August 12th, 2012
How do you prevent yourself accidentally buying the same tune twice?
Digital DJ Tips reader Mr Lobow writes: “I’m a digital DJ since 2004 and like most people I suppose, at first I never worried about accidentally getting more than one copy of the same tune, because (I admit it) I downloaded freely from internet.
“But two years ago I saw the error of my ways and decided to only buy songs, as I started playing publicly and not just with friends and at private parties. However, when buying from Juno and Beatport, I have an annoying habit of buying tracks more than once! I find it easy to do this because tunes are often catalogued in different styles. Can you give me any advice on how to avoid this?”
May 11th, 2012
by Jan Boerlage
While it's usually highly inadvisable to mix a whole set from music you don't really now very well, that doesn't mean it's not possible, as we find out today... Pic: DJ Haus
Ever bought a hot new compilation of new tunes right before a gig, but been afraid to use it? While in general it’s considered risky business to mix music you are not fully familiar with, sometimes – for instance, in a warm-up, or to make an upfront mixtape – you may want to play not just one but a whole bunch of tunes you don’t know so well.
It’s almost invariably not the best idea. But if you do decide to play a set with music you’re not full familiar with, as a digital DJ you have many more tools available than you might realise to deliver a great sounding mix without knowing the ins and outs of the tracks. This article will give you some guidelines to get way more comfortable mixing unknown content.