Learning to DJ Now Qualifies for Secondary Education in the UK

Via Mixmag: Learning to DJ is now considered part of secondary education and counts toward a student’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in the UK.

According to the BBC, the new qualification is now possible due to turntables, CDJs and other DJ gear now being recognized as formal instruments by examination boards.

The whole mission of the movement (featuring Future DJs), is to turn kids onto music via DJing and DJ culture. Watch this:

We do the same thing every summer! Our Beat Academy Immersive Summer Youth Program lights up the eyes of many kids with a new love of music.

Video Games Are Influencing A Generation of Music Innovators

A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games. — Burial

Mixmag goes underground with our friends Ikonika, Tokimonsta, and–well, maybe someday–Burial in a grand expose on video game music’s influence on the latest sounds.

Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda.

Of course, Mmmmaven’s five-year mission is to support the unification of music and technology, and articles like this make every sense in the world.

Just take this quote from Make It New alum Ikonika: “My life feels more like a game than a movie. Music is the biggest game I’m playing.”

Much, much, MUCH more at Mixmag.

Artists Visiting Boston Gain Year-End Acclaim

As we wrap up 2016, we were psyched to see some of our guests rack up the GRAMMYs, even an Oscar or two, but then came the year-end lists, and, suffice it to say, our squad made a lot of waves, starting with The Black Madonna, who was awarded Mixmag’s DJ of the Year.

…if dance music, and society in general, is far from a utopia, to be at the front of a Black Madonna gig is to be transported somewhere far better. Buried among the sweaty, jubilant mass – there’s lots of girls, but guys too – it’s impossible not to feel The Black Madonna loving each and every one of us right back.


When the Resident Advisor polling was complete, we had to get out the whiteboard: 94, 92, 90, 87, 84, 77, 69, 67, 60, 59, 52, 51, 50, 48, 46, 32, 30, 23, 21, 19, 10, 9, 8, 2… 24 out of 100 had come through our neck of the woods.

Previous #CambMA guests also racked up tracks of the year nominations in Avalon Emerson, Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric), Project Pablo, and Midland.


Over the years, much of the focus in the new music world has fallen on the “Live” act, and here we’ve also been able to pivot towards giving you that live experience. Of the Top 40, we’re psyched to have had a hand in 10, including #2 (Recondite) and the continually chart-topping #1 KiNK:

Not to be overlooked, Vice’s Thump channel named Beautiful Swimmers–who only played here a few weeks ago–as their “DJs of the year.”

As the B2B becomes an increasingly commodified trope in club culture—utilized broadly to pad out festival lineups with as many names as possible—Beautiful Swimmers also showcase the transformative power collaborative selectors can have when they get it right.

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Which of our Together and Make It New guests (and former residents?) will win the awards next year?

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Barcelona based company Conductr recently released Conductr 2, a versatile app that allows users to control Ableton Live and TRAKTOR via their iPad. This beautiful program is free to purchase from the app store with in-app purchases available for desired customization.

Conductr has everything a DJ needs. It’s like having Traktor at your fingertips, without having to be confined to the computer. Essential in your workflow.

Read the original MixMag article here.

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