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DJ Tips

Five tips to mastering the ever-elusive DJ bio

By Beatport News Editors
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It’s true. We all struggle with writing about ourselves. Even I do (and I write for a living). Unfortunately, a well-crafted DJ bio is a necessary piece of the puzzle in today’s hyper-competitive booking market. Have no fear. DJ Tech Tools is here to help. In a new step-by-step guide, the SF-based community site outlines the five tips you need to craft a stellar DJ bio including focusing on what makes you unique (aka “core competency”), keeping it short and sweet, avoiding unnecessary clichés (pretty please!), hiring a friendly neighborhood ghostwriter to help, updating it annually, and more.

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Festivals

Tomorrowland: Bringing the world together over the past decade

By Natalie Wicks
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Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Tomorrowland is widely considered by both critics and fans alike to be the premier dance music festival in the world. We sent Beatport correspondent Natalie Wicks into the belly of the rave beast to find out if the legend lives on just outside the sleepy little town of Boom, Belgium.

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Music News

Watch Motor City Drum Ensemble rock Dekmantel now

By Jason Black
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Here’s one of the standout moments from Amsterdam’s recent Dekmantel festival, captured by Boiler Room. German house hero Motor City Drum Ensemble (aka Danilo Plessow), 29, delivers the goods in the muggy haze of the final day of the European event. As you’ll soon discover, he’s a rare breed endlessly pulling uncovered gems out of the bag, one after the other. Pure perfection. No doubt, he makes it look effortless as he lines up a cavalcade of house, disco, and rare groove selections that move the crowd all afternoon long.

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My Favorite Machines

Ali Love discloses his top three production tools

By Jason Black
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English-born singer-songwriter Ali Love (born Alexander Williams), 35, is perhaps best known as a member of popular house act Hot Natured alongside Hot Creations’ honchos Lee Foss and Jamie Jones. But he’s also an accomplished solo artist in his own right. His latest album P.U.M.P. is an emotive deep house excursion featuring standout cuts like “Deep Into The Night” and “Emperor.” Recently, we chatted with the burgeoning British dance artist about some of his favorite production tools over the past few years.

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Culture

Catch this random jam on a nine-foot Roland TR-909

By Beatport News Editors
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Genius Scottish collective Ray have built a nine-foot Roland TR-909 that totally works and is jam-ready. As Mixmag is currently reporting, the monolithic drum-machine model was built to help celebrate the 909′s 30th anniversary. Coming up, it’ll be installed at European festivals like Green Man and Bestival so unsuspecting attendees will be able to monkey with it themselves. The Ray crew has also rigged the giant instrument so the beats will synchronize with custom visuals.

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Music News

Jeff Mills reveals 'Emerging Crystal Universe'

By Beatport News Editors
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Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills, 51, has unveiled a new album release forthcoming on his influential Axis imprint. Although currently no release date has been announced, Emerging Crystal Universe is expected to appear this fall. The LP arrives as the eighth chapter in the techno pioneer’s Sleeper Wakes series, following 2013′s The Jungle Planet.

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Moving Pictures

Catch the origin of Flying Lotus' alter-ego Captain Murphy

By Jason Black
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Ok so we all know that Flying Lotus is cool, right? But did you know that the LA-based experimental beatmaker is so cool that he has his own cartoon character on Adult Swim? That’s right. He does and his name is Captain Murphy. Adult Swim has a new short animated film about the origins of the FlyLo alter-ego and you can check it out now.

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Weekend Weapons

Blakkat bestows his top 10 club tracks of the moment

By Jason Black
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As an original member of the multi-platinum-selling, Mercury Prize-winning British house group M People, Mark Bell, is a class act all his own. Under his underground alias Blakkat, the LA-based artist continues to push the envelope by collaborating with a multitude of artists like Doc Martin, DJ Sneak, and King Britt and recontextualizing their sound in a way that’s specific to them while keeping true to his own deep dance roots. Recently, we caught up with the accomplished DJ producer in Southern California to find out what’s moving him behind-the-decks at the moment. Here’s his current top 10 underground club tracks including standout selections from Slam, Terranova, Moodymann, Adam Port, Chiapet, and more.

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