DVS1 launches software that allows DJs to pay producers a cut of their fees

American DJ and producer DVS1 (Zak Khutoretsky) has launched software that aims to bridge the gap between DJ and producer income. It’s long been the case that DJ’s profit far more from the music that they play than the producers who make it. Recognising this gap, DVS1 developed Aslice. The desktop programme works by recognising DJ set lists with 82% accuracy. It works on a donation system, with DJs pledging a percentage of their fee to the producers who create the music they are playing.

Aslice functions by way of a machine learning algorithm and identifies tracks by matching them to producers registered on its system.This means that even unreleased music can be identified, so long as the producer’s ID has been logged into Aslice. The software is compatible with rekordbox, Traktor, and Serato as well as able to read playlists from USB’s used on Pioneer hardware. 

Speaking to Resident Advisor, Khutoretsky explained that the software was prompted by the deficit in royalties being paid to producers for use of their music. “PROs and music collection societies already charge clubs, venues, and festivals, and even independent promoters for the right to play music,” he says. “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.”

For more information on Aslice and how the software can work for you, visit their website here