Ranting of a Jaded Raver: Mixing

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February 23, 2016 by DJ Elroy

Attention New DJs!

Make sure you’re ready BEFORE you make the jump from bedroom to DJ booth. I’ve heard too many kids lately trying to learn as they go. Some people have enough inherent talent and technical skill to “fake it til they make it”.

But most don’t. And it’s obvious after a few records which side most people fall into.

Here are a few mistakes I’m hearing more of lately as I listen fresh faces as they attempt to transition from one song to the next:

Know where to drop the mix (hint: not during the breakdown). There are exceptions, of course, but you know what they say: “You’ve got to know the rules before you can break them”. Understand phrasing, cuing, dropping, etc.

Avoid key clashes. Some genres, songs, or situations are more forgiving than others. But even if you don’t know anything about music theory, you can probably hear when two songs just don’t work together.

Finally, do not mix vocals into vocals (unless they are phrased properly). But never clash
them. Ever. Again, if you’re good you can mix the lyrics of multiple tracks into something fun and creative. But if you’ve got two people talking over each other, you’ve done fucked it up.

Yes, there’s something to be said for actual in-the-booth experience. But make sure you’re ready to take that step before you decide to submit a demo to the club. For your sake. And for mine.

Stay tuned for more Rantings of a Jaded Raver!

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