The end of Glam Scum International!

July 16th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

After 6 years of producing and presenting the weekly show Glam Scum, The Scumfrog has decided to end the popular radio program and podcast in an effort to shift his focus to making more original music. Started in 2008 on Satellite Radio, Glam Scum quickly caught on as an authority in new dance music. In 2012, the show shifted its format to feature predominantly underground Dance Music and Deep House. The host website www.glamscum.com will continue to operate as a music blog for The Scumfrog’s favorite new music.
The video is a personal goodbye from the frog himself.

Do private equity firms talk to DJs?

September 16th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

Today the news broke that the Pioneer DJ division was sold to the private equity firm KKR for $551 million.

Having had the privilege and honor of working with Pioneer on several of their DJ products (mainly the DJM800) I gained a fair amount of insider perspective on how they became the market leader in DJ gear. It was the fact that they spent a great deal of effort and patience in talking to many professional DJs about their wants and needs while creating new products, so that their product line would truly be ‘for DJs by DJs’, while holding a professional standard.

Over the past years a shift in DJ culture, combined with a revision of Pioneer’s business strategy, has caused the Pioneer DJ line to fall from being ‘the’ standard to simply being one of many standards. This is not entirely Pioneer’s fault -some of it has to do with the sad reality that high quality sound is no longer a must for many DJs, opening the market to cheaper gadget manufacturers- but they did make a conscious decision a few years ago to significantly curb their hands-on relationship with DJs.
For many years Karl Detken, was their most active and most valuable liaison between the DJs and the Japanese design team. He had been a cornerstone in establishing a direct line of communication between top DJs and Japanese engineers, as well as making sure that the vast majority of A-list DJs were enthusiastic about specifically requesting Pioneer products in their riders. With this business structure Pioneer was unbeatable, and the numbers proved it. In the late 2000s, most of Pioneer’s products were losing money, but the “Pro DJ gear” was one of the very few branches that made a profit.

However, a shift in Pioneer’s policy led to the dismantling of this hands-on approach with DJs. A few years ago Pioneer told Detken his services were no longer needed (he took his skills to V-Moda and made their headphones into a very well established brand) and almost immediately thereafter, the urgency of Pioneer started to fade.

Today, Pioneer is still a top dog, but no longer is it THE top dog, and more importantly, it is no longer the ‘cool’ brand for the new generation of DJs. So as the news broke today that the DJ division had been sold for half a billion dollars to the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, I wonder if either Kohlberg, or Kravis, or Roberts talked to DJs in their process of acquiring the company. Do they even know that the strategies that took the company to the #1 spot in its field, had purposely been abandoned? And what will be their strategy going forward? Someone in that firm may want to call Detken.

Article from Nasdaq about the Pioneer DJ sale:

Pioneer To Sell DJ Equipment Business To KKR For $550 Mln – Quick Facts – NASDAQ.com.

I am keeping my eye on this one.

Timo Jahns & The Scumfrog end of summer decompression

September 5th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

Summer is over, and most of us have a lot of summer experiences from which to decompress. This would be the tune for that. Reminisce, go with the flow, and be ready for whatever comes next:

Glam Scum International – July 31st, 2014 (FINAL EPISODE)

August 7th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

The final episode of the show

Glam Scum International – July 24th, 2014

July 31st, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Mason, Asle, Mario Ochoa, Digitaria

Glam Scum International – July 17th, 2014

July 24th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Gorge, Maceo Plex, Hanne & Lore, Matt Sassari

Glam Scum International – July 10th, 2014

July 17th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Ame, Motez, Vanilla Ace, Coyu

Glam Scum International – July 3rd, 2014

July 10th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Stimming, Danny Serano, The Presets, Hot Since 82

Glam Scum International – June 26th, 2014

July 3rd, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Tocadisco, Axel Karakasis, Harry Romero, Rufus Du Sol

Glam Scum International – June 19th, 2014 (Sunset Session preview)

June 26th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

Sunset Session 2014. The full unedited 80 minute version of this mix is available for download without voice-overs in the Scumfrog DJ mixes archive: www.glamscum.com/scumfrog-dj-mixes/

Glam Scum International – June 12th, 2014

June 19th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Andy Caldwell, Herve, Booka Shade, Chocolate Puma

Glam Scum International – June 5th, 2014

June 12th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Lissat & Voltaxx, Gerd, Mario Di Ragnio, Thomas Schumacher

Glam Scum International – May 29th, 2014

June 5th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from James Teej, Manuel Tur, Matthias Meyer, Kaiserdisco

Glam Scum International – May 22nd, 2014

May 29th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Solomun, Sharam, Kolombo, Deadmau5, Coyu

Glam Scum International – May 15th, 2014

May 22nd, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Tommy Vee, Hot Since 82, Amine Edge, Sasha, Prok & Fitch

Glam Scum International – May 8th, 2014

May 15th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Rainer Weichold, Tocadisco, Asle, Dany Cohiba

Glam Scum International – May 1st, 2014

May 8th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Marco Lys, Roland Clark, Oliver Lang, Nikola Gala

Glam Scum International – April 24th, 2014

May 1st, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from GusGus, Lindstrom, Tom Novy, Ten Walls

Glam Scum International – April 17th, 2014

April 24th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Hardsoul, Gorgon City, Disclosure, Patrick Topping

Glam Scum International – April 10th, 2014

April 17th, 2014 | By thescumfrog

New music from Green Velvet, Ida Engberg, Oliver $, Madmotormiquel