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Saturday, 26 June 2010

set your skill as dj

hi friends..I once bought a book how to be a dj. There are some parts of the book that is very important that
 I share here. please read same dj tips in order to add your insights as a dj. Detail below:


When you first start mixing, your goal is simply to mix two records together smoothly. That goal will take many tries and re-tries. Once you have developed basic beat matching and mixing skills with various pairs of records, it will be time to create a set. What is a set? A set is a group of records, spun one after the other (sometimes moving back and forth in your playlist with bits of previous or future records), to create a complete musical presentation. A set can be 30 minutes long or 14 hours long, and it can be spun for no one or for an audience of thousands.

You have to feed off the crowd … you have to play with them,” says House DJ Keenan Orr. “I love to surprise the people that I’m playing for, and I try to get them to scream at least one time.”

1. Qualities of a Set

Think of some recent or memorable DJ sets you’ve heard. Choose a set you experienced
that really stands out in your memory. What made the set so good?
Some things that people (and promoters) notice are:

- Mixing skill
- Track selection
- Programming
- Originality.


Mixing skill: Mixing skill refers to your ability to use the equipment well to make flawless, interesting, and creative mixes with your records. Mixing is your chance to really make the music your own by incorporating your choice of blends, tricks, scratches, or effects. Your choices will also distinguish you from all the other DJs out there, so you’ll want to develop a few creative methods that are yours and yours alone. Track selection: Track selection refers to the quality and appeal of the tracks you choose to play. Choosing the appropriate blend of popular or accessible tracks along with new, unique tracks that go well together is part of good track selection.

Programming: Programming refers to the flow of your set. Does your set go anywhere? Does the audience feel like the set progresses smoothly toward some goal? Are they exhausted 20 minutes into the set, or do they appear uninterested in what you are playing? Below we’ll list some factors that will affect the fl ow of your set. In addition, you will need to be able to modify the flow of your set based on the reaction of your audience on that particular night and in that particular venue.

Originality: You’ve heard it by now: everyone’s a DJ. In many cities, there are simply too many DJs and too few listeners. In order to succeed as a DJ today, you will have to distinguish yourself. You can distinguish yourself by developing a signature sound, employing signature tricks and effects, developing a signature track selection, a look, or anything that makes you stand out above the rest. Perhaps you wish to create a DJ persona, complete with props and costumes. Perhaps your uniqueness will be in your consistent ability to rock an exhausted crowd at 8:00 AM. Maybe your CDs will be a favorite in your city because you
incorporate local themes into the music.

DJ sets are all about NOW. It’s about here and now,” according to techno producer Jon Rivers. “It’s not about last night, or where you played last week, or what you were thinking about on your way here. The best DJ sets I’ve heard refl ect the exact moment in time when they occur, between the DJ and the audience, creating that elusive goal: the VIBE.

2. Factors affecting your set

As a DJ, you will choose the mood, pace, length, and content of your set. If you are spinning
for yourself in your room, you can play whatever you desire at that moment.
Think again of that excellent set you heard. In addition to the intrinsic qualities of the
set itself, there probably were other factors that infl uenced how you and others felt about
it. These factors might have included:

• Your personal mood and energy level.
• The time of the day or night that the set was played.
• The size of the venue and of the crowd.
• The type of people in the crowd.
• The age of the crowd.
• The geographic location of the venue.
• The theme of the night or of the room.
• The skill of the previous DJ.
• The mood of the crowd based on current events, the economy, the weather, etc.

 If you are playing for an audience, you will want to take at least some of the above factors into account when planning for and performing your set. Your audience has needs, and you’ll probably want to fulfi ll at least some of those needs. Some DJs choose to “educate” their audience and play only what they want to play. That approach can work well if the musical style is a popular one that generally pleases audiences, or if the DJ is well-known enough to draw an audience interested in experiencing.

that style. However, if the musical style is very esoteric, the DJ may fi nd the audience wandering away if they don’t hear anything that catches their ear.On the other hand, playing nothing but requests or “anthems” you know are popular can leave you feeling like a “human jukebox” and can sound unoriginal to your listeners. DJs are artists and musicians, and it’s important that whatever you play makes YOU feel good. Your personal style will show in the tracks you choose and how you mix them together. How you feel about the records you play will come through your set to the audience.

If the tracks move you and you let it show, chances are your audience will fi nd your enthusiasm contagious.  however, you are bored with what you play, they will most likely sense that as well. One approach is striking a balance between playing tracks you know are crowd pleasers, and tracks that move you personally but might be new to your audience. It’s a very fine line to walk, and it’s a personal decision you will need to make as to how much to cater to your audience. Of course, in the end, whether or not your sets fill the dance floor will determine whether or not you get invited back for another gig. Time and practice helps most DJs learn how to respond to the factors above, play what they want, and keep their audience happy, all at the same time. I will be continue in next post about dj tips.

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