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Impress Your DJ Partner With These Awesome Gifts

Dating a DJ comes with its own set of perks. You get to enjoy awesome music and beats anytime. But isn’t it true that finding the perfect gift for him turns out to be a little tricky? Their profession is different, the clientele is different and of course, the perfect gifts are different. 

So, if you are stressing about the perfect gift ideas for a DJ, we got you covered. Let us have a look at the top 10 gifts for your DJ boyfriend/girlfriend.

Perfect Gift Ideas For Your DJ Boyfriends

  1. Headphones: DJs and headphones go hand in hand. You will seldom find them without it. So, giving them a good quality, the noise-canceling headphone will be a sensible gift. Be sure to select a comfortable model. Check for the noise cancellation and other sound effects like bass, treble, and voice control. Your boyfriend will love this one.
  1. Music gift cards: The digital world is full of music and fusions. So, why not gift him something that he can use even at work? You can try music gift cards from Spotify and other music platforms. This will be helpful for him while at work and will be perfect to relax as well. When music is life, a music gift card is oxygen.
  1. A funky backpack: DJs are associated with funk and cool factors. You will never find a DJ in formals and a serious face. Then comes another factor. A DJ needs to carry lots of equipment wherever he goes. Keeping them secure in one place requires a backpack. 

So, when we combine both the factors, a funky backpack turns out to be an awesome gift. Look for cool slogans, pop icon prints, or even get it customized. Select the best quality material. Go for a water-proof bag with strong seams. Your boyfriend will fall in love with a thoughtful gift like this.

  1. A cool water bottle: For a DJ, the work hours are hectic. Being the soul of a party is not always easy. You need to be creative, energetic, and cheerful as long as you are working. This can be pretty exhausting sometimes. It is important to take care of hydration when you are a DJ. 

And that is why a water bottle can be a perfect gift. Gifts need not always be expensive or very sophisticated. When in a relationship, what matters most is how thoughtful you are about each other. A water bottle might seem like a childish gift but that shows your concern for your better half. So, go for it!

  1. Comfortable shoes: DJs have a particular work style. Constantly standing, jumping, and even dancing. And if you are dating a DJ, you have heard that they have severe leg cramps when they return from a party. 

Try giving them a comfortable pair of shoes. While selecting shoes people do not pay attention to their sole type. That leads them to have a misfit pair. Go for the shoes that are as per your boyfriend’s sole design with a comfortable midsole cushion. 

The shoes should be airy and should allow your boyfriend to be comfortable while he stands for long hours. Pair the gift with an equally good pair of socks. Your boyfriend will love this gift.

  1. A DJ duffle bag: A DJ needs to have all his music appliances in one place. And what can be better than gifting a DJ duffle bag to him? Go for a bag that comes with a sturdy design, a funky look, and comfortable handles. 

If you can get a one with rollers, that would be awesome. Also look for the small features like side pockets, water bottle pockets, etc.

  1. A foot mat: Standing for long hours gets strenuous. A foot mat can be your boyfriend’s perfect companion. He can choose to take off his shoes and stand on this comfortable mat barefoot even while working. Rest assured, his feet will thank you for this lovely present!
  1. A power bank: Yes! DJs are always on the go. One thing that suffers most is their mobile’s battery. If you have a DJ boyfriend, you must have encountered dead batteries multiple times. Sometimes, your boyfriend may miss out on opportunities because of that. 

So, put an end to all those mobile battery woes. Gift him a good power bank so that he can keep his mobile charged even on the go. These days, many power banks are available that even have wireless charging. Select the one that best meets your boyfriend’s needs.

  1. A body relaxation kit: DJing can be fun but hectic at the same time. when you are standing and cheering up the crowd for 7-10 hours at a stretch, it is bound to take a toll on your body. what can be better to unwind than a body relaxation kit? 

Now, you must be wondering where that thing is available. You need to make it yourself. Kind of customized gift. Add bath bombs, essential oils for your boyfriend to have a relaxing hot water bath. You can add a body massager or an appointment with a spa. Be sure to include everything that will help him relax after a hectic workday.

  1. A pair of stylish sunglasses: Nothing compliments a casual look better than a stylish frame. Check in to your nearest sunglasses store or search online for a cool and funky pair of sunglasses. If your boyfriend is a regular at day a[rties, he will be touched by such a beautiful gift. 

The Final Say

Being in a relationship is one of the most beautiful things. One thing that keeps the bond strong is being considerate to each other and gifts are just a means to show that you’re grateful to have them in your life. When you go for these presents, we bet your boyfriend will be floored. Do let us know what you think of these gift ideas.

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SoundCloud Fan Powered Royalties Explained

*- guest post by Jeremy Bongiorno of StereoFrequencies.com

The introduction of music streaming services created a shaky landscape for independent artists. That landscape has been around for years now. If you’re anything like me, then trying to find ways to monetize your music has felt like an uphill battle against industry titans. In most cases, that’s not just a metaphor, it’s reality.

With that, one major company is looking to shake things up for musicians everywhere. On March 2nd, SoundCloud announced their new “fan-powered” royalty system. It’s set to roll out on April 1st. 

Since the announcement, the tabloids have been rife with updates on the program. The question remains: how exactly will this affect you and your music?

SoundCloud is looking to change the game by strengthening the relationship between artists and their fans. So, what does this new system mean? How does it work? How can it help you monetize your creations?

To better understand this new system, we need to learn how the current model works.

Out With The Old

For what seems like forever, top streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have utilized a payout system that’s highly disproportionate to mega stars. 

All the money from advertisers, record labels, and fans gets pooled together in one big pot. From there, the revenue is distributed out to the artists with the most plays, and the most followers.

Now, this is somewhat how things have always worked in the music industry. Back in the day, The Rolling Stones were definitely raking in more cash than your local rock band. With the right amount of effort, that local rock band was still able to make a decent amount of money back then.

Nowadays, the digital age has introduced a plethora of competition. I mean, you can post one video on TikTok and you can become an overnight sensation. Even then, the biggest slice of the pie goes to artists with millions of plays per month.

None of this is meant to take away from those big time artists. They’ve put in the work and made a name for themselves. The industry itself simply has a model that isn’t as favorable to independent artists who want to carve out their own path.

In With The New

When you take a look at the new system, it almost seems to be too simple and easy to be true. That’s because it is. There are a few caveats to it, and we’ll get into that shortly. First, head on over to SoundCloud and check out their breakdown of the program in their own words.

Source: SoundCloud

Here’s the link: fanpoweredroyalties.com

Also, don’t forget to look over the FAQ page for answers to the most common questions about the program.

As you can see, there is a prerequisite for eligibility of the fan-powered royalty system. On top of that, there are a few factors that determine how much an artist actually gets paid. Let’s break those down a little bit more.

Artist Eligibility

Independent artists need to meet one determining rule to be eligible for fan-powered royalties. Drum roll please…

You need to subscribe to one of their higher tier programs. Here are the three programs you can sign up for to meet the requirements:

SoundCloud Premier ($12/month) 

Premier is basically SoundCloud’s monetization program for Pro Unlimited subscribers. If this is the route you decide to go, you’ll be notified when you’re eligible for royalties.

Repost by SoundCloud ($30/year) 

Repost is a music distribution service that SoundCloud has offered for a little while now. There are no eligibility requirements to monetize with Repost by SoundCloud. You are eligible for fan-powered royalties with this subscription. $30 a year equals out to be $2.50/month, so this is a great budget option.

Repost Select 

Repost Select is the next level of Repost. It’s attainable via application or invitation only. Select adds support from SoundCloud’s own account management team.

There’s a whole list of requirements for the Premier program as well. Most notably among them is the fact that you can’t monetize covers. All music must be your original creations. 

Also, there are a handful of countries that aren’t supported. Check out the SoundCloud Premier FAQ page for all the details.

How It All Works

SoundCloud states that they’ll pay royalties based on the span of time fans listen to a particular artist. The total amount of money generated by those fans is based on these three factors:

  1. How much the fan listens to that artist relative to all their listening time in a given month
  2. How many advertisements the fan has consumed
  3. Whether the fan has a paying subscription to SoundCloud Go+

From there, the amount of money you can make is dependent upon the number of fans you have and how much time they spend listening to your original music. 

So that’s the rundown of the fan-powered royalty program. Once you understand the necessary steps, it’s pretty easy to grasp.

The Long-Term Benefits

It’s been a long time since the industry has seen anything like this. Not only that, but it’s the first model of its kind to exist in the digital age of music. The best part is that it’s going to create a more equitable environment in the industry. Artists can have that feeling of financial control over their music again.

It’s not yet clear just how impactful this will be in terms of SoundCloud artists themselves. I can see some major benefits for musicians who already have a decent amount of plays and a loyal fan base. It can also be a great career tool for more established artists on SoundCloud.

The bigger impact I see is more of a ripple effect down the road.

Spotify has a newer program of their own where fans can send tips to their favorite artists. SoundCloud’s fan-powered royalty system digs a little deeper than that. That being said, I can only imagine that Spotify would want to follow suit and roll out their own version of SoundCloud’s system.

After that, things could snowball. Next thing you know, Apple has fan-powered royalties, then Pandora, maybe even Amazon. My point is that we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg right now of just how big of a deal this is.

I mean, it’s every musician’s dream to make a living off of their music right? Well, this is sure to be a step in the right direction for independent artists to make that dream a reality.

We would love to hear your thoughts and share stories of any successes you see with the Soundcloud Fan Powered Royalty System. Keep in touch.

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CHRIS ST JOHN RELEASES THE ALBUM ‘I’M DREAMING’

Over the last quarter-century, Long Island Singer/Songwriter Chris St. John has truly led a diverse and successful professional career in the field of law as a prosecutor, judge, and practicing attorney. 

Now, his dream of lateral success in the music business is starting to become a reality, as his LP, I’m Dreaming, is now available on www.chrisstjohn.com, Soundcloud, and all the major services. His instantly satisfying first single from the record “I Called You Rose”, hit Number #3 on the Euro Indie Music Charts and #8 on the World Indie Music Charts – with a second tune “I’d Send You My Heart” – hitting the airwaves now.

The album includes 13 original songs plus a cover of Peggy O’ and a musical score that connects two compositions.

The topics include the loss of love at a young age; the loss of his parents; the birth of his son John (now 18) and life with his wife of 27 years Elisabeth; a surprise DNA discovery; a serious illness where he was put in a medically induced coma, and a nurse sang him back to life; the loss of a young relative in a car accident and the subsequent climb out of depression; alcohol addiction and recovery; and a gift from his grandmother that he intends to return to her someday.

My professional career is what I do. These songs are who I am. They are about my personal life. The songs have been written over about 30 years, with four new ones written in the last several months to finish up the album,” he added.

Chris also worked in the State Department, participating in the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in 1987; and lived, studied, and taught in China later that year. He was also a Congressional Aide and is now a volunteer firefighter.

In 2015, he and his friend started a not-for-profit charity called HALO Missions, which provides medical care, clothing, food, farming equipment, and surgeries for AIDS orphans and the extreme poor throughout Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. 

St John remarked, The title of the LP is ‘I’m Dreaming’ because some of these songs were dreamed in my sleep and written down when I awoke. Others came from daydreams.  There are so many references to dreaming in the album. I guess I like to dream. People have told me I should write a book or make an album. This is both to me”.

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Elektragaaz Welcome Us To “The Synaesthetic Picture Show”

Elektragaaz are a global live and virtual instrumental group featuring a mix of live and electronic music with most of the members based in the New York metropolitan area but headed by a mysterious and intensely private Frisian composer using the pseudonym of Poppo Redband but usually referred to as simply Redband. The group exists in both the real world and in a fictional universe, a volatile blend that can be bewitching or bewildering or both.

The music too may leave listeners both bewildered and bewitched, drawing on such far flung influences as classical music, hip hop, rock, club, techno, pop, dance, film noir, comic books, and video games– all precipitated by Redband’s neurological condition which causes him to see music as well as hear it.  

As an introduction to the world of Elektragaaz, here’s “Cabin Fever”, a salute to all of us who are hanging tough and sheltering in place despite the madness of the plague years with a special shout-out to all the front-line workers keeping us all afloat. 

Major contributors to Elektragaaz include a mix of rising young musical stars and seasoned veterans including Tom McCaffrey, Mathew Muntz, Kathy Sheppard, Mike Nolan, Jasper Shogo Dutz, Kate Amrine and Josh Henderson. Other featured contributors have included Michael Suke Cerulo, Jake Chapman, Lisa Dowling, Luisa Bastidas, Erin Hill and Keve Wilson. The music is arranged and produced by Trebor Lloyd of City Canyons Productions who most recently produced The Painted Caravan Trilogy for The Peter Ulrich Collaboration headed by ex Dead Can Dance percussionist Peter Ulrich. Elektragaaz’s first release, the digital EP, “ The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1” will be released on Feb. 12 by AIS Records and will be distributed by City Hall Records and Orchard. Additional EPs from Elektragaaz will be released every three to four months after the initial release.

The Elektragaaz project all began with a mysterious phone call to Lloyd on a late spring evening in 2017. Lloyd, in his Manhattan apartment, was idly surfing the web when his iPhone buzzed. After he responded with a “hello,” there was a long pause Then a young voice spoke, in clear English with a smidgeon of an accent: “Hello, I see some music that needs listening”. Lloyd smiled at the odd turn of phrase and asked “OK, and who are you?”.  Another long pause. “I don’t use my real name. I go by Poppo Redband but just Redband mostly.”

Lloyd gleaned little information on that night or subsequently as to the identity of “Redband”, though in the course of the conversation it appeared that Redband is a fledgling video games developer as well as a composer, purportedly based in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands,. Redband told Lloyd he was working on a musical project that he styled Elektragaaz and wanted to gather collaborators and a producer for what he called his musical “quest”. Following the conversation, Redband began to send Lloyd intriguing electronic tracks via WeTranfer, Dropbox and Google Drive, the material originating from an ever-changing array of email addresses. Lloyd pulled in the most talented folk available in the New York area for the purposes of the Elektragaaz collaboration, eventually recording a deep and wildly varied collection of instrumental music, a small slice of which will be included in the debut EP. 

Thus the Elektragaaz saga began but it is far from over and continues, with a variety of twists and turns including, for example, the introduction of the characters Tom Elektron, Mat Thunder, Kathy Kaos, Jas Windstorm, Kosmik Kate, Josh Firebow and Steel Mike. And exactly who is Redband? The only image that purports to be him is carefully doctored to hide more than it reveals. But that’s another story for another time.

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Experience “Ecstasy” on New Jam by Jesse Eplan

Emerging Hip Hop Performer/Producer Jesse Eplan has teamed up with Da Last Phoenix & Kfedey to release the video for their single “Ecstasy”, available now on Spotify and all the major services.

Trio Trounce Competition with Tight Flow and Bouncing Beats in Vibing Video

With major influences ranging from artists like Future to Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown and Travis Scott – Jesse Eplan has taken their flow, hooks, beat selection, and more into account when creating his own music. Jesse’s latest efforts show a real maturity in songwriting.

Take note of his unique approach to the sonic production and attention to the smallest details coupled with a genius level creativity in the world of beat creation. A New York native, Jesse broke major ground with the release of his first two major LP’s recorded while at the University of Tampa – 2017’s “Trap Harmony” and 2018’s “Purple Wave“, and the Trap and Hip-Hop world took MAJOR notice of the rising young star through his collaborations with like minded artists like Famous Dex (A$AP Rocky, Lil Pump) and Kontraversy (Grafh, LouGotCash).

After blazing into high gear last fall with “Player” and “Bakwoods”, it’s safe to say that the five tool Hip-hop/R&B Songwriter and Performer has proven he is ready to take the next step in his career.

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7 Ways a Watch Beats a Mobile Phone

With the advent of the mobile phone, there came a substantial drop in the use of wristwatches. After all, why lug around two devices that can tell you what time it is? The watch has been making a comeback, however, and there are many reasons for it. Here’s a look at why you might want to consider strapping on a timepiece to keep track of the hours instead of digging for your mobile phone every time.

1. Keeps You Focused

How could a piece of jewelry on your wrist possibly keep you focused? Think about that other thing you have in your pocket that tells time. It is a huge distracting force in most people’s lives. You take your mobile phone out of your pocket to check the time, and oh, look, you got a text; someone commented on your tweet; a news story popped up that you just have to read right now; so on, and so on. Leave that phone in your pocket and just take a quick peek at your wrist. What do you know? You’re still on schedule.

2. Looks Classy

You may think that your new iPhone is the height of sophistication—after all, it cost you an arm and a leg—but, sorry to break it to you, it’s not. Your phone is a highly functional tool, but a quality timepiece can genuinely convey a sense of class. A store like My Gift Stop is a great place to find the perfect watch to match your style.

3. Convenient and Quick

A watch is far simpler and more convenient than a cellphone. In addition to the split second it takes to know the time, you don’t have to dig it out of your pocket or your purse. If you’re late for your appointment while driving freeway speeds, it’s not the time to search for your phone. In addition, if you’re going out for a quick jog, who wants a giant phone bouncing around in their sweat pants pocket? Even those armband holders aren’t nearly as convenient as a simple dial on your wrist.

4. Adds Some Flair

You may have a flashy phone case, a clever sticker on it, or a PopSocket with a photo of your favorite K-drama star, but it will never give that stylish touch that a watch can. For you that may be a classic Bulova with a gold tone dial, a durable Victorinox Swiss Army watch or a low-price Casio digital with a resin strap. Another great thing about watches is that you can have more than one to mix and match with your outfit. It would be pretty impractical to carry around a different phone with each change of clothes.

5. Simple and Reliable

Although some may have extra functionality, a watch essentially does one thing. It is designed very well to tell you what time it is, as opposed to a mobile phone that seems to do more things than you can even imagine, sometimes leading to poor performance. Also, a watch doesn’t need to be charged every day. Some of them, called automatic watches, are even designed to self-charge as you wear them.

6. Withstands the Elements

Some watches, like the rugged Luminox Navy Seal watches, are designed to take a beating from the elements and can even withstand waters up to 200 meters deep. Your phone might not survive being dropped in a puddle. Luminox watches will also glow in any light condition for up to 25 years. That’s a lot more appealing than having to light up your face with a harsh phone light every time you want to check the time in the dark. Not to mention how annoying that could be to those around you; if you’re in a dark theater, for example.

7. Built to Last

Finally, a watch is a quality piece of machinery that is made for longevity. A high-quality timepiece could even be passed down from generation to generation. You’ll be lucky if your phone lasts a few years before it’s outdated and won’t load the most recent operating system.

You’re not going to get rid of your phone, and really, you probably shouldn’t. We have become a society completely reliant on them, and they are incredibly useful. However, with a watch on your wrist, you can ignore that clunky mobile distraction just a bit more often.

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Bong Etiquette for Musicians and Fans

Using a bong with bandmates and friends can be an enjoyable experience. However, this comes with some rules, which are all geared toward keeping the experience enjoyable, relaxing, and safe for everyone. Below is the basic bong etiquette to observe during one of those moments.

Clean it: It’s important to keep your bong clean! Nobody needs a dirty bong to place his or her lips on. Even if the mouthpiece is clean, it is only good to take good care of your piece, particularly if you are going to share it with others. Of course, your best friends and bandmates won’t mind, but is that how you should treat them?

Only add water: to enable the pipe to be underwater, add enough fluid to the cavity. And, yeah, what you want to put in your bong is water. It may sound nice to have juice, booze, or soda, but it does nothing to change the experience. You’ll know You’ve overfilled the chamber if you take a draw and water gets into your mouth. Simply pour water out before you get a good bubbly sound while the slider is submerged. 

Fill the bowl: How many of you are going to take part? And how big of a bowl is yours? Those are the only two questions you need to ask yourself. Let’s say that you have a bowl of the normal size and that you share it with two mates. Cover the bowl with about half (3⁄4 grams or so) of cannabis. In your mug, you can place ground cannabis or a chunk of a plant. Either one will work; however, most people prefer unground buds.

Take it easy: the lungs do not need to be polluted by heavy smoke. Particularly on your first turn, you don’t want to cough up that lung. Light the weed in the bowl and softly inhale the smoke until you feel it in your lungs. Before exhaling, hold it in for a second or two. 

Don’t ‘Keep the Microphone’: Take your turn and move it to the next user and let it rotate. Do NOT keep dreaming about your beautiful puppy or your rude co-worker while others await their puff. This is called “holding the microphone” and is bad bong etiquette. First of all, no one will listen to your story; they’re all waiting for you to pass the bong and stop wasting precious weed. 

Pass to the Left: Pass the bong carefully to the individual on your left after you have had your turn (one of two solid draws). why? No one knows. That’s just part of the polite weed culture.

Know Your Limit: Just because they keep passing it to you doesn’t mean you have to smoke it. It’s not a competition; it’s should only be enjoyable and relaxing. If you’ve had enough, simply take the bong and pass it along to the next person. It’s never a bad idea to research and get more information about smoking weed.

Ultimately, be careful when handling the bong because if you break it, you own it! If such an eventuality occurs. Don’t panic as there are many places to buy bongs Canada. All you need to do is hop into your favorite bong shop and choose what you want.

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Chris St. John Shares New Single “I Called You Rose”

After releasing two Christmas songs in December, Singer/Songwriter Chris St. John presents “I Called You Rose”; the first single from his upcoming debut record I’m Dreaming. The album will include 13 original songs, plus Chris’ version of the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple”. The finishing touches are being put on the offering, expected for release in early February 2021.

“I Called You Rose was the last song I wrote for the album”, said St. John “It came fast and I could not get it out of my head. It’s a song about falling in love and breaking up – with alcohol. I like that it’s upbeat and has a happy ending. I pray this song for everyone who finds it hard to put the bottle down.”

Over the last quarter century, Singer/Songwriter (and former Judge) Chris St. John has truly led a diverse and successful professional career in the field of law. Now, his dream of lateral success in the music business is starting to become a reality, with the release of the instantly satisfying first single “I Called You Rose” available this Friday Jan 15th, 2021 on Spotify and all the major music services.  

St. John has been a practicing attorney for 26 years; a former judge and prosecutor; worked in the State Department, participating in the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in 1987; and lived, studied, and taught in China later that year. He was also a Congressional Aide and is now a volunteer firefighter.

In 2015, he and his friend started a not-for-profit charity called HALO Missions, which provides medical care, clothing, food, farming equipment, and surgeries for AIDS orphans and the extreme poor throughout Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. 

“My professional career is what I do. These songs are who I am. They are about my personal life. The songs have been written over about 30 years, with four new ones written in the last several months to finish up the album,” he added.

The topics include the loss of love at a young age; the loss of his parents; the birth of his son John (now 17) and life with his wife of 27 years Elisabeth; a surprise DNA discovery; a serious illness where he was put in a medically induced coma, and a nurse sang him back to life; the loss of a young relative in a car accident and the subsequent climb out of depression; alcohol addiction and recovery; and a gift from his grandmother that he intends to return to her someday.

“The title of the LP is ‘I’m Dreaming’ because some of these songs were dreamed up and written down when I awoke. And there are so many references to dreaming in the album. I guess I like to dream. People have told me I should write a book or make an album. This is both to me.”

The album and individual songs can be downloaded for purchase from iTunes, Spotify, and all other musical platforms shortly.

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