How to DJ Like a Pro: A blog about how to improve editing and mixing skills.
One of the biggest challenges for new DJs is finding their own style, making it stand out from other styles. I found this video on youtube, where this guy is doing something called “finger drumming”. It’s cool how he’s able to make his own beats, by moving his fingers in certain ways. This is the type of creativity that I want to teach you, because it will set you apart from other DJs.
The first thing you need to do, is be able to play music without thinking too much about it. If you think too much about what you’re doing when you’re playing music, then it becomes more difficult for your audience to follow along with what’s happening in the song. They have trouble keeping up with the beat, and they get lost in the moment. It’s okay if they don’t know exactly what’s going on at all times; that just means they’ll be surprised later!
You can learn this skill by listening to a lot of music and being able to identify different elements in each song. For example, if you listen closely enough (or use Shazam), you’ll notice that most pop songs have a chorus or hook that
I run an electronic music record label called Green Fetish Records and recently I started a blog about how to DJ like a pro.
I was surprised by how many people googled how to become a DJ, especially when it comes to mixing songs, editing and making their own music.
My blog is here:
But I am also curious of other blogs out there on the same subject. What are some good ones that you know of?
DJs: Are you starting to feel like your mixes aren’t quite as good as they used to be? Is it getting harder to get your mixes the way you want them? Do you wish you could make those crazy edits that DJs in the videos do? Are you ready to take your DJing to the next level?
If so, then this is the blog for you. We’ll be digging into all of these topics and more, covering tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you get more creative with your sets, and take your mixing skills up a notch.
For example, did you know that there are different ways to beatmatch songs in Traktor? Most DJs have known about the basic method for years, but few ever bother learning about the other ways. How about when it comes to editing: what does “quantization” mean anyway? And how can it help your mixes sound better?
What about effects? Everyone likes to throw on an effect on occasion, but did you know that there are absolutely essential effects that every mix needs a part of the time? You don’t always need them at full strength, but they’re important.
Finally, we’ll also cover some advanced techniques like beat juggling and harmonic mixing. And of course we
For most electronic dance music producers, the idea of DJing live seems like an unattainable goal. The process can be intimidating and even a bit confusing when you’re trying to figure out what equipment to buy, how to set it up, and how to use it properly.
Here are some things you need to know before you start your DJ career:
1. You need a mixer so you can mix songs together and use the potentiometers on the mixer for different effects
2. You will need a pair of headphones so you can hear the song before it is played out loud
3. You will need a pair of turntables to play the songs from vinyl (or CDs) onto your computer
4. You need a working computer with sound card installed**
5. If you want professional quality sound then get a good audio interface like Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 or similar**
6. A MIDI controller is optional but useful for controlling software like Ableton Live or Traktor Pro 2 if desired**
7. Get some good speakers**
8. Get some lighting equipment such as strobe lights and fog machines**
9. Make sure all your equipment is connected properly before plugging it
If you love electronic music, you’re probably a fan of DJing and/or producing. I know I am!
I noticed that many people use the same basic techniques when trying to practice their skills, so I decided to compile a list of tips that are most commonly overlooked by aspiring DJs.
I’ve been DJing for over 10 years now, and have learned many things along the way. I hope this course will help you improve your skills as well!
The Hottest DJ in the world is no longer Calvin Harris.
Diplo has dethroned his fellow DJ for the top spot on DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll, which was revealed Saturday night at Amsterdam Dance Event.
Harris, who took home the honor for the past two years — and had been No. 1 for a whopping four years — slips to No. 2, but his former-collaborator Avicii climbs from No. 3 to 4, while Hardwell also moves up a spot to No. 3.
David Guetta (No. 6), Tiesto (No. 7) and Steve Aoki (No. 8) round out the top 10, while Martin Garrix debuts at No. 9 and Zedd makes his first appearance at No. 10 after climbing from No. 14 last year. R3hab (No. 11), Armin van Buuren (No. 12), Nicky Romero (No. 13), Afrojack (No. 17) and Alesso (No. 19) suffered some of the biggest drops in this year’s poll, while Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell /\ Ingrosso make their debut at No. 39 following their formation earlier this year and Skrillex