Are some Pro DJ's REALLY using Spotify at gigs?

Are some of you PROFESSIONAL DJ's actually using Spotify at a gig?

What happens if you have no internet? What happens if internet goes out during a song?

What happens when Spotify goes away? Won't you lose your music?

Just questioning is Spotify is a good thing for ANY professional dj?

I know, I would NEVER use it. I want to own my music!
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  • I was djing in a venue last weekend and had three separate people come over asking for requests who seemed to be stunned that I was not using spotify. I don't know any djs who are using spotify during their sets, but there must be some who are.

    I much prefer having my own music. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but where is it written that a DJ should have every song available in case it is requested?
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    It seems good for when that someone inevitably comes up and has a request for a new hot song (I have found some of my best tracks through mid set requests). I like that with Djay 2 you can use your own library and Spotify in tandem.

    Now if only I could figure out how to cross activate my FX pack I bought on iPad to use on my iPhone version as I have a set where I might need to use Spotify and they have no internet at the venue for the iPad, so I might attempt to use the phone WeGO3 combo...First World Problems...
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    I don't call myself a pro, but i am a mobile dj and i have 1 or 2 gig's a month. I have a pretty professional looking setup and do a lot of weddings. Always used my laptop, with serato, or vdj, depending on controller, with my own music bank.
    When djay intgrated spotify, i bought a ipad and beatpad and started using djay/spotify. This has not let me down. I allways have my laptop, with a second controller and vdj standby. Till now, i did not have to use it.
    Also i have my cellphone 4g no data limit standby. This phone can act as my own superfast hotspot in case something goes wrong with the local internet.
    Please dont bash me for using the ipad. It works great for me.
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  • If you do 1 or 2 gigs a month, well... not considered PRO in my book. Do you rely on Spotify for your music or do you buy your music from other sources?

    I am talking to PRO dj's, who do this for a living. Would you EVER reply on Spotify?

    Just wondering if they implemented this for the pro dj or the bedroom dj?
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  • I always DJ with airplane mode turned on. Who even DJs with notifications popping up?
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    I have used Spotify to pull requests that aren't in my library. It hasn't failed me yet. The way I use it is my main rig is on a macbook pro drawing from the local library, connected to a deck that handles playback and cue. The second unit is a numark idjpro with an ipad 3rd gen that is preloaded with about 60G of music and is hooked to my spotify account, and uses wifi or device tethering (I use a Verizon Jetpack, or my ATT iPhone) when I don't have a wifi connection available.

    If my main rig takes a dive (USB cable ends really, really suck), I always have two songs set up on the secondary rig for quick cut in. When someone asks me for something I don't have, I'll pull it on the secondary rig via Spotify, because it pre-caches the song so if there is an internet dropout, it won't affect playback.

    As far as notifications, just put your iDevice in do not disturb.
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    I always use spotify to DJ with. I primarily do weddings and private parties. You can cache your main music (ceremony, reception, first dances, etc.) so you don't need wifi. If the venue doesn't have wifi, I have my phone for hotspot. It has never failed me and I do about 100 gigs a year. With spotify and djay2, I can mix on the fly. Also, if the customer has spotify, they can pick the exact songs they want and then send me their playlist. I once did a wedding in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception and no wifi. I cached all my playlists and there wasn't a song requested that i didn't have.

    If you are a club DJ, then spotify may not be for you, but it works great for me. I make about many many thousands a year in revenue (on top of my 9 to 5) and I have 20 million songs at my disposal while paying $10 a month for a legal streaming service. If that doesn't make me a pro, then so be it, but I live a comfortable life and have 100's of happy clients.

    To be a good DJ, you need an awesome setup with quality components, amazing lighting setup and a charismatic personality. Just because someone takes advantage of 21st century technology, it doesn't make them any less of a professional. Work smarter, not harder and for God's sake, check your ego at the door.

    Why are you on an algoriddim forum if you are knocking others for using their technology? Oh and by the way, you need to have every song at your disposal. A client's guest is going to be very disappointed if they have songs (at their fingertips) that you don't have. If you are at a party and everyone wants to hear a song that you don't have and someone says, "here hook up to my iphone", you should hang your head in shame. Having what the client wants get's you referrals
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  • Not knocking anyone for using their technology. But the technology is ONLY as good as the wi-fi signal. There is NO cacheing playlists from Spotify for us with Djay Pro. It's not allowed through Apple.

    I would NEVER rely on Spotify as a professional. I prefer to own my music.

    Perhaps Apple Music will allow for cacheing offline files. We will see if the technology catches up.

    Don't believe me... look at all the posts where people have problems using Spotify. I am not making this up... look for yourself.
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    No one posts when it al works well. Most of the spotify troubles i read, are user related.
    It has not let me down yet and you don't even need ultrafast wifi. As long as you know the music a bit.

    But true. I do not rely on it all the way. I have my own library of 70.000 songs, (like you djmm) for the no wifi gig's. I have not run into them yet.
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  • If you cache your playlists in spotify app on the iPad or device you are using, you can use delay to play them.
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  • Not any pro dj's using an iPad to gig with.

    And, you can't cache your tracks on a Mac.
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  • DJ Magic Moments is the pro-est DJ name I've ever seen.
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  • Interesting article link here. It's actually against Spotifys t&c's to DJ commercially with Spotify. Spotify is purely for none commercial use.
    https://www.digitaldjtips.com/2015/12...
    • the same could be said for music legally bought from Itunes, Amazon, Google Play and *gasp* even Beatport.

      smh its a mess , so DJs can only legally use music ripped from bought cds, places like Pulse locker or record pools?

      This has been a issue a block I have to get over

      I wanted to use Spotify to DJ (mobile DJ) but then I heard and even emailed Spotify and they said it can only be used for non-commercial ( this was after they gave their blurb commercial about the integration.

      Here is the reply:

      ____________________________________________
      Hello there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It's good to know you're thinking of using Spotify for you DJing needs. We'll look into this for you.

      Djay supports a wide range of professional DJ gear, allowing users to mix tracks from the cloud using tactile knobs, buttons and jog wheels. Algoriddim’s djay 2 app is powered by exclusive hardware from Pioneer, Numark, Vestax, Reloop, Philips, Casio, and Griffin. For the first time, Spotify Premium users are able to instantly mix millions of tracks on professional DJ hardware.

      For more information about this, you can visit this link.

      Please note however that as Spotify is for personal/non-commercial use, we're afraid it's not possible to play Spotify in public places (such as bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, schools, etc.).

      For a closer look at our terms and conditions, please go here.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      All the best,

      *(name of customer support rep)*

      "Music in the soul can be heard by the universe" - Lao Tzu

      Spotify Customer Support

      ____________________________________________________________

      I may have to get back and reply whether that applies to wedding, or birthday parties, anniversaries, AND if I can get paid for it

      But the fact remains, from what I read online they are just trying to protect themselves, though many DJs pretty much use bought music from those places Itunes, Amazon, Google Play and Beatport to DJ ( they may use this plus record pools, cds, etc.).

      so its really kind of messed up to leaves DJs in such a conundrum, I think most DJs don't care but for some that are more conscientious or just want to protect themselves from Djing illegally and getting in trouble its annoying.

      However as Ive read online the likelihood of getting in trouble for it at least in the USA is slim..*shrugs*
      so yeah

      I think its pretty unfair for those who legally bought the mp3s , or wav, etc online.
      Spotify is streaming service so , though to use to DJ one has to pay subscription it doesn't seem music artists don't get much from streaming on Spotfiy compared to say buying the mp3..

      But with that all being said Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Beatport and spotify seem to have a similar clause in their user agreement about using it non-commercially so yeah
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