Required Viewing:
11 Movies Every DJ Must Watch

These are the movies I watched when I first fell in love with DJing as a teenager in the early 2000s. I just missed the 90s underground rave scene. Any concept I had of the artform strictly came from my imagination or a handful of pre-blog websites and forums.

These films were my first connection to a musical lineage outside of Lake Zurich, Illinois. They gave perspective to what I was doing and influenced how I wanted to do it. They made me proud in a way that wasn’t always accessible when playing records for drunk people.

Below is my list of essential films every DJ should watch to understand the artform and the cultures that gave birth to it. Together, they are a bonafide DJ curriculum. If you watch them, you’ll know more about this craft than 98% of people today. Enjoy.
 
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TDJH Presents
Only Love A Mixfilm by SLEEPER

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Only Love has been a labor of love. The project had no corporate funding and we’re giving it away for free. We created it because we felt it should exist and you should have it.

Our ability to create and fund projects like this depends entirely on your support. We hope it inspires you the way Coldcut’s Journeys by DJ, DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing and the movie Scratch inspired us. If you appreciate it, help us support the future of DJing.

On behalf of The DJ Hookup & SLEEPER, thanks and enjoy!

About Only Love

 
2016 has been tough.

We lost Phife, Bowie & Prince.

And tensions are high.

We asked one of our favorite people, award winning DJ, SLEEPER, to create something beautiful that would bring people together. The result was Only Love.
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The Monday Morning Podcast #1.5: Meet The New DJ Hookup with Cofounder Alex Pyatetsky

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Introducing, The New DJ Hookup

 

In 2005, Alex Pyatetsky (then “Xander”) was 19. A regular on DJ forums, he became friends with DJs all over the world. Upon learning that gear was way more expensive in Europe than the US, he became the hookup to cheap, US prices for his international friends.

A few bucks were made. But mainly, it was fun.

5 years later, that experience would inspire him to cofound The DJ Hookup, one of the leading DJ, studio and pro-audio e-tailers in the United States today.

This podcast marks the relaunch of The DJ Hookup, the debut of its new website and release of  a new brand focussed on “serving friends” – just like Pyatetsky started 10 years ago.

In this interview, we go behind the scenes of the DJ equipment industry. Pyatetsky reveals how the company almost went bankrupt and the pivot that turned everything around. He shares the biggest lessons learned from serving 1000s of DJs and producers all over the world.  And how he intends to make TheDJHookup “the Zappos of DJ equipment.”
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The Monday Morning Podcast #1: Big Once, Trentino, Sleeper

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Introducing, The Monday Morning Podcast

 

Every weekend, adoring fans look up to their favorite DJs and music producers like rockstars and gods. But every Monday morning, they wake up and go to work like humans. The Monday Morning podcast, presented by TheDJHookup.com, is a place for aspiring DJs and producers to hear candid, hype-free conversations with the artists they admire most.

As the DJ community grows world wide, The Monday Morning Podcast offers artists a chance to speak openly and honestly about their lives and careers and listeners to learn from their wisdom and experience.

TL;DR – We felt like the DJ industry needed more honest conversations. So we started having them. We hope you enjoy.
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