Weekend Recap – DJ > Beatmatching

As we buckle down for Hurricane Sandy, we come together to discuss this weeks pressing DJ news.

LINKS:
Gangnam Style Attack
Master Of The Mix Season 3
Ableton 9 & Push Controller
Sander Van Doorn Joins Roc Nation
Serato Face
Halloween Tracks (DMS)
Are You A DJ If You Don’t Beatmatch?

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  1. I think you bring up a good point JD, regarding if a DJ should quick mix vs. playing out more of the song at a Wedding type event. Now it goes without say, and I don’t need to reiterate it here, but most DJs, especially ones who play Bottle Service venues benefit from quick mixing their sets thru out the night. As JD and Spring mention on this site on occasion, quick mixing in Bottle Service maintains and keeps he energy level up, and brings down the ADD level, keeping peoples attention span on the music and dancefloor.

    IMO, its the equivalent to what Filmmakers do to capture in their audience. In Film, a Filmmaker needs to “hook” the audience within the first half hour or so, in order to get their attention reeled into the rest of the movie. While staying on this Filmmaker analage for a second, just think if you ever lost interest in watching certain parts from with a movie. Sometimes in these long dragged out boring parts, you may tend to look at the time or another distraction elsewhere may grab your attention, however in those action packed parts, you are glued to the screen, and time flys by when watching these action segments. (same goes for a good game within sports)

    Now if you look at that Film analage…..equate that to quick mixing in DJing. When you quick mix, you are constantly “updating” and “refreshing” and trying to keep the attention span of your crowd on the dancefloor….to stay on the dancefloor! But like JD asks, is quick mixing the best idea at a Wedding style event? Or would just playing out each track better serve your Wedding guests? Or maybe would a hybrid of both mixing styles be best?

    I think you have to leave it up to the DJ, as he or she will have to do what ever they feel is best for their specific event and venue. Leaving the club out of the equation now, and just focusing on Wedding style events, I can see the question JD raises. On one hand, by quick mixing, say within a 30 minute time frame, you may be able to reach playing almost 30 songs if you play them for about 30 seconds to one minute, and you can see that it may be perceived by the wedding guests, since you just played 30 songs within that 30 minutes, they may feel that they have just danced too much and feel tired. But remember about that Film analage, where time seems to fly by when you are glued to your screen during the action parts, that same loss of time perception reveals itself within a dancefloor of people dancing to 30 songs within 30 minutes. They are having a great time, feeling the energy, and 30 minutes can feel like 3 minutes. As the DJ you are constatntly giving your guests on the dancefloor “action” by constantly changing out, and quick mixing your tracks, playing only the best parts of the tracks, be it the choruses and other sing-a-log- parts.

    So then by quick mixing at a wedding, if JD was asking a rhetorical question, I would probably ask myself the same question, “Am I tiring out my guests too early by pounding out and hitting them hard with all this great music?”

    I think a good mixture between the two styles may be an option for some DJs. Its almost as if its a “catch 22”. If you quick mix and tire out your older crowd at a Wedding to soon, you run the risk of them dancing for a shorter time upfront and then leaving the dancefloor empty for the latter part. I feel as Wedding and other types of similar events usually have family who have been to so many of these type events over the past couple of decades, and most of them still perceive that “DJ of the 80s” where back then a DJ may play out one entire song before mixing into the next one, and they are use to dancing to one or two of there favorite songs you play, then go back to their table.

    I don’t know, but when I’m a guest at a wedding, and a DJ is playing a line dance or maybe 2 or 3 oldies in almost their entirety back to back, I notice most of the older crowd just dancing to those couple of songs before heading back to their table. However, I have also seen DJs quick mix Weddings, which I have myself as well, and you sometimes tend to notice the older crowd interacting much more with the younger crowd out on the dancefloor for a longer duration. The quick mixing seems to help them bond better, because you have the younger crowd who is conditioned to hearing quick mixing via the clubs they go to, and by changing up the song every 30 seconds or so, even the older people dont realize just how many songs or how long they just danced to within such a short period of time, hence why they may tire more quickly, but the energy level and packed dancefloor within the moment may be what you are after.

    Again, its what works for the DJ, the event, and most importantly, who the events guests are.

    On another note, I hope for Springs benefit, you guys dont lose power. I remember hearing about that last year here, and Spring didnt seem to be too happy about losing power. I dont blame you Spring, its not about how powerful or powerless a storm will be, but the byproduct of the storm which is in plain english, a nusence! You cant do a darn thing with no power, and it definitly inconviences the working DJ, especially in your case where the casinos remain open and you have to get there to do your job in a timely manner. Well, hopefully your power stays on this year, may the power be with you!! lol, and both you guys stay safe :)

  2. Well I can exclusively reveal to the world that playing 30 tracks in 30 minutes is just about the dumbest thing you could do outside of a competition/battle/DJ show – your average bar/club goer wants to hear their song a good while more than 45-60 seconds. It also means your energy levels are going to be all over the place, given that most commercial/house tracks come in on a breakdown that can last for this length of time, so as a track is building up you’d start mixing out at that point? Or you’d let it drop and mix out after 30-45 seconds straight into another breakdown? Again pretty wack and will soon have people complaining, at least anyone who understands club music. The climax of the track is often left till the end of the track, the structure and progression of the track is what it’s all about, not throwing them in and out like you’re in a hip hop battle.

    Your average house track is probably around 6 minutes in length (although up to 8 is also common) – if you take away the duration of the transitions (intro/outro) the audience is likely hearing the meat of the song for 5 minutes, if the track is new, very hot, or it’s just working perfectly, I wouldn’t quick mix out for the sake of quick mixing, sometimes you don’t want to intervene prematurely in order to justify your position as a DJ “look at me I’m getting busy”, it’s not about you it’s about them, sure if the room isn’t feeling the track mix out at a sensible position, although giving a track 60 seconds to work is no true indication of whether the crowd will feel any given song/track, I’m always dropping remixes that people do not know, on the first drop the reaction can be mixed at best, the same people that were motionless during the first drop often come alive on the second, they’ve been introduced and the song is becoming familiar as it PLAYS, I’d never panic and mix out of a song in 60 seconds based on the initial reaction.

    For me proper quick mixing within the realm of house/club music would be letting a track play for around 3 minutes a piece, perhaps avoiding a 3rd breakdown if applicable. done properly it can add intensity and momentum, mix at the wrong places and you achieve the opposite, and of course playing a track for 60 seconds inevitably means you’re mixing out at the wrong place. In the end you have to judge it on a case by case basis, not strictly quick mixing neither strictly letting tracks “play out”.

    It’s a bit different with hip hop and r’n’b as the intensity/energy is more consistent throughout, no long breakdowns, major build-ups or climatic finishes, this might be why urban DJ’s often blast through 30 songs in 30 minutes, those same guys who’ve jumped on the house bandwagon (EDM? lol) often don’t have a clue and treat the music in an identical fashion, I’d still argue though, that a song someone loves wants to hear that song a fair bit longer than 60 seconds.

  3. i dont play “GAG”nam style…. i have the Anthem Kingz remix but still dont play it. its just there collecting dust

  4. Hey Guys-
    Just wanna chime in on the subject of quick mixing at Weddings. As a rule of thumb, I always ask my Brides & Grooms ahead of time about the age ratio of the attendees to give me a road map of what to expect even before I show up to the gig. If their parents have taken control, usually it’ll be more guests around their age, and if the Bride & Groom have enough say, then more than likely the guests will be around the same age. During dinner I scan the room from table to table to get an understanding of what to expect when it comes time to begin the dancing portion. Typically I start off w/ a small Disco set (3 max) and play at least the second verse of the first 2 songs, the third song is when I might cut it short, BUT if they’re rockin’ to it I’ll let it ride out. If they’re feelin’ it, I’ll go w/ a forth song, but usually keep it to 3 max. From there I’ll do two 80’s classics that are surefire crowd pleasers, but quick mix those to get to something more up to date like Lady Gaga “Just Dance” or Taio Cruz’s Dynamite (same key btw) From there I’ll drop one of the latest hits as a teaser of what’s to come to let the Bride & Groom know that I got their back, and won’t make it all about the parents or just play old jams all night. Let the verses play, loop the outro, and then get on the mic and interact with the crowd a lil bit to warm them up and draw attention to the Bride & Groom. As far as cutting the songs down to intro and verse only, I never do that, I think it’s more about the quality of what you’re playing vs. how many songs you’re able to squeeze in during that time frame. I say balance it out, read your crowd, and never be afraid to segue by slowing it down to give them a breather like a band would do. I’ve been DJ’ing Weddings for 10+ years, and I’m still learning at EVERY event, and no two Weddings are exactly alike. My clients refer my services on a regular basis, so I hope that means that I’m doing something right and making them happy, lol. Have a great weekend fellas! DJ Joe Broscoe Twiiter & Instragram @djjoebroscoe Thanks for allowing me to chime in.

  5. Thanks to everyone who wrote about their experience. As Joe said, we’re always learning at every event. – JD

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