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    Default First Gig This Saturday!

    So I've been practicing for about 2 and a half months and I feel content with myself, I know I'm no where near pro but I can mix, beat match, and etc., all of the basics. Anyways, my really close friend's cousin is having a birthday and I'm going to dj for his cousin for pretty cheap, it's not about the money right now. But anyways, it's her 17th birthday and she's having a party so I need any tips I can get! Should I basically just play what's on the radio? Top 40 stuff? Keep it basic like minimal mixing, and staying on the main stream stuff? I figure it will be a perfect first gig, not too hard and it will allow me to get used to being in front of people. Any help is appreciated guys!

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    Play what she wants to hear. If you don't know what that is ask her. Good luck and have fun.
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    Also take some time to practice with "her choice" of music if it differs a great deal from your own chosen genre.
    Either way I would slip in a few of your own favourites and gauge the audience.

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    Alright, one thig I've noticed with first gigs is the over use of effects. Use them wisely, only when u need to or it actually adds to the track. Also, do t let anyone behind the booth unless u know them and the arnt gonna touch anything. Finally have fun, ohh and yeah, play what she wants, the way u mix it is up to u/ur style and the actual genre.

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    Thanks guys! She like's all the popular mainsteam stuff, but you guys think I should throw in a few of my favorites? My personal favorite genre is Electronic, particularly house. Also, thanks for letting me know to keep it low on the effects, I can see how if I wasn't thinking my first time and just got in to it I could get easily carried away, keep it simple right? Any more advice is greatly appreciated! I'm getting pretty nervous! Almost 24 hours from now until my first gig! woo!!

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    Don't be nervous just relax, you'll mix better.

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    Yeah, towards the middle/end throw in some house or electro. Maybe try electro remixes of top40. But if u have a good vibe going then don't change, u might interrupt the dancers.

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    For a 17 year old's party, stick to the charts. If things are going really well try some dance remixes of popular stuff (though it seems pop nowdays is pretty dancey, which i like!). MAKE SURE you have everything on the Billboard Top 100... you'll get requests.

    When I'm doing mainstream work, I find the "Promo Only" cd service to be totally essential. Not a paid plug for them, its just so damn nice to have a cd come each month with everything I need to have to be up to date with pop.

    Let us know how it goes!
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    Promo Only are good but you need to be a working dj

    Just stick to chart remixes, a bit of vocal house and some classics - although classics for a 17 year old probably means stuff from a few years ago...
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    Yeah whenever I have steady gigs (gentlemens club.... mainstream club weekly) I totally lived off promo only. Probably a bit $$ for just a casual dj tho.
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