YouTube is a great platform for aspiring and established DJs to get seen, heard, and discovered. In this article, we aim to present a selection of channels that give DJs visibility and allow them to showcase their skills and taste in music.
With many of us living and working in Berlin, we feel somewhat obligated to start with HÖR Berlin. HÖR describes itself as an independent online music platform, collective, and cultural community space based in Berlin-Kreuzberg. It broadcasts DJ sets and performances six out of seven days a week, bringing together artists and collectives across different genres and subgenres of electronic music.
HÖR aims to empower women, BIPOC, LGBTQI & non-binary people, thus creating a diverse and welcoming platform for those involved in electronic music and club culture. Many sets can be found on their official YouTube channel.
Book Club Radio
Book Club Radio is a music community and “dance party disguised as a book club” based in Brooklyn, NY. It was founded in 2023 and quickly gained popularity across the world. According to the collective, the project was built on its belief in the extraordinary ability of music to bridge gaps and forge genuine connections. Book Club Radio hosts events in NYC basements and on rooftops that then get published on the official YouTube Channel of the collective.
According to its website, Boiler Room started with a webcam taped to a wall, opening a keyhole into London’s underground. Today, it is an international platform present in over 200 cities. Its archive consists of over 8,000 performances by over 5,000 artists from different genres and subgenres within Electronic Music and beyond.
What makes Boiler Room special is the variety of subgenres and artists that it holds space for - some sets will make you want to dance while others will surprise you thanks to their complexity and creativity that goes far beyond the conventional. Check out the official Boiler Room YouTube channel.
Mixmag is a UK magazine that covers news related to the Electronic Music scene, but it is also widely known for its format Mixmag Lab London. Lab LDN is a weekly livestream during which the magazine showcases sets by DJs from all across the world. It places a strong emphasis on community, diversity, grassroots music, and supporting nightlife, which is why their events at the London office can be visited for free by RSVPing. Mixmag also hosts events in NYC and LA, such as the following set by Channel Tres:
Kiosk Radio was established in 2017 and broadcasts from a wooden kiosk in Brussels’ historic 'Parc Royal'. Its program consists of live DJ sets and pre-recorded mixes from across many different genres, including techno, jazz, experimental, and rock, as well as interviews by both local and international artists. According to the team behind it, the kiosk “serves as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, providing a unique space for people to connect and enjoy music together.” The sets can also be rewatched on the official YouTube channel.
Defected Records is a UK record label specializing in house music recordings, events, artist booking and management. It was founded in 1999 and is active until today. The team behind it owns a YouTube channel with over one million followers and continuously uploads new sets.
Rinse FM is a UK based community radio station founded by DJ Geeneus and DJ Slimzee in 1994. In 2004, it launched Rinse FM France that is based in Paris. The platform regularly posts DJ sets across many different genres, including Ambient, Disco, Drum & Bass, Garage, House, Jazz, Jungle, R&B, Rap, and Techno. You can look into their videos on the Rinse FM France YouTube Channel and the Rinse FM YouTube Channel.
Cercle is best known for its stunning visuals as it takes DJs to the most exciting, obscure, and sometimes breathtaking locations across the globe and the sumptuous, elaborate post-production of its videos. It is located in Paris and operates as a record label, live-streaming platform, and event organizer.
On its YouTube channel, the team behind Cercle explains its goal is to “showcase cultural heritage and landmarks through the prism of electronic music and video.” The live events happen on Mondays and are posted to the channel on Thursdays or Fridays. If you’re looking for new music, cultural education, and maybe even new exciting traveling destinations, Cercle might be the right place for you.
Bonus: Refuge Worldwide
Although Refuge Worldwide does not run a YouTube channel, it provides its audience with excellent sets played by DJs from Berlin and beyond. The platform began in a fundraising context, working with grassroots and non-profit organizations. Its radio, which can be found on the official website, was launched in 2021 and centers on music and issues the platform cares about.
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