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.
Let's start off by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with planning a set. There is a stigma associated with this and isn't warranted. We don't mean pressing play on a pre-recorded set, we mean setting out your playlist and cue points before you play so you can plan creative transitions. If you know the venue and event you will be playing at and you know what the crowd usually wants, there's nothing wrong with doing this. It is also good to be flexible and be prepared to change a few tracks, especially if the previous DJ has just played some of the songs you had planned to play or the atmosphere is different to what you expected. Here are some tips for creating a great DJ set:
The above points are just a few tips to get you started. If you have any advice or questions, we'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
Not sure where to start? In this mini series I answer many of the questions beginners have about learning to DJ.