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    When I started DJing, I wasn't scratching, sometimes I tried, it sounded like crap. I started spinning a lot of Hip-hop, and so began working out scratching.
    I spin at clubs, and I (very) often scratch over the first kick (beat) of the next song almost during the whole song, even with EDMs. Other DJs tell me I should stop a little but it's like cigarette.

    Any people on this board do the same ?
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    Absolutely not! This is a terrible habit and must be stopped - JUST like smoking.

    Show a little restraint, man!
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    Why would you do that

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    Might want to invest in some ointment. Scratching is only acceptable at the DMCs
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    I could see the issue, scratching is kind of like the FX in Traktor, less is more kinda thing. However I'd encourage you to keep finding spots to do in during EDM tracks. It can add some nice flair. Also go out of your comfort zone and find some other things to scratch besides the standard "Ahhh" and "Freshhh" sounds. DJ Rafik is a good example of scratching other sounds like synths. Also check out Craze, he does an awesome job of scratching over electro without over doing it.


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    scratching the first beat over a whole song? in a club? I'd pull you out of the booth lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dripstep
    Might want to invest in some ointment. Scratching is only acceptable at the DMCs
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    personlly i'd find too much scratching just really fecking annoying - but it can sound very cool if used now and then like an effect. love how james zabiela uses it for example.
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    Don't be mad patch, I'm just jealous I can't scratch
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    Quote Originally Posted by zestoi View Post
    love how james zabiela uses it for example.
    I don't really follow Zabiela, but from the stuff I have seen from him, I wouldnt call what he does "scratching".

    Quote Originally Posted by DeejayAlex
    I spin at clubs, and I (very) often scratch over the first kick (beat) of the next song almost during the whole song, even with EDMs. Other DJs tell me I should stop a little but it's like cigarette.

    Any people on this board do the same ?
    I cut up or baby scratch the 1 on most of the tracks I drop and blend, but I'm talking about scratching over like 2, 4, or 8 beat count mostly. Cutting up the 1 over the whole track kinda defeats the purpose of why most people do it. When people hear you cutting up the 1, they know something is about to happen, their ears perk up and they're trying to hear what song your blending in or dropping. It's almost like a warning their is some sort of transition about to happen. I would imagine if you're doing it too much at random times, then it would lose this effect on your crowd.

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