DJ set

A club disc jockey selects and plays music using several turntables, CD players, or a hard-drive source, mixing the songs with a mixer and modifying the tone or sound of the recordings with equalizers and other effects. The setting can range anywhere from a neighborhood party at a private home or a small nightclub to a discothèque, a rave, or even a stadium. The size of the sound system varies according to the venue, and can range from a 500 watt PA system with two small speakers at a house party to a 50,000 watt sound reinforcement system with a number of speakers and multiple 15" subwoofers at a major dance club. The main focus of club DJs is on the music they play and how they mix tracks in and out, sometimes just to add a bit of energy to a track. They build their sets by choosing "tracks" (songs) to control the energy level of the crowd and use beatmixing and beatmatching techniques to make seamless transitions between tracks. Some DJs may interweave a number of different songs or samples into each track that they play.

What is DJ-ing anyway?

I'll start by saying it is not just chaining tracks together into one long continuous piece of music. How you mix your records, which records you mix and even the order in which you mix them can make or break an atmosphere. A DJ is a musician who is using music to make music. The turntables, mixer and records make up one of the most versatile and complex instruments imaginable. Still, this does not do credit to the most important thing about DJ-ing. The ultimate goal for a DJ is to create something magical with the audience, to make time stop, to create a natural high, or more down to earth, at least give the crowd a great time.

What and who are these pages intended for?

The above mentioned "magic" does not let itself to be captured in words, let alone the way to do it. These pages provide the reader with the basics, the low-level technical basis, which you need to mix. The Basics ? No, just some of the many possible basics. Anyone who starts out with DJ-ing can use these basics to get started, since it is useless to re-invent the wheel so to speak. Keep in mind that this set of tips and guidelines is a way of doing it, it does not have to mean it is the only way. Once you have learned how to manipulate vinyl and get the hang of mixing, you have to take the matter into your own hands and develop your own style, regarding both choice of records and style of mixing.

DJ Mattew