At Dance Music Authority, we consider it a mandate to have some fun in the lab each and every day. Music and the arts are inherently cathartic, so having a little fun is good for you. The phrase “creative outlet” speaks directly to that very fact. In today’s business-driven world, however, we tend to focus our energies on achieving the desired outcome, as opposed to enjoying the actual process of creation.
Push “pause” for a moment each day to just let loose and enjoy the boundless creative options currently available. Today, you can have everything you want when it comes to music production; prices are down and quality is through the roof! There has never been a better time to download some tracks from your favorite vendor and “go off” in the lab.
Remember cue burn, scratchy crossfaders, horrible-sounding samplers with limited memory? Those are all issues of the past thanks to the technological gains made over the past decade. And yes, we are compiling a list of breakthroughs that have transpired from 2000 to present (we round up). More on that later.
Digital music is easily accessible and relatively inexpensive. Download your tracks and start mixing–that’s it. From a DJ’s vantage point, it could mean taking a few extra moments to just listen to some tracks that may be outside of your normal programming style and then try mixing those records with your regular rotation. Having some fun in the lab means just that; enjoy the process, without expectations. Musical ideas–whether for DJ battle routines or song lyrics–can manifest at any time so be ready! The key is to consistently engage in the process of creation and to have a mechanism in place to capture new musical ideas. In other words, have the tape running to emulate a live performance scenario.
It’s all at our fingertips, and we are floored by what we are hearing on the web. So hit us up and we will help spread the word about your masterpieces to the best of our ability.
Peace & happy holidays!
— The DMAclub.com Family