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2015-08-27 23.01.26

What’s in my DJ Bag

To compliment a few posts on DJ Tech Tools, I wanted to share what is inside of my DJ bag.





  • Serato SL.2. Serato USB card used for backup.
  • Sony MDR-V700. I had purchased 2 pairs of these while they were still in production and once these break, I will need to move on to a new model.
  • Macbook Pro 13″ (2013) with Rekordbox and Serato DJ.


  • RCA Wires, XLR, Ipod
  • USB cables for CDJ’s and Serato backup

Dave’s stuff:


Serato >>>>> Rekordbox

After 8 years with Serato Scratch Live(And a bit of DJ), I made the move to CDJ’s with Rekordbox exclusively. Here are some thoughts.

Prepping playlists. Inside of Serato, dragging and dropping crates in a parent/child hierarchy is fantastic.  These work perfectly as expected and have become a standard for all other DJ softwares.  Serato also allows for quick export from Crates to folders for easy backup.  I am still keeping my Serato Crates up to date, so I am adding all of my new music here, followed by exporting to a local computer folder, and importing that into Rekordbox.   Serato Bulk changes and tag management are still better, but can all be done with a few extra clicks in Rekordbox.

When analyzing the songs in crates, Serato is much simpler to insert its first cue point, and is more accurate with the beat counter. Rekordbox has analyzed many of the songs incorrectly, and it is quirky to set the first beat. Pioneer seems to keep re-writing how this looks in the software, and which has been improved since RB’s first version.

Individual Songs- With Serato timecode control, I found myself mixing using the first hot-start button on my computer or players for nearly every track. Now with CDJ mixing, I am using the cue point for the single start point for each track.  Reading waveforms from Serato to Rekordbox is different as well. Since I am used to those in SDJ, it takes some getting used to the peaks and valleys in rekordbox.

Importing Music. I still find it easier to sort from many folders into Serato then export and import into Rekordbox. I don’t want to import every song downloaded into Rekordbox, since it is harder to clean up that database than it is for Serato.  Nearly all of my MP3’s are purchased from DJCity and are tagged properly for Serato, but not Rekordbox.

Spinning Live.  Setting up is much quicker now that I do not need a laptop, wires, and a USB soundcard connected to my gear. Things also look cleaner now that the setup is simpler.  I find myself queue’ing up tracks quicker with Rekordbox while with Serato, always waiting until the last minute. I have acknowledged that finding a track in a pinch, whether it is for a request or a creative set is tougher on the CDJ’s.



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Which is the better product? In 2015, I am happy to be on Rekordbox with XDJ’s.


A DJ’s favorite DJ’s

This is a list of my favorite DJ’s and producers. I look up to these artists for musical inspiration, new tracks, new styles to evolve my sets.

DJ E-rock– From Las Vegas, E-Rock spins one of the largest nightclubs in town, 1 Oak.erock I met him years ago at Haze, and have been listening to his podcast since the days of Wild 949.  His open format sets with big room anthems and club sounds are some of my favorites to listen to. I also admire the creative marketing twist that he displays both traveling, and spinning some of the top nightclubs.


Brendan Fallis– I found Brendan on Soundcloud when I first got into deep house music.

mainImage2His sets are dominantly inspired by his second job, as a fashion model.  His Soundcloud sets are spot on, and I have even used these as background music at events in the past.



DJ Breeazy– If I was ever going to trainspot another DJ and steal all of the tracks from their set, it would be Breeazy’s.  He has been playing Boston’s largest nightclub for quite some time, and operates the largest dance floors in the city.

43-atxlHis sets opening for some of Boston’s biggest touring acts and playing on party boat cruises both have the same theme, keeping the crowd happy.




Viceroy– Summertime is all the time. One of my favorite genre’s to spin is anything that this guy puts out, or has in his mixtapes. Cre8tive-Music-Launch-DJ-Viceroy-Grand-Theft-Auto-Party-Microsoft-ATX-The-DomainHis track Ride Wit Me is one of my favorites to play, and even listen to during me time. Listen to his Vita tapes for great tropical tunes. This guy takes tropical tunes to a new level.



Mark Kinchen-MK is one of my favorite DJ/Producers who just happened to create my favorite track.  While I was living in Europe, his song Look Right Through

url was the biggest song in the clubs, and it was great to hear him play a set in Boston with his distinct deep sound.  MKis a very simple performance DJ, using all specialized edits of each of his tracks which built the crowd up. Shout out to DT for introducing me to his tracks.


How I built an iTunes Podcast for my Mixtapes


I’ve been hosting my own website for nearly 6 years now with a WordPress server, and never wanted to risk another company or product having control of my website.  Many of these web applications come and go, as well as make business changes which could affect my website. Just recently, Soundcloud angered many artists with its changes to how they delivered trademarked music.  Many users flocked to Mixcloud and other hosting services after these changes.   For many years, I have hosted my own podcast on my website to avoid swings like Soundcloud made, as well as having complete control for the delivery of my mixtapes. I have an iTunes feed which makes for simple delivery to iPhones and AppleTV, and even a HTML5 mobile web player for folks using other devices.  Here is how I set this up.


  1. Hosting the website on WordPress allows me to create a category just for my mixtapes.
  2. The podPress plugin to create the iTunes feed and iTunes store profile information.
  3.  Submit the podcast directly to Apple
  4. For every new blog post, use WordPress Shortcodes to embed the mp3 file into each new blog post. This uses HTML5 so it can be played in all browsers on all devices.
  5. When I upload each of my mp3s to my web host, they are automatically transferred to Amazon S3. This enables my podcast to be played anywhere around the world with a very responsive experience, since it is hosted in the Amazon Cloud.
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2014 New Years Eve Mixtape

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Every year, I put together a countdown mixtape for your parties at home.  This includes some of my favorite tracks from 2014, as well as new songs and throwback remixes. This mixtape includes deep house tracks and a count down right at midnight. Shout out to DT for introducing me to Deep House music!

Start this mixtape promptly at 11pm to get ready for the count down!

Download David’s New Years 2014 Countdown Mixtape


My 2014

I changed careers for the first time in 5 years, DJ’d many fantastic events, and upgraded nearly all of my technology.



Career. I moved on from HubSpot to Act-On after a 5 year adventure. I was able to watch the team transform  from 60 employees to its peak as a billion dollar public company. Congrats to everyone for growing an amazing marketing machine.  Something I was missing while at HubSpot was working in a customer facing role. Now at Act-On, I am a product specialist working with all of our new customers on implementing the technology into their marketing efforts.   I am also working to build our new office expansion here in Burlington.  This reminds me of the time I spent in Dublin building the office there.

Website. This website has been running on WP-Engine with an ElegantThemes WordPress theme for nearly a year now. Traditionally, I spend the holiday break updating and rebuilding the back end of my website. Now with WP-Engine, I do not need to worry about maintenance or changes to the site. Page load time was decreased, as well as the number of outages which happened with the previous web host.  I also changed mp3 player plugins to use the native WordPress audio player, so all browsers and devices can play the mp3 mixtapes on the site.

DJ. This year I learned a lesson: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I made the move to Serato DJ from Serato Scratch Live. For the first time, I had my software crash while in a set. DJ’ing has become more technologically advanced with computer integration and I need to get back to basics with my system.  I have been playing great gigs for venture events, clubs like Royale and Estate, and other private events around town using Serato DJ and USB with on the CDJ2000’s.  Listen to my recent recorded mixtapes here.

Technology. I upgraded my old iPad 2 to the iPad Air 2. While the shelf life of these devices is just over 2 years, I waited to upgrade and found this new iPad Air 2 can be a replacement for a standard issue laptop.   I also purchased the iPhone 5s over my old 4s, but that is old news now.  I am still an Apple fanboy.



Thank you to all of the friends and peers who were in the 2014 adventure.


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