-changer in the world of DJ technology.
The four new products aim to confront the dominance of Pioneer DJ in the booth: the SC5000 media player, Engine Prime music management system, X1800 mixer and the VL12 turntable.
The Police had to breakup a planned DJ lesson at school in Nottingham after 250 people turned up and the lesson quickly escalated into a full-blown rave.
According to a report from the Nottingham Post, the police were called to Rushcliffe School in Nottingham at around 2am on Sunday 12th March to breakup a DJ lesson that had escalated into a full-blown rave.
There is no denying that Darius Syrossian does things his own way. In the modern world, even the freshest faces in the scene have managers, PRs and social media teams all working for them. These teams orchestrate every post, every interview and every word spoken by their artist. Although it’s nice that some professionalism has come to the all-too-often lackadaisical dance world, it can all get a little too stale. Too often people keep their mouth shut in order to make friends with people in high places.
Master of the graft
Marshmello is one of the most Marmite figures in dance music. As loved by his hordes of followers, the ‘Mellogang’, as much as he garners the ire of the underground faithful that feel a novelty costume isn’t a legitimate form of artistic impression, it’s inarguable that he’s produced one of EDM’s biggest success stories since bursting onto the scene in 2015.
By now the history of electronic music and its journey into clubs, concert venues, stadiums and homes worldwide is a well-established narrative. It’s a story that typically includes the same names along the way: Giorgio Moroder here, Patrick Cowley there; Vangelis on the one hand, Derrick May on the other.