Episode 126 – Mailbag

We’ve got another round of your questions with our answers.

1) Can JD & Spring switch seats?
2) What’s good remixing software to start with?
3) What’s the difference between Electro and Dirty Dutch
4) What’s good equipment to buy to get into DJing?
5) what’s a good place to get good quality music online?

Let us know what your playing.  Leave a comment or email us at remixreport@gmail.com


  1. dope episode, thanks for answering my question

  2. Like the questions with very direct and great answers! If memory serves me I thought in some of your earlier episodes at the beginning of the year you guys were on opposite sides!
    A good Dj friend and I were just having a simuliar debate/conversation about a month ago about DJ gear today, and the plethora of controllers and what not versus the selection years back, and how the industry has evolved. When I started DJing at 15, I was attending all ages clubs, and really studied the art/craft of what gear the DJ was using and how he was using it…At the time none of my friends were into DJing, I was the outcast who had this crazy passion for DJing, and while the people I would go with wanted to leave the club when it would die down, I always stayed and watched the DJ to see what was this equipment he was using, and furthurmore, how he was using it, which lead me to save up to buy a only one 1200 at first, within 2 weeks from that(They were 350 dollars at that point(R.I.P)!!

    Even looking around in the DJ store at that time, your choices were pretty straight foward, and the Technic 1200 was the way to go. Nowadays, some bedroom DJs who I know that want to get into DJing seriously, are always asking what the right equipment is, because all they have to do is hop onto the Guitar Center website, click on the DJ section, and thier mind-boggled with the plethora of gear to choose from. However, you guys are absolutly right in what you said, and I would recommend anyone who is contemplating what gear to get for what goal they are trying to reach, rewatch this video, cause Spring and JD are very precise, right to the point, and make it very clear on what gear you might need.

    Myself, my DJ roots are in vinyl from day 1, and thats all I knew, it wasnt till 2000 when I added one of those single DJ CD players to my arsenal, however I refused to switch to a full on CD system. The reason for the player was, for one a back up, and just in case someone at the gig brought me a CD, and wanted to hear a track, in my eyes it was good business to keep the party goers happy at all levels. this seldomly happens, because as a DJ you should have been prepared, and talked over the musical selection for the gig ahead of time, so if you did not have the song, you could get it prior to the gig, but you never know when someone from the crowd is gonna hand you a CD from maybe an independant artist, friend of thiers who sings, and its not the people who hire you, but an unexpected party goer that says, “I have this CD in my car, if I go get it, will you play it? and depending on the circumstances, and if it is a high, high paying gig, Im not going to disapoint, as long as I review the song before I play it, and its not offensive to the others at the gig.

    IMO, the early to mid2000’s were a major transition period, when I was working my residencies, I noticed a reverse of what the mid ninties were. It was the technic 1200s sitting off in a corner collecting dust, because all the DJs were jumping onto the CDJs cause it was more convienient for them to play the remix they made on CD at thier gig, so in my area, DJing on CDJs in most all the major clubs was standard for at least a couple of years, then with the onset of Serato, it was clear where the industry would steer…right back to yesturyear, like we started, on vinyl! Serato made it just as convient and then some to play our own mixes laser free, and less to carry. Now its funny to walk into a club and see things full circle…the Technics reign king again, and the CDJ’s are the ones in the corner collecting dust, only to be used for the possible switch out of DJs(almost a thing of the past these days), for emergencies, and if the DJ is late the club owner can just throw on a mix CD till the DJ arrives with his or her laptop

    This was sort of our conversation we had, and my point really is that its about your goals, knowing where you want to be in this industry, and at what level. Personally, and again this is only in my opinion, I think the choice for any DJ at any level is quite easy. I have derived a certain standard(like THX…lol!)in to what you should focus your eyes on. JD and Spring said it the best! If I was new to Djing and I had to choose these days versus the easy choice I had back then, I thought, wow this is going to be hard choosing from all this DJ gear, all these controllers, but then I thought again, wait a minute, if I want to be a resident DJ somewhere and gain the respect of my peers, the choice is clear…2 12’s, a DJM 800 or TTM57 and Serato…you can look past all the other stuff, as its entry to intermediate and dosnt play well with the above mentioned, so the choice on that end is quite clear. I do thing however, the decision is much more complex to a point if your a bedroom to outside gig DJ, as like I said the onset and plethora of Dj gear controllers on the market today, although the basic functionalities are the same, theres a lot of choices which to consider, just on what features or fx you might want to add. Im not a tracktor user, however in the past I was given the LE edition of Tracktor, and I cant stand using it, however one thing I found nice on Tracktor, was the FX, some diff and quite usable fx on that program, and since Ive evolved into a production DJ, ive really looked at a lot of diff programs, that will give me a unique sound. I respect the “thinking outside the box” mentality, as it gives you the DJ a chance to stand out a bit more then cloning your self with the standards everyones using. This tactic in my opinion, is what makes, and have made true pioneers in DJing and the music industry in the past…Just look at what some artists like Deadmau5 and Kaskade use for DJing, and what they have never used, and it works, So I feel like the guys do in this episode in regards to paying your dues in the industry, and getting people to take you serious if serious is what you are trying to achieve in the industry, and this means get the equipment that will do this for you, and when the right time comes, feel free to explore other possibilities, that will let you stand out!

  3. I was ranting about a party I played at earlier this year (A RAVE) and I was the only DJ who DJed live on 1200’s. The rest of the “DJ’s” were basically trios of guys fiddling knobs on a mixer while running Ableton Live. I don’t really call it DJing because none of them were doing anything creative, simply playing tunes. You guys brought up a ton of good points. If you are in it for the long haul, It will be an investment. Otherwise, I always tell people, learn all the platforms of DJing, be it laptop DJing, DJing on 1200s, DJing on CDJ’s of all types. In this day and age, There is no excuse to not knowing how to DJ. I always hear stories of DJ’s going to other parts of the US or world and refuse to DJ because no CDJ’s are available. It used to be a saying, What is a DJ without 1200’s? We are in a different time era.

  4. in a way it’s sort of the same thing a musician would have to deal with. in my case for example, when i get a call for a gig (i play jazz sax, primarily alto) I have to bring my tenor and soprano saxes as well in case the gig leader wants me to play either of them as well. It’s what’s expected. If I had the money I would also play all the other saxophones in the saxophone family. If you want people to call yourself a saxophonist you better be comfortable with all types of saxophones, even ones you’ve never played on before! Once I had to borrow a friends horn for a gig when mine was in the shop and had 10 minutes to “familiarize” myself with his horn. While i def agree that using turntables is the gold standard (and imo will always be, even if using DVS plus other extra midi controllers for fx and whatnot, 1200s plus midi controllers, like the dicer or X1 always seemed to be the best of both worlds to me) in this day and age we have to be versatile

  5. All very good points. A standard is just that for a reason, so if you’re serious, you better learn the standard. Professionals will always be professional because they care enough about their craft to be masters at it. And that means learning all aspects and being fluent in as many aspects as possible. There are hobbyists in all artforms, whether it be painting, woodworking, auto mechanic, etc… I think we, as DJ’s, are just new to the phenomenon of the hobbyist culture because, in the past, it was too expensive to just be a hobby for most people. That has obviously changed. As professionals we need to realize the hobbyists are here to stay and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We’ll still be masters of our craft.

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