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    Hey guys! I've got a first gig coming up soon (21st of Feb) at a hall party venue for a friends 18th. I'm gonna be running a traktor s2 for the gig. The parties gonna be at least 6-8 hours long, so I just wanted to know of any tips for the night I perform?? I'm doing it with a mate BTB, he's never done a gig before either! But we thought it would be a good idea for us both to have a go. So could I possibly get some advice on this? I want it to go down well (:

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    Have fun, don't make it a competition. Talk about playlists on what songs you want to play so you both don't play the same song 6 times. Talk about time slots how long each of you are going to DJ for so there is no arguing of whose turn it is to DJ. Talk about what gear you are going to use so you know what your set up is going to be, also bring extra cables of different connections so you can be flexible in your set up. Make sure you get all of your stuff back and your friend his stuff. And once again, have fun.
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    Playing for 6-8 hours? My advice is drink slowly!

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    screw that drink liberally! jp but just relax... after about your 3rd mix youll be fine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyv View Post
    Have fun, don't make it a competition. Talk about playlists on what songs you want to play so you both don't play the same song 6 times. Talk about time slots how long each of you are going to DJ for so there is no arguing of whose turn it is to DJ. Tal about what gear you are going to use so you know what your set up is going to be, also bring extra cables of different connections so you can be flexible in your set up. Make sure you get all of your stuff back and your friend his stuff. And once again, have fun.
    Sweet, thanks dude (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nezza View Post
    Playing for 6-8 hours? My advice is drink slowly!
    Hahahah yes yes, i'll try ! (;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deejaesnafu View Post
    screw that drink liberally! jp but just relax... after about your 3rd mix youll be fine...
    For real? Thanks man, makes me feel better about it now (:

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    get to know how to plug your stuff into the equipment at the location.
    be there early to set everything up.
    be sure, you packed all your equipment! cables, headphone adapter, ..
    donīt make it a competition is a very good advice.
    be friendly to the staff.
    and after a couple of tunes you are in the flow.
    have fun, enjoy the party.


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    Sick (: thanks man

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    Yup, most guys got it already.

    1.Be there early to set up and see what kind of set up is there
    2. Make sure you bring backup cables and equipment (normally in my bag i always have 2 RCA, 1 RCA to 1/4, 2 1/4, 1 or 2 XLR, a splitter cable. Always better to have it than something goes wrong and you're fucked.
    3. Have a second source of music ready (be it your phone, Ipad, another old laptop... whatever). Long gigs can take a toll on your laptop or software and I've had mine crash before, but if you have something ready (say a mix by a good artist on Soundcloud) to play, if something goes wrong you can keep the music going until you fix it.
    4. Have a couple drinks before you start just to loosen up a bit!
    5. HAVE FUN!! I remember my first gig I was all nervous, but once you get up there the stage is yours. After your 2nd or 3rd mix you'll be comfortable, and start interacting with the audience for best results.

    Good luck!

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