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Don’t Wait For Disaster: Keep Your DJ Gear + Data Safe

We witnessed on Twitter last week a member of the DJTT family, Shawn Wasabi, get robbed of his entire setup out of the trunk of a parked car. His one-of-a-kind Midi Fighter 64 was stolen, and to make matters worse for Shawn, his laptop and backup hard drive also got nabbed. But there’s a lesson here for everyone: it’s never to early to start thinking about how you can prevent this type of total loss situation and keep your DJ gear safe.

Editor’s Note: We’ve covered this topic a few times in the past, but Shawn’s recent troubles seemed like the perfect time to refresh and revisit: 

Cloud Backup: Get It, Now

Particularly for DJs who are on the road and are constantly building a bigger library of projects and music, it’s critical to make sure your data is constantly being backed up some place safe. If you’re not on the road all the time, you still should keep a backup somewhere that’s nowhere near your computer (more on that below) – and a cloud-based service is the perfect solution.

We took a quick poll of the DJTT community and these were the most commonly recommended cloud-based backup solutions that real DJs actually use all the time: 

  • CrashPlan: Manages local backups to local hard drives and other computers for free, also has cloud backup for $5/month. Unlimited storage.
  • BackblazeUnlimited data backup, automated, $5 a month. It’s like Dropbox, but instead of a folder, you’re backing up your entire computer. To restore, you can download a zip file or pay to have a USB/hard drive backup mailed to you.
  • Dropbox / Google Drive / OneDrive / Similar: These are more manual solutions in that you’ll have to manually copy data to them – but they are good solutions for many and come with free storage.
  • SpliceAlready a fantastic free tool to share Ableton projects with other producers and keep versions of every iteration, it’s a very sensible solution for any hard-working producer.

Keep Your Hard Drive Backups Separated

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If you’re resistant to cloud backup services (maybe due to financial or bandwidth constraints), it’s worth thinking about how you’re keeping an external backup of your files. In Shawn’s scenario, his backup drive was in the same (locked and alarmed) trunk as his computer, so both got stolen. The same situation could happen to someone who keeps their laptop at work or at home right next to their backup drive, as a thief might very easily just grab everything they find.

Here’s a simple solution: intentionally scatter your backups!

  • Put a backup drive in your car (pull it out every few weeks to update it)
  • Have two backup drives one at your work and one at home.
  • At the very least, hide/disguise your backup hard drive if it lives near your main computer so that it isnt’ as easy to steal. You might consider locking it with a computer lock…

Keep Documentation: Lists, Photographs, Serial Numbers

You might wonder why, like Shawn, keeping a list of your serial numbers for your DJ gear, laptop and production tools might be important. It’s usually a few different things:

  • Police: In the event of a loss, you want the police to be able to quickly identify your gear if they recover it for any reason – now or in the future.
  • Pawn Shop: Often stolen goods like laptops and music gear is quickly sold to a pawn shop – if you go to pawn shops and give them your serial number to report it as stolen, they can quickly ID it should someone come in to sell it and call the cops.
  • Insurance (see below): any insurance you have will use a serial number as a quick way to confirm the validity of your claim and assess the value of your loss. Photographs and lists also help here..

Photographic and documenting your valuables is important as well. It applies even to vinyl-only DJs – if you have a list and photos of some of the most valuable records you own, a record store could very quickly recognize when someone comes in with your collection to hawk it.

Nowhere Is Safe

In the crappy situation that Shawn found himself in last week, it might be easy to say “what the heck was he thinking?”  – but at the end of the day this kind of total gear loss can happen to anyoneanywhere. Computers and music gear have become incredibly portable, so it’s more likely you’ll take them many places with you – but that also means they become way easier to steal and hawk at a pawn shop.

In addition to the advice listed here, how do you protect your DJ / production gear and data? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Introducing DHA Playlists: Office Hours

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Today DHA is introducing our curated mix playlists on our SoundCloud channel to fit your every mood and setting. Whether you want to set the tone for your Saturday night at a pre party, want to zone out with friends at the after party, or while waking up or just relaxing at home: there’s something for your ears to find here. The idea is simple: we pick out five mixtapes with every launch of a new playlist and keep adding one new mix a week. Kicking off the series is our Office Hours playlist, the soundtrack to your workday. Listen and enjoy.

The post Introducing DHA Playlists: Office Hours appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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Premiere: TRIKK – Proto-Rhyt (Black Version)

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Trikk is a Portuguese electronic musician based in London. His music has been released by a number of different labels, which include Terrain Ahead, Con+ainer Music, ManMakeMusic, and Pets Recordings. Now the Londoner is set to release a new two-tracker on Berlin imprint Lossless dubbed the Internacional EP. Today we’re premiering the ‘Black Version’ of its main track Proto-Rhyt. 

He emerged from the underground scene in Oporto, a city gathering a reputation as an incubator for underground movements and as the ultimate inspirational city for musicians of obscured styles. Trikk was praised as a young talent and regarded by many as the new star to look out for. After releasing on labels such as Pets Recordings and Man Make Music and remixing on Hotflush Recordings nothing was left to prove. As a personal challenge, he moved to London where he now spends his days producing music.

Internacional EP is out on May 6th on Lossless.

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The post Premiere: TRIKK – Proto-Rhyt (Black Version) appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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Find Out Which Game Of Thrones Character Is Your Musical Match

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Ahead of tonight’s big season premiere, Spotify is telling its listeners which Game of Thrones character would most vibe with their music tastes.

Built as a simple quiz, asking users to name 5 artists who best represent their musical tastes, and the streaming service matches you with your likeminded GoT character. If you are already a Spotify subscriber, the process is even easier, as it will just scan your playlists and tell you.

Spotify worked directly with GoT music supervisor Evyen J. Klean to add extra authenticity to the quiz, so you really can’t complain if you’ve got the muscial tastes of a dead man. With a fairly expansive list of characters (Personally, I got Melisandre) Spotify says it is, in fact, Lord Varys who is most into clubbing, while Ned Stark is into classic rock, Khaleesi leans toward pop, and Tormund Giantsbane is a metal-head.

You can find your Game of Thrones musical match with or without a Spotify subscription HERE

The post Find Out Which Game Of Thrones Character Is Your Musical Match appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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Charts April 24, 2016

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  1. Andy Compton's Sowetan Onesteps "Sowetan Onesteps" (Peng Records CD Promo)
  2. 280 West featuring Diamond Temple "Fly" (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)(Phuture Sole Records CD Promo)
  3. Nteeze & Andy featuring Jaidene Veda "You and me a melody" (Vibe Boutique Records CD Promo)
  4. Drexmeister featuring Peter Jericho "Original sin" (Solitone Music CD Promo)
  5. Needle featuring Russell "Choose wisely" (Plastik People Digital CD Promo)
  6. Soulful Session starring Selina Campbell "Love rain down" (Kenny Carpenter Remixes)(Tony Records CD Promo)
  7. Joseph Junior & MAQman "Spiritualized" (GoGo Music CD Promo)
  8. Montana, Stewart, Nortier & Dana Weaver "Never thought" (Wiggly Worm Records CD Promo)
  9. Various "Miami Uncuts 2016" (Tony Records CD Promo)
  10. Enoo Napa

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