LWE’s 5th Annual Podcast Competition Begins

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As part of our year end round up, LWE wants to ask you, our readers, to contribute a mix for our podcast series. Whether you’re touring Europe every weekend or bedroom mixing for yourself, we want to hear your mixes — and the best one will be our last podcast of the year. The winners will also receive a prize package from !K7. Interested? Good, we thought you might be. Full rules and deadline after the jump.

So what exactly are we looking for? All mixes should be between 45-50 minutes long, exclusive to LWE (meaning not publicly available elsewhere), include a comprehensive tracklist, and sent as a 320kbps mp3 through filesharing utilities such as YouSendIt or Sendspace to editor@littlewhiteearbuds[dot]com. They are due no later than 12 p.m. CST on December 5th. Late entries will not be scored.

We will score your mixes based on six criteria:

Depth: Is your mix ripped from the charts, a slate of stale house classics, or obscure yet middling? Mix it up.

Relevance: If you’re been reading LWE for a minute you probably have a sense of the sound we’re looking for. Sets of all hip-hop, blog-house, prog., trance, juke or drum n’ bass (which are fine enough for their own purposes) will not score well in this competition.

Transitions: We want to hear compelling blends/combinations executed such that we’re clamoring for the next one. Slapping the fader across, dull mechanical perfection and painful juxtapositions are all turn offs.

Technique: Does your use of EQ/levels/effects leave us cringing or awe-struck? Show off and make sure it sounds good.

Following the Rules: This should be an area where entries score the most points easily. Points will be taken off for each minute longer than 50 and for mp3s sent at bitrates lower than 320kbps. Nail this!

Entertainment Value: Your selections should make us want to move and keep our interest throughout the mix’s length. Last year’s winners, 2toomanygays, turned in an exemplary mix that provides a good guide for what we’re looking for.

The mix with the highest score will be featured in our podcast series and its creator will win copies of two !K7 DJ-Kicks CDs from 2012 and a Hercules & Love Affair vinyl exclusives 12″. Second place wins two !K7 CDs and third wins one copy. We highly encourage you to suggest this contest to any DJ trying to get a little more exposure or just interested in competing. Feel free to ask questions about the contest in the comments section. Again, mixes due no later than 12 p.m. CST on December 5th. Late entries will not be scored. Good luck and get mixing!

Guille  on November 27, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Hello guys!, I would like to know if i could send you a live seesion, as i only do live sets.

Kind regards!

littlewhiteearbuds  on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

No live PAs, only DJ mixes. Live PAs are judged differently, so it wouldn’t be fair to include them.

Jonny Romero  on November 28, 2012 at 2:59 AM

If the mix submitted is not chosen, will the mix still be exclusive to LWE?

littlewhiteearbuds  on November 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Good question. Unless we come to you asking to keep your mix, you’re free to do re-post it elsewhere (after the winners are announced).

Guille  on November 29, 2012 at 4:25 AM


stew  on December 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

you mention that mixes will be penalised for every minute they go above 50minutes, will they also be penalised for every minute below 45? Or is a 43 minute recording acceptable?


littlewhiteearbuds  on December 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

That’s correct, stew.

Greg  on December 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

How do we know that you have received the mix?

cz  on December 4, 2012 at 9:09 PM

not that i’d ever win because you guys hate me, but the timing of the contest always sucks for me. starts around thanksgiving and ends just a couple weeks later. it’s also goofy that it ends in the middle of the week, rather than say a sunday evening.

littlewhiteearbuds  on December 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

@cz Someone call the whambulance!

littlewhiteearbuds  on December 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

@Greg Trust.

Greg  on December 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM

@littlewhiteearbuds OK i trust haha

Rahul  on December 5, 2012 at 2:16 AM

When will the winners be announced?

lnf  on December 5, 2012 at 5:08 AM

12PM is noon, am I right?

littlewhiteearbuds  on December 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

@Rahul December 31st.

Flavourables  on December 13, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Hi Guys,

We just wanted to thank you for having the contest again. The LWE podcasts have been an inspiration to us since discovering LWE about 7 months ago.
Greetings from the Netherlands!

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