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Hi, Doctor Nick! - Business Cards and How Traktor/Serato Fit in with Being a 'Proper' DJ

We love Nick Hook. Not just because he's a great dude—which he most definitely is—but because each week, the guy takes time out from his ridiculous schedule of DJing, music making, traveling, partying, and general radness to help out XLR8R readers. Seriously, questions pour in from around the globe—if you have one, make sure to send it to doctornick@xlr8r.com (we ALWAYS need questions)—and Doctor Nick answers them. In a way, the guy is constantly paying it forward, and no matter what the topic, his internal encyclopedia seems to have some small nugget of wisdom that he's more than willing to share. We're lucky to have him. Hi. I'm still in LA. Shout out to the god Salva for putting his new record out. I had a blast with the Friends of Friends crew the other night, and afterwards I ended up in a vortex downtown. Also, shout out to friends winning Grammys. For readers of this column, let me explain that these guys started no differently than anyone else, and it's finally starting to manifest after something like eight or nine years. It's pretty cool. I remember meeting Diplo on a bench outside of Turntable Lab in 2004 and now the dude is up for producer of the year. Like, the same award Quincy Jones wins. The sky really is the limit. … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Buying a Proper DJ Set-Up and the Value of Making Good Content

Nick Hook can't be stopped. Once again, the good doctor is on the road, yet he still made sure to sit down, scrape his brain for knowledge, and put together some advice for the XLR8R massive. For the uninitiated, Doctor Nick does this every Thursday, answering questions about music, life, love, DJing, production, travel, studio gear, and more. He can help you, so send your questions—seriously, we always need more questions—to doctornick@xlr8r.com and let the wisdom flow. Hi. Hope everyone is well. I'm back in LA. I went home to New York for eight hours and got called back to work in LA the next morning. Life. Ride the wave. Check out Kilo Kish's mixtape that came out today. Shout out to Salva for a dope day of Japanese food and listening to new beats. His new record is sick. Shout out to Philly and its amazing art museum. I played this warehouse party in the hood and it was amazing. Ummm.... yeah. Just send in more questions. Haha. :) … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - How to Make Things Happen, Regardless of What City You're In

There's no stopping Nick Hook. This week, the good doctor is in Los Angeles, and even after spending a long night in the club, he made sure to sit down and put together some advice for the XLR8R massive. For the uninitiated, he does this every Thursday, tackling questions about music, DJing, production, travel, romance, studio gear, and more. He can help you, so send your questions to doctornick@xlr8r.com and let the wisdom flow. Hi. It's 3 a.m. My editor Shawn is gonna kill me, but it's hard being a doctor sometimes. Shout out to Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev, Nocando, D Styles, and Nobody for having me out to Low End Theory tonight. It's such an honor to be able to be a part of something that special. To everyone who writes in and wants to know how and why to do things, research their story. They started from scratch, played what they believed in, stuck with it, and it worked. It's amazing. … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - The Pros and Cons of Being Anonymous and What to Do When Your Music Is Difficult

There's no stopping Nick Hook. Even when he's on the road—as he is this week—the man takes the time to dole out advice to the XLR8R massive. He does this every Thursday, tackling questions about music, DJing, production, travel, romance, studio gear, and more. He can help you too, so send your questions to doctornick@xlr8r.com and let the wisdom flow. Sup y'all? I'm comin' from San Francisco. Shout out to my man Vin Sol for saving my life and letting me grab some tunes after I left my hard drive on the plane. Delta, if you have it, I need it! … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - The Secrets of Getting Started and How to Put on a Concert

Nick Hook has the knowledge. XLR8R is just the place where it's easiest to observe him dispensing it. He may not be an actual doctor, but he has more than enough wisdom to show up every Thursday morning and answer questions from our readers about music, gear, DJing, travel, production techniques, love, life, and more. Have a question of your own? Drop him a line at doctornick@xlr8r.com and let the good doctor work his magic. Yooooo. I don't got much to say except that I've been working… a lot. Follow my new assistant Leon on Twitter: @_leonkelly. He's a G. … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Wedding DJs, Jamming with Ableton, and Building a Career in the Music Industry (When You're Not a Musician)

Without tooting our own horn too loudly, we think that there are some pretty talented folks here at XLR8R. That being said, when it came time to launch a new advice column, we knew that nobody on our staff had a skill set that matched up with Nick Hook. He may not be an actual doctor, but he has more than enough wisdom to step in every Thursday morning and answer questions about music, gear, DJing, travel, production techniques, love, life, and more. Doctor Nick is here to help, so drop him a line at doctornick@xlr8r.com and let the flow of knowledge begin. Hi. Happy New Year... still. This is a real question: when do you stop saying "Happy New Year" to people? I'm taking a survey. Keep sending questions. We got a bunch of dope ones last week, but we need more, always. Anyways... happy birthday to Just Blaze, too. … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Free Download Etiquette and Getting DJ Gigs When You Live in the Middle of Nowhere

We've flipped the calendar to 2013 at XLR8R, and while the new year is bound to bring some changes, finding Nick Hook anywhere else but right here on Thursday mornings isn't going to be one of them. For the uninitiated, Doctor Nick is a sort of modern-day renaissance man, and each week he fields questions from our audience and doles out wisdom about music, gear, DJing, travel, production techniques, romance, and whatever else our readers are clamoring to know about. Don't believe us? Drop him a note at doctornick@xlr8r.com and find out. Happy New Year. Hope it was fun and safe for everyone. I had the pleasure of playing with Onra, Nick Catchdubs, and Samo Sound Boy. They were all dope. I know we have taken a few weeks off, but we NEED questions. No you = no me, it's as simple as that. doctornick@xlr8r.com!!!!!!!!!! Since it's the beginning of the year and we all have resolutions in mind, I just wanted to share something I like to do every year: set goals. Open a note on your phone, or get out a piece of paper and a pencil—whatever works for you. Be broad, dream, reach for it all. I think writing it down and looking at it keeps these things on your mind. I always do life goals, musical goals, whatever. I didn't reach all of them last year, but they are still goals this year, and I have new ones. It keeps you thinking forward. Try it. Anyways, on to the questions. And remember, send more!!!!!!!! … Read more »

XLR8R's Best of 2012: Hi, Doctor Nick!

For the past several months, NY street shaman Nick Hook has been working as our resident advice columnist, stepping in every Thursday morning to assist our readers with their questions about music, production, DJing, travel, romance, and living life. That said, this week we're letting Doctor Nick take a break from helping the masses, as we've asked him to put together his thoughts on the Best of 2012. Fear not, he'll get back to doling out wisdom in 2013, so keep sending your questions to doctornick@xlr8r.com. Yooooooooooo. Year-end lists suck. Superlatives suck. Everything sucks. No, I'm just kidding. It's been the wildest year—so dark and so bright at the exact same time. I saw more things than ever before, watched so many of my peers take strides that I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams, and somehow, it all felt completely normal. I feel like Forrest Gump every day. Anyways, this year has been so exciting and inspiring, but in many ways, it was the year of strength, holding on, and not being afraid of anything. I'm looking forward to an amazing 2013. Be safe for New Years. Don't do too many drugs and wrap it up if you find a pretty lady. … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Releasing Music, What Makes a Good Record Label, and How to Get That Big Club Sound

The holiday season is upon us and winter is right around the corner, but there's no deterring XLR8R's resident street shaman, Nick Hook. Every Thursday morning, Doctor Nick takes on questions from the XLR8R audience, and lends his thoughs about music, travel, recording, mastering, love, romance, and more. Those looking for help should drop him a note in at doctornick@xlr8r.com. Yo. What's good? My roommate is writing this emo song on his Rhodes right now. I'm feeling all sappy, so forgive me if I shed a tear while writing this week's column. First though, I must give eternal shout outs to Hudson Mo, Lunice, Dom LuckyMe, Oneohtrixxxxx, Kanye for running out and air rapping, and Shabadu for one of the greatest 9 a.m. YouTube sessions I've ever been a part of. I'm so happy my crew is my crew. … Read more »

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Knowing What's Good and Playing the Social Game

Obviously, XLR8R isn't the only place on the web devoted to electronic music. However, we are the only spot where readers can get a weekly dose of street knowledge from Nick Hook. Every Thursday, the good doctor doles out wisdom about music, DJing, production, fashion, traveling, romance, and more. If you need help from Doctor Nick, drop him a line at doctornick@xlr8r.com. Otherwise, read on and see what the man has to say this week. Yo. It's the end of the third month. Keep the emails coming, but yo, please, don't send attachments, especially like 10 of them in one email—unless you send like 10 bucks with it so I can keep my Gmail storage nice. … Read more »

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