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The 5th Annual 2017 Global Spin Awards (GSA) was nothing short of amazing. It was created by Director Shawn Prez to highlight and celebrate the industry’s pioneer DJs for all their hard work, and dedication to their craft. More importantly, this awards ceremony is dedicated to drawing attention to what DJs and their line of work does for the culture.”It feels great to honor people that don’t normally get recognized or honored, so to put on an event that recognizes DJs exclusively, it feels good,” said Prez.

Many people do not realize that the role of a DJ has become very dynamic. DJs are making records, creating albums, opening businesses, helping people’s careers, but most importantly, they bring all the fun and entertainment. Hot 97’s DJ Camilo said, “I like the hustle of being a DJ, its a 24 hour job.” Camilo adds, “From radio, to night clubs, and apps there so much we do, but my favorite part of what we do is entertaining the people.”

Source: The 2017 Global Spin Awards Honors Hip-Hop’s Top DJs – TheHypeMagazine

Record Store Day

Record Store Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)








Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 18thTo celebrate Warner Bros. Records (an official sponsor of Record Store Day), has an impressive series of vinyl albums, singles, T-shirts and more exclusively available for this year’s Best Day Ever!  After all, RSD is a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 1,000 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of stores around the globe.

JUST ANNOUNCED: For those of you in the Phoenix, AZ area, Built To Spill will perform live in-store at Zia Records on Camelback TODAY at noon for free in celebration of Record Store Day. Details as follows:

Built To Spill In-Store Performance

Noon on 4/18/2015

Zia Records on Camelback

1850 W. Camelback

Phoenix AZ 85015


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Our very special, limited-edition, Record Store Day exclusive sonic delights and delightful curios are described below:

Ben LeeBig LoveBlack Vinyl 7″ single

Limited to 3000 copies

Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee celebrates his Warner Bros. Records debut release with an exclusive RSD 7″ single comprised of a brand new track from his forthcoming album, LOVE IS THE GREAT REBELLION, to be released in the U.S. on June 2nd.  B-Side, “Follow That Feeling” is an exclusive non-album track.  

Big Data: Dangerous – Black Vinyl 7″ Single

Limited to 2000 copies

Side-A:  Dangerous Side-B: Dangerous (Oliver Remix)

This exclusive floppy disc inspired 7″ vinyl features Big Data’s chart-topping hit “Dangerous (feat. Joywave),” alongside the HypeMachine favorite “Dangerous (Oliver Remix).” The paranoia-inflected electronic pop track was performed on Late Night Seth Meyers and has won Big Data the acclaim of Rolling Stone, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc., and will be featured on the band’s debut album 2.0, out March 24

Built To Spill: Untethered MoonAlbum on Transparent Blue or Black Vinyl.

Transparent Blue Limited to 500 copies

Untethered Moon is the first Built To Spill album recorded with new band members Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), who join guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch. BTS’s creative process continues to ebb, flow and evolve in its own orbit, reemerging on record for the first time since 2009’s There Is No Enemy with ten new songs that fit at once into the band’s resonant catalog while infusing fresh energy into that signature sound. The transparent blue vinyl will be randomly distributed into the initial run of pressings. This is the first chance to buy Untethered Moon just for RSD as the CD and digital editions will be released on April 21st.

Echosmith: Acoustic Dreams EP   – White Colored Vinyl 12″

Limited to 3000 copies 

Acoustic Dreams EP is a Record Store Day exclusive comprised of four acoustic versions of songs from their wildly popular debut album Talking Dreams, including their hit song “Cool Kids”, plus one additional song exclusive to this collection, “Terminal.”

The Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic Era EP’s: Series of Three Colored Vinyl 10″ Vinyl 

Bad Days – on Solid White & Transparent Green & Transparent Yellow Mixed Vinyl

This Here Giraffe –  on Clear & Solid Orange Mixed Vinyl

Brainville – on Solid Yellow Vinyl

Limited to 5000 copies each                                

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the critically worshipped Clouds Taste Metallic, The Flaming Lips 7th studio album originally released in 1995. THE LIPS love RSD and to celebrate, they offer a series three Limited Edition 10″ EP’s on different colored vinyl that contain tracks previously released on only CD overseas…until now. These rarities will now become available for the first time EVER in any format in the US. Later in the year the band will be releasing expanded anniversary editions of Clouds Taste Metallic  with previously unreleased recordings from the sessions including demos, outtakes, radio sessions, live performances and more. Further details to be announced soon. Until then, feast on this



Bad Days (Edit) & She Don’t Use Jelly (Primitive Demos)           


Girl With Hair Like An Explosion (Non LP Track), Giraffe (Demo)        



This Here Giraffe & Jets Part 2 – My Two Days As An Ambulance Driver (Live Peel Session Version)


Life On Mars (Bowie) (Live Peel Session Version)    



Brainville & Evil Will Prevail          



The Flaming Lips:  Brainville  – Yellow Slim Fit  T-Shirt

Limited Edition

Record Store Day Exclusive Fashion Statement to celebrate THE LIPS 1995 EP. 100% cotton, printed on front and back. You will weep with joy.

The Flaming Lips:  These Clouds Are Real  – Orange Slim Fit T-Shirt

Limited Edition

Records Store Day Exclusive Clouds Taste Metallic T-shirt. 100% cotton, printed on front and back.

20 years in the making!

Mastodon: Atlanta  – 12″ Vinyl Picture Disc

Limited to 3500 copies

The mighty Mastodon lavishly present “Atlanta,” previously available online only via Adult Swim’s Single Series. Now available on full-sized, eye-popping picture disc featuring the stunning artwork by Mastodon’s Brent Hinds. “Atlanta” features vocals from Gibby Haynes from Butthole Surfers. Side-B is an instrumental version of “Atlanta.” exclusive to this release. As previously announced, Don’t miss Mastodon on tour this spring as part of THE MISSING LINK TOUR with Clutch, Graveyard and Big Business

The Prodigy: Ibiza – Glow In The Dark 7″ Vinyl Single

Limited to 1500 copies

The Prodigy are back! This limited edition Record Store Day Exclusive package includesa non-album instrumental release of “Ibiza” and the single “Ibiza” feat. Sleaford Mods from The Prodigy’s forthcoming 6th studio album The Day Is My Enemy, to be released in the U.S. on March 30th, 2015 via Three Six Zero Music/Warner Bros. Records.

Tracks: Side A – “Ibiza” feat. Sleaford Mods. Side B – “Ibiza” (non-album exclusive)

Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians Vinyl Double-LP

Limited Edition (# of pressings n/a)

Nonesuch re-issues the Steve Reich masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians, performed by Steve Reich and Musicians, on two 180-gram vinyl LPs. The alum was pressed at Pallas Manufacturing in Diepholz, Germany and is packaged in a vintage-style double pocket gatefold jacket with poly sleeves. The original 1998 recording was released on CD and has been mastered for vinyl by Robert C. Ludwig. Each limited-edition record will be individually numbered.

Robert Plant: More Roar – Black Vinyl 10″ EP

Limited to 10,000 copies

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records releases three tracks recorded live during Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters World Tour 2014: Side A is “Turn It Up” / “Arbaden” and side B is “Poor Howard” and “Whole Lotta Love (Medley)”

Tegan and Sara: Live at Zia Records – DC & Vinyl album – Aqua Blue, 4500 copies & Grimace Purple, 500 copies as a ZIA Records Exclusive

Limited to 4500 & 500 copies respectively

On Tuesday September 10, 2013, Tegan and Sara recorded the music featured on this Record Store Day exclusive at ZIA Record Exchange in Phoenix, Arizona. This special LP includes tracks from their most recent release, Heartthrob (2013) and their hit album The Con (2007). Pick up a limited edition grimace purple vinyl from ZIA Records locations only – 500 units available. Tegan and Sara’s 14-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta.

Tegan and Sara: Vendiagram Tote Bag:  Limited Edition RSD Exclusive

Let’s face it, you’re gonna need something to carry around all the vinyl you’re getting on RSD. Thankfully,  Tegan And Sara and have thought about that already so you don’t have to. Made from 6 ounce, 100% cotton canvas,  15″ x 16″ to hold all your exclusives. Thank You, Tegan And Sara!

The Used:  Shallow Believer –  Royal Blue Colored Vinyl Album

Limited to 3000 copies

Shallow Believer is a compilation of B-sides from the band’s first three studio albums, recorded between 2001-2007. Released digitally in 2008, the album peaked at #13 on the iTunes albums chart. This is the album’s first ever physical release

But wait there’s more: We will offer a full line of Exclusive T-Shirts to compliment Record Store Day 2015 experience. You’re gonna like the way you look… in these:

33 1/3  Beats Slim Fit Black T-Shirt

33 1/3 Beats Juniors Black T-Shirt    

All Seeing Record Slim Fit Black T-Shirt

Music Festival Vinyl Slim Fit White T-Shirt

Hardcore RSD Slim Fit Black T-Shirt

Love RSD Slim Fit Gray T-Shirt

About Record Store Day:

Record Store Day is managed by the Department of Record Stores and organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), celebrating the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.

For more about Record Store Day, please visit

Source: Warner Bros. Records

DJ A-Tron


Celebrity DJ, DJ A-Tron born Aaron Williams in South Central Los Angeles, CA  is one of the hottest DJs on the market doing parties and events with everyone from A-list celebrity kids, to hip-hop’s hottest artists including A$AP Rocky, Rich Homie Quan, Nipsey Hussle, & many more. The 21 year old has strong online following with over 80K followers on his verified Twitter, and hundreds of thousands of listens on his Soundcloud , where he debuts his infamous mixes. Hes featured in LA Weekly as the “Party Starting Twerk King of LA”, and in XXL as “One of LA’s most popular function DJ’s”.  With his notorious mixes, and “ratchet” and “twerk” music influences, A-Tron is one of the front-runners for the resurgence of the west coast hip-hop scene.

What is the significance of your name and how did you get that name? 

My name is inspired by the 1982 movie Tron, which was before my time. It’s one of my favorite movies to date. Tron was a computer program, and my DJ’ing reflects the digital age that we live in.  A is the first letter of my government name, and when I combined it all together, I got A-Tron.

Describe your style?

My style entails a lot of looping, sampling, and blends. I take full advantage of my DJ software Serato but at the same time, I use my turntablism skills to bring the new and old together. My father got me turntables at a young age and pushed  me to have old school skills. In high school, my uncle got me Serato, and that changed how I DJ completely.

What was the first record you start scratching and mixing on the turntables?

My family had a big record collection so I would play around with  Michael Jackson’s records, but the first record on wax I brought myself and really spinned on my table was  50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin”. That thang still bangs.

READ MORE: On the ones and twos with DJ A-Tron.

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Dj Ball Presents – The Knew Me Cypher

Posted: August 1, 2013 by realjdobypr in News
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Cleveland’s got BARZ!!! Check out this cypher presented by DJ Ball on The 1’s & 2’s!

Featuring Shuicide Holla, Mookie Motonio, Young Shon, Crazy8TheGreat, & Syxx L.E.M. (Filmed By MEDGERY) And This Is Just A Preview Of So Of The Artist That are Going To On His Mixtape / Album So Make Sure You Get Your Copy August 27th 2013 Dj Ball The Most In-Creditable III The Knew Me

Check out this Exclusive Footage As DJ Envy and DJ Steel Interview Rocko on the SiriusXm Radio Show HipHopNation. Rocko Talk’s About His Label, HisArtist Future and his new project “Gift Of Gab”2


New Interview Update: @DjEnvy Talk’s With @Rocko4Real Live On @Siriusxm / @HipHopNation –  (3-21) S/o to @DjSteel1

INTERVIEW WITH DJ AXIS POWERS @djaxispowers | The Hype Magazine 24/7 News

SXSW 2013 was an amazing happening this year!  The Hype Magazine was on hand to catch some of the hottest events and grabbed some interviews with folks making it HAPPEN in the industry.  For real Hip Hop heads, the night with DJ Axis Powers on the wheels of steel at the Empire was one to remember.  A noted battle DJ and a member of Shinobi Ninja one of the hottest hip-rock groups I have ever seen, I HAD to snatch an interview with this cat!

I have always been amazed at the skillz of the real DJ but I have to admit, DJ Axis Powers is not only an extremely talented DJ but he is a consummate showman AND a modern day representer of the day when the DJ WAS the EMCEE and that title was held only by the DJ and not the rapper.

Of all the SXSW events, I witnessed, DJ Axis Powers and Shinobi Ninja were the best of the best to me and I SAW some legends too like George Clinton, Talib, CL Smooth, etc…all at the Empire located at 6th and Red River in Austin.  If you hit a venue during SXSW or visit Austin, that is the spot to be!!!   I am sure you will find DJ Axis in the house and The Hype Magazine is declaring this venue as our Austin Headquarters…Check the interview!

Who is DJ  Axis and where are you from?

I am the “turntablist assassin” for Shinobi Ninja a band representing Brooklyn, NY.  I was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in New Jersey.

What is the significance of your name and how did you get that name?

My full stage name is DJ Axis Powers.  My father is German and my mother is Japanese.  During World War II my relatives served in the German and Japanese armies.  The armies represented something truley negative during that time.  Most of my father’s mother’s brothers were killed in action and my mother’s father survived only because he was an engineer and wasn’t in combat.  I am determined to change the connotation of the name Axis Powers.  To be the “Axis of Good” by bringing joy to people through the power of music.

Describe your style?

I would describe my style as energy, courage, and power.  Whether I’m rocking with Shinobi Ninja, scratching in a battle, or mixing in a club, I’m going 110%.  I always try to bring as much energy to a performance as possible.  You can’t touch peoples lives if you are not being sincere so I find it very important to have the courage to be the best version of yourself and not to put on fronts.  To connect with an audience is a powerful thing.  When a crowd responds to a performance I feel there is this amazing moment of unity between the atrist and audience that creates a very positive energy that brings joy to everyone.  This kind of positivity makes the world a better place.  To me this is why music is a very important.

What was the first record you start scratching and mixing on the turntables?

DJ Rectangle Battle Breaks (white vinyl) was the first record I used to learn basic scratches like  “Baby” and “Transformer” scratches.  Some of my first vinyls were: Brand Nubian “Slow Down,” LL Cool J “Around The Way Girl,” and EPMD “You Gots to Chill” 12 inch singles.

You have experience as a Battle DJ, can you tell us the difference in that and other types of performance DJing?

Battling can be very intense.  You only have one shot and all eyes are on you.  Your only focus is taking out your opponent(s) by winning over the crowd.  There is no room for error.  A record skip could be the difference between victory and defeat.  Because it is so intense I feel battling is the best training for performing as a dj.  That is why some of the top battle DJs in the world get amazing opportunities to perform such as: DJ Atrak with Kanye West, DJ Enferno with Madonna, DJ Lord with Public Enemy, and DJ Roc Raida (RIP) with Busta Rhymes, just to name a few.

via INTERVIEW WITH DJ AXIS POWERS @djaxispowers | The Hype Magazine 24/7 News.


Celebrity Model and DJ Nicole Chen with Paris Hilton

Nicole Chen

Singapore – Celebrity model and DJ Nicole Chen and her associated record label responded to allegations that she took credit for another DJs unauthorized remix. Italian DJ Allessandro Vinai has accused Chen of taking credit for his bootleg remix of Niki Minaj’s “Pound the Alarm” according to’s “Showbiz” page. (Ang, 2012)

In a November 9, 2012 article by Benson Ang of Singapore based “The New Paper,” Allessandro Vinai admitted to stealing and creating a “bootleg” mix of the song “Pound the Alarm” by Cash Money Records artist Nicki Minaj. Vinai later accused Chen, a well known international DJ and remixer, of stealing his admittedly stolen mix.

Vinai brazenly uploaded a YouTube video showing him creating his stolen mix and then posted it on his Facebook page.

In a message to The New Paper, Chen responded, “There is absolutely no truth to the alleged accusations of me plagiarizing anybody’s work.” She continued “I am currently seeking legal advice and will reserve further comment till then.”

Chen is a former beauty queen and was crowned Miss Earth Singapore in 2007. Since that time, she has earned a reputation as a first-class DJ and has performed at festivals across asia. In October of 2012 during an event in Bangkok, Thailand, Chen was photographed with American Socialite Paris Hilton. Paris Hilton joined Chen in the DJ booth during the event. There are talks of Chen and Hilton teaming up for Hilton’s DJ world premier. The attack by Vinai has unfairly created shadows of a negative light on the international DJs character.

via Celebrity DJ Nicole Chen Responds to Plagiarism Accusations by Italian Remixer – Yahoo! Voices –


Da’ Hitman is one of the South’s most influential Mixtape and Touring DJs…with multiple RIAA certified Gold Records, his name and mixes bring instant respect to artists blessed by his real DJ skills.  Enjoy!

So You Want to Be a DJ? – Culture – GOOD

Posted: March 5, 2012 by realjdobypr in #DJ
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So You Want to Be a DJ? – Culture – GOOD.

This post is in partnership with Pepsi Refresh Project

Imagine: There’s a crowd of people in front of you, and they’re all grooving to your sounds. And it’s all because you’re mixing and beat matching in perfect harmony with the mood. Sound appealing? Maybe you’re meant to be a DJ.

Don’t be daunted by getting started; even the biggest names had to take first steps. Like global phenomenon Paul van Dyk, a Grammy-winning DJ who’s played before millions (check out his newest album, Evolution, coming out later this year). “In the beginning I mixed mixtapes just for myself and some friends,” he says. “One of my friends actually passed one of those tapes onto a promoter, and that’s how I got my first gig. So it was somewhat by accident.” Or Markus Schulz, one of the top ten DJs in the world (his latest album, Thoughts Become Things II dropped July 1), who as a teen break dancer, one day set up a party with his crew and ended up playing the whole time.

It’s an amazing gig, if you can get it. “When you walk in to perform, no matter how long you’ve been doing it, you always get a thrill,” says Schulz. “It’s about being able to hold a crowd fixed for an entire night, with the musical journey you’re taking them on. It’s a great feeling!”

Borrowing from the pros, here are some tips and tricks for making like a master DJ, whether you’re mixing for a packed club, or to pump up your friend’s birthday party.

Get Set Up

Try a software program like Virtual DJ that mixes your chosen mp3 songs; you’ll just need a laptop, mixer, and sound system to start. From there, upgrade to two turntables to go with your mixer and add in a system like Serato that lets you access all your digital files (no more lugging around creates of records or CDs), matches beats, loops songs, and has other nice tricks.

Find Your Sound

Let’s be specific here. As Schulz says, “Find your sound. Not the one everyone else around is playing, not the one all your mates are necessarily talking about, but the one that speaks to you. You can be an exceptional DJ, but if you’re doing what every other one on your block is doing, you’ll only rise up a certain part of the way. It’s about passion.” ‘Nuff said.

Cultivate Yourself

What kinds of traits are helpful for DJs? DJ Apryl Reign, who won a 2010 Pepsi Refresh to teach youth how to DJ and beat match at Elementz, lays it out: “Deep knowledge of great music, great crowd pleasing skills, a good sense of humor, and a desire to push yourself to the next level.”

Go Out and Play!

Get out the word on Facebook, among friends, at any party you attend that you’re willing to play—for free, to start. Ask around at restaurants, do house parties, sign up for open turntable nights at cafés where you sign up for half-hour slots. Above all, practice, practice, practice!

Have a Good Time

No one wants to see a downer DJ, no matter how good the music. Rob Roster (a.k.a DJ Motiv) Portland, Oregon is a full-time contractor by day, DJ whenever he can by night. “Convey energy and excitement; you want people to say, ‘This guy’s digging it,’” says Roster. “The money doesn’t cover the practice, prep, and equipment until you’re big time, so the payoff is someone telling you at the end that you rocked.”

Bottom Line?

As van Dyk says, “If you would like to become a DJ you should first of all ask yourself ‘Why?’ If the answer is anything else than ‘Because I love music,’ there is no need for you.”

Read more from the GOOD Guide to Arts and Culture here.

Da' Hitman says: No Wack DJs AllowedAmong the current members of the Hip Hop DJ royal family is one of the South’s most prolific mixtape and touring masters of the mix and his name is…Da’ Hitman.  With multiple RIAA certified gold records and having hosted mixtapes for some of the new music elite, this Hip Hop celebrity mixer stays true to the real calling of the title. Da’ Hitman breaks records, gives artists the needed exposure to new fans and uses his radio platform as well as his social media presence like a true magician.

Music Industry changes have created a niche for DJs who specialize in the new version of the album…Mixtapes.  While there are several divisions of mixtapes, i.e. celebrity hosted compilations and single artist projects hosted by the mixing DJ, the overall effect is the same, Long Play (LP) albums are making a return albeit in a different format.

DJs who specialize in producing mixtapes and spinning live mixes to audiences are once again being considered music industry royalty.  Real DJs paying homage to the creators of the mix, cut and scratch elements of Hip Hop are now the one’s breaking records…again.

I was blessed to have Da’ Hitman carve out some time and give me one of the best interviews I have conducted with a Hip Hop personality in quite some time.

Who are your musical influences and why? As a DJ I give credit to Kool DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, Funkmaster Flex – the DJs that kept me glued to a radio growing up.  I think I get my drive to be the first to break a record from their shows. They always broke new records and that was their draw (for me).  I would also have to mention Kid Kapri, Jazzy Jeff, Jam Master Jay and Scott La Rock

When did you know you wanted to be a DJ? Every since I was 14 years old.  The reaction I got as a kid making mixtapes and spinning house parties then graduating to youth center dances and finally club gigs.  It’s that reaction I get from hearing a dope record for the first time and the reaction I get from people when they hear my twists to a mix.

What prompted you to venture into Mixtapes?  I was doing weekly radio shows and gigs and it just seemed like an easy transition to simply record what I was already doing and venture into another medium.  I started in late 2009, then built it up in 2010, but I think 2011 was really a breakout year for me.  I have to give a lot of credit to DJ Ykcor for grooming me in the mixtape hustle.  He basically mentored me through quite a bit of it.

What is your favorite part of performing/touring?  The crowds.  I love showing up at a venue and seeing a line at the door and knowing my name is on the flyers and the marque.  The REAL joy is getting it in on them turntables and hearing/seeing the reaction.  If I had to pinpoint a specific favorite of touring – crowd reaction, hands down.

What can your fans expect on the album you are currently pushing?  The total package.  I won’t endorse an album/artist unless I feel they are bringing something unique to the game and can deliver not only dope wordplay and lyrical acrobatics, but the production has to be the same.  If anyone see’s me cosign an artist/album they can be assured the music is honestly dope, but just as important – unique.

Where is the one place in the world you would love to perform at and why?  I keep saying this over and over but it still hasn’t happened – BRAZIL! I have to gig in Brazil before I die.  Everything I see and hear about Brazil just screams good times and great memories.  If I’m going to have women flashing their tits at me in the booth – I would LOVE for those to be Brazilian women lol

Tell us about the best part of what you do?  I dig in crates weekly to find breaks, clips, samples, etc. then twist those gems into the mix under today’s music.  I actually mix and I’m fanatical about that.  It’s disgusting to me when I hit play on a so-called “mixtape” and there is no MIX.  I embrace music from both Indies and majors and roll them side-by-side.  Actual real DJ skills I think is really my identity.  When I do drop a mixtape I get it in with promoting the mixtape and I think that separates me from a lot of other DJs too.  A lot of DJs drop a mixtape and just spam it out over twitter and Facebook.  I post all of my mixtapes to more than 10 different mixtape sites, then push it out to blogs, ning sites, music related websites, e-zines/magazines, newspapers, and apparently forgotten by man – THE STREETS.  You have to get those mixtapes actually out in the streets to really reach an actual audience as opposed to a huge following of other DJs and artists on the social networking sites.

What do you think of today’s musical trends?  I think there is a shift brewing from all the trap music.  People are beginning to open up to a more musical sound and finally unique styles are standing out.  I think female artists are seriously on a push to really make a mark in 2012.  Kalenna, Guyana, Jazzy, Nikki Grier, Yenkho Aiko, Cocoa Sarai, Precious Paris, Kim Joyce…  I also think that the more lyrical artists are FINALLY accepting production that is current and allowing their lyrical gifts to reach a broader audience.

Any upcoming appearances?  March 5th premier of my Unique Styles Show on with my co-host Kittie (from VH1’s “Lets Talk About Pep”), March 7th SWAC Basketball Tournament (Eclipse is performing at halftime of the 8pm game), SXSW, Core DJ Retreat (now called MixShowLive 2012) in May.

Any advice for upcoming artists?  Be prepared to put in the necessary work AFTER you finish recording.  Make sure your music is labeled properly.  Get yourself set up so that you can record drops and do mixtape hosting right from your home (this really only takes a cheap desktop Mic and plain old windows media sound recorder).  Once you have your single picked out – get a full DJ service pack prepared and have it available at a moment’s notice.  Never deny a DJ’s request to push a record from your album because you had picked out a different record to push as a single.  Let those DJs do what they do best – break your records.  Network, network, and network EFFECTIVELY.  Twitter works great if used effectively.  SPAMMING DJS YOUTUBE LINKS IS NOT EFFECTIVE!  Last but probably most important, when a DJ puts your music in the mix on radio, a mixtape, or in the clubs – PROMOTE IT HEAVY.  If your name and your music is driving feedback and requests or even simple comments and tweets, a DJ is a LOT more likely to keep you in the mix.  You are good for business for the DJ which is good for the business of breaking YOUR MUSIC.

Where can your fans find more info?  I’m constantly adding content to my website with new mixtapes, new music, album reviews, etc.  I’m usually pretty active on twitter too (@DAHITMAN).

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