As you all know, remixes are COOL!!! And FUN!!! If DJs, including myself, didnt play them, this site wouldn’t exist. Like I’ve mentioned before, most people expect DJs to play their own remixes, and of course, hot ones that other people have made. I can’t imagine it’s possible to spend a night at a bottle service club and not hear the DJ play any remixes or party breaks which were made by either themselves or other DJs. But is there a limit to the amount of remixes a DJ should play at the club?? Of course!
The whole “Burning Bible” thing became a very popular subject on twitter. But discussion on “The DJ who plays too many mash-ups” is something I also noticed alot of on the social networking sites. Therefore, I thought it was time to address this topic as well. No one in their craft wants to be the object of ridicule by their peers — so what amount of mashes/remixes puts you into the category of “the DJ who goes overboard”?? It’s not very easy to define.
First off, not all remixes hold the same weight in this discussion. Playing three “redrums” in a row is NOT the same as playing three DJ Scooter segways. Playing three “Hype Intro” mixes in a row is NOT the same as playing three Bmore remixes of hip-hop songs. So when I hear a DJ complain that another DJ at the club is playing nothing but songs off of CrooklynClan, I’m still not sure exactly how bad a situation it is. There is definitely a limit of remixes one should play, but it’s a tough thing to specify.
I, myself, can easily play three remixes in a row without noticing. A souped up version of “Calle Ocho” followed by Serafin’s “It Takes BMore” and then a remix of a hot song over the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” is nothing out of the ordinary for me. Remixes are an especially good way for DJs with residencies to switch up their routine from night to night. I do actually spend a decent amount of money on multiple remix sites. I just bought a Victor Menegaux remix of “Bad Romance” over BEP’s “I Gotta Feelin” from StrictlyHits. As Victor mentioned, “Now that both tunes are cooling off, this track allows you to flip the script on your crowd.” I agree, and that’s why I bought it. While I don’t play many remixes of one hot song over another, this one sounded real good together, so I ran it, and did get a real good reaction.
In addition to using remixes to switch up your playlist, they are quite useful in other ways too. They can make songs sound UP TO DATE and just plain BETTER in a large club. I play LOTS of rock redrums at my rock spot. I also LOVE and constantly play Discotech’s version of “Dont Stop Til You Get Enough” at the mainstream spots. Yes, it’s a “site” remix, but most people can’t tell its a mix. Remixes can also add ENERGY. We all know energy is a big part of being a good DJ, and I think everyone will agree that the remixes we mentioned of “Money To Blow” HERE have much more energy than the original version. Danny Diggz version of Snoop’s “I Wanna Rock” over the “It Takes Two” beat has alot more energy than the normal version, and seems like a better choice for bottle service clubs. Plus, when a song is remixed at a different tempo, it can allow you to play it with a different group of songs than you usually do. I really like what The Stereotype DJs did with Timbaland’s “Say Something”. Their remix is 100 BPM and now I can play it after “Tie Me Down” or other songs in that range. Remixes can also make for good segues between different genres. A rock of mix of a Biggie song could be a good way to go from your Hip-Hop set into rock.
Now that I explained why they can be useful, let me discuss the otherside. We all know one of the cardinal rules of DJing is to play music people know. Playing a mash-up or remix of a Lady Gaga song isn’t nearly the same as dropping a song off a cd that a no-name local rapper handed you and told you to play. Obviously. But remember, most people at the club love Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne!! There’s a reason those artists are very successful. People love their music. So while remixes can help spice up the night, I think its important to play a good amount of regular songs throughout the night – and most people will not be disappointed by this. Chances are they may be happy. Remember, the request you got for Kesha by the group of 21 year old girls?? Well it wasn’t for DJ SoandSo’s mix of it from Crack4Djs. Doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like and react to that mix. It just means they aren’t expecting or demanding it.
So in conclusion, just use common sense. Read your crowd (70 year olds don’t want electro remixes of the Beatles). I’d also say that you are probably better off not playing too many of one style of remix in a row (Party Breaks, B-Mores, etc.) And remember this, even though every girl in the club screamed when you dropped the new remix/mash of the hottest Lady Gaga/Kesha song at the moment, I guarantee they would have screamed if you had dropped the original instead. So when you play a remix of a hot song, you are actually taking a risk, when the alternative (playing the original) would give you a 100 percent chance of success. Therefore, while it’s good to spice up the night, just think of it like a fancy restaurant, where you are the server coming over with the parmesan cheese. You start grating the cheese over the pasta until the customer says “That’s enough”. I heavily recommend that you support the remix sites, your favorite DJs, and play dope mixes! Just don’t be the waiter/waitress with no grater who just drops the entire block of cheese on someone’s spaghetti!!!!!!