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  • i think there’s plenty of other much better countdowns out there. besides the fact that creating your own countdown is relatively easy to get done if one matters so much. I think it’s important to do your own also because, like DJ_forcedhand said. most of those clips we’re rather genre specific. A crowd generally wants to hear either genre or pop cultural hooks, not Lil’ Jon probably. something like siri could help if people were stuck with production skills and still be pop cultural. I personally prefer a tone/dime and fx track and just use a mic for the actual countdown. that way i can control and personalize the message. Also i find promotors generally want to get the honour of counting down. The thing that’s wrong with all of those clips is their to over powering in my opinion. On another note I personally prefer to go out and enjoy my new year rather than dj’ing. I dj in clubs mostly and if i’m working in what’s generally one of the best parties of the year, it infuriates me having to be sensible and sober. So that’s another tip, go and enjoy yourself rather than working. I generally try my hardest to get in a load of gig’s before xmas that way the money on NYE or NYD doesn’t matter as much .

  • Anonymous

    bring on the cheese 🙂

    the first and last one were not bad though

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  • Well New Years in Japan was AMAZING. Just got back from Osaka and got to dj at my old spot in Okinawa. Club was remodeled and looked great. It was a bit sketchy at first. Opened at 9 but no one showed until almost 11. But when they came, they came in GROUPS! Packs of ladies all dressed up. Ratio was easily 8 to 1 so you know the guys loved it. I ended up playing 3 sets since the place got Chuck Norris on Meth wild. Lost dresses, 4 on top of 1 in the middle of the floor, heads between legs (girls), and a slew of other off the wall happenings.

    One thing I learned after 10 years is that New Years is one of those days that it doesn’t matter if you play the same song another DJ played (just as long as it isn’t in a 1 hour span). It is still important to take the crowd on a rollercoaster as the night progresses. A solid build up new hot music, into some current hits, is a great way to build up to the countdown. It’s also a great time to try out some of your own productions and remixes. Then the next 2 hours are just a free-for-all of the hottest, dance your butt off tracks you have. Around 3 or 4 is when slowing it back down alittle is good. Gives them a chance to recoup and get some more drinks (I’m a hiphop, old school, rap, reggae, dance, & TOP 40 DJ).

    After the build up using new music and the New Years 2 hour massacre, it’s easy to lose a crowd. Playing a bunch of not very popular music is a quick way to get booed and have customers leaving. I keep it going by recalling all the party hits. The classic tracks of the last decade that is sure to get the crowd singing and/or dancing. Slowly winding down the night after banging out all the classics is something most DJs do by slowing down the music. Keeps the crowd calm and they start feeling it’s time to leave. WELL, that’s not me.

    My last (unexpected) set was 3:30 until 5:00. I played classics and the top 40 of the last few years but the last 20 minutes I threw on my own…


    It always gets the crowd looking around like wait, the party isn’t over?? Then I kill it for the next 15-20mins and send them out the door dancing. One thing I don’t like is leaving clubs as if I’m about to fall asleep. I want people to walk (or stumble) out singing and smiling. I want them to be upset the party has to stop and NOT want to leave. A great feeling is when you get messages days later about the performance you gave. The BEST feeling is when New Years comes around again and people are talking about the last New Years you did. Always aim to out do last year.

    Much luv from Japan *DJ TeeOh

  • DJ_ForcedHand

    There wasn’t much of a choice there, you had all these over-hyped (and as audiofap says) “Extra douchey” count downs basically made for House and Hip-Hop parties that probably house have made the people in the crowd laugh.

    • SmiTTTen

      You should have heard the ones we didn’t include 😀

      • DJ_ForcedHand

        I heard a 12 Days of Christmas NYE countdown once… it was the Muppet one so you had Miss Piggy doing the Ba-Dum-DUM-dum part.

  • audiofap

    All these examples sound alike. Extra douchey.

    • Jade

      you should make one then 🙂

      • DJ_ForcedHand

        Dick Clark made a generic one years before he… had that medical problem. You don’t make a count down better by lowering the pitch or adding extra crunk, you make it clean and clear… which is exactly what Dick Clark did for 50+ years. Yes, his body is giving out on him, but you really can’t improve on correct.

    • Alex

      Not really sure how a count down can be much different without having no energy…

      did you want a british gentleman counting down while giving toasts and reminding you of new years resolutions? Its supposed to be a typical, cheesy announcer.

      • SmiTTTen

        I can certainly provide that for a modest fee.

    • Spacecamp

      Yeah, perhaps they should serve as examples of what not to sound like when you get on the mic and do it live, Bill O’Reilly-style.

    • Anonymous

      some of the greatest drops and intros are ultra cheesy.