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    Default 1st Gig, D&B, a little advice needed please

    Hi All,
    I've gotten lucky and landed an opening set at with my local dnb promoter at the only decent dnb night in town.

    Ive gotten myself all the gear I need and, after much ado with windows-bloody-XP, now have a proper gigging laptop too.

    As its my first gig, and an opening set at a small bar, im gonna stick with a premade setlist. I think its the best idea as no-one there is gonna care about the mixing at that time apart from the promoter & fellow DJ's. I want to impress so I get repeat bookings.

    Im playing with a bunch of people that probably dont know what traktor is or think its the devil. they mostly play on TT's/CDJ's and generally dont phrasematch, they need educating in midi. So im planning on getting some perfect phrasematching, 3 deck acapella action going down with some cue juggling and a regulated dose of fader FX mode .

    Im on at 10 till 10:45 and ive been told to play a chilled/liquid set. Ive got some wicked tunes that fit the bill perfectly, but ive also got a few im not so sure on.
    So, do you think the following songs would be suitable to play around 10:30 in a small bar/club as a warmup to some heavier dnb?

    High Contrast - If we ever
    Camo & krooked - Verve
    Nu:tone - Balaclava in my system
    sonic - All I wanna do
    Netsky - Iron Heart
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    Congrats on getting your first gig.
    Check out Bone Structure by Rockwell & Zero Tolerance, huge chilled out tune.
    London Elektricity does some good liquid as does Logistics. Consequence, DBridge and Instra:mental all do some chilled out stuff too. For some more warm-up stuff to get a little heavier play some stuff like Join the Dots by Sub Focus?

    If you wanna throw in an awesome old tune maybe Wickaman's remix of Space Invader by Hatiras, it's pretty epic.

    If you were asking for Neurofunk or Techstep I could probably write you an essay of suggestions lol.

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    Thanks for the suggestions mate, I'll do some digging on beatport

    Already got some logistics, dbridge, eveson, zero T, calibre, bop.
    I think my setlist's got a good flow and a nice progression of energy, but Ive got 2 hours of tunes that need squeezing into 45 mins. I don't wanna push out any big tunes too early either.
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    I think you seem to have it pretty sorted there mate - last thing a promoter is going to want to see you do is go to big too early, so keep a nice vibe with plenty of vocals to get the girls dancing - I allways find liquid/light jump up tunes with an electro section good towards the end of a warm up set. Girls allways squeal for Camo & krookeds History of the future.

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    No offense mate, you chose a few great tunes there, but I personally don't think all of them fit the bill for a "chill/liquid" opening set.
    As the location is a bar , the owner/promoter probably wants you to start of smoothly so the guests can smoothly get in the right mood but stili buy plenty of drinks. A crowd that is rocking hard at 10pm does not spend money on drinks.
    And don't go too far with cue juggling and FX action that early. You don't wanna look like the little show-off, you want to impress with your skills a little, but more with music choice. So use them wisely, don't overuse them. Music choice is more important.

    Again, just my opinion and my guess, but when someone requests a chill/liquid set, he probably means something like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zZB2iwSh1E

    When you get to the end, something like this might be okay to make a move towards the less "chilly" set of the next DJ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9_UNiWKbzA

    This is just a random choice of tracks.

    Keep Bataclava and for the later part of your set I refuse, drop If we ever (great track, but much, much too powerful for a "chilled liquid" set). You get the idea: No "hits" or huge dancefloor filler tunes.
    You don't want to play the big tunes when you open for other DJs anyway, because they might want to play them, and if they do and you "take them away" from them, they won't like that, which is bad news for follow-up gigs.

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    Thanks for your input mate. I had a bad feeling about if we ever too. the only reason for having it in there was the harmonic mix from the tune before.

    I'm still trying to find that right tune to slot in there. ill keep digging. I'd love to use verve too, but I'm still thinking its a bit too heavy.

    I got hold of some mutt and blu mar ten the other day. I'm pretty sure they'd be appropriate. Time to rewrite the second half of my playlist again! Heh.

    Thanks for your constructive criticism guys, its helping me feel a lot more confident about whats appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob5000 View Post
    Love Random Movement, and i actually know these guys/guy, Jack left the group a few years back. They are both super cool, back when i played dnb i had the honor to tag with them on a few occasions. When it comes to mellow/jazzy dnb you can never go wrong with them.

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    Here are some producers to look at for an opening set

    Blu Mar Ten - Really great, back beat heavy tracks. Be warned tho that Blu Mar Ten tracks are notoriously difficult to mix. Nice Mellow vibes on most tracks tho

    Red Eyes - chill liquid

    Shapeshifter - soulful, vocal heavy, but live drums which make these difficult.

    Sunchase - his mellower stuff

    Calibre - a staple for liquid djs

    Well Being - Rollers

    Command Strange - funky liquid but not too hard

    Specific - rollers

    Eros - more rollers

    Spectrasoul - generally deep rollers.

    Marky

    S.P.Y.

    I could go on for days about liquid but this should be a good start
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    +1 for Marky...
    Marky and XRS -LK was a staple in my sets during '02/'03, and is still one of my favorite tracks of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8upDrew View Post
    +1 for Marky...
    Marky and XRS -LK was a staple in my sets during '02/'03, and is still one of my favorite tracks of all time.
    i closed my yesterday's night with this tune. so awesome. ppl went nuts. and that was a bar gig



    to the OP> well, your selection from your first post is way too not-so-for-opening-set.

    Well i'm one of those who critize opening DJs a lot, and i have to say you should seriously reconsider those tunes. You can get away with playing theese famous liquid rollers at the very end of the set, so you set a bar for energy level. until then, try going for mellow stuff as many guys over here suggested. and finaly my picks>

    netsky does some great middle-set stuff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0azxS5FTpY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNLVCwlb79w

    you can never miss with lenzman's work too (beggining and middle of the set)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JBVvd3ZCUQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vSfT5CXfBw

    Alix perez like 2 years ago did some seriously deep and jazzy stuff. i am madly in love with this release:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfFsQFuTbxU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtnSBHpFlFU

    Also, whenever ppl show up on the dancefloor, dont worry to move them and hype em up a bit by some Dub or Reggae infused songs! loads of DJs despise of cheap raggajungle, but with some digging you could find really good duby and deep stuff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAVYXN1Kl2c

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjuPeE9BQI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wRXtUTVqjc

    plz note some of theese tracks might have little more energy than is appropriate for opening set. But one nice trick always helps> Dont worry to organise your phrase in a way that beat gets droped - on many occasions = give songs full intro's and such.
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