New Pioneer DJM-S9 Mixer! I’ve been holding off on buying a new mixer for quite some time now and this is definitely the next purchase. I got a chance to give this a test drive at the Playlist Retreat and I can tell you firsthand, it’s badass. 2 USB ports, adjustable tension faders and the DDJ-SP1 built in to name just a few features. Watch the videos and read about it via Pioneer. Cop it for the low low via AGI Pro DJ.
Straight Outta Compton. I’ve been waiting for this to come out with a music boner since I heard rumblings about it. How is this DJ-related? Dr. Dre is the most important DJ in the last 25 years of music. Period. What’s more? When you see Dre cutting up Hashim in the flick, the audio is none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The TSA Doesn’t Work, and It Never Has. This isn’t exactly news. If you fly with any regularity, you’ve undoubtedly wondered why you bothered graduating 8th grade when you could have just gotten a job in one of those fancy blue shirts. My favorite part is where the guy made it through a pat down with a bomb strapped to his back. Slap your forehead via The Atlantic.
Instagram Switches on Advertising API. In case you ain’t know, I just had my Facebook account disabled. No worries though, Instagram is still poppin’. Although Instagram seems to be the lead horse, expect to see a lot more ads very soon. My crystal ball says we might be jumping a shark. I recommend getting your own site to keep your content safe. via Business Insider
With No Health Benefits, DJing Can Be Risky Business. The homie Risk One just beat cancer!!! Very exciting, however, seeing a fellow DJ have a major health scare like that should make you think about how you’re protecting your future. Read about the ins and outs via Vegas Seven
The Guys Behind the “DJs Complaining” Twitter Review The Moaniest DJs. Just for fun… We all know DJs like to bitch about trivial shit. Surely their artistic contributions must be worth it. These guys check in on Chuckie. via Vice
This week Facebook put the smack down on my personal profile, saying I was “representing a brand”. Guess what? I actually AM DJ Zimmie. I had heard rumors of friends having to change their profile names to their government names. I got no such offer. When I was mysteriously logged out on all my devices, I knew something was up. I lost all my posts, photos, friends, messages, etc. They give you the option to download an archive of your photos but it’s not really in any particular order and I had all of them anyways. They also converted all my friends to “fans”, not even of my existing fan page, of a new fan page with no content.
So what now?
My website will never go anywhere. I keep backups of it and, well, it’s mine. I’ve had friends get their Facebook pages shut down, their SoundCloud accounts terminated and their Instagram profiles flagged. There’s not much you can do. Options:
Join my mailing list in the box on the right side of this page. I send out 6-12 newsletters a year, each one with free music, show info and more. I won’t share your email address.
LIKE my Facebook fan page. If you’re unaware of how fan pages work, Facebook wants page owners to pay to get their posts seen. (When you’re a publicly traded company and nobody buys ads, you have to make money somehow). To increase my visibility in your feed, click the LIKE button, wait a second then click it again to show a menu to “Add to Interest Lists”. You can also click “Get Notifications” and you will get notified whenever I post.
I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. Every year it gets harder and harder to be seen in the fog of the internet and social media. There’s a key message at 1:33…
I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to just have the drums disappear in the middle of a rap song, but, they’re not a DJ. To keep the party moving, I added the drums back in. I swear you’ll get a much better reaction now when you play these for your trap queen. (Click the image for the free download)
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I know right now you’re saying “DJ Zimmie, we love your articles about DJing but this doesn’t sound like it’s about DJing…” Au contraire, mon frère! Any successful DJ career is chock-full of email work. In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to spend more time each week doing email work than actually DJing (laughs and cries at same time). Any DJ making moves will tell you that they might easily receive 50-100 emails a day. But regardless of how many emails you do or don’t receive a day, knowing what do with those emails and how to create new ones is key to your business, whatever that business may be. Also, if your emails aren’t business-related, handling personal emails properly is really just the right thing to do and will make everyone pull their hair out less.
“But DJ Zimmie, WHY are you writing an article about email?” Great question. Despite email being one of the most common forms of personal and business communication for the last two decades, many people have absolutely no idea how to use it properly. In this article I’ll discuss some common misconceptions about email as well as tips to use it properly and things to avoid. Even if you’re not a DJ, using email properly can help grow your business or at least let people know you have the most basic levels of common human courtesy.
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Step One: Checking Your Email
Rule numero uno: Check your email once a day. Stop. Read that again. Check your email once a day. (at least) Do you have a phone? Do you ever go a day without checking it? JUST PRETEND THAT IT’S THE SAME THING! Email is a form of communication. If you checked your email as obsessively as you checked Facebook, I wouldn’t be writing this. Even on Sundays, when I do zero work, I still skim email subject lines just in case there’s some kind of emergency. There rarely is one and I usually don’t open any emails. That doesn’t mean I didn’t see them and they won’t get answered first thing Monday. (I don’t roll on Shabbas.)
Now that you’ve opened your Inbox, actually read each email.
Remember when you got your first email? Holy shit. You couldn’t believe the technology existed for your aunt to tell you about her cat from 3 states away AND enclose a photo of said cat. You read each email like it was a love letter from a girl in 8th grade. As you got more emails, you read them less and less until eventually you just skimmed them and barely responded. If you did respond, it was one sentence and minimal effort. (We’ll get to replying in just a minute.)
Why read each email? Because someone took the time to write it and had a reason to do so. Don’t read it like it’s the credits in a Marvel movie and you’re looking for funny names, actually read it. Now comes the work…
(This is how I picture you acting when you see emails…)
Step Two: Replying To Emails
This is THE key part of this article. You have to reply to emails. I know, it’s hard to believe that other people are trying to get things done (Portland, I’m staring right at you), but, some of those people are waiting for your reply to advance their projects (and probably their lives). It’s like someone said “Knock Knock”, you made eye contact and then just walked away. They’re on hold until you come back and say “Who’s there?!”
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This is a very visual DJ news. Lots happening with videos to match.
We Are Not Your Friends: If you haven’t seen it, disbelieved it and mocked it yourself yet, Zac Efron “stars” in a movie about a guy fed who is up with fixing houses and decides he’s going to make the big leap to becoming an EDM DJ. (Before watching the trailer, hide all sharp objects just in case you get the urge to kill yourself.) Then watch my favorite parody HERE.
DJ Shot Dead for Not Playing Request: To be honest, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a headline yet of “DJ shoots someone dead for requesting song”. via UKF
Steve Aoki Being Sued for Breaking a Girl’s Neck: Unfortunately it’s for jumping on a raft on top of her head, not from headnod beats. via Billboard
“Grandmaster” Jay Fails at Redemption: Remember the guy who faked that he could DJ to represent the shit DJ product Beamz? Neither do I. After receiving a ton of hate, he decided to set the record straight and show off his skills, which proved to be minimal. Watch the video via Complex.
Skrillex Academy: If you haven’t seen Whiplash, check it out, it’s a good flick. (This isn’t really news, it’s just funny and I enjoy busting on space bar pushers.)
7 years strong, “You Gots To Grill” is the essential soundtrack for your backyard BBQs. Inspired by the cookout in Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” video, it delivers a perfectly marinated mix of hip-hop, funk, soul, samples and a few new flavors to keep the party on till the break of dawn. Put a fresh crease in your khaki suit and make yourself a plate.
Shout out to my ace Dave Fogg and the Mad Decent crew for releasing this mix on their Mad Decent World Wide Radio podcast.
Diamonds & Denim
7 pm / Market Square / Pittsburgh, PA
For the second year in a row I’m DJing this great fundraiser to help the work of the Children’s Miracle Network. If you’d like to have a great time and support an excellent cause, please join me for this celebration.
The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary is excited to announce its second annual celebration, Diamonds & Denim on Market Square, Saturday evening, June 20, 2015, in Market Square. Proceeds from Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital.
This event will feature a unique mix of casual sophistication and support for pediatric transplant patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Diamonds & Denim on Market Square will sparkle with good friends, delectable food, and captivating entertainment as the Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary turns on all of its charm with the help of downtown Pittsburgh. Your participation will help make it all the more significant and special. This is sure to be the event of the summer and you have the opportunity to help make it one of the region’s crown jewels. More information HERE
I had an idea for a new logo but unfortunately I can’t draw a circle. Luckily, my man Matt Gondek is ace on the design tip so he was able to help out. (He’s got some fresh stuff, check him out.) I printed some fresh mini stickers through StickerApp and I’ll have some shirts on the way soon. I’m not retiring the old one, just adding a new flavor. If you see me out, ask for some!