Retail therapy: Mixmag Asia's ultimate Xmas gift guide
Gift ideas for the DJ/producer in your life
It's that time of year again.
Getting a Xmas gift for a DJ, producer or audiophile may seem daunting to some, especially for those who don't quite understand the nitty-gritty of the music world. So for your convenience, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of products and brands, from budget ideas to high-end gear
Included in this year’s list are things such as essentials, limited editions, plus fun and quirky items that could fit in a stocking. Don’t worry, not all on the list will leave you high and dry this season.
All in all, it's the perfect list for any dance music lover.
Check out 30 gift ideas below that fit wallets of all sizes.
'TMA-2 Wireless' DJ Bluetooth Headphones ($495)
An exclusive collaboration between AIAIAI and Paul Smith, the TMA-2’s modular headphone system is the perfect gift for DJs in the studio, on the stage or on the road.
Arturia V Collection 9 ($599)
A major update to Arturia’s renowned digital synthesizer software, the V Collection 9 includes 32 instruments, 14,000 presets and comes with the ideal option of usability: as standalone instruments and DAW plugins.
Swedish House Mafia x Ikea ($3.99 - $199)
Sift through a range of products that’s perfect for all tiers and genres in music. The collection ranges from Vinyl bags, desks, turntables, rugs, record stand, shelving units to even a desk to create music.
Wasted Heroes Shirt ($34)
Spotted on some of the leading underground legends such as Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Solomun and more, Wasted heroes has something for everyone from the underground. The brand includes items such as T-shirts, Jerseys, Hoodies, Shorts, accessories and more that you’ll be able to gift away.
Chroma Caps ($1.99 each)
These glow-in-the-dark knobs will make any turntable stand out while radiating a glow that pops under blacklight — providing no more mistakes during a set.
Mixmag ‘Destination Dancefloor’ Book ($30)
Celebrating the global club scene, Destination Dancefloor is the perfect coffee table book for any DJ for a look into the past, present and future for all things in the dance music scene.
‘No Breasts No Requests: Notes from DJ Booths Around the Globe’ Book ($14.99)
One of the most hated things for a DJ during their set has been compiled into a collection that is from a popular blog on Tumblr. From notes, requests and signs, the contents make it a perfect page-turner with laughs to follow.
Artiphon Orba 2 ($149.99)
An updated version of the original handheld musical instrument, Artiphon’s Orba synth, looper and controller is a perfect gift to any DJ who can take their creativity to heights when on the go.
Space Available Turntable Casing ($183)
As with any Space Available product, it’s made from 100% recycled plastic and reclaimed wood collected by rivers and landfills around Indonesia, a great sustainable initiative from the creative platform that’s based in Bali. Made by the artisans of Kalpataru, this turntable case is the perfect gift from nature to your Technics 1210 / 1210 turntable.
Honey Fucking Dijon x Scholl Shoes ($545)
Not going to lie, no one thinks fashion when it comes to Scholl, but this new collaboration with Honey Dijon has just given the brand a boost. The Chicago-born DJ joins forces with the emblematic footwear brand for a limited-edition shoe collection, and this could be the most orthopedically comfortable platform heels that you would see at festivals or clubs.
KB Audio Editing & DJ Keyboard Covers ($29.95)
Ranging from Abelton Live, Logic Pro, Serato DJ, Pro Tools and more — these keyboard covers with shortcuts printed on them will be a lifesaver for an audio geek. They also have keyboards as well that work with MAC or PC.
Daft Punk Jigsaw Puzzle ($31.60)
Who doesn’t love a puzzle they can frame up as décor in their studio? This vintage 20” x 28” 1000-piece Daft Punk one will definitely keep you busy over the holidays. It would also work as a good white elephant gift, because who doesn’t love Daft Punk?
Vinyl Coasters ($12)
Who doesn’t good coasters while listening to your favourite vinyl on the turntables? This set of 6 vinyl coasters will protect your work desk from heat or drips due to its thermostatic material and would be a good no-brainer gift for any audiophile out there.
Evis Anti Fatigue Mat ($19)
For long hours in the studio or at home, this Anti Fatigue mat will reduce pressure on your legs, lower back and shoulders from standing upright all day. You’ll be able to increase productivity and adopt a healthier lifestyle, which equals pluses all around especially after a tedious work day.
Turntable Cheese Board ($96)
For those who have an inking for cheese boards and wine all day, this turntable would be a great addition and would make for great laughs at a dinner party. Lifting the needle won’t play some cheesy tunes, but the hidden slicer will surely cut you a nice piece for those crackers.
LOOP Experience Pro Earplugs ($34.90)
Cancel out the world with a great pair of noise-cancelling earplugs from LOOP. With its sleek discrete style paired with its ability to reduce noise by 18 decibels across all frequencies, you’ll still be able to enjoy music at its finest and look good while doing so.
Beatport Subscription ($9.99 - $29.99/month)
Whether you’re a new DJ or seasoned veteran, the Beatport subscription has options for all. This web-based DJ application will provide you with unlimited playlists and you can even have your B2B done remotely.
Waveform Art ($34)
An immortalised electronic album comes in the form of a visual soundwave that would fit perfectly on the walls of your studio or home. Featuring classic electronic albums and even a techno one from the 90s, these Waveform posters are also tied to a charity called Help Musicans who receive 50% of their profits.
CircoLoco Capsule ($435)
Minimoog Model D Pint Glass ($12)
Pair your Minimoog synth with this glass that fits a whole pint of your favourite beverage. If you couldn’t get your hands on the world’s first portable synthesizer, then this might be the next best bet.
Audio Relics Enamel Pins ($16)
A Small but great addition to stocking stuffers would be Audio Relics enamel pins that range from Roland’s TB-303 to Mini Moog’s Synth. Bring back the 90s by attaching them to your vinyl bags or even hang them as ornaments on a Xmas tree.
Clearaudio Record Cleaning Brush ($40)
A great tool for a vinyl aficionado’s collection would be this record cleaning brush from Clearaudio. Made from over a million carbon fibre bristles that reach over 2 rows that self-cleans, this brush is sure to keep those vinyl free from static and dust.
Deck Covers ($20 - $50)
Perfect for any musician, truly. These deck covers range from a huge plethora of brands that can protect your setup for equipment such as DJ decks, synthesizers, pro audio equipment and more. You know what they say, prevention is always better than cure.
Mixcloud Pro Subscription ($50/year)
A perfect gift for creators who are looking to broadcast any livestream while monetizing, Mixcloud’s pro subscription is the perfect tool for creators. The plan also includes unrestricted listening, higher-quality uploads, stats, the ability to create a new fan base and more.
Abelton Note ($5.99)
Only available on the IOS system, Abelton’s Note app has creators making music on the go. If you know someone who’s always getting inspiration while they’re out and about, this music production tool could be a game changer. A double whammy could come with Abelton Live as they’ll be able to send those ideas to the Abelton Cloud and further edits can be made on Live.
Klasse Wrecks FANTASY Candle ($37)
Coming in with two shades of yellow and white, Hong Kong-based record label Klasse Wrecks gives us a Mexican prayer-inspired candle plastered with graphics from Planetluke. You could also pair this with the many other vinyl available from their label.
Zodiac Shot Glasses ($23)
Just in time for holiday games, this pack of four Zodiac shot glasses is a fun but much needed household essential item that can come in handy for any party or gathering.
Cat Scratch Turntable ($34)
For all those DJs with cats, this is going to be their lifesaver. With all the cat videos we’ve come across this year, we know that this turntable might save a few decks out there by providing one for their feline companion. It could be featured in the next viral reel, who knows?
Pioneer XDJ-RX3 ($2099)
We’ve gone a few tiers up in terms of price for this all-in-one beauty from Pioneer. This lightweight deck is a 2-channel that packs in features that will bring you straight to the club-standard decks; a pricey one but if your wallet is heavy this year, it would sure bring a major smile to any recipient.
VOID Residential Series ($6870)
Quite a heavy price tag on this, but VOID’s residential series will make the perfect home audio setup that makes a beautiful statement piece in itself. A nice Air8 package would include 2 Air8s and 1 Venu 210i V2 which would be a perfect household addition for those who would like to bring the nightclub back to the home (or a home theatre).