Jay-Z sat down with Dean Baquet and did NOT hold back. It was a refreshingly revealing interview from someone usually so closed from the modern world of Tweeting anything and everything about your life. He speaks candidly about his family, cheating on his wife, his friendship with Kanye, and about race and his mother. We pick out the best bits from the interview, plus post the full 35 minute video!
Virtual DJ 8 users can nows spin with their own custom lights shows thanks to a new SoundSwitch update.
SoundSwitch, the software / hardware solution that syncs DMX lighting with DJ software, just received a huge update that grants it compatibility with Virtual DJ 8. Now at version 1.5, it lets Virtual DJ 8 users create their own custom lighting effects when running the SoundSwitch app in tandem with Virtual DJ 8 and using light fixtures connected to the SoundSwitch hardware box.
Previously, SoundSwitch only worked with Serato DJ. Adding Virtual DJ 8 to its compatibility list will open up the product to even more users, particularly mobile and professional DJs who are one of the fiercest Virtual DJ supporters. Coincidentally, it’s these mobile / pro jocks who stand to benefit the most from the customised light show promise of SoundSwitch. We can’t wait to try it – watch out for our review of SoundSwitch soon.
• SoundSwitch 1.5 is now available. Check the SoundSwitch site for more details.
Serato just announced an update to Serato DJ that includes macOS High Sierra compatibility and support for the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime, X1800 Prime, and Mixars Quattro mixer.
Serato just announced an update to its Serato DJ software. Now at version 1.9.10, it adds compatibility with macOS High Sierra, the latest operating system for Mac users. It also brings Official Serato Accessory support for the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime media player, along with Serato DJ and Serato DVS compatibility with the Denon DJ X1800 Prime mixer. Support for the Mixars Quattro mixer is also included in the update.
This comes hot on the heels of Denon DJ announcing a firmware update that allows the SC5000 Prime to read USB drives with music prepared via Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox software. And of course this is great news for Serato DJ users who have been holding off on updating their Macs – as always, make sure that both your DJ software and DJ hardware are compatible before doing the update.
• Serato DJ 1.9.10 is now available. Check the Serato DJ site for more details.
CREDIT: By Yoh, aka Yoh The Profound, aka @Yoh31
The magnetism of curiosity arrested JAY-Z’s attention. In a building big enough to be considered a colosseum by ancient Roman standards, his eye was caught.
Throughout his performance on the Atlanta stop of his 4:44 Tour, Jay had been the momentary center of our universe. Yet, something in the distance transfixed the man who held a near-capacity arena spellbound. My eyes roamed from the stage where he stood to where his eyes stared, and I saw a golden trombone held toward the heavens. It was surreal watching as the trombone moved closer to the stage, per a request made by Hov himself. To the sound of applause, a random man looked out toward the crowd, trombone in hand, standing beside one of hip-hop’s greatest.
During ComplexCon, celebrated artist-of-all-trades Pharrell Williams and the rest of N.E.R.D sat down for an interview with Scott Vener in the OTHERtone studio, where Pharrell expressed just how much he fucking hates “Hot-n-Fun.”
DGTL Amsterdam has announced the artists set to provide the vibes at the NDSM Docklands over Easter weekend 2018. Jeff Mills, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Honey Dijon and Recondite are among those on the line-up.
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Dax J, DVS1, Maya Jane Coles, Hot Since 82, Laurent Garnier, Floating Points, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Âme II Âme, Amelie Lens, CC: Disco! and Damian Lazarus are also stand-outs among the 70+ artists set to perform 30th March through 1st April 2018.
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