James Zabiela BBC Introducing DJ Masterclass


Just a quick heads up for our DV Mag DJ readers – a worthy watch for beginners to more advanced purveyors of all things dancefloor comes in the form of this one hour BBC Masterclass video. Renowned DJ and self-confessed tech geek, James Zabiela hits the BBC Introducing platform, taking viewers through the story of how he got started in the industry, what gear kicked it all off for him, and the rather splendid overview of the type of contemporary DJ equipment that James and many other jocks favour.

This technically savvy DJ runs through some basic effects units (creating loops and beats on the fly), high-end mixer and CDJ’s (playing SD cards too), his preference for Ableton Live (with FX triggered and manipulated by an iPad) and more. Interviewer Pete Tong further quizzes James on his musical style and influences, how he assembles his sets plus the interesting question of how original tunes are sourced – promo, download, vinyl (transferred to digital by the artist), purchased etc? The video rounds off with the DJ pair discussing the availability of online and social media marketing resources – somewhat of a double-edged sword of course as we all mostly know – being that there’s so much available to help  new DJ’s promote themselves, but then again the pure mass volume of said DJ’s competing for attention can often cancel out the effectiveness of the former.

So, start up DJ’s would be well served watching this video from top to bottom I’d suggest, with more seasoned jocks emulating a needle drop through it perhaps to more relevant sections.
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Paul Dakeyne is a DJ/Producer who has dedicated the past two decades of his life to dance music production and DJ'ing. For six years, he toured globally for the world famous Ministry of Sound and has played DJ sets for the likes of U2 and for the legendary, Kraftwerk, Although remixing around 250 records in his career, as an artist in his own right, Paul landed one of dance music's seminal crossover moments with his "18 Strings' monster hit by Tinman - scoring a UK top ten in 1994. He also co-wrote and produced the music for BBC's Watchdog and Crimewatch when they were both revamped in 2001 and '06 respectively. His other career highlights have included an A&R stint for Mercury Records, lecturing in 'DJ culture and music technology' and creating mash-up mixes for Radio 1's, Chris Moyles. Paul joined the DV group in 2003 leading to his role as blog and feature author here at the DV Mag.

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