Firstly, thank you for the people that suggested that I do a Psy Trance Set. personally until now, although being a fan of psy trance and going to many a doof in the old days, I've never actually played it before and I can see now that was a big mistake. Putting this set together for you was the most fun I've had in ages and if you're new to psy trance and want to give it a go, or perhaps you just want a breakdown of todays video and a how to style tutorial let me know in the comments below as I have a lot of ideas I would love to share with you, from researching and preparing, to the best ways to maintain and control energy in your mix.
Before I jump in to todays set, one quick thing to share: when researching other Psy Trance DJs and listening to their sets I noticed they were playing most of, if not, the full track and they quite often keep the energy fairly consistent. For the sake of todays video and the fact I'm playing on YT, 1. I've mixed a little quicker where possible while also keeping true to the feel and flow of the set , 2 I've done a few pattern interrupts to also mix things up a bit and I've used the sampler like a 3rd deck a few times to tease in some familiarity.
Now, on that, I know I've covered using the 3rd deck like a sampler before and I'll link that in now, but let me know if you want a video on the power of teasing in tracks and some tips on how to do this effectively and why you would do it as this mix has inspired a bunch of ideas in me and I'll be busting out some really valuable content, shorts and full length videos over the next few weeks.
Oh also, 1 more thing, SOOOO many people message me saying why is your cross fader to one side the whole time. In todays video I have disabled it on the actual software but if you ever doubt if a set is real or not, just look for the signals on the mixer, if the volumes of both tracks are up, you should have double signals in between the EQs. Ok buckle up and show your support in the comments to inspire me to do more like this.
Watch the full set here: https://youtu.be/xDczSPrOXAY.
I had so much fun DJing this. The challenge: a student in the Club Ready Tribe (winner of previous round), selects a genre, selects 5 tracks FROM that genre and then posts in the Club Ready Tribe group and students then create a mix using those 5 tracks and can share in the group and students in the group vote and give feedback. This is a great skill building exercise, it also helps to get students active in the group and opens up their network and experience. This is my entry to the contest!
The best way to know how to mix specific genres is to find an artist that specialises in a particular genre and then listen to some of their live sets on soundcloud and notice how much of each track they are playing and how they do their transitions.
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.
I did a survey last week about the different ways people practise and it seems the majority just jump on the decks and mix without any kind of preparation and get to know the tracks through playing them, so if you do this, or are open to the idea of mixing without planning this video is for you.
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