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Is the Future of Digital DJing Connected Devices?

Digital DJing is a well established trend by now. A laptop plus an £80 controller from eBay and you have access to the tools to share your music selection with the world that once was out of the reach for most.

This trend, like and democratisation of technology will lead to a lot of ameteur content being produced. But it gives access to anyone with the desire and talent to take that first step. Money shouldn’t be a requirement in taking a creative path.

In technology at large there’s a progression away from laptops to touch devices as there was a progression from tower PCs to laptops as the technology matures. It follows then that this trend will also been seen in Digital DJing. True there have been DJ and music performance apps for touch devices for a while now. The key is the new trend for accessories and connected devices to enhance the use of touch devices for performance.

Here are a couple that interest me right now.

Stick on Knobs

I skimmed past this the first time I saw them. They seem kind of ridiculous. But after watching James Zabiela and Pete Tong awkwardly talking about DJ kit from a video back in 2012 it jumped back into mind. A way to use a wireless device to control the performance would only be enhanced by being able to feel and accurately control some aspects of the touch interface (Have you ever tried to turn a dial on a touch screen!).

Bluetooth Innofader!

Ok so it’s not quite an Innofader but this already oversubscribed Kickstarter offers to give you a tactile crossfader to mix and scratch right from the iPad.

Just like the wider move from desktop to laptop to mobile device there’s never a total shift. Professional DJs will most likely always use dedicated DJ equipment as the core of their setup. But mobile and touch devices will be more and more a part of top level live performance as well as a leading force in Digital DJing.

I’d love to hear your answer. Do you think connected devices and accessories are the future of Digital DJing?


Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.
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