For many DJs around the world, January 1st is a day of serious recovery. Even if you're not regularly playing gigs or even if you don't regularly drink while DJing, major celebrations like New Year's Eve are likely to be some of the more taxing events that you'll play. We've got a few tips from our readers and around the web for hungover DJs looking to start feeling better (and maybe even play another gig, as it's now the weekend!)
It's the last few days of 2015, and historically, New Year's Eve is one of the biggest nights for DJs around the world. If you've got any type of DJ gig on the last night of the year, it's a good idea to think carefully about how you approach it and make sure it's one of the best DJ gigs you ever play. Keep reading for tips for your New Year's Eve DJ sets.
Recently we've noticed DJs around the web asking about getting a chance to use club gear before playing a gig. One of the best things you can do before a DJ set is be completely familiar with the DJ gear that you're going to be using. But for those who are new to some types of gear, how do you get time behind those particular decks? Learn from DJTT's own DJ community a few great strategies for gaining experience on club DJ gear.
Beyond beatmatching, one of the most important things a DJ can do when lining up two tracks is to match a song's phrasing. This means both songs will begin and end musical phrases in time with each other. Today's Throwback Thursday technique from Ean covers the fundamentals of counting out the phrases of a song to get them aligned in the mix!
A lot of DJs use expensive sound systems regularly, but without proper knowledge of how to set the gain stages on each piece of gear, you run the risk of damaging your system. Today, guest contributor DJ Soo has written up the basic idea behind why gain staging matters, how to do it on a typical setup, and why staying out of the red is so important on a properly staged rig.
Any DJ who has ever worked a bar gig knows that, occasionally, you might be asked to announce something to the crowd. But if the DJ booth doesn't have a microphone, this becomes a bit more of a challenge. However, using a bit of old school DJ trickery, you can very easily use your headphones instead. Watch Ean's throwback tutorial inside!
One of the oldest tricks in the DJ world is to use any and all of the controls on a DJ mixer to gate or transform one of the playing decks. There's plenty of ways to do it - so in today's Throwback Thursday DJ technique, Ean explains how and why you might want to swipe the input selector in time with the beat. Watch inside:
We're so close to the weekend which means it's time for our second Throwback Thursday tutorial hosted by Ean Golden. Last week Ean showed you how to pitch ride on turntables to match the BPM of two records. Today Ean will show you how to create a beat repeat effect using 2 records. No software effects or mixer effects required, all you need is two copies of the same record.