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    So I'm incredibly new to the DJ scene, and I was wondering if there are any good ways to mix between genres of music that have very little in common, for instance minimal techno and tropical house? I've found a set of genres that really interest me and am dying to drop them at some gig opportunities I have, but everywhere I've gone has said that mixing two starkly different genres can be a disaster. Any thoughts?

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    it can be good and it can be bad. We cant teach you to read the crowd thats something you have to learn.

    If you are going to go from playing deep dark techno techno to trop house, it might take like 4 or 5 songs to make that progression upwards, but it can be done.

    But you are headed in the right direction, a multi genre set is the ONLY way to go. Keep the crowd involved and keep them guessing.

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    I personally stick to a sound rather then a genre, if it works it works... if i absolutely love a track, but it does not work, then i would keep it for personal consumption.

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    It's kinda hard to play multiple genre, but yeah it can be really great if you do it right,

    it's all in the evolution of your set, you can't switch as you want you need to apprehend your transition and your crowd

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeopard View Post
    So I'm incredibly new to the DJ scene, and I was wondering if there are any good ways to mix between genres of music that have very little in common, for instance minimal techno and tropical house? I've found a set of genres that really interest me and am dying to drop them at some gig opportunities I have, but everywhere I've gone has said that mixing two starkly different genres can be a disaster. Any thoughts?
    they are hardly starkly different. Both genres feature quantised 4/4 beats. This is basic stuff.

    DJs have been blending techno and disco for decades now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImNoDJ View Post
    they are hardly starkly different. Both genres feature quantised 4/4 beats. This is basic stuff.

    DJs have been blending techno and disco for decades now.
    Agreed! Any genre can mix into another if the bpms are similar or half time.

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    I mix different genres all the time. Alternative Rock, Blues, Industrial, Electro, Electronica,..
    Itīs not a problem if you use harmonic mixing. I donīt mind bpm changes that much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    I personally stick to a sound rather then a genre, if it works it works... if i absolutely love a track, but it does not work, then i would keep it for personal consumption.
    This is a great advise it's not so much genres as it's the sound... I drop breaks lots in my prog and trance sets it makes mixing more challenging and fun.... It's not uncommon for me to say for instance go from deep house and prog house into breaks into prog trance and then into some real epic/uplifting trance and then back down to prog and deep to finish off...

    The hardest part is making sure your track selection all create the overall sound and journey your after

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZxZDeViLZxZ View Post
    This is a great advise it's not so much genres as it's the sound... I drop breaks lots in my prog and trance sets it makes mixing more challenging and fun.... It's not uncommon for me to say for instance go from deep house and prog house into breaks into prog trance and then into some real epic/uplifting trance and then back down to prog and deep to finish off...

    The hardest part is making sure your track selection all create the overall sound and journey your after
    Yes this is the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    I personally stick to a sound rather then a genre, if it works it works... if i absolutely love a track, but it does not work, then i would keep it for personal consumption.
    Bingo.

    Most of my music is labeled by feel & sound instead of genre.

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