So what happens when you turn up to play and the equipment you are using is f*****!!!!!
A student contacted me recently saying she was booked to play at a Cafe Del Mar event, but she was in a side room and the venue told her she should be warned as the gear was old and the play button was sticking and playing up, and they asked, did she know how to mix without the play button. To her this sounded impossible, to me it sounded fun. So in this video I will show you different ways you can mix without ever hitting play.
I know jamming without the play button sounds out there, but straight up, I have played for almost 2 decades in countless clubs and you'll be surprised at how mistreated the gear is, and the first thing that tends to go is the play and cue buttons. This means they sometimes don't work, meaning you hit play or cue and it does nothing, sounds like a nightmare right. Anyway it's not as hard as you think. This is what you need to do.
Firstly make sure you take it off AUTO Cue. This means when you load your song it will start playing straight away. Also make sure you put the jog-wheel onto VINYL mode.
The on loading the song, find the beat you wish to play your track from, with the jog-wheel, and hold the jog-wheel much like you would a record and then let go of the jogwheel where you would usually hit play.
This is actually easier than it sounds and is worth practising.
Another common issue on well used club gear is the link cable, allowing you to play from both decks with only one USB stick sometimes is loose and drops out mid set which causes your track to go into auto loop. My advice always take a second USB stick and have it ready to go just in case.
In this video I'm going to fuel the fire and talk about the big DJ battle, Denon vs Pioneer, as let's face it, many have strong opinions and many people have reached out to me personally asking me to weigh in on this (pause) often, heated debate.
People are always asking me what speakers should I get and the very first question I ask them is what do you plan to use them for. IN this video I will share, based on my own experience, what are the bets speakers for home and studio use, for little parties, for private functions and all the way up to bigger parties.
Thinking about using your DJ controller in a club? Or want to know how to connect your controller to club gear?
In the good old days every DJ used 2 x turntables (most likely Technics 1200 - industry standard) and a mixer to play their music. This involved DJs going out and buying Vinyl / records and then turning up to shows carrying their records in crates.
Pioneer already have market monopoly when it comes to providing Club Standard DJ gear for the majority of clubs throughout the world, but does Rekordbox DJ have what it takes to compete with industry heavyweights, in the DJ Software scene, Serato.
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Not sure where to start? In this mini series I answer many of the questions beginners have about learning to DJ.