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Sigma
04-20-2013, 09:12 PM
If you do, post an example in this thread.

Cornish
04-21-2013, 12:53 AM
I'm new in the game but try to be creative. But here's a guy who rocked my perception of creativity in a live ustream recording on the djcity mikidz show about 3 years ago.

The guy worked the underground circuit for a number of years, and has some mad turntable skills. skip to 31 mins (beginning of set), and let it build :)

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5126344

Nick Bike
04-21-2013, 01:03 AM
Scene should have won the US 3style finals imo

ben mills
04-22-2013, 01:08 PM
I play house - so it's not as suitable to some things as other genres...however, I try to mix in a creative fashion, using a variety of mixing techniques. Take a look at this video mix for some examples of how I use the faders, looping, etc., to take a mix to the next level of "creativity."

Other mixes of mine might have more of these kinds of mixer tricks...but this mix should give a pretty good representative sample of some of the things that I do.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bhy3wFh9oM

My latest mix on SoundCloud is a better example, with a lot more "action" - but isn't video so I posted this.

DJ Retro Blaze
04-22-2013, 03:15 PM
In regards to House music, Terrence Parker (http://www.terrenceparkermusic.com/), an old school DJ and producer from Detroit, has been off the charts since the 80's. There are many videos of him working the decks on the internet, but this is just one example:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65-5pYA-W2c

This is how I aspire to DJ House music, creatively with two decks and a mixer, but it is not going to happen anytime soon. Years of practice await me, but it is a work in progress.

BOWNSIR
04-22-2013, 03:37 PM
Edit: Misread the thread. I thought this was a thread about dj's who we consider to do creative mixing. Anyway I think Enferno is a perfect example of one type of creative mixing. My style is pretty old school (i.e. cut out from an instrumental to the actual track) but would like to incorporate some creativity in there. Carry on.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taNFcsnVF3Y

DJ Retro Blaze
04-22-2013, 03:49 PM
Edit: Misread the thread. I thought this was a thread about dj's who we consider to do creative mixing. Anyway I think Enferno is a perfect example of one type of creative mixing. My style is pretty old school (i.e. cut out from an instrumental to the actual track) but would like to incorporate some creativity in there. Carry on.

I misread the thread as well, but I would still leave up your example as it might inspire someone to move in a different direction with his or her DJ sets and enhance their creativity in the future, especially if the example is from a DJ who is not commonly known or mentioned on this forum.

Adzm00
04-29-2013, 10:59 AM
I would say I do quite a bit, most of the time I will mix with 2 decks and FX, as I think one of the most important aspects to DJing is EQing, especially if you don't want to use that mixed in key garbage.

Other times I will use 4 decks, FX, and while EQ is still mega important here for cutting unwanted frequencies, for me it is more about using the FX and doing quick cuts and drops.

And no you can't have an example, I play shitty techno and do not want to put people through the suffering.

Lazerick
04-29-2013, 01:44 PM
I don't because I basically just slam tracks together and scream on the mic

The K Bot
04-29-2013, 08:51 PM
James Zabiela is still on a whole other level IMO

Baller95
04-30-2013, 12:24 PM
Edit: Misread the thread. I thought this was a thread about dj's who we consider to do creative mixing. Anyway I think Enferno is a perfect example of one type of creative mixing. My style is pretty old school (i.e. cut out from an instrumental to the actual track) but would like to incorporate some creativity in there. Carry on.

That video was dope!!

Mixxed
04-30-2013, 02:05 PM
In regards to House music, Terrence Parker (http://www.terrenceparkermusic.com/), an old school DJ and producer from Detroit, has been off the charts since the 80's. There are many videos of him working the decks on the internet, but this is just one example:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65-5pYA-W2c

This is how I aspire to DJ House music, creatively with two decks and a mixer, but it is not going to happen anytime soon. Years of practice await me, but it is a work in progress.

I mean... My God... Sick!!!

Sigma
04-30-2013, 02:14 PM
That Terrence Parker guy mixes like a hip-hop DJ.

DJ Whrr
04-30-2013, 10:35 PM
I don't because I basically just slam tracks together and scream on the mic


i LIKE YOUR STYLE DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ Retro Blaze
05-01-2013, 09:04 AM
That Terrence Parker guy mixes like a hip-hop DJ.

It is also how the majority of House DJs, in Detroit, worked the decks before CDJs and other platforms become more prevalent.

To Terrence's credit, he mixes the same on both turntables and CDJs.

DJ Riddims
05-01-2013, 11:00 PM
Made some drastic genre jumps.
https://soundcloud.com/dj-riddims-1/the-showcase-2013-djriddims

Baller95
05-02-2013, 08:15 AM
@DJ Riddims, empty your inbox!

Catch22
05-02-2013, 02:05 PM
Zabiela is out of this world. Watch the BBC thing with Pete Tong if you haven't seen it!

Rek_Aviles
05-02-2013, 04:30 PM
I try to. Straight up mixing can get boring.

Then again, getting too creative takes away from the song selection. Having listened back to last few of my recording, I need to try a tone it down a bit.

ben mills
05-03-2013, 09:19 AM
I try to. Straight up mixing can get boring.

Then again, getting too creative takes away from the song selection. Having listen back to last few of my recording, I need to try a tone it down a bit.

Sometimes I feel this way too - that I can get too active at times.

That said, I prefer to shape the mix through mixing rather than just letting the tracks and track structure shape the mix without much input from me.

I guess it comes down to active versus passive mixing.

TheRabbitMonk
05-03-2013, 11:43 AM
I deem this mix to be very creative.

http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?25221-Opinions-please!

Jamie D Music
05-03-2013, 03:39 PM
I always try to be creative and produce a unique sound. It's the ownership of what I produce that inspires me so much.

http://www.mixcloud.com/JFD/stevie-hyper-d/

This is a snippet of something I'm developing in the lab and I shouldn't be posting it because it's giving away the best part of the mix. On deck A is a 10 minute recording of Stevie Hyper D MCing with Jumping Jack Frost at Desire nightclub and through hours of searching I found two perfect tracks to mix it with. That's the creative side because it didn't matter how long it took to find them as I was in no rush and enjoyed the process. The original Hyper D track is much faster and when I slowed it down I thought it sounded terrible but with these tracks it seems to blend in better and create the sound of a live rave DJ and MC which is what I wanted. It's very much a rehersal recording testing the the cue points and the EQs and volumes have yet to be worked on.

This is the original Hyper D recording which is much faster and much better. Master at work is an understatement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u8lcySoJm0

monomer
05-03-2013, 08:59 PM
That Terrence Parker guy mixes like a hip-hop DJ.

He mixes in hip-hop sometimes, also.


One of the best dj's around town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHYiV5z3FT4 I wish I was at that stage for that set...

M!TCH
05-03-2013, 09:24 PM
I always try to be creative and produce a unique sound. It's the ownership of what I produce that inspires me so much.

http://www.mixcloud.com/JFD/stevie-hyper-d/

This is a snippet of something I'm developing in the lab and I shouldn't be posting it because it's giving away the best part of the mix. On deck A is a 10 minute recording of Stevie Hyper D MCing with Jumping Jack Frost at Desire nightclub and through hours of searching I found two perfect tracks to mix it with. That's the creative side because it didn't matter how long it took to find them as I was in no rush and enjoyed the process. The original Hyper D track is much faster and when I slowed it down I thought it sounded terrible but with these tracks it seems to blend in better and create the sound of a live rave DJ and MC which is what I wanted. It's very much a rehersal recording testing the the cue points and the EQs and volumes have yet to be worked on.

This is the original Hyper D recording which is much faster and much better. Master at work is an understatement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u8lcySoJm0

It might be just me but the mixcloud sound you posted sounds like levels are all over the place.

Jamie D Music
05-04-2013, 05:10 AM
It might be just me but the mixcloud sound you posted sounds like levels are all over the place.

They are but it's not finished. The final recording of the whole 80-90 minute mix is a month or two away. When I make a mix I record a rough copy so I can check the continuity.

The final recording will be much more polished :)