I’m sure by now, most of you, if not all you have played a twerk set at some point. For better or worse, I now play more twerk versions of Hip-hop than originals. I say for better, but that’s a whole other subject. Anyway though, twerk is no different than any other genre in that you should know your songs BEFORE playing them. But specifically, my advice is this:
When you’re playing twerk, you need to know how the next song comes in. You need to know whether it starts energetically with claps and hi hats, a build up ending with an impact/explosion that leads to an acapella, or just straight 808’s without much under them.
In reality it’s the latter of those options that you need to be the most aware of. Take the dope new Dume remix of Ciara’s “Goodies” for example. If you mix into that coming out of some energetic claps, it really sounds awful. The energy just suddenly dies, and that’s the worst thing that can happen when you mix into the next song. Now that doesn’t mean the Dume Remix is unplayable. Far from it. But you just have to know when to mix into it…or make an edit like I did :) And speaking of edits, you gotta love the DJCity intro edit of “Now Shake It” by DJ Noodles. It’s really the same deal. They eliminated you having to to mix into the 808 part, and instead let you start with some claps. Very important in my opinion.