DJ Magazine: Directory Of Women, Trans And Non-Binary Producers Launches Online, In The Key Of She. “A directory of women, trans and non-binary producers, In the Key of She (ItKoS), has launched online. Compiled by DJ, producer, and academic Samantha Parsley, aka Dovetail, the directory gathers over 250 artists and is categorised by genre, with everything from footwork to psy-trance making the cut.”
New York Times: Hidden in a Fire Island House, the Soundtrack of Love and Loss. “The tapes, which were accumulated from 1979 to 1999, capture the sonic evolution of disco into more modern house music — often on the very same night. More than a catalog, the tapes are the soundtrack to a critical juncture in gay history as the AIDS crisis emerged and a new generation of activists fought for their rights and survival.”
New-to-me, from KCRW: SF disco is the sound of gay liberation. Historic reels go digital. “The SF Disco Preservation Society touts more than 2,000 records from when disco was the soundtrack of gay liberation, with queer men flocking to San Francisco, LA, and New York to dance, sing, and mingle. The archive is run singlehandedly by Jim Hopkins, who became a DJ at age 16 in 1981. He notes that many DJs in SF died of AIDS, and he wanted to preserve their legacies.” The archive is a Soundcloud collection of over 275 DJ sets of disco music. Most is from the 1970s or early 1980s, but there are few from the mid-90s.
Gambit: Tune into recordings of Vernon ‘Dr. Daddy-O’ Winslow, New Orleans’ first Black radio DJ. I’ve been listening to a lot of New Orleans bounce lately so I’m delighted to find this. “One night in 1949, Vernon Winslow, a Black man, took to the New Orleans radio airwaves — and was fired…. Still, one night he hosted a show and became the city’s first Black radio disc jockey. And he was noticed: Within just a few months, rival radio station WWEZ AM hired Winslow to host ‘Jivin’ with Jax,’ a full-length radio program sponsored by Jackson Brewery and the city’s first program to feature a Black DJ.”
Flood Magazine: KCRW Announces Audio Documentary Series on Deirdre O’Donoghue. “Hosted by Tricia Halloran of KCRW’s ‘Brave New World,’ the series will feature interviews with artists recollecting their time on the DJ’s original radio series ‘SNAP!’ (an acronym for “Saturday Night Avant Pop”), including Julian Cope, Michael Stipe, Henry Rollins, Syd Straw, Glass Eye’s Brian Beattie and Kathy McCarty, Dave Newton of Mighty Lemon Drop, David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven, and many of the other artists who squeezed into her studio to perform on her late night show.”
Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History. “The Dance Music Archive is an online database that documents 30 years of dance music and rave culture. Just launched, the website allows visitors to explore each decade of dance music history from the 1980s onwards, through DJ mixes, radio shows, blogs, artwork and more. The team has ripped CDs, gathered physical documents and curated Spotify playlists to create an exciting audio-visual timeline.”
EIN Presswire: New Aussie dance music website ‘The DJ Revolution’ officially launches (PRESS RELEASE). “Based out of Sydney, The DJ Revolution is essentially a network of established DJs, producers and dance music enthusiasts. Focussing on the more underground side of dance & electronic music, they produce industry news pieces, festival updates and feature articles. They also provide various free resources for DJs.”
Leeds Live: Dance legend Dave Pearce backs Leeds entrepreneur’s mission to create ‘world’s biggest virtual nightclub’. “Top DJs from across the field of music have already signed up to back the trailblazing site and have started doing sets online which also allow fans to interact with them while they play their tunes. Fans pay a monthly subscription and they can then attend as many gigs as they want with DJs earning half of all profits. DJs already signed on with the site include BBC Radio One legend Dave Pearce along with stars of the Rave scene including Slipmatt, Creamfields and Ibiza regular Rob Tissera and the founder of legendary Retro club night Paul Taylor.”
Stoney Roads: Aussie DJs start new dance directory for women and GNC. 99% sure that GNC in this case is “Gender Non-Conforming.” “About 12 months or so ago, a Google sheet began circulating that conveniently listed a stack of female and GNC producers and DJs from around Australia and New Zealand. It included handy things like artist name, state, links to socials and sometimes an email address to help event bookers and what not reach out. Seems like things got to a certain size that meant turning the once humble doc into a fully functioning directory dubbed the ‘WIP Project’ that not only features artists but also sound engineers, agents, bookers and general industry heads!”
New York Times: Hire a D.J. and Turn the Music Up. “In real life, the people who have the most fun are the people who just let themselves go. So, in your apartment, do the same thing. Set up a private event on Zoom or another platform with your friends, and then livestream a D.J.’s set, so you’re all sharing the same music. Then, just groove. Here are some tips to find the vibe, no matter what age you are.”
Live for Live Music: Library Of Congress Announces New DJ Tool For Sampling Tracks. “Now with Citizen DJ, users are able to thumb through decade’s worth of material from the Library’s audio and moving-image collections. These sounds can come from a variety of resources, stretching back to early recordings of traveling vaudeville acts, royalty-free music, interviews, speeches, and more. While users are able to download specific audio files or mass files in bulk, they are also encouraged to interact with the original source material from the Library’s massive database.”
KUTV: Retirees, isolated by virus, become DJs for new radio hour. ” Tucked away inside his room at a senior care facility, Bob Coleman knew he couldn’t go out into the world with the coronavirus raging. But he could share with the world his first love — country music. ‘Hello everybody, it’s a bright day in Franklin, Tennessee,’ the 88-year-old Air Force veteran crooned into his microphone. ‘This is Bob Coleman, better known as the “Karaoke Cowboy,” coming to you from Room 3325. … Let’s just jump right into it.’… Coleman is one of several retirees who have turned into DJs for a new online radio hour known as ‘Radio Recliner.'”
Hyde Park Herald: With ‘Spinning Home Movies,’ DJs bring Chicagoans a weekly dose of history. “Luther Vandross soundtracking a Greater Grand Crossing block party. Kids rollerblading over Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love?’ A young couple sitting and laughing with each other while Curtis Mayfield sings “I wanna go back, to the sweetness of time/I wanna go back, and reminisce what was mine.” These are small excerpts from the videos and music, often old-school R&B and soul, found in the mixes that make up ‘Spinning Home Movies,’ a new DJ series from the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) and Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Broadcast over a Facebook livestream every Thursday at 7 p.m., each entry features a different DJ putting together a mix over footage from the SSHMP archive. ” BRILLIANT.
France24: Social dis-dance: clubbing goes online as virus shuts nightspots. “Strobe lights flash across a near-empty dance floor, as a DJ live-streams thumping electronic music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak sweeping the globe has shuttered once lively nightspots from London to New York, but innovative DJs have started putting their performances online so clubbers don’t miss out.”
EDMtunes: New Web App Allows You To Make Spotify and Apple Music Playlists from DJ Sets. “Have you ever wanted to seamlessly create playlists based on your favorite DJ sets? Tired of going through Spotify and Apple Music to manually re-create your favorite sets? Well, you are in luck, because a Reddit user has a solution for you.”