How to Mix as a DJ


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How to Mix as a DJ

Any DJ worth his salt has to be able to mix, and the great dance DJs make their living in remixing old and new tracks and to create almost a new song entirely. In fact, using old beats and remastering classic tracks is almost a prerequisite for any budding DJ hoping to make it big. But what budding Tiestos are really saying is, how do I beatmix? Which is the art of having two tunes playing simultaneously at the same speed so the DJ can move one to the other keeping the same tempo. This is really important when you want to keep a dance floor buzzing and your audience in the same groove.

Reading Your Audience

Before you attempt to start mixing it is really important that you learn to read your audience. What is meant by this is that there are times when an audience needs high tempo songs, and there are other times when you need to build a crescendo for a classic track or anthem. Also, by reading what music a crowd needs at a particular point in time will govern what songs a DJ plays.

Ensure the Tracks are Suitable for Beatmixing

Ensure the Tracks are Suitable for Beatmixing

Ensure the Tracks are Suitable for Beatmixing

Not every two songs are suitable for beatmixing and this should be an important factor to bear when you want to mix two tracks together. Another big consideration for mixing two tracks is that they both have elongated starts and ends. This makes it much easier to blend the two tracks together without any noticeable difference. The whole point of this is that the DJ lays down a continuous vibe, that the audience can groove to all night if they want to.

Ensure the Tracks are Playing at the Same Speed

For a DJ to mix one tune over another without any great noticeable difference they must be playing at the same speed and have like-for-like tempos. If you do not have this then the two tracks can never align properly, and the audience would hear almost a shadow beat. Most mixers and decks now make this really easy by having the sync button that will automatically match the two beats and speeds. The danger of getting used to relying on this sort of technology is that you will be offering nothing unique to your audience.

Look at the Recording Volumes

Many record companies produce tracks at different volume levels depending on their producers. And although again technology can help you automatically avoid this with autogain, it sometimes can lag to take effect. This means the track you are mixing into starts playing at a much higher or lower volume and this can really disrupt the audience’s enjoyment.

If you do not trust all this automation and technology or you are guest Djing on somebody else’s equipment, then use your headphones. The old-fashioned way of mixing tracks yourself is by far the best and rarely fails. These handy hints will help you in your budding DJ career and will definitely aid your mixing skills.