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    found this on dontstayin and thought i'd share it

    http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1095

    makes for interesting readin, and might be a useful resource alongside the beginner or intermediate dj articles on the site?

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    That's a great article
    It's the FAQ. Read it.

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    makes me want to just specialise in warm-ups

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    Honestly, I used to be all ego about opening, and then I realized that opening the night for an hour to 90 minutes could be really satisfying. I always get to play the darker, slower, more tense music, and I get to slowly build it into a dance floor. When the crowd comes together for this I usually find my opening sets indespensible. Granted, it's usually a thankless post, but it's much more fun sipping my vodka and dancing around the booth to something slower and funky. heh
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    good read. makes me nervous to be a warm up :P
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    question is, as alot of ppl tend to buy the 'big, peak time' tracks, can you genuinely get away with just playing at a slower bpm than normal? admittedly i have done a warm up where i just hammered big tunes for the first hour and got away with in a big way.

    but then where i live is dominated by hardcore and dnb so heavy bassy breaks wasn't exactly 'peak time' material.

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    But the point of the opener is to build the energy so everyone wants to dance. You don't want to tire their hips or their ears, or else you lose the room.

    I couldn't imagine a good opening DJ having only big, peak hits. I mean, I have hundreds, if not thousands, of songs under 120 bpm that have great energy to them, of all different eras. That's the stuff I play for the opening. For the first hour or two, I'd say not only should you get away with it, but you should be encouraged to do it.

    This is the issue I have with a lot of DJs around my scene. They don't understand the concept of energy for a dance floor. They want it all to be huge and pounding all night long, and while that works for some people, the majority need a break, even a well composed on. Two hours of BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM can get really draining on people.

    This is, of course, not across the board. If I went to a gabber or hardcore event and heard trip hop it'd be kinda weird. It is all about your crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DvlsAdvct View Post
    I couldn't imagine a good opening DJ having only big, peak hits.
    i was thinking bedroom dj first time in a club. i know i used to only buy the biggies. luckily changed my ways before first (proper) live set. the one mentioned above was because one of the dnb mcs pissed me off

    don't have much under 120 though, but plenty under 126 - with 130 being my prefered peak speed, so that kinda works, talking ploddy proggy stuff that doesn't inspire a big stomp session, spliced with some funky bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradCee View Post
    because one of the dnb mcs pissed me off
    i know that sounds childish, but if you're being taunted by some fake burberry wearing, no clue chav who thinks that dnb created breaks (?!?!) you can't help but break out the breakfastaz, screwface and dj quest stuff

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    I do alot of opening and its actually very satisfying, I get to play stuff like minimal/tech/electro house. What pisses me off though is opening for just an hour and thats it. An hour? Seriously? WTF! Soulful music needs at least 2 hours to properly develop. I hate how venues use 8 DJ's in 7-8 hours. No one shows up when the club opens up so alot of promoters use the first hour as the audition slot, its a sad practice.
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