DJ Skill Sessions #15: Filthy Word Play (NSFW) – Rekordbox Routine

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DJ Carlo Atendido DJ Skill Sessions scratching
Last updated 22 June, 2018

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We carry on our weekly DJ Skill Sessions series with a routine from our very own DJ Carlo Atendido, who goes all filthy on us from the first second – do not play this at work, in front of children, or in front of the easily offended!

A few things to look out for here:

  • The clever linking word play throughout this demo – it’s the “glue” holding the whole thing together. You can do this by simply pairing up tracks which feature the same words and experimenting
  • The two ways Carlo implements a “vinyl brake”. The first is with Slip mode on and using the play/pause button on the deck, the second using the pad FX, which include the Slip mode and also a bit of echo too. Pad FX tend to contain “macros” of a few effects thrown together to make them a one-button solution, and so are well worth playing with – see the Filter Pad effect he uses in this demo, too
  • The way at one point Carlo is in the breakdown of one tune yet he has a “full on” (ie “kick drum present”) part of another tune playing over the top of it. By using the high-pass filter to take all the energy out of the second tune, he preserves the breakdown’s feel, while still adding something extra to the mix – but the return of energy is still held back till the drop
  • The way Carlo uses Sync to lock the two tracks together at the point where he makes a huge BPM change. This simply isn’t possible without using Sync, so it’s one to show your friends who say “sync is cheating” (you haven’t really got any of those any more, have you?)

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Finally…

Of course, one of Carlo’s trademarks is scratching. People who want to learn techniques like these often say “I’d love to learn to scratch, but you can’t really do it with modern music, right?”

Carlo is a great example of someone who disproves that theory. The point is if you learn to do it right, then use it cleverly, you can scratch in pretty much any DJ set! (And also with any gear – Carlo is using a simple two-channel DJ controller here.)

Did you like this routine? What mixing techniques would you like to see us feature here? Let us know below.

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