I was impressed with the Novation Twitch when we reviewed it recently, and have been using it for one of my gigs this last few weeks. Now I’ve got the hang of some of its features, I thought I’d do a short YouTube video showing off one of the functions that they’ve made truly simple to use: Hot cues.
My gig is a “sundowner”-style event at a bar called Palm Beach, where I can play anything from funk, soul and disco through to reggae, indie, 60s psychedelic, mellow dubstep and broken beat – and anything else with a sunshine/beach groove. But the main style is 110-ish BPM “slo mo” disco, and so I look for records around that BPM that I can beatmix into and out of that style.
Toto’s Africa fits the bill nicely, not least because you can see Africa across the Mediterranean from my DJ booth! Because Serato ITCH has “elastic” beatgridding, which means you can allow for variances in tempo on non EDM music such as this track, you can easily include such tracks in a tightly beatmixed set.
And because the Novation Twitch allows for simple track manipulation on the fly, the only danger was one mojito too many and a “yellow carding” from the management – as I mention in the video!
What kind of gear do you use to perform live re-edits? How do you make your DJ sets interesting or different from the next DJ’s? Do you mix unusual styles of music where you play too? Would love to hear from you in the comments.