Since 2009, sales of DJ equipment and merchandise have risen nearly
"Having a DJ at an event or club is no longer an option if you want to stay relevant-- it is a necessity," said
Feeding the trend is the white-hot EDM and club-music craze.
Overall sales of digital DJ controllers have nearly doubled since 2010, when figures for controllers were first tracked. Sales for DJ mixers, which had dipped slightly in 2007 and 2008, are currently back to pre-recession levels, having risen steadily over the past four years.
"DJ controllers provide portability as well as inter-connectivity with other set ups," noted
Alongside EDM's commercial success inspiring growth in the category, easier access to digital music enables companies to serve the ever-expanding pool of budding DJ artists.
"Digital media is now incredibly accessible to general consumers, through MP3 downloads and sharing sites, allowing many more people to get into DJ setups," said
DJ equipment allowing aficionados to implement tablets, MP3 players and other electronica are particularly on-trend, according to Numark's Cohen. "As portable computing devices such as iPads and tablets gain capabilities, we can expect users to gain new insights into how they can be used to make music fun and accessible," he said. "Our job is to ensure DJs have access to the tools needed to succeed regardless of the platform."
Mirroring the trend, EDM takes center stage every night of the NAMM Show on The Venue Stage presented by Pioneer DJ. Located between the arena and the Hilton, the Venue stage will play club music from
Look for major EDM engineers, producers and artists including
The NAMM Show gathers 95,000 members of the music product industry from around the world to preview new products from 5,000 brands across every category of music making. Registration is now open for qualified members of the music instrument, product and pro-light and sound industries. Exhibit space is still available for the 2014 event. Learn more about the 2014 NAMM Show at http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2014.
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