November 11th, 2012
DJing in live venues before, during or after a band is a distinct skill apart from club DJing, but as always, doing your research is key to success.
Digital DJ Tips reader Larry writes: “I just got invited to play my second club gig at a new alternative coffee lounge/club. The club features live indie type bands from mountain music to avant-garde stuff. The owner asked me to do a two-hour set following the band. Really cool kinda alternative real band with electronic elements.
“The owner needs me to keep the dancefloor rocking after their set, until closing. I’m planning on a peak hour-type programming. He specifically said not to play to mainstream! Any suggestions on how to approach this gig?”
June 30th, 2012
News & Opinion
Playing to a packed private party in a club as the invited DJ is a privilege, and one worth conquering your musical single-mindedness and nerves in order to do.
Reader Tony Youll writes: “Hey, I’ve been asked to play a gig for a friend’s birthday. She has booked out a nightclub and everything so it’s going to be pretty high end. Be around 200 people there. At first I was all up for it, but when I’ve been talking to her more, I have a few worries.
Firstly, I’m a dubstep / electro DJ, which she likes. But she is also right into indie music and stuff so she wants that sort of stuff incorporated too. Just wanted to know how I could fit this into my current mixing style.
October 20th, 2010
UK indie/dance DJ Andy Tokyo uses Ableton and Traktor to play sets where dance, indie and pop meet.
You maybe think of digital DJing as something solely for EDM DJs, who show their skills by looping, chopping, rearranging, sampling, filtering and generally reinventing the dance music they’re playing “on the fly”, mixing in their own creations and re-edits, adding effects, and scratching over the top of it for good measure.
And while this kind of DJing – especially when done with modern DJ controllers – is a fantastic match for digital equipment, it’s not the whole story, not by a long way.