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MonkeysOne
04-10-2012, 04:21 AM
Ok so i've been djing for a while now and im about to turn 18
I get gigs every now and then for my friends birthdays and so on...
But im starting to wonder if i am currently good enough to take it to the next level i.e:
Actively promoting myself, trying to get gigs in clubs, live streams, djing most weekends etc...

Heres a mix that i recorded first shot, i had a loose idea of what songs i'd use but no idea where i'd mix them in... this is generally where my mixing is at, sometimes its a little worse quality and sometimes a little better...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65-xP9Q_pBI

and usually in my live sets i do at parties i'll throw in a couple live mashups that i've figured out:
heres one of the better ones i recorded(yeah it's not live but normally, i just get the two tracks on two decks, mashing them up using loops, cues and effects and ill mix out on a third deck):
http://soundcloud.com/monkeys0ne/trespassing-animals

So point of the story... do you all think i am ready/good enough to take the next step?
if not how could/should i improve??
if so, how should i go about it?

And on a more general note: what do you look for/how do you know that your able to take djing further?

Thanks for your help :)

AlanS
04-11-2012, 01:19 AM
You only mix house?

Manu
04-11-2012, 05:41 AM
You are at the point where it's going to be up to the club owner to decide if you're good or not to play in the club. Do you have more experience than just using a numark controller or do you actually know how to play on denon/pioneer cdjs, vinyl etc?

And since your video is only 16 minutes or so, can you handle a 4 hour gig (or more for that matter). You sound like you only done a couple of teenager parties, doing a few hours sets in a club, dealing with drunk people (some requesting the latest top 40 shite and play it right now or I'm gonna bother you until you play it) in a loud environment is a totally different ball game. In a nutshell, can you get out of your comfort zone and do a set?

Celestial
04-11-2012, 04:14 PM
can you handle a 4 hour gig (or more for that matter) doing a few hours sets in a club, dealing with drunk people (some requesting the latest top 40 shite and play it right now or I'm gonna bother you until you play it) in a loud environment is a totally different ball game. In a nutshell, can you get out of your comfort zone and do a set?

yes, but I still hate networking, so I don't :zany:

manu everything good with you dog?

MonkeysOne
04-13-2012, 02:30 AM
Well basicaly i've done a few parties, playing mainly house/electro
drunk people aren't a problem... i can do a 3 hour set pretty easily any longer than that and im not to sure...
And as for music i play house/electro/dubstep and a bit of DnB
I started on vinyls, so i can beatmatch alrightish like not amazingly fast but i can do it enough to be able to use it as a backup if my laptop dies..
Thanks

Minksy
04-13-2012, 02:59 AM
Listening now, I'll let ya know.

Minksy
04-13-2012, 03:08 AM
At this rate, it's 72 tracks in four hours. That's pretty involved my friend. Set programming becomes near impossible at this point, unless you've been doing it live for a VERY long time. Can you DJ the typical club? Yes. The patron's attention span is next to zero. You've got the technical skill with your controller ... but I agree with MANU. I don't think you're ready for a gig at a music lovers club.

Any other place, you're good to go.

MonkeysOne
04-13-2012, 07:15 AM
Thanks for the help peeps :) i reckon i'll just keep practicing and see what happens... i've still got plenty of time left in my life... hopefully i'll get there one day :P

Molbster
04-13-2012, 03:21 PM
At this rate, it's 72 tracks in four hours. That's pretty involved my friend. Set programming becomes near impossible at this point, unless you've been doing it live for a VERY long time. Can you DJ the typical club? Yes. The patron's attention span is next to zero. You've got the technical skill with your controller ... but I agree with MANU. I don't think you're ready for a gig at a music lovers club.


you play 18 tracks/hour?? That's impressive! Electro mostly??

I think I'm still only at 13-15 tracks/hour. I rather like hearing songs play out at times.

AlanS
04-14-2012, 03:09 PM
How the hell? I'm at 13 tracks/half hour lol

josh46
04-16-2012, 07:53 AM
OK I'll listen it first.

Bassline Brine
04-16-2012, 12:26 PM
I don't know how the scene is in your area, and it will really depend on the venue. But you're fine as far as mixing goes like others said, the music lovers clubs I'd wait a bit for.

You're going to run into the same thing as a lot of controller users hit though, and that's a lot of places want you to use their equipment. Which is 1200's or CDJ's. The room in the booth for your (honestly huge) controller is going to be tough to swing at some places.