DJ Equipment for Beginners

The Vinyl Revival So, want to be a DJ? Like any musical pursuit, practice makes perfect. And if you’d like to practice regularly, you’re going to need a solid set-up or rig to hone those technical turntable skills. Even Annie Mac started out in her bedroom. Now, if you’re into your dance or hip hop,… Read More

5 Design Classics

Hey Good Looking On the Dawsons blog, we prioritise function over fashion when talking about the instruments we’re excited about. With this said, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of eye candy. In today’s blog we’re purely about the aesthetics. This is our list of design classics, available today! Fender Stratocaster As American as apple… Read More

Making Music With Limited Gear And A Tight Budget

Doing A Lot With Very Little We’re a music retailer, so we can be somewhat guilty of this, but sometimes, the amount of gear you’re told that you *need* to make music can be overwhelming, especially on a budget. We’re here to tell you that you can make music on a limited budget, and I’m… Read More

Getting Started With Ableton Push 2

One controller to rule them all Ableton is best known for its DAW (digital audio workstation) juggernaut Live. Now in its ninth iteration, Live has become the centrepiece of studios, stages and bedroom setups the world over. It differs from other DAWs in that it is as much geared towards performance as it is towards… Read More

Gear DNA: Reptilia by The Strokes

I Know You’re Not Boring In this edition of Gear DNA we’re taking a look at a stone cold classic from 2004; Reptilia by The Strokes. 2004 was the year of dancefloor Indie, with debut albums from Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers. All bands who can thank The Strokes for making it acceptable… Read More

How To Sound Like: The 1975

Louche Pop Hooks From the North West of England   The North West of England has been responsible for some of the best known musical talent around the world. Oasis, The Beatles, A Flock Of Seagulls (!)…the list goes on. You can add The 1975 to that list now, as the Cheshire-based pop-rockers become the… Read More

How To Sound Like: Squarepusher

The Godfather of Glitch You can never say we shirk away from a challenge here on the Dawsons blog. We’ve ran a couple of these features now, focusing on amazing acts like Deftones and Hudson Mohawke, but for the next entry we wanted to make things difficult for ourselves. That’s because we’re looking this time at… Read More

5 Tips For Expanding Your Musical Horizons

Looking Beyond Your Norm There comes a point in many musicians’ lives when they realise a simple fact. In order to progress, and gain mastery of your chosen instrument, you will need to learn to play music which you don’t necessarily like. We all have our favourite genres. Even looking beyond that, we all have… Read More

How To Sound Like: Deftones

Getting That Steph Carpenter Sound Today we’re looking at a band who’ve seemingly been around forever, yet still they still retain a sound almost completely of their own. Background Deftones (note the lack of ‘the’ at the start of their name, purists) have been forging their own unique path since their debut album Adrenaline, dropped in… Read More

Five Obstacles You’ll Face With Your DAW

Know the pitfalls before you hit them As musicians and producers, we love the chance to record. Now, with all the super shiny amazing tech which is available to us, we have the opportunity to build entire studio setups at a cost which won’t make your eyes water. For less than it costs to buy… Read More