‘Twitter DJ’ for Traktor Pro by M_nus Records :: DJ Endo Reviews

What if every underground artist had a way to see what DJs are playing their tracks in the clubs? What if they could not only see who’s playing their tracks, but could see what time the DJ played their track, what country, and even got a message the minute their track was dropped in the club? And even better, what if the artist could actually get PAID for their track getting played? Thanks to a new technology called Twitter DJ this is all possible now.

Twitter DJ is a free application made by Bryan McDade of Richie Hawtin’s Label, Minus Recordings. The application works with Native Instruments DJ Software, Traktor Pro. What it does is uses Traktor’s broadcasting technology and gets ID3 Information (Artist – Title) from Traktor Pro, and broadcasts the track listing LIVE on twitter as the DJ is playing their set. So you could be on the dance floor with your cell phone watching what the DJ is playing in real time if you follow them on Twitter. This not only allows you to see how a DJ builds up a set, and what their favorite producers are, but also allows the producers who are making the music to see who’s playing their tracks.

I’ve been using Twitter DJ now for about a year, and when I’m able to use it is very exciting. I am constantly getting tweets from some of my favorite producers thanking me for playing their tracks. Lately, I’ve actually been adding the artist’s twitter screen names to my tracks in Traktor. For example, if the Producers name is Carlo Lio, I will add Carlo’s twitter handle after his name (ex. Carlo Lio @CarloLio), so the minute I play his track, my twitter will read “DJEndoLive is now playing Carlo Lio @CarloLio – Sammy’s Revenge” and Carlo will see it as I’m playing it. He will also see in my twitter feed “DJEndoLive is starting to play from Voyeur Nightclub – San Diego, CA” so he’ll know where I played his track. I’ve also been also experimenting with writing #nowplaying in my tweets so my set is in the trending topic #nowplaying on Twitter. I’ve found this helps get me more followers.

Right now only a handful of DJ’s are using Twitter DJ. One of the main reasons is because of how difficult and tedious the program is to install. To get twitter DJ working, you must go into the mac terminal and type all kinds of weird code. You also must install Xcode, Icecast and MacPorts. This installation takes a long time and is very complex. Most users will give up and download the simpler Twitter application for Traktor called Metadata made by Disconova which takes only a few minutes to get up and running.

One issue I’ve had with Twitter DJ is a lot of clubs don’t have wifi, or internet connections. You need to be online for Twitter DJ to work. The other issue is the wifi network has to be stable, otherwise Traktor will have audio dropouts when your computer tries to connect to an unstable network. This is true for all audio applications on mac. So if you use it, you want to make sure you have a stable Internet connection, preferably using an Ethernet cable.

While this technology is only beginning to be embraced by DJs, and was originally just made for trainspotters on the dancefloor, I believe that in the long run it has the potential to change the music industry as we know it getting independent artists paid by performance right societies such as ASCAP and SESAC who tend to overlook independent artists. But for now, it is a great way to entertain your fans and bring good music to those who seek it out.

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  • Ben XO
  • 7/27/2010

I have made a similar application for Serato ScratchLive!. It will post to Twitter, and also scrobble to Last.fm.

As of yet, it does not have a pretty GUI, so it does involve typing something into Terminal – but it is nowhere near as much hassle to get up and running as what you described above with Xcode and such, it should work on most Macs out of the box. (It will also work on Windows, but you’ll have to install a few extra pieces).

ScratchLive doesn’t have a broadcast facility, so my app obviously doesn’t hook into ScratchLive in the same way. This also means you’re unlikely to get audio dropouts, even with flaky wifi.

  • childplay
  • 7/27/2010

I think this is a very good I idea but how would you expect to get paid each time your track has been played?

  • Matt Shadetek
  • 7/27/2010

One way would be if the performing rights authorities like ASCAP and BMI would take it into account, or better yet provide facilities for the same functionality, then the number of club spins a record gets could be tracked and potentially royalty payments could be made.

  • Endo
  • 7/27/2010

FYI everybody – the new update of Twitter DJ is SUPER easy to install and works a lot better!