Mixing in key is one of the big revolutions of digital DJing – alongside things like portability, ease of use, and instant access to all of your music (or increasingly, the world’s music, as streaming services become standard in DJ software). A thing I noticed with many DJ’s is that they often mix too fast and somewhat chaotic during the first 20 minutes of their set. As DJ you will be nervous the first 20 minutes and there is little you can do about it, except to know this and accept it as a fact of life and get over it. Such stage fear is normal and the best thing to do is to breath in and focus on the job at hand and force time to be steady. If you do this after a bad mix because you are frustrated then you will not learn new skills. But the former DJ Academy student and UK Legend who no one could ever beat in the 1 minute heats over the years, had arrived with a set no one anticipated and few would argue was one of the greatest performances ever witnessed!
PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast on the radio or TV and then distributes the fees to its members. The companies listed below are licensed by PPL to provide DJs with recorded music on CD, DVD or via download. If you use recorded music (from PPL’s repertoire) supplied by a music supplier, your business will usually need to have its own PPL licence to cover playing that recorded music in public. Even if you are a DJ yet to enter the digital age, it will not feel completely foreign.
You are playing music either for money, for personal reward or because nobody else wants to do it. In any case the result: ‘the audience stays and is happy’ is the most important. Tip #1: Comb the aisles of your local record store, hit all the online music outlets and follow the dots from song to song and artist to artist (this is the fun part of DJ’ing – research). This means that if the songs is not good or boring that it is not your responsibility to fix it. You should select songs that are already good in the first place.
Superb article and hugely interesting, personally for me it has to be Herbie ‘Mastermind’ Laidley’s mix on Electro13. As hip hop was re-defining itself for more serious times ahead, this mix, done to celebrate the UK Fresh Festival at Wembley Arena in 1986, really summed up the melting pot of styles that were packaged up in the media explosion of hip hop pre 1987. Press the playlist soft key and then select which playlist you would like the file to go to.
You can then transition however you want and the song structures will still line up. This can be applied to any part of the songs such as the intro/outro, chorus, build, bridge, etc. Most DJs use combinations of all of these techniques to transition between songs in addition to constantly adjusting their EQ controls to make everything sound as balanced as possible. If you’re just learning how to DJ , practice a bit of everything until it sounds perfect! We have a huge library of high quality up to date video tutorials featuring some of the most successful DJ’s and music producers in the world.
I can use the music I have downloaded on my phone or connect to SoundCloud and use some of my liked tracks from that app. She soundtracked her DIY session by creating a DJ mix exclusively for the Nordic Playlist, so press ‘play’ below to hear it and scroll down to find out more about this exceptional artist and the music scene that she’s so key in creating.
Modern computer technology has allowed automatic beatmatching and led to debate regarding its use, which is sometimes described as cheating. When DJ sets are distributed directly via the Internet, they are generally presented as a single unbroken audio file; cue sheets may be provided by the DJ or fans to allow the set to be burned to a CD, or listened to, as a series of separate tracks in the way it would be produced as a commercial mix.