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    Hey guys

    I'v been DJ'ing for approximately 4 months, all bedroom (kitchen) practice and I'v been doing a lot of music production too (but that's neither here nor there.)
    I have two potential gigs coming up: a 16th birthday party, but it's not til June. and the big one: New years eve at a pub.
    I'v said yes because I think I would be stupid to turn them down, I want to start a DJ career really quite ferociously. Do you guys have any suggestions or helpful words or basically anything for me? I'm obviously a tad nervous, I should go for it though, right? Are there songs that I should have nomatter what? any techniques I need to be using etc? any help at all will be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks in advance DJ's!

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    My friend says that DJing at a pub on new years eve is really really boring, and easy. No mixing involved apparently?

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    You have access to an amp, speakers etc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester View Post
    You have access to an amp, speakers etc?
    First question I'v asked is if they have a PA system, If not Il have to hire/borrow one!

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    two schools of thought:

    1. Never take a gig you can't handle. You can do more damage than good to your reputation very easily.

    2. Never turn down an opportunity.

    If you play a pub for new years you need to be versed in 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, popular dance music. This includes some classic rock, disco, rap classics, 80s euro pop, 80s and 90s "old school" dance...its not easy...yes no mixing...but it's not easy...

    and you better have every record known to man...or atleast most of them...

    good luck either way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithace View Post
    two schools of thought:

    1. Never take a gig you can't handle. You can do more damage than good to your reputation very easily.

    2. Never turn down an opportunity.

    If you play a pub for new years you need to be versed in 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, popular dance music. This includes some classic rock, disco, rap classics, 80s euro pop, 80s and 90s "old school" dance...its not easy...yes no mixing...but it's not easy...

    and you better have every record known to man...or atleast most of them...

    good luck either way...
    Thanks buddy, I'l probably spend the next 2 weeks compiling masses and masses of music, from the 60's right up to 2015. Truth be told I don't know if I can handle it as I'v never played live, I'm hoping to get a small party together first to make sure people like what they hear.
    My thinking is a good place to start is by compiling every "Now #" collection there ever has been. I'm well versed in 80's rock and I don't really have any problems bringing in tracks I don't know so hopefully that'l help.

    SO definitely no mixing? Just play track, play track, play track?

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    Well Iv played live, I practice every day, just never to a crowd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Passenger View Post
    Thanks buddy, I'l probably spend the next 2 weeks compiling masses and masses of music, from the 60's right up to 2015. Truth be told I don't know if I can handle it as I'v never played live, I'm hoping to get a small party together first to make sure people like what they hear.
    My thinking is a good place to start is by compiling every "Now #" collection there ever has been. I'm well versed in 80's rock and I don't really have any problems bringing in tracks I don't know so hopefully that'l help.

    SO definitely no mixing? Just play track, play track, play track?
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    mix when you can...slow fades...cold starts...beat mixing some tracks together...
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    For New Years at a pub, it's likely not going to be straight dance music. You're more like a mobile DJ in that scenario. You need to be across the board music-wise, don't worry about transitions, just keep the music that keeps people interested, or what little dance floor there is packed. So, you're going to have to probably do some work to find out what's working at that particular time, then keeping music of the same era/genre once you find the sweet spot - which will change as people get more drinks in their system.
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