DJ Times Celebrates 25 Years
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DJ Times is an American music-trade magazine specializing in the disc jockey market based out of Port Washington, New York. Established in 1988 by Testa Communications, DJ Times was the first DJ-specific magazine to publish in the United States. Every month, more than 30,000 DJs turn to DJ Times as their primary source for product information, business tips, music, news, and more.
In addition, each August, DJ Times presents The DJ Expo at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Produced by DJ Times and its publisher Testa Communications since 1990, the Expo remains the DJ industry's best-attended, most-successful trade show and convention.
Since 2006, DJ Times has conducted America's Best DJ—a vote and promotion to find out the country's most-popular DJ. Each year, DJ Times nominates 100 DJs, and fans vote for their favorites both online and in-person at selectred tour events that run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Since its inception, Pioneer DJ has served as title sponsor to ABDJ's supporting schedule of live events, known officially as: America's Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times.
In November 2013, DJ Times began a year-long celebration of the magazine’s 25th anniversary. Each month features a look back through the years at the hot DJs, game-changing products and memorable events. From the heart of the underground to the periphery of the mainstream, DJ Times doesn't miss a beat. Drawing from DJ-related exhibitions, trade shows, events and trends, DJ Times brings the most comprehensive, up-to-date stories and information in the industry. Monthly content includes:
News - Brings on-the-spot information from DJ-related exhibition/trade shows, events or trends. Reports new products or developments as they pertain to the professional, working DJ.
Sounding Off – Reviews a recently released professional audio product (mixer, source component, speaker, amp or signal processor) and explains its relevance to the DJ.
Feedback – Instructional responses to letters or emails sent from readership.
In The Studio With – A music-making DJ describes studio technique and gear preferences.
Samplings – Short features on up-and-coming DJs, with a quick-hitting application-based focus.
Gear – A multi-page rundown of the latest gear that impacts the mobile, club, scratch or studio segments of the DJ industry.
Grooves – Reviews of new music from a variety of genres— written by professional, working DJs.
Business Line – A column that helps the pro DJ with all matters related to growing his or her business, including marketing, taxes, promotion, etc.
Club Play Chart – Find out what cuts are really being played in clubland with this in-depth chart, as reported by America’s top record pools. Includes Crossover Dance, Urban & Latin charts. Compiled by Chart Coordinator Dan Miller
DJ Times is available in both print and digital edition.
The DJ Expo
The DJ Expo is the world’s largest annual gathering of professional DJs. Hosted at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, top DJs and manufacturers come together for a four-day event that features educational seminars, an exhibit hall filled with the latest DJ, pro audio and studio gear, and evenings full of sponsored events and special surprises. The 2013 Expo offered nearly 6,400 attendees a deep schedule of exhibits, seminars, and parties that saw participation from exhibitors and sponsors like ADJ, Pioneer DJ, Mackie, Chauvet, Rane, Stanton DJ, QSC Audio, and many others. Krewella, DJ Premier, Biz Markie, Morgan Page, and DJ Skribble were among the show’s performing artists.
America's Best DJ
The annual America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times has established itself as the primary poll for ranking US-based DJs. At selected events, DJ Times and America’s Best DJ staff maintain dedicated booths where paper-ballot votes are taken for nominee DJs. As an incentive, all voters (online or at tour events) enter to win a VIP trip to the ABDJ Closing Party & Award Ceremony at Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas.
The 2013 tour included 17 events over 28 dates in 13 different American cities, reaching over 615,000 people. Voting took place at major festivals such as Movement Festival in Detroit, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Wavefront Music Festival in Chicago, Camp Bisco in New York, and Global Dance Festival at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Nightclub events included stops at Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub in Las Vegas, Marquee New York, Avalon in Los Angeles, Ruby Skye in San Francisco, plus many more.
On October 13, 2013, Kaskade, was crowned America’s Best DJ for the second time in his career, and received a golden Pioneer mixer award. Diplo, Skrillex, Bassnectar, and Porter Robinson rounded out the top 5 in the voting. (Note: No DJ can win the title in consecutive years.)
America's Best DJ Winners
- 2013 - Kaskade
- 2012 - Markus Schulz
- 2011 - Kaskade
- 2010 - DJ Qbert
- 2009 - Z-Trip
- 2008 - Christopher Lawrence
- 2007 - George Acosta
- 2006 - Jonathan Peters