The truth is I have a very big soft spot for DJIng electro house. It was huge at a time when I was well and truly immersed in the club scene and when playing live and experiencing the energy that came from EDM clubs, it was honestly something else and a time I'll never forget.
In this video I'll show you how to mix future house and bass house so your DJ transitions work every time. I'll also show you how to mix out of difficult tracks, and even how to play the best parts of each track so you maintain a pumping energy on your floor from start to finish.
Mixing Trance is such a great genre to DJ. Big atmospheric breakdowns and drops. Driving bass, often amazing vocals and melodies - I'm hooked. Truth is once you know how to DJ you can DJ any genre, but either way, making these videos is a blast - thank you all so much for your support - tracklists below.
The concept of double dropping is you play both chorus's together at the same time. Now I'll be honest this is risky as quite often the chorus is the most intense part of the track so putting big bit on big bit can often sound messy...
When mixing progressive house it's more about the journey - each track tells a story and when put together in the form of a set you need that set to tell a story. It's less about doing stuff and more about being present with the music - in many ways mixing progressive house is a form of meditation - a journey into sound!
Ok first and foremost, never underestimate the power of setting goals or even intentions. I know I have said this before but life without goals is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the boxtop, and if you have no direction to head in then you are merely going through life reacting to what you see and experience and I'll be honest...
Drum and Bass is so fun to DJ and there's so many ways to mix it. In this video I'll be doing double drops, chopping, vocal overlays, but most of all I will take you on a journey by controlling the energy and flow of the mix, enjoy!!
The advantages of sync are difficult to overlook: firstly it can take the pressure off new DJs big time, as beat matching by ear gives you more to do and remember and if you don't have to worry about beat matching by ear...
In truth I am a little nervous about this one as I like preparing playlists and to release a raw mix like this without rehearsing or knowing the tracks in advance makes me feel a little exposed.
I know for a fact, as far as entry level controllers go, a tonne of people are choosing the DDJ400 and why not, it has the same basic operations as the club gear, it reads Rekordbox, the same software used to prepare music to play in clubs, and it's very affordable and I personally know a tonne of people that have started on this controller and have honed their skills to a club standard.
There are so many ways to mix Techno and the first question people usually ask is do you mix with or without cues.
Being a great DJ doesn't mean being the best, it means much more. Our DJ students all have amazing goals that we help them achieve.
I was recently in a studio learning mastering from an audio engineer. If you listen to music anywhere in the 21st century, this person was...
You may not be a superstar DJ yet but have no fear! There are undeniable qualities in almost all successful DJs. You will also find out...
Putting together a killer set isn't just about having the skills to mix tracks together. Your ability to showcase music that people respond positively to and putting songs together in a way that keeps the energy pumping at events is what you should be aiming for.
All DJs have their own personal logo that represents them as an artist. It can be a creatively daunting task deciding on a logo that you're happy with but let's start from the very beginning. When should I get a logo?
Your position on a DJ line up should always be considered before you start thinking about what music you're going to play. It is imperative you play the appropriate music for the time you are booked for or it could be disastrous for the event and for yourself. How do you play to your set time?
The mixtape is the perfect promotional tool for DJs because it showcases your personal preference in music and your skills such as song selection and mixing ability. Before you start on your mix, ask yourself these important questions:
Which type of DJ do you want to be? The clearer your vision, the better your results will be as you can keep your focus on what you want. Depending on the environment and audience you prefer, you might want to consider the 4 main types of DJs:
A huge part of being a great DJ is having a constantly evolving music library. Careful song selection and commitment to your craft, whether you're searching, shopping or mixing, are essential if you're aiming to develop a unique sound. Here are sites we recommend:
In the good old days every DJ used 2 x turntables (most likely Technics 1200 - industry standard) and a mixer to play their music. This involved DJs going out and buying Vinyl / records and then turning up to shows carrying their records in crates.