Here is a review of the best house music dj magazines on the planet. Over the past decade a lot of magazines in the electronic music dj arena have gone down, and only the strongest have survived. Recently there has been a major increase in people who are interested in electronic music and the following magazines are blooming with advertising dollars pouring in!
- MixMag – has been noted as the best selling dance magazine in the world. Unfortunately they don’t have an online version of this magazine but their inclusion of cd’s with each release makes it a pretty good subscription to have. For instance, they had an amazing new compilation from Paul Oakenfold in a past issue! The annual subscription runs for £36.00 in the UK and £60.00 in US/Canada so it’s a little pricey, but again the inclusion of a cd with each magazine. Get a subscription at mixmag.net
- DJMag – another UK magazine which is once again getting a revival through all the major music events and releases offers each copy in PDF format for a fraction of the price. The printed price is £3.95 an issue whereas the online PDF download is only 83p or you can get an annual membership for just £10 (£38 printed)! Very smart indeed as this just bloat their subscribers! The great thing about this magazine is all the insider info on all the upcoming events several months in advance. The downside is that the layout is not the most professional and it is a little hard on the eyes as to where you should focus on. Nevertheless, you can try a 2 week trial subscription online to see if you like it. Get a subscription at djmag.com
- BPM Magazine – By far the most successful North American DJ magazine, BPM has taken on whole new world offering their editions free to read online! And what’s even better is that the intelligent interface of the magazine allows you to click on all the links to the web sites! Looking at the vast high quality advertising in this magazine it becomes quite apparent why it’s online version is free. Probably the most stylish of all the magazines there is quite a lot of variety in the fashion and dj gear reviewed in BPM. If you still want a hard copy of this magazine the rate is only $20/yr for US Subscribers and $40 for Canadian subscribers. Get a subscription at bpmmagazine.net
- URB Magazine – features a blend of hip hop and electronic music info with DJ culture, technology and studio gear reviews. For US subscribers only they have a $10/6 issue special going on right now or you can get an annual membership (10 issues) for $15 US, $40 for Canadians, and $70 for international orders. Get a subscription at urb.com