By: Andrew Duffield
I had so much fun DJing this. The challenge: a student in the Club Ready Tribe (winner of previous round), selects a genre, selects 5 tracks FROM that genre and then posts in the Club Ready Tribe group and students then create a mix using those 5 tracks and can share in the group and students in the group vote and give feedback. This is a great skill building exercise, it also helps to get students active in the group and opens up their network and experience. This is my entry to the contest!
0.10: (left deck) Track 1 in Challenge: Cafe Del Mar - Energy 52
0.15: (right deck) Sample / Overlay / Tease: Zombie Nation - Kenkraft 400
2.10: (right deck) Still Track 1 in Challenge: Cafe Del Mar - Energy 52 I mixed further in to track to remove 2 minutes of downtime
3.22: (left deck) Track 2 in Challenge: Three Drives - Greece 2000 (Matt Davey Remix)
5.19: (right deck) Track 3 in Challenge: I Feel Love (Phatt Remix) - CRW
6.24: (left deck) Track 4 in Challenge: Fire Wire - Cosmic Gate
6.33: (right deck) Sample / Overlay / Tease: Out of Space - The Prodigy
8.53: (right deck) Track 5 in Challenge: 1998 (Gouryella Mix) - Binary Finary
12.20 (left deck) Track 1 in Challenge: Cafe Del Mar - Energy 52 This time I played the second half of track to create a climax / complete the story
14.55 (right deck) Sample / Overlay / Outro: Acid Rainmaker - Indecent Noise
The main takeaway of this challenge is having fun while learning. The learning is supported by listening to other participants entries and to discover new things that can be tried out in your next mix. Additionally giving and receiving feedback on a regular basis (as lots of people ask for feedback on their mixes) can speed up your learning progress. Last but not least, it's also a nice way to get introduced in the CRT group and to get to know people.
In term of rules: the rules are fairly simple and have proven their value during the previous challenges. Not following the rules (e.g. using different tracks, using DAW or software only produced mixes) can lead to disqualification from the voting. It's up to the participants to decide if they will participate taking into account these rules.
All in all being part of the Club Ready Tribe has so many perks from playing as part of our radio station, live streaming events, the 5 track challenge and is no doubt the coolest and strongest DJ community in the world. People are making life long friend and the quality of DJs coming out of the group blows my mind. Never have I felt so proud!!
If you want to join the club ready tribe, check out our courses here: https://www.clubreadydjschool.com/club-ready-dj-course/
Firstly, thank you for the people that suggested that I do a Psy Trance Set. personally until now, although being a fan of psy trance and going to many a doof in the old days, I've never actually played it before and I can see now that was a big mistake.
The best way to know how to mix specific genres is to find an artist that specialises in a particular genre and then listen to some of their live sets on soundcloud and notice how much of each track they are playing and how they do their transitions.
In my experience there's different ways to mix most genres and it usually comes down to prep vs no prep. Personally I feel both have their advantages but today, off the back of last weeks video, I want to take the concept of no prep to the next level and go one step further and cover the screens which means I have no visuals cues.
I did a survey last week about the different ways people practise and it seems the majority just jump on the decks and mix without any kind of preparation and get to know the tracks through playing them, so if you do this, or are open to the idea of mixing without planning this video is for you.
Not sure where to start? In this mini series I answer many of the questions beginners have about learning to DJ.