DJ Enferno made a splash a couple months ago with DJ Shiftee when the two debuted their partnership, E.A.S.Y., and yesterday DJ Enferno dropped a new remix of Childish Gambino’s hit “3005.” Instead of uploading the track straight to Soundcloud, DJ Enferno uploaded a live version that he recorded in his studio. With two turntables, a mixer, a Maschine MK2, and a keyboard, Enferno banged out a super hype remix to not only show us how he made it but also showcase his skills as a DJ, showing the possibilities of live production in a set. Watch Enferno break down and rebuild 3005.
DJ Sets with Live Remixes
Once again, DJ Enferno has shown us that controllerism goes far beyond just pushing buttons and making the bass drop. Now this wasn’t intended to be shown as a segment of a DJ mix but the way DJ Enferno set-up his workflow leaves a lot of room to add live production straight into a DJ set. Enferno already uses two turntables and a mixer with Serato to DJ and it would be very simple for him to go from live production into a less complicated DJ set. With the debate over real DJing and the movement to show controllerism is DJing, I think live production is a great way for DJs to meet the new standards being set by guys such as Enferno, Shiftee, Craze and A-trak. Not every song has to be remixed or produced live but a couple songs sprinkled into an hour set may be easier than you think and it adds a unique flare that can only come from your creative mind.
Do you think live production is something DJs should incorporate into their sets?
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This is really awesome and it doesn’t seem to happen often that such a routine is not just technically on a high level but also so enjoyable musically!!
When I’m on the dancefloor, I just want to dance. I don’t want to watch a dj perform,I want to listen to his music. I don’t see myself dancing to Dj Enferno’s live production, but that’s maybe because it’s not my style of music. I’m not so sure if live remixing would enhance my “dance moves”. If I like a song, I want to hear it in the original version and not in the “improved” (but most probably butchered) version. Not everyone is good at re-mixing, even when they know what buttons to push.
PS just got a phonecall from a friend. She went to a party and got annoyed at the dj who insisted on proving his “creative talent” by re-editing every track. It got so annoying that she left the party. My conclusion: keep the live remixing to a bare minimum, use it to enhance a set, don’t let it dominate and surprise the people with good tunes and well performed mixes. Getting the people to shake their groove thing is what makes you a good (real) dj, not the gear you use nor the techniques you master.
You and your friend are two subjective experiences. This is DJ”TechTools”, as in technology and tools. Showing Enferno’s workflow alone may inspire someone to be able to do something better.
PS just got a phone call that not everyone wants to see every DJ hide behind the safety net of pre-recorded tracks with no added live element (other than hands up in the air and not on knobs and buttons).
yikes.. this is really how people feel?
Its a matter of perspective different people want different things. A dancing party goer may want to hear just songs mixed together with dj remixes sprinkled in hear & there for flavor & not wanting the DJ to remix or mash up his entire set for hours on end. Then the beat battle types might want just the opposite & see the DJ “perform” his beats, so it depends on the setting & what the night is known for.
is he wearing some kind of wireless in ear monitors?
No, you can see the wire going down his back.
RE: The wireless IEM – Yeah they usually go down the back to a battery pack attached to the hip. And for most clubs, unless the crowd is expecting to see beat juggling and a lot of turntablism and know what to expect from the DJ(s) that are booked, people really just want to hear songs mixed so they can have fun and dance. And coming from doing a bit of both but this just happened – knowing what kind of club I was at (one that didn’t give a damn about scratching or really mixing, could have had an ipod playing) So I just mixed efficiently with a decent track selection and had the dancefloor grooving but was opening up for the headliner who was more of a DMC style rapid fire mixer, beat juggler and scratcher. He immediately gets the crowd hype drops one hype song everyone gets hype and is dancing then he scratches a little bit and juggles a bit and then it’s a scratch in and dead drop into the next hype song (all these songs think about old school kriss kross jump and let me clear my throat and a bunch of jump up and down hype hip hop) all within 30-45 seconds per song… The dancefloor cleared up within a half hour after the novelty of it was over.
I think whether you should incorporate live production into your sets is based on two things: your goals as a DJ and what the gig is. As far as gigs go, if you are doing a wedding or a small get together, a lot of live production is not really necessary. Now you can go ahead and do it if you want, it’s just not needed. But if you are in a club with some other awesome DJs, you may want to bust out some live production and stay ahead of the game and try to impress those who are there, though it is not needed for a several hour set. Like the article said, just sprinkle some in there. Then as far as goals go, if your goal is to become like Richie Hawtin, Ean Golden, or Chris Liebing, then you NEED to work on your live production, because you will never be as good as they are if you are just mixing songs front to back. But if you just want to have say a small business to make some money here and there, then front to back mixing and a good read on the crowd may be all you need.