Direct Music Service

February 22

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Videos

VIDEO: BlocBoy JB “Look Alive” ft. Drake Official Lyrics & Meaning

t’s been a successful week for BlocBoy JB, who just earned his first charting hit with “Look Alive” featuring Drake. The song debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making the Memphis rapper the first artist in 2018 to earn a Hot 100 debut in the Top 10.

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BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – Look Alive

February 22

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Videos

February 22

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Videos

VIDEO: Aoki’s World Season 2 – Episode 1

Welcome to a brand new season of Aoki’s World!! I went all around the world and can’t wait to show you what happened in Season 2.

In Episode One, get a dose of what went down during my Asia Tour as I visited The Great Wall of China, swam with sharks in the Philippines, and much more.

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STEVE AOKI

February 22

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Videos

VIDEO: Wyclef Jean Talks About the Making of “Stayin Alive”

“When we was comin’ up in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s, you had to be at the roller rink, that’s where it went down,” says Wyclef Jean in the latest episode of Off The Record. “You showed up with your skates, your Afro, and you’re learning how to skate backwards.” He channeled those vibes into this ‘Carnival’ single, built around a sample of the Bee Gees disco smash “Stayin’ Alive.”

“Coming from Haiti and landing in America, I was obsessed with the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ movie—with the white suit and the whole joint,” Clef confesses. “That song just took me back to my hood, like Marlboro Projects. Like an immigrant, landing, ‘Ooh, ‘Saturday Night Fever!’ Good Stuff!”

“I wanted the sample to dominate, just the breakbeat,” the multiplatinum producer explains of the joint that also features fellow Fugee Pras Michel and John Forte. “That’s really the whole record. And then I painted a lot of vocals around it. “You know how the kids be like doing ‘mumble rap.’ That sort of was mumble rap. I wasn’t saying much back then, but that was swag.”

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Wyclef Jean – We Tryin to Stayin Alive

February 20

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Editorials

EDITORIAL: How To Know When It’s Time to Start Hiring – DJ Alex Nepa

“When is it time to hire other DJs to work under me?”

Every in demand DJ has to make the decision sooner or later. It typically starts organically, your calendar fills up, you start to turn away events, maybe you’ll refer the prospective client to a homie. Maybe you’ll simply say “I’m sorry, I’m already booked.” and watch them book someone of subpar quality.

Sometimes the answer is simple. Sometimes it’s complex.

First, let’s discuss the pros and cons of building a team, or a legitimate multi-talent DJ roster:

PROS

1. Money. By using your established reputation as a DJ you’re able to help younger, like-minded DJs get their foot in the door to the events industry and both of you will make money doing so. Quite simply, it’s a win-win.

2. Days off. Typically hiring other DJs happens when you’re booked, meaning you’ll either employ or subcontract other talent on days you’re already working. Eventually though, with enough work and hiring the right people you’ll be able to price yourself higher and actually take some precious Saturdays off. Trust me, it feels great to have a team that you trust out rocking while you’re enjoying a night off.

3. The feels. Frankly, sometimes it just feels great to be a leader and to build a team that is self sufficient. If you hire enough awesome people you’ll have a mini-empire representing your brand and enthusiastically building that brand.

CONS

1. It takes a LOT of work. A lot of times already-established DJs are already booked and making decent money, this means you’ve either got to be a sales master in getting them more money – or more likely hire younger talent that requires training and refinement to iron out the areas where they’re rough around the edges.

2. Money. In a lot of cases you’re going to have to invest in extra equipment. A lot of DJs will have their own turntables, CDJs or controllers – but few have a quality sound system and lights. Depending on how many people you’re looking to bring on board will determine your costs. Don’t skimp. Having quality gear that’s uniform across the team will build consistency for your new brand.

3. Stress. Let’s face it. When you’re running solo it’s pretty easy. You know all of your event details and you rely on your own motivation and drive to put together a successful, professionally run event. Hiring can be a challenge. Is the talent you’ve entrusted his event with capable of taking direction, showing up on time and exceeding the clients expectations? As an owner of a multi-talent DJ company I feel as though I hire extremely good people, but there are always variables (including technical issues) and since this is your company you will ultimately be responsible.

Overall for me, I absolutely feel the pros outweigh the cons. The satisfaction I get from developing talent, getting young talent out in the field and being able to pay them far outweighs the negatives. It’s also pretty amazing at this stage in my career to be able to take a night off, whether it’s to spend some time with my daughter, for a date night or even a night out with the boys. I wouldn’t have that luxury if I didn’t have a team of amazing DJs working for me.

However, having a roster of DJs or a full-on production company isn’t for everyone. It’s a ton of work and I’ve seen the stresses of running a company eat away at other DJs passion for the industry and doing what they love. Whether it’s from being burnt by hiring the wrong guys, or just stress and burnout in general. If you are in high demand and you want to keep it simple and stay solo, make sure you’re charging a rate that justifies your demand.

As always, I love to answer questions. Feel free to DM me on Instagram @DJAlexNepa

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MIXCLOUD

February 19

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Music, Podcast

MIX: DMS MINI MIX WEEK #308 DJ BRAIN B

Mix #308 we bring you DJ BRIAN B from New York.​ DJ Brian B’s musical career began as a keyboard player, working the local Southern California circuit as a member of the disco cover band, “Afromative Action”. Taking that stage experience, he has evolved into one of the DJ elite. His DJ roots were born as a nightclub open-format DJ. Eventually, he combined his wanderlust lifestyle with DJ’ing and is now a full-time “destination travel DJ” based out of NYC. He’s regularly booked for luxury profile events around the country. Over the past couple years, he’s been flown to international destinations such as Ireland, Italy (twice!), Grand Cayman and Mexico to name a few. This year he’s booked in Turks & Caicos, The Maldives, London, Italy (three times), Canada, Mexico and Ireland. He describes his typical mixing style as familiar with an edge.

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Check out the tracklist after the jump with links to download all of the edit’s he used in this mix. Be sure to check back every Monday for a brand new mix. (more…)

February 19

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Videos

VIDEO: J Balvin, Jeon & Anitta – Machika

J Balvin is one of the leading artists in reggaeton right now, and his talents have also crossed over into American pop music. The Colombian singer saw massive mainstream success in 2017 with his infectious hit “Mi Gente” featuring Willy William, accompanied by an official music video that reached over one billion streams on YouTube. The track also received a remix from Beyoncé, and all of the song’s proceeds were donated to natural disaster reliefs in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Balvin returned last month with a single called “Machika” featuring Jeon & Anitta, along with its music video that was shot in Medellín, Colombia. While the lyrics are in Spanish, the title is actually a word from the Papiamento language and the song is all about embracing your fun side.

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J Balvin, Jeon & Anitta – Machika

February 19

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Interviews

INTERVIEW: D.R.A.M.

Watch this interview with D.R.A.M. he talks about cartoons, past jobs, touring with Kendrick Lamar and his message to the youth.

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D.R.A.M.

February 19

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Videos

VIDEO: Discover Samples On 2Pac’s ‘Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z…’

VinRican from Power 106 showcases classic samples used on 2Pac’s ‘Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z…’

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2PAC

February 17

Author: Drew Pierce

Category: Weekly Picks