Length of each song for a set?
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    Hi guys, I'm new to DJing... I've just been messing around with mixing and I LOVE IT.

    I was just wondering when DJing live, how long does a song usually run for before you mix in something else? I don't want to bore my audience with a 6 minute song, but a lot of times there is more than one drop or maybe the vocals are only in the middle of the song.

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    I usually average about 4-5 minutes per song ( not including transition times ) a bit long but i feel that the entire song should be appreciated.

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    do as you feel sounds right, I like to make my sets very progressive. Hence the close to 8 min songs (although I do happen to make my transitions very long, but interesting ) in the sets, but you are right keep it interesting!
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    Don't look for a rule when there's none. The flow, building an atmosphere, managing the energy is the key.

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    Average for me is usually somewhere between 12 seconds and 12 minutes.

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    have cue points to avoid the boring long portions. Or mix two tracks while a track has a downtempo to bring the beat up. Or use effects to heighten a build up. Honesly its not the track length that should concern you its how you should be arranging your music. Sure you can change tracks every 3 mins, but honestly a lot of tracks are not 3 mins long most are 4-8 mins long. Its your job to know your tracks, mix in new tracks, two tracks, effects, and transition out when you have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalDevil View Post
    Average for me is usually somewhere between 12 seconds and 12 minutes.
    This, unless I'm playing Rapper's Delight
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    As long as the set sounds good it doesn't matter if you use 10 seconds of a track. Have fun and enjoy the music!
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    Read the crowd..
    I usually don't let songs go over 2-3 min.

    It really depends on your style, the genre, the audience, etc.

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    There's a trick with music compositions to vary the length of each passage. The same could be applied to a DJ mix, use longer and shorter passages. Makes things more interesting than let's say locking down to a constant 4-minute-per-track mix.

    PS: And of course if a track clears the dance floor, better to make that a short one.

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