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    How do you organise your DJ library? Let's discuss specifics...

    I quickly searched through the forums and didnt find anything relevant 100% , so i have decided to start a new thread.

    How do you sort your library folder structure?

    The following is an example of my current library:

    2011
    ::: Main Update 1
    ::: Main Update 2
    ::: Main Update 3
    ::: Hiphop Update 1
    ::: Electro Update 1
    ::: Cool Stuff
    ::: Unsorted
    2012
    ::: same as 2011
    - 2013
    ::: same as 2011
    Acapellas
    Transitions

    This method works well for top 40 but it is terrible for anything else.. I play top 40 gigs, electro house gigs, trap gigs and some laid back funky gigs, so i find it hard to keep track of different types of music within my library as it expands.

    Possible new method:

    Electro
    ::: Electro House
    ::: Bounce
    ::: Dutch
    House
    ::: Deep
    ........ 100 - 114 BPM
    ........ 115 - 125 BPM
    ........ 125 + BPM
    ::: Funky
    ........ 100 - 114 BPM
    ........ 115 - 125 BPM
    ........ 125 + BPM
    ::: NuDisco
    ........ 100 - 114 BPM
    ........ 115 - 125 BPM
    ........ 125 + BPM
    ::: Tech
    ........ 100 - 114 BPM
    ........ 115 - 125 BPM
    ........ 125 + BPM
    Hiphop
    ::: Trap
    ::: Classic (Before 2000's)
    ::: Oldschool (2000 - 2007)
    ::: New (2008 - now)
    ::: Ghetto Funk
    Mainstream Cheese
    ::: 2011
    ::: 2012
    ::: 2013
    - Acapellas
    ::: (Sorted by bpm)
    - Transitions
    ::: 128 to ---
    ::: --- to 128
    ::: other


    In my DJ software i usually make playlists the same as my folder structure, but i add one more playlist called "go to" or "bangers" where the best songs are placed into a single playlist.

    Does anybody have any pointers for sorting out songs within a subgenre? say i have 400 electro house songs... how would i sort that folder?
    House genres are easy as i work my sets up by BPM, but other genres are all over the place in terms of speed, intensity and so on.

    Thanks for the feedback and i look forward to your contributions.
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    Before anyone has a go at 'old school' being listed as 2000 - 2007. I am 23, and i everyone my age seems to think old school means Nelly's first hits or 50 cent 'in da club' and so on. I used to play 80's / early 90's hiphop when oldschool was requested and found this out the hard way haha...
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    Having a software program like Rekordbox helps arrange your music very well. You can sort the playlists by BPM speed, so instead of having 3 different folders for "deep house" (in your example) you can just use one playlist and sort by BPM. If I'm doing a mobile event I'll usually make a custom playlist. This is what I use IIRC:

    Open format (mainstream top40)
    >country
    >hiphop
    >rock
    >happy hour 8-10 (Anna Kendrick, Mumford/sons, maroon5, etc)
    >warm-up top40 10-12 (Blurred Lines, Get Lucky, Etc)
    >peak 12-1 (Calabria, We Found Love, etc)
    >main staple tracks 1-2 (Clarity, Right Now, I Love It, etc)
    >closers/afterhours 2am+ (Dont Stop Believing, harder house music, etc)

    Without the software, I used to arrange folders on my computer by record pool/beatport and by tracks I ripped from CD (and it was a pain in the ass when I used CDs). For each genre I play after top40, I'll give it it's own folder in rekordbox and use a similar warmup->afterhours structure with the songs arranged on playlists. That way you can progressively move through the music, and skip through playlists based on where you are in the night. When I didnt use rekordbox, my organization was honestly atrocious and all over the place.
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    TRANCE :-

    DEEP PROGRESSIVE / DEEP TECH 124 BPM - 132 BPM
    UPLIFTING / TECH 136 BPM - 142BPM
    CLASSIC UPLIFTING 136 BPM - 142 BPM
    CLASSIC PROGRESSIVE - 126 BPM - 134 BPM
    NEW & UNUSED - SUB FOLDERS 1 - UPLIFTING/TECH 136 BPM - 142 BPM 2- DEEP PROGRESSIVE 124 BPM - 132 BPM
    PROGRESSIVE HOUSE (NOT THE EDM PROGRESSIVE SHIT) - SUB FOLDERS - 1 - MELODIC 124 BPM -128BPM 2 -TECH 124 BPM -132 BPM
    COMMERCIAL - THIS DOESN'T GET USED OFTEN BUT EVERYONE HAS THERE COLLECTION OF CHEESE

    I just realised I typed that all in caps and can't be fucked going back to change it.
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    Really? You didn't find anything.

    Almost every week someone asks "how do you organise your tracks".
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