Sometimes the market gets saturated with DJs constantly trying to come up with new and inventive ways to mix music. Blazing a trail forward is great, but a very easy trap that a lot of DJs fall into is overthinking their mix. This usually plays out in new mixes sounding too futuristic or too artsy and losing their audience. However, there is a great way to capture your audience with something fresh in a market that has gone stale. Don’t look forward; instead, look back.
Go back to the golden eras
Why not go with tunes that have stood the test of time and are classics? This is the best way to make sure that your audience will love what you are spinning–give them something that they have heard before! Being able to relate to the music and singing along is a sure fire way to get your crowd hyped up. There are a few genres to look into when DJing throwback tunes, and I have included some below for your consideration.
There is no question about it. If you want your club to burn down to the ground, make sure to play some dirty 70s funk. For example, warm them up with some Stevie Wonder and then take them to groove town with some Maze.
If you want your audience to sing along, make sure to include some of the greatest 1980s throwback tunes. Some David Bowie, Queen, or The Cure is a good bet.
When you are creating some music as a DJ, it is important to make sure that you have a good mix. This is one of the greatest responsibilities as someone who is supplying continuous music because you want to make sure that you are preserving a certain kind of vibe for your audience. After all, the feeling of the night and the enjoyment of the experience can sometimes depend on how well you make your mix. This post is aimed at helping you get a great mix for your listeners to enjoy.
Picking your vibe
You can honestly pick whatever vibe you want. The important part is making sure that you can preserve that and that you can communicate your vibe convincingly. For example, if you decide to have a great old school Motown kind of vibe, you might start your set off with some kind of Diana Ross mix. However, if you then switch to some crazy deep house or maybe dubstep, then you might ruin your vibe and make things uncomfortable for your audience. Think of your vibe as something that is very precious to you. You want to baby it and do things gently so that you don’t disturb it or wreck it.
Another thing that you might want to think about is creating a good amount of variation in energy in your set. I know this sounds a little contradictory, but with smooth transitioning and building up the energy slowly, you can create an awesome vibe for your audience.