Podcasts are a staple of the 21st century, and many DJs, labels, and radio stations host podcast mix shows. These podcasts can be extremely valuable resources for DJs to find new tracks and hear masterful mixers in action. A DJ can find new gems through a podcast and a selector playing a gig in an unfamiliar genre can find out what tracks are popular. In today’s roundup, Dean William has collected eight podcasts made by DJs, for DJs. Hear what we found, and be sure to share your favorites in the comments.
Fire & Ice: Drum and Bass Mix
Host: Johnny B
Frequency: Every 2-3 Months
Johnny B’s Fire & Ice podcast features a variety of drum and bass music from a DJ who has been in the scene since 2000. His track selection offers a good palette for DJs to find new DnB tracks. Many of his podcasts chart in the Top 10 on Mixcloud for DnB mixes, and his mixing is usually flawless.
DJ LeFtO’s Weekly Mix
This is weekly mix by LeFtO is a great resource for DJs who are looking for “boom bap”-type beats, hip-hop, soul, etc. LeFtO digs deep for gems, exclusive releases, and curates all the sounds into a great 1-2 hour mix each week.
Find, Share, Rewind
Host: DJ Shadow
Frequency: First Saturday of Every Month
The legendary DJ Shadow is now spinning a monthly mix on the public radio station, KCRW, where he shares different tracks from across a wide-span of genres and from different decades. The first episode is a comprehensive look into the mind of DJ Shadow and for DJs it serves as a great resource to find obscure tracks.
Expansions May 29th, 2017 on KEXP.org
Hosts: DJ Riz, Masa, Kid Hops
Frequency: Sundays 9PM to Midnight PST
From Seattle, WA comes the Expansions radio show which has been featuring underground beats since 1995. As a brainchild of DJ Riz Rollins, Expansion serves as an escape from the burgeoning music scene. This radio show features a lot of underground music that DJs won’t hear listening to mainstream radio shows. For hidden gems and undiscovered artists, this is a good show to check out
Beats in Space Radio Podcast
Host: Tim Sweeney
Beats in Space Radio is a weekly podcast that is featured on WNYU, New York University’s radio station. The show features guest DJ mixes every week with every track posted in a comprehensive playlist on their website with the track name, artist, and label. Techno, trance, house, acid hop… this podcast covers it all.
Host: Fact Magazine
Fact Magazine is a household name in music media; covering a wide range of genres and releases. Fact Mixes feature a different guest DJ every week who spins a 1 – 1 1/2 hour mix while also providing a track list on their website. The latest episode features ghetto house pioneer DJ Deeon who lays down some really hard hitting tracks.
Host: Resident Advisor Magazine
The weekly RA Podcast features exclusive electronic mixes from well-established producers and DJs around the world. Resident Advisor, est. 2001, is a magazine that showcases electronic music, artists, and events around the world. Each episode features a 1+ hour mix, interview with the DJ, and (usually) a tracklist.
Deeper Shades of House
Host: Lars Behrenroth
Frequency: Every Friday
Deep House in all its different shades is the main genre featured on Deeper Shades Of House. The podcast features brand new music and songs the listeners might not have heard in a while as well as guest mixes by known and unknown DJs.
Host: Deep House Amsterdam Magazine
Deep House Amsterdam is an online magazine dedicated to the underground side of dance music. Each week, DHA hosts a different DJ’s mix with a full tracklist on their website. This is another podcast to check out for deep underground cuts.
Expansion Broadcast #700 with K-Rai
Host: IllEffect (a.k.a. Erictronica)
Frequency: Every Friday
Expansion Broadcast has been delivering weekly podcasts since 2003 out of Washington D.C. The podcast features DJs spinning fresh dubstep, future garage, bass music, and drum & bass tracks. Full tracklists are available on their website and the podcast can be found in most major podcast players.
Keeping The Rave Alive
Host: DJ Kutski
Since 2012, DJ Kutski has released Keeping The Rave Alive every week to highlight harder styles of dance music such as hardstyle, jumpstyle, hardcore, happy hardcore, etc. The podcast is in a radio show format with interjections by DJ Kutsi periodically and comical DJ name drops. Past all of the commercialism, KTRA is a great place to keep up on harder styles of dance music.
What mix shows and podcasts do you find the most useful as a DJ? Share in the comments.