DJ-ing


#1

apparently i wrangled a dj set at a local bar last night and i don’t remember doing this. a month from now i think. i have never dj’d in my life and i don’t know what i’m doing with decks. apparently i did not mention any of this.

a) should i do the set for the bants

b) how quickly can i learn how to use decks and shit

c) could i feasibly get one of those mixer apps on my laptop or phone and play everything through that while looking like i’m using the decks


#2

Absolutely don’t bother with vinyls or beat matching or any of that stuff, just get one of the free djing apps and make a playlist that doesn’t meander too randomly


#3

It’s a bar. Just play songs people like and don’t drive away customers


#4

was listening to spotify earlier and i was pissing about with the crossfade function. set it to 8 seconds or so and i would say 90% of the time it sounded great, especially if a song ends with lots of feedback/ambient noise etc. maybe the odd transition didn’t work but who’d even notice four or five beers in.


#5

Don’t be afraid to just let a song end before the next one every so often too especially if an intro is pretty good


#6

I suppose it really depends what sort of music you’re playing?

If it’s just bogstandard indie stuff, don’t sweat it too much. Just play good stuff and do what @yesiamaduck says. If you have one, can use it there, and would feel more comfortable using it, take a laptop. When I used to DJ indie stuff I’d use one CD deck and my laptop, just running iTunes. Dead easy.

If you’re playing dance or hip hop, I dunno, pray?


#7

put itunes on shuffle


#8

their criteria is “electronic/chill/low end theory-type beats” which is pretty…hmmm. i mean, i love that stuff so i have a fair idea of what to play, but i think praying might be in order.

althoughhhhh…i really can’t remember all that much fancy twiddling from the dj last night, which i think may have inspired me to ask for a slot. then again i can’t remember asking for a slot so…ulp.


#9

Get the Djay 2 app on your phone/ipad (set a 10 second automix)

Works a treat everytime


#10

What setup have they got? turntables, CDJs?
Pop in again and check out the setup, if they’ve got CDJs with USB input you’re laughing, just chuck a load of tracks on 2 USBs and control using the mixer.


#11

will pop in tonight and scope it out :male_detective:


#12

Oh. I’m well that will probably require some level of dj skill as theyd probably expect it to have continuity


#13

Remember the first time I played an electronic set, I practiced the whole thing for ages a month in advance (on some dj software that I’ve already forgotten the name of). Didn’t really help when it came to actually doing it though. Got through it somehow?


#14

The plural of vinyl is vinyl.


#15

This is totally the opposite of what I do. If they can’t take it then they don’t deserve me.


#16

My opinion is… either do it properly or don’t do it at all.


#17

What’s the plural of shut up


#18

Nah, fuck it, go large and have fun. How are you ever going to learn if you don’t fuck up a few times first?


#19

press this button loads


#20

Remember DJing in a bar when I was 18. Got completely twatted and decided it was a good idea to deviate from my nicely curated indie playlist into a full on breakcore set. Ended the night with this, but everyone had left by that point. There’s a moral there somewhere.