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    Default Picking the right track and where to mix in?

    Hello!
    I have two questions which I hope you'll be able to answer.
    I'm a beginner DJ and I'm going to play my first gig in a month at a small disco.

    Something which I've not really understood is how DJs pick the right tracks? I know this is one of the most important things to know as a DJ.

    How do I practice picking the right track to mix and how should I know where to mix in? Can someone maybe give me some tip on how to do this/practice doing it.

    Happy DJing!

    Btw, I mix electro house, EDM and prog!

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    How does one have a gig before they can mix lol..

    Anyways theres a million tutorials on the web that teach u the basics, check out ellaskins on youtube.

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    Key, tempo, energy, overall feel (in arbitrary order). You should know which tracks work well when played together and mixed into each other and pick next track using this knowledge. For example, if you want to increase the energy on dance floor, pick some banging high-energy tracks, possibly increase the tempo slightly; if you want to decrease energy to give people short break to get drinks, choose track with lower energy.

    You can practice this by practicing (lol). Just play tracks together (without planning), mix in, mix out, try every trick. Remember to use your ears, listen how everything sounds. Also it will help to record your mixes and listen to them afterwards, so you can take some distance and then judge how songs work together, how good the transitions were, which tricks worked and which didn't etc. This is also how you can find out good points for mixing in and mixing out.
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    intuiton & practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by adde71
    How do I practice picking the right track to mix and how should I know where to mix in?
    Quote Originally Posted by adde71
    Btw, I mix electro house, EDM and prog!
    No you don't.
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    PM me on here or on here. I can teach you the basics and more.

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    OP - you should snap DC's hands off. That's the best offer you're going to get.


    Fair play to you, DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    OP - you should snap DC's hands off. That's the best offer you're going to get.


    Fair play to you, DC.
    Always happy to teach people 'the ropes'

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    this better be closed

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