Open Mic: Do DJ’s Have A Responsibility To Play ‘Commercial’ Music?

nick-warrenDJ and producer Nick Warren had his set cut short over the weekend……because it wasn’t commercial enough.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

Apologies to everyone on the full dance floor last night in Seoul.

Someone who had booked a table had complained to the club that I was not playing commercial music, so the club told me to stop after an hour.

Words can not explain how i feel about that, to be honest.

For reference – here’s a Nick Warren mix, celebrating 15 years of his Hope Recordings label: Continue reading

inMusic Acquires Denon & Marantz Brands

immusic-logoToday, inMusic announced that it has acquired three new brands:

  • Denon Professional
  • Marantz Professional, and
  • Denon DJ.

The three join the existing inMusic brands, which include Akai Professional, Alesis, Alto Professional, ION Audio, Numark, M-Audio, AIR Music Technology, and Mixmeister. Continue reading

Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather Of House Music, Dead At 59

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Frankie Knuckles, known to many as ‘the godfather of house music’ is dead at the age of 59.

Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014) was an American producer, remixer and DJ. Born in New York City, Knuckles got his start there, then moved to Chicago and was influential in the development of house music in the 80s.

Knuckles died unexpectedly at home, according to his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson.

Knuckles made his name DJing at Chicago’s Warehouse club. Knuckles was best known for his late 80s and early 90′s house tracks, but also remixed Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.  Continue reading