• Hell with clubs. I got to play from 10pm to 4am ON THE BEACH! I love puerto vallarta!

  • Noelflava

    Good luck everyone out there playing tonight in the states! I already finished my NYE Set here in Bali last night, and it was Bangin! Wish this article was out yesterday but oh well! NYE happened 10 hours ago in Asia. Pumpin Pumpin!! 
    HAPPY NEW YEARS 2012 DJTT!! : ) 

  • good stufff Happy New Year DJTechTools

  • Now for something a bit more constructive….

    DDTT seems mostly based around club DJing. Which is all well and good but the unsung heroes of the Mobile DJ segment frequent here too. NYE parties are closer to your average Mobile Gig than any other event in the year. The key thing to remember is that unless you’re a producer and people are coming to hear your compositions you’re going to be playing other people’s music, which is what DJs do right?. NYE means you’re there for the crowd and so be prepared to play the part of a jukebox from time to time. NYE is where people are going want to remember the good times and forget about the bad times. Spirits need to be kept high which gets tougher as the night goes on as alcohol is a depressant. This year I’m playing for the 3rd time at the same venue. A private party for around 350 guests. The age range is extensive and the gig you’re doing could well be the same. Everyone comes out to play on NYE so although it’s paramount you prepare tracks for the night make sure you can switch to genres which wouldn’t normally work at any other time of the year. Last year I prepared a best of 2010 set, which I had to cut short because a few people complained I wasn’t playing anything else. The floor was full but I knew they would dance to something from the 70’s which would also get other guests involved who weren’t very appreciative of David Guetta. A quick mix into Duck Sauce and we were on the road to 70’s disco and Boney M.
    Where’s this story going you may ask?

    It’s about understanding age groups and what makes them dance.  NYE is when you can play anything from Rock n Roll to Techno as long as it was a big hit and you believe the majority of the crowd know it and will be prepared to dance to it. It’s doesn’t have to be high tempo either because at 12 O’clock your night has only just begun and you’re music selection combined with appeasing to requests could well have people of all ages staying till a time they would normally get up.

    Connect with the crowd.
    Jiggles and count downs are all well and good but they will not have the same impact as picking up the microphone and counting with the crowd. Often; Djing is a them and you affair, until you interact with them and the mic is the best way for the crowd to realise there is actually someone controlling the music. If it’s important, announce it. Quickly announcing it’s 30,15,10,5 mins to go till 12 O’clock is pretty high on the priority list and it will help you connect with your guests.

    Have fun.
    Dance and enjoy the music too. Don’t concentrate on getting all those mixes beat perfect. Sometimes playing the whole song till the end will get you more appreciation than cutting it short, or remixing it on the fly. Seeing a happy DJ dancing, singing, clapping and full of joy, instead of an emotionless face staring at a screen, looking in cases for CD’s or vinyl or head down tweaking buttons and switches, will be far more effective in keeping the energy between you and the crown on a high.

    Hope the comment wasn’t too long.
    and have a great New Years Eve party
    whether you’re in front or behind the decks

    • most club djs also do some mobile work to so I would argue that a lot of our readers can use mobile advice as well. We try to be ballanced and speak to everyone but sometimes things can get a little club-centric. Thanks for the contribution. 

  • that 3 min count down is awful…. I didn’t make it to 2 minutes. Each to there own I guess but personally I found the yeahs and let’s goes just annoying.

    • definitely agree with you there! who’s the rapper with excessively annoying screaming voice?

      • DoubleD

        lil jon. i agree with both ya

  • Hey guys, all of you who are DJing tonight. How about recording video of the countdown wherever you are playing, and posting it on DJTT? Happy New Year!

  • Djmikelowrey

    Cheesy!! I don’t know if thats a compliment or not!!  At least i made dj tech tools!! THANK YOU & HAPPY NEW YEAR!! …. P.S….your website is my home page keep up the excellent work!!

  • Dajokermusic

    Great article, I made my first public DJ’n apperance in nov, and at a show thurs last night I was ask to join a bill of 9 other DJ for tomorrow nigh. Cool part is I gonna DJ the bar from open to close, the other DJ’s are splitting time in the under age part of the club. Gonna be a busy night. Once again thanks DJTT for all the great help

  • joshuajclark

    3:05 of the over the top count down. Terrible jump there, not quite sure what was going on. Apart from that it’s not bad, just a bit hectic…

  • Matthew Gamespy

    Fantastic article at the perfect time. You guys always assist with keeping me in check! Thanks and 2012 looks very promising for the DJ industry.

  • SmiTTTen

    Well written and welcome! 

  • Jester

    Well I go on at 1am and am playing Progressive Psytrance. Have a great NYE guys, Jesse

  • 16b441khz

    I was just reading last yrs article that was posted for new yrs lol, great timing DJTT!! 😀

    • jon

      same. very bizarre

  • Djnujak

    Clicked on your site just lookin for these articles today! You guys rock!