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:
The great thing about mixtapes is it also gives you the opportunity to listen to your own mixing and identify areas of improvement in order to help you to master your art. Once you're confident with your tracklist, you will want your mix to be perfect. It should contain perfect transitions, good set flow and takes the listeners on a journey. You want people to enjoy it that much that they will want to listen to it again and again and and share it with their friends. Pay close attention to the flow of your set and make sure the tracks sound great together. Don't force songs together if you have any doubt they actually work. Remember, you're not playing to a live audience, they aren't going to forget that abrupt transition - they can just replay it! On that note, don't release your mix until you are 100% happy with it. There's nothing worse than going back a few months later and listening to it feeling regret that you weren't more patient with your recording. Once it's out there, it's out there.
Neymar Jr with the mixtape for life and the beautiful game
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