In my experience there's different ways to mix most genres and it usually comes down to prep vs no prep. Personally I feel both have their advantages but today, off the back of last weeks video, I want to take the concept of no prep to the next level and go one step further and cover the screens which means I have no visuals cues.
In my opinion covering the screens and mixing without any visuals at all is a really great way to step up your practise but it will involve fundamental skills like phrasing, advanced beat matching, a knowledge of music structure and you'll need to be a gun on the EQ as when mixing without prep or any visuals for that matter, things can easily go south fast and with advanced EQ work you can do your best to EVEN make your mistakes sound ok. Plus I also like to using looping and FX mainly to draw out sections and make my transitions more interesting.
I teach all of this in detail in my courses, so if you like the way I explain things I guarantee, you'll find epic value in all of my courses, not to mention all the perks and opportunities that comes from being part of the club ready tribe.
Anyway for this set I grabbed 10 - 20 hard techno tracks off beatport, put them into a playlist and in truth I quickly put them into a rough order. Some personal advice quickly on creating a loose set. Firstly I pretty much ignored the BPMS, so I could have one track at 150 and the next at 140 which will make beat matching without visuals trickier and secondly yes I do consider keys but I personally find energy to be more important as for me when I play I do my best to take the listener on a journey and I like to flow between moods and feelings and if I can achieve that whilst also playing harmonically compatible tracks win win, but I am not a slave to mixing in key, instead i am more interested in creating a feeling for the set that ideally will translate well to a club environment, but again I do deep dives on set crafting and preparing to play live in my courses which I'll link in below.
Watch my hard techno set now!!
Now that clubs are starting to take off post covid I am receiving more and more enquires about drinking and DJing , for instance, some people want to know if drinking's ok and if so how much is ok, whilst other people don't want to drink but because they're surrounded by alcohol everywhere they look, they're not sure how it's actually possible especially when they want to fit in and get opportunities.
With covid restrictions easing a tonne of my students are now getting shows in clubs and some of them have been asked to do a back to back DJ set. So in this article (video above) I will explain what is a back to back set, the different ways you can approach your back to back set, why the promoter would even ask you to do a back to back set, how to prepare for it and how to assure that when you both play you stand out and make an impact assuring repeat shows.
Have you ever used USBS in clubs and experienced problems? Or perhaps you haven't used club gear yet but you're open to it but not 100% sure how it works or maybe you've already jumped on club gear only to find the gear is not reading your USB properly and every time you load a track you can't see the waveform or BPM?
As many of you know I often take the positive thinking outlook side of things and I've actually done a whole heap of mindset for success videos that were really popular yet I wanted to share something I read recently that I think could really help you manage your expectations and feel victorious no matter what happens. The concept: negative thinking for positive results haha.
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