Essential DJ gifts this Christmas
Christmas comes round but once a year and as anyone who knows a DJ will agree, they are tricky people to buy presents for. Certainly buying them records or CDs can be particularly tricky as you can never truly capture someone else's actual audio tastes and more importantly whether they have that music already. Fear not, here are a few great gift ideas you can buy and pop into your loved one's Christmas stocking.
Music - Bill Brewster - Tribal Rites - Eskimo Records
Dance music's veteran DJ and writer Bill Brewster has put together one of the compilations of 2017 across a triple CD or two sets of double vinyl. Compilations are a great gift for any DJ especially when they have been curated by someone who has a knowledge of electronic and dance music that is second to none. Brewster takes us on a real journey through his own musical heritage across multiple music landscapes that helped shape him and his own tastes. The triple CD features 41 tracks from an incredible array of artists including Larry Heard, Maurizio and Swag to name but a few. Everything is on show here from disco to post-punk, from reggae to house music. The vinyl is spread across two double albums with part one focusing on the rarities and part two stepping up the tempo with the floor fillers. Might be worth rifling through their latest purchases first though, to check they don't already have this
Read - Mark Archer with Andrew Woods - The Man Behind the Mask
If ever there was a symbol synonymous with the rave scene at its most potent then it was the builder's white dust mark with a simple letter A printed on it. It was Altern8 who took the rave scene to a whole new level along with the likes of The Prodigy and with that brought a sense of madcap humour to the dancefloor. The book captures the story or Mark Archer who was half of the driving force behind Altern8 as well as the brilliant Nexus 21 act who came first. The book is an account of the hit singles, the global tours and the subsequent aftermath. The book features contributions from 808 State, LFO, Bizarre Inc and Moby to name but a few. At present the book can only be pre-ordered and can be upgraded to a deluxe bundle or super deluxe bundle that contains a limited edition 12 inch, CD and poster. Altern8 continue to entertain fans across the world and this book is a worthy addition to their collections.
Eat - Fred DINNER DJ Dining Set
As everyone with kids appreciates, Christmas really is for the children and this gift is perfect for any child who aspires to be like their DJ mum or dad. The plate has movable knobs and levers as well as a 'tonearm' combo spoon, knife and fork. The middle of the tray and plate which is made from 100% food safe melamine features classic tracks including No Sleep till Broccoli, Like a vegan and I'll do anything for lunch (But I won't eat that). So whilst your kids tuck into their dinner they can practice their very finest cuts and scratches - fresh!
Pets - Suck UK Cat Scratching DJ Deck
If the wannabe DJ kids get a gift this year, what about the pets? If you live with a DJ and have pets, then it's likely they have to succumb to the constant four on the floor sounds permeating throughout the house. If that is the case, why not get them their own DJ gift to play along with the thumping tracks. Given there is now such a thing as beer for dogs, you shouldn't be surprised that cats get something equally cool. The Cat Scratching DJ Deck is a cardboard turntable shaped cat scratching mat that you put onto the platter for your feline friend to try out their own skills. As the description says, you can look at your cat doing human things rather than have to suffer watch it shred your favourite couch to shreds.
Work - Printed Pioneer DJ CDJ2000 NEXUS studio producer Mouse pad
Almost now as iconic as the Technic 1200, the Pioneer CDJ is the industry standard piece of equipment these days. Now you can have it close to hand whilst you check emails and social media as MostWantedCreations have turned it into a mouse mat. So if you have a DJ friend and want to get someone a nice stocking filler for less than £10 this is a perfect gift. If you are more of a beatmaker producer then there is also an Akai MPC mouse mat so you can pretend to craft the perfect loop whilst checking out Facebook.
DJ Pizza slipmat
Many DJs don't have the best of diets as being nocturnal animals often means a trip to the kebab shop on the way home after delivering a set. Being on the go in the early hours often means eating what you can, with pizza being part of that not-so staple diet. For DJs yearning for their favourite takeaway meal there is a perfect gift in the shape of a 12 inch of a different kind. Myslipmats has lots of different slipmats for DJs with one that looks like a classic margherita with rocket salad topping. Handmade from felt, it comes in eco-packaging and looks so good that you could almost eat it.Get those Christmas tracks with Trackhunter
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