Over To You: How Do You Feel About DJ Drops?


Tiesto is in the mix... We want to know what you think of DJ drops. Do you use DJ drops at gigs or on your mix tapes?

DJ drops are most commonly found on radio shows. For those that don't know, a DJ drop is something played over a track like: "Mixmeister D is in the house!" We want to know how you feel about hearing DJ drops in club sets or in mixtapes. Have you ever used them? If so, did you make them yourself or did you pay a professional service to make them for you?

We're generally not fans here at Digital DJ Tips, although they can have their place as with anything. Trouble is, they can be a little bit tacky. If you are going to use DJ drops, the two main rules are these: Number one, make sure they are well made; and number two, is don't overuse them.

Personally, I have never heard DJ drops being used when I have been out dancing or playing. The idea of hearing them in a club is quite alien to me. Being based in Europe, I wonder if it is more of an American thing?

Let us know where you are, if DJ drops are a common thing for you, and how you feel about them.

So, over to you: Do you use DJ drops at gigs or on your mixtapes? Did you make them yourself or pay someone to make them for you? Let us know in the comments below...

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  1. Bill Bennett says:

    I have never heard them being used in clubs in the United States. I hear them in mix tapes and radio shows Only.

    I personally wouldn't use one in a club ,, people are there for the music and atmosphere and some just to get hammered, not to see the DJ.

  2. In the commercial club scene we have a handful of DJs who use drops, some who overdo it in my opinion. Also many, whether on purpose or not, have ended up presenting themselves as something of a caricature leaving them open to a lot of banter in the form of taking the p*ss by those around them. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

  3. I can understand why they're used in a mix. I'm not a fan because it can interrupt the flow when you're in the groove listening, but if they're subtle, sympathetic to the groove and infrequent I will forgive.

    It seems more common in black music. BBC 1Xtra (in particular Charlie Sloth) is practically un-listenable because of all the smashes, shouts, rewinds, etc.

    A local urban station in Bedford (I used to live there) used to absolutely ruin an otherwise great station byt CONSTANTLY talking over songs with shout outs to text message. I don't even mean at the start or end or in between songs, literally over the top of every song, every 30-60 seconds, with added auto-mute to really ruin the song.

    • Christian Yates (DDJT Team) says:

      That's grim, Rob. Completely agree about the flow being disrupted too.

    • Rixxi M says:

      Hi Rob,
      I'm a tech house DJ on the Bedford urban station you mentioned and because our entire show is mixed live in the studio we do have to play jingles and give shouts over the music, we always try to ensure that we don't talk over vocals though and always give details of every track we play. Point taken though and it's something I will pass on to the station manager to see what the other presenters think. The evening and weekend shows are pretty much all live mixes and so all will have DJ's chatting over some of the music.
      I personally don't use auto mute though as I agree that would sound rubbish especially during a mix!

  4. Trevor Oxborrow says:

    For use in situations where I'm not in the same room as the audience, I make my own, sometimes doing the voiceover myself too. Used up to 4 times in an hour and never in the main part of a track. (If 'not being in the same room as the audience' sounds strange, my first time playing out was in a club where the 'DJ booth' had a tiny window through which to observe dancers' lower legs. The audience didn't see the DJ at all unless they had fallen and looked in the right direction.)

  5. Rick Dawson says:

    I do have what I call "idents" that I can use.
    I originally tried my own voice doing a voice-over for track IDs and intro to show, but immediately hated it. never did it since.

    now I have a lot of dry (without effects) professional voice samples to use, which I paid for.
    dry as I can add effects to what I want and not be stuck with fixed recorded effect(s)
    I use Traktor (gives me deck control) and feed that into Ableton live where I can use my Launchpad pro to trigger them through a set.
    the effects custom, and fit to the BPM.

    • Christian Yates (DDJT Team) says:

      RIck, nice! How often do you use them?

      • Rick Dawson says:

        where I see fit, but try not to overuse it.
        probably every 2/3 tracks, as I play trance

        I usually put them at the beginning of the main breakdown, and or the short break before the outro.

        deffo put them over my unreleased exclusive promos.

        I think its good as it lets the listener know who the person is.

  6. Cranky Rabbit says:

    I only use the damn things to top and tail a mix for MixCloud. Yes, I will chatter at the start of a set, to say hello and say nice things about The-Best-Adult-Furry-Club-In-Second-Life-And-That's-A-Fact. OK, I might burble again at the halfway mark, and always say my thank-yous at the end, but otherwise chatter is for local chat. Folks are there to hear tunes, not ego.

  7. DjRoyalFlex says:

    It's funny to see these comments trough most djs around here are into dance clubbing vibez...check some Jamaican dancehall SoundSystem and you know about drop...lol
    Another thing is the Dubplate (records to brand your name)
    Check out Dj Puffy who introduced them both into the international dance scene...

  8. I've been a fan of name drops in some circumstances. I mainly like them for actual radio or online radio, as they have been a "tradition" in that medium. However, on mixes I post online on my website or places like MixCloud, I don't use them. I just feel that most of the music I play doesn't fit deeply with that culture. Hearing smooth deep house or uptempo tech house seems like a clash when you hear a name drop fly in. I'll even say when I use drops on radio and online radio mixes, I'll only toss one in at the beginning and one 2/3-3/4 into the mix.

    At a live gig I never use them unless it's one of those gigs where it's a load of DJs and everyone is using them. Even then I don't do what my colleagues and I call "audio masturbation" by loading a ton of drops into a part of the set. I just see theme like effects. They can enhance, but they should not be the primary. The music is everything.

  9. I love them and only get annoyed when they're overused like DJ Premier.

  10. DjRoyalFlex says:

    Still i really understand the overdue...that's just overdue...
    But i also don't talk about why all these EDM Dj's making that heart sign the whole time...
    Every music/style/culture got his own ting...
    Drops if they not been used in Radio shows they're picked up into the Urban scene (they just like to poses) it's not musically it's just part of the culture and you like it or you leave it or you wait until it gets hyped... up to you to choose
    Still i geus it's time for the fusion dj to rise up
    These are not afraid to mix in cultures ( I don't mention with this only music styles)
    Drops can really help with this...

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