A brand new desktop software to help close the income gap between DJs and produces has been launched. Titled Aslice, the programme was created by Zak Khutoretsky, otherwise known as DVS1.
Aslice is a donation-based system designed to enable DJs to give a percentage of profits from their gigs back to the producers of the tracks they’ve played. The brand recommends 5% but it’s up to the artist and whatever amount they choose remains completely anonymous.
During an interview with Resident Advisor, Khutoretsky went on to mention discrepancies in earnings to the producer, within a booming industry that is worth $7.3 billion just two years ago.
Khutoretsky went on to say:
“PROs and music collection societies already charge clubs venues and festivals, and even independent promoters for the right to play music, It’s literally their responsibility to install these devices and do their job. Millions of dollars are collected each year that never end up back in the hands of the artists whose music is actually played in these venues. Instead, that money gets paid out to the top 100 billboard artists and pocketed by those societies.”
Aslice as a programme uses machine learning, an algorithm that matches music created on the system with the producer. The metadata is registered with their ID and even able to sync up with unreleased tracks. Furthermore, the software works in conjunction with the biggest music libraries, such as rekordbox, Traktor and Serato, whilst also working via USB to pick up playlists curated with Pioneer DJ products.
Boasting an 82% accuracy at identifying tracks and then matching them to the relevant producer, during beta testing 100 artists uploaded 100 playlists and 5291 individual tracks. This equated to 2,213 payouts to producers, earning around $1.40 per track. All of which was donated to charities chosen within the Alsice community.
Could this new innovation help shift the disparity between DJs and producers?
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Words: Neil Ritchie
Images: Sharolyn B.Hagen, Salar Kheradpejouh