Each week our ‘Friday Top Five’ segment, we feature five things we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week, we showcase stories on Traktor, Pioneer DJ’s continued growing relationship, Series Won Paddle Gear, 1000 watch stories, Garry Vee and his social media playbook, and Vague Watch Co.
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Story-1:: Time to Swag out with Series Won
Overview: Ryan Peterson started the Series Won paddle attire company roughly two years ago, “out of sheer selfishness. I’m a gear guy. I like cycling, fly fishing, skiing, and part of what makes it fun is not only the experience but having that hat or shirt that echoes my interests. For platform tennis, I would search online and not find anything that mirrored my love of the game—a hat, t-shirt, gear, whatever. If there was ever a sport that deserves to be noticed, it is paddle, especially with such a rich history and passionate following.
Over the last few years, I have picked up paddle (Platform Tennis) and to say I am hooked is the understatement of century. The game has everything, strategy, skill, athleticism, and did I mention drinking! If you are into paddle or want to learn more, head to Series One, pick up some new swag and get out to your local hut!
Story-2:: A Watch Journey, One Thousand Stories Later
Overview: After 1000 Stories for Hodinkee.com , Jack Forster has released his top-5 stories over the last few years. What I love about this list and Jack himself is the depth and range he has for showcasing different watch styles and highlighting the good, the great, and the different. Have a read of his top takeaways and over the 4th of July weekend, dive deeper into all 1,000 stories. I dare you!
Story-3:: Execution Toolkits - Social Media Management
Overview: Mastering content strategy, creation, and distribution for your brand on social media is a difficult and long process. But, in an effort to provide you guys with as much value as possible. Garry does a great job of explaining how to help speed up that process and show you how I do it on a daily basis for his personal brand. The link below highlights his whole deck which provides ~100 slides that detail his playbook. I have referred back to this deck countless times and have thought the tactics really helped bring the execution process to life.
Story-4:: VAGUE WATCH Co.
Overview: VAGUE WATCH Co. is an original watch brand of Yoshida Trade Company, which was created based on the concept of a watch that can easily enjoy the atmosphere of an antique watch. They seek out excellent craftsmen in Japan and abroad, and the products we produce with them are highly evaluated in many fields. They have been working as an antique watch dealer for 30 years and in the watchmaking industry for 20 years, and we have sublimated my experience with numerous watches into my designs.
If you know me, you know I love Sneakers (SNRKS) and watches. Sometimes I like watches that are slightly out of my price range. So when I came across Vague Watch Co. and learned what they were doing. I got rather excited for the possibility of getting my hands on a watch that was slightly different than the OG, you could say inspired but had similar attention to detail and craftsmanships. If you are new to watches or just want to have some fun, go check out this brand.
Story-5:: Traktor now works on Pioneer’s CDJ-3000 Media Player
Overview: The flagship multiplayer (CDJ), the CDJ-3000, is now compatible with the USB-HID*¹ control feature of Native Instruments’ TRAKTOR PRO 3 DJ application. This comes under the Pioneer DJ Certification Program*². On the screen of the CDJ-3000, you can now browse the music library in TRAKTOR PRO 3 when the application is running on a PC/Mac connected to the multi-player. You can also control loops, Hot Cues, Beat Jump, Key Shift, and more using the professional interface of the CDJ-3000. This means if you have Traktor and CDJ-3000, you just need to connect your laptop to the media players and you are rocking and rolling. The added benefit of having Beatport Link, as mentioned last week on the Friday Top Five. Is now you can prep most of your set on your laptop or phone, hook up your laptop and live stream all new tracks with ease.
Link: Pioneer DJ