The Unexpected After-Effects Of Purchasing A DJ Controller
Dance Music Northwest's Cameron Frazier details his personal journey exploring the world of dance music production.This article originally appeared on Dance Music Northwest
The rise in digital music creation has helped the spread of what was once considered an underground genre of music.
With EDM gaining popularity each year, it’s becoming gradually more common to see people getting into music production and DJ’ing. Services like Spotify and Soundcloud have made it easier than ever to access a growing global library of music. Meanwhile, the cost of technology has slowly become more affordable on DJ gear like MIDI pads or a DJ controller. Hence, creating and manipulating music has never been more accessible to the masses than in the last several years.
Like many other teenagers, I grew up owning a guitar that I’d occasionally play a song or two on. Although there was never any aspiration to be in a band, or become famous, I enjoyed the freedom of expression and creativity owning an instrument gave me. When I first began getting into electronic music, the idea of mixing my own sets seemed beyond reach, not to mention the cost to even pick up gear and starting was well beyond my budget. However, with the cost of a DJ controller becoming so affordable, I’d entertain the idea of purchasing one almost weekly. After a few months of research, and several trips to the music store I finally picked up my first controller.