At the end of the day, nothing beats a solid mix. Whether you’re playing to a crowd, promoting yourself, or just want to listen to your favorite tracks in a new way, mixing songs together and creating something new from them is a great skill to have.
However, just because you can press play on a track and use some basic effects does not make you a DJ. If you want your mixes to stand out from the rest, then you need to pay attention to specific details that will make your mixes sound professional.
In this guide, we give you all the tips and tricks you need to take your mixing skills to the next level.
Keep reading for a step-by-step breakdown of how to make your DJ mix stand apart from the rest.
Making your DJ mix stand apart from the rest isn’t just about the music you play, but how you present it. If your mix is getting lost in the sea of other DJ mixes out there on the web, it might be time to spruce up your presentation. Here are 5 tips to make your mix stand out:
1. The right format.
2. A good title and artwork.
3. Credibility in the tracklisting or playlist.
4. Quality over quantity in regards to a tracklisting or playlist.
5. Have an angle or concept that makes your mix unique.”
I’ve always been really into electronic music and I love to experiment with it in Ableton, but I’ve had a problem, I don’t know how to make my DJ mixes stand apart from the rest.
I’ve started to notice that most of the mixes I download (and most mixes in general) follow an all too familiar formula; they start out slow, build up to a climax, then drop back down. The problem is, it doesn’t take long before you start hearing this formula over and over again.
I came across an article on Mixmag where they asked some of the biggest DJs in the world to tell them how they would improve their art form. One of the responses was from Dubfire who said:
“There are no rules in DJing and there is no right or wrong way to do it. It bothers me when people say ‘oh that’s a bad mix because you can hear the breakbeat in between tracks.’”
This got me thinking about what makes a good mix and why so many people seem content using the same formula for their DJ sets every time. So I decided to experiment with mixing techniques and try different types of music together that you wouldn’t typically find in
You put in a lot of work to make your dj mix, so why not spend a little time making it stand out? Here are 5 quick tips to help you make your podcast or DJ mix stand apart from the rest.
1. Skip The Names
We know this is hard, but try not to use track ID’s in your mix. It breaks the flow of the mix and makes it hard for the listener to zone out and enjoy the music. If you must include them, consider doing it at the end of your mix as a tracklisting. You can also do it as a separate podcast episode at the end or on your website. Do whatever you can to keep them out of your mix!
2. About Your Mix
If you haven’t already, write up a few lines about your mix, where it was recorded and what equipment was used. If you did something special with it or if there is something you want people to hear that may not be obvious then speak up! This will give people a better idea of what they’re about to listen to.
3. Artwork Is King
The artwork for your podcast is just as important as the music itself. Take some time and find some great artwork for you podcasts and upload them with every episode
The art of DJing is a fascinating subject that many try to put their finger on. The process of DJing is a very personal and subjective experience. The technical aspects can be learned by anyone with the passion and desire to learn them, but the true art of being a DJ is something that one must develop from within.
A few years ago I was in a small town in Maine, DJing at a party for one of my friends. After my set another DJ had stepped up to play and he was doing it well. He was mixing tracks smoothly, his beats were matching and the room was really grooving. His set had been going on for an hour or so when I noticed that things were starting to get repetitive. He played another track, then another, and soon everyone in the room had grown bored.
I am not sure if this guy was unaware that his set was getting stale, or if he just didn’t care. Either way, this experience made me think about what it takes to create an exciting mix that stands apart from all of the others.
The DJ mix is one of the most potent art forms at our disposal. The ability to arrange a collection of tracks into a seamless whole, that transports and engages a listener in the same way that a great album or film can, is something that has been honed over many years by a select few. In this article we will attempt to impart some knowledge and advice from a carefully selected group of artists who have made their mark on the DJ mix format in different ways.
The purpose of this blog is to provide you with practical advice, based on my own experience, in the hope that it will inspire you to create your own high quality DJ mixes.
The advice below is inspired by posts I’ve seen over the years on DJ forums and Facebook groups. My goal is to raise the bar in terms of the quality of electronic music mixes online, and in doing so help other DJs get more exposure.
Good Mixers Have Their Own Sound
All great mixers have their own sound. Do you? Are you just playing other people’s music? If so, then don’t expect to stand out from the crowd. Are you changing your sound depending on what’s trendy? That’s not going to help either.
So how do you find your own sound? Simple – just ask yourself what moves you emotionally. What are your favorite tracks and why? Are there any emotions or feelings that many of your favorite tracks have in common? When people hear a track from one of your mixes, do they say “Hey…that sounds like Jeno!”? If not, then keep experimenting until they do!