Being the groove-master at parties, bars and weddings isn’t always easy when you’re playing open-format. If one event you’re asked to switch it up to an Afrobeats night, it can be a slight scramble to get the right tunes together before you head out. Beatsource reckon they can help out open-format DJs, with curated playlists for a variety of genres.
Born out of a collaboration between Beatport and DJCity, Beatsource features list for hip-hop, R&B, Latino, dance, electronic, radio hits, Afrobeats and more. Playlists are to be curated from Kidd Spin (Music Director at DJCity), DJ Crew of 102.7 KIIS-FM, DJ Majestik of 97.1 Radio LA, and DJames of Capital XTRA (UK) and Daniel “DC” Calderon, Head of Latin Music Programming at TuneIn. Turntablist veteran, A-Trak is also a prominent name on the board at Beatsource.
CEO Brian Wong tells Billboard: “Past generations of open-format DJs had access to 12-inch vinyl or CD singles that contained special DJ versions such as instrumentals, acapellas and extended edits. DJs have a long history of differentiating themselves by ‘crate-digging’ for unique versions of songs to include in their DJ sets but today’s mainstream digital providers focus on music consumers over professional DJs.”
“As the consumer music services got better and smarter, the DJ was forgotten,” Wong continues. “Algorithms rule the charts. A good open-format DJ can read any room and quickly adapt their music selection upon instinct. Your favourite DJ may not always be playing the top 10 hits of the moment, but they are your favourite because their music selection speaks to you. Beatsource is curated specifically to give the professional DJ the tools to be your favourite DJ.”
Beatsource is available to use now, find out more at beatsource.com