Dave Austin – Music Professor

The DJ Age Issue

By Dave Austin – “The Music Professor” I had lunch with a DJ buddy last week, and as we waited for our food, he began to tell me about his business being substantially down from previous years.  He wondered aloud…

2014 Music Trends

By Dave Austin, “The Music Professor” As working DJs, it’s imperative that we be acutely aware of both current and near-future music trends, and I’ve been doing some research on what music biz insiders think will be the big trends…

Are Vinyl Records Gone Forever?

By Dave Austin “The Music Professor” I was prowling around the local music store this past week and, as always, I found my way to the area where the vinyl recordings are kept.  To my surprise, a bright new wall…

Getting Jazzed

By Dave Austin “The Music Professor” If we want to speak about a truly American musical form which has deep roots, we can always talk about jazz.  Rooted in spirituals, work songs and other early basic musical forms, jazz has…

Riding the New Wave

By Dave Austin, “The Music Professor” I’m going to toss out a few groups and you name the musical genre into which they fall:  Adam and the Ants, B-52’s, Cars, Echo & the Bunnymen, Devo, R.E.M., and INXS. If you…

Should DJs Be Music Moral Guardians?

By Dave Austin “Music Professor” What’s Appropriate? In preparing for a recent birthday party for a group of thirteen year olds, the sponsoring parents expressed concern about the music I would be playing. Would the songs be appropriate for the…