I'm trying to expand my 'musical horizons'
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    Default I'm trying to expand my 'musical horizons'

    I usually just mix Drum & Bass but the scene isn't that big, especially where I live so I've decided to get into other genres. The hardest thing is finding music and learning the 'genre scene', for example I know the dnb scene very well and I hear about new releases all the time, whereas with house music I wouldn't know where to start.
    I do have a large music collection so I want to do a cross-genre 'megamix' to send to promoters/show my talents.
    I was thinking of having an hour long mix and 15 minute sections for each genre.
    I don't know how to order the genres though, I was thinking:
    house/electro >> trance >> dubstep >> dnb

    Although dubstep sounds very similar to some electro house, so maybe I should start off with trance?
    Has anyone done anything like this before? I think I'll get a lot more gigs if I can play different types of music and not just drum & bass.
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    Basically the same way you search for any new music. find a house song you like, look at the artists other releases, labels stuff, recommended purchases, etc.... before you know it you'll have more than enough for your mega mix.
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    Yeah I'm gonna check out the house section on Beatport

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJWilliams View Post
    Yeah I'm gonna check out the house section on Beatport
    If you have a mac, beatler is great. I started using it literally the day before Photojojo's article on the blog and it's brilliant for checking out new music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullenglishpint View Post
    If you have a mac, beatler is great. I started using it literally the day before Photojojo's article on the blog and it's brilliant for checking out new music.
    I don't have a mac unfortunately.

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    just search around and soon enoygh a tune will jump up at ya, and you will go YEAH THATS A TUNE, then leap frog from that tune just like photo said via artist/labels/remixer etc

    there are many really good house tunes to be found on beatport, i find its on average every montn that some good tunes pop up, but ya gotta keep an eye on it to see when the pop up, im very new to beatport myself but the one tune that jumped up at me and made me think "this beatport thing is alright" was
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    Great site for house and techno reviews.

    http://www.residentadvisor.net/

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    there's two ways i bounce around from genre to genre:

    1) Easy Way: transition from one genre with the closest bpm as the next genre.
    i.e. electro (130bpm) -> dubstep (140bpm)
    hiphop (80bpm) -> drum&bass (160bpm) 80 x 2 = 160

    2) Tricky Way: transition from one genre that has a bpm divisible or multiple of the next genre by 1.5bpm
    i.e. dubstep (141bpm) -> hiphop (94bpm) 141 / 1.5 = 94
    hiphop (90bpm) -> breaks/electro (135bpm) 90 x 1.5 = 135

    the reason this is tricky because you can't just do a traditional factory blend because you're working with triplets - so you have to use looping and fx such as delay and beatmasher to make it work.

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