DJ Skill Sessions #7: Hip-Hop Turntablism Routine With Rekordbox DJ & Pioneer DJM-S9

Last updated 3 December, 2018


This week’s DJ Skill Sessions is another great submission from our tutor Carlo Atendido, who hits the turntables to provide a Rekordbox and Pioneer DJM-S9 routine harking back to the glory days of hip-hop with some well chosen acapellas, but with a thoroughly modern feel thanks to his choice of backing beats. Look out for:

  • Chirp & flare scratches – Carlo is a consummate scratch DJ and you don’t need to be to do routines that contain a lot of these skills – but for those of you who are interested, here he’s using chirp and flare scratches intensively
  • Key matching – even with hip hop, it pays to keep an eye on your keys – Carlo does a great job of that here
  • Looping – A fundamental in today’s digital DJ sets, allowing you to live remix with ease
  • Dropping “before the one” – Carlo loves to scratch with a sound a beat before the “one” beat, and mix so tracks line up when he finally lets the music play
  • Quick mixing – This is obviously a high-octane routine showing skills off and you wouldn’t DJ like this all night, but some of the ways he quick mixes from deck to deck are worth noting
  • Instant doubles – notice how he “instant doubles” from one deck to the other so he can scratch in his favoured deck
  • “Hip hop flavoured” not “hip hop” – There are actually a few different styles going on here, but the hip hop acapellas hold it all together and give it its flavour

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