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    Are you aware of what you are doing and how you look?

    Went to an event a while back and they had a DJ, she was quite skilled and based on our location and venue it was a city where they are probably paying her an appropriate figure for these mad tight skills. Corporate function playing all sorts of music. As a guest (very very rare for me) i was watching her and began to notice some little things she did that made me think about what iam doing. For example everytime she was about to work in a new track she always scratched her left hand cheek as she transitioned between songs she always had her eyes closed and her head was nodding. it was remarkably predictable.

    Still for the next few events I did, i would take a step back and think about what I was doing for me one thing I instantly noticed is every time Iam CUEing something my left hand is always holding the fader on the channel or channels being cued down. I guess so I accidentally don't get something wrong in the mix. I really should take a camera and capture me actually DJing since its not something we are always looking at. Either way I always have a great night but its interesting all the little techniques that we do that makes us who we are. Whats your noticeable trait?
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    Trying not to fall over drunk.


    Other than tapping by the side of a CDJ play button or cueing the vinyl, I don't have any really. I talk to people, have a little dance, smoke etc I'm pretty at home behind the decks, I've never been nervous and I don't treat it as if people are looking to me to do something crazy either.
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    It's always good to be aware of your mannerisms while you perform... but ultimately people are there for the music.

    Personally, I'm always looking to see if the DJ gets into the music. If he/she does, I think that it translates directly to the floor. Passion is contagious.
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    I don't worry about how I look, altho' I do notice others who look pretty cool, and some who look like they're on day-release. When I'm behind the decks myself, I don't think about it.

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    It is true, some people in the audience notice every little thing.. it's probably a mental condition (haha).. but non-the-less.. I personally do things habitually with my body and hands.. i.e. move eq faders etc.. even if I'm not adjusting them much because it keeps me in time with the mix and puts my hands in the right position just in case I do want to kill the bass or apply some timely eq at specific parts of the mix.

    I think some spectators have it wrong in thinking the dj's are just touching knobs for no reason sometimes.. when really there are sometimes some hidden reasons behind touching a knob and not actually adjusting it...

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    I have a resting dick face, so people always think I'm mad.

    I had a girl in the club come up to the booth once and said I needed to smile. I treated it like a request and said no. Smile mixing. Ha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doomjockey View Post
    i have a dick resting on my face
    ftfy

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    ftfy

    It's kind of like a zit. Only bigger.
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    I think I might dance like a spaz. I have had people laugh at me while I mix. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by wapples View Post
    Still for the next few events I did, i would take a step back and think about what I was doing for me one thing I instantly noticed is every time Iam CUEing something my left hand is always holding the fader on the channel or channels being cued down. I guess so I accidentally don't get something wrong in the mix. I really should take a camera and capture me actually DJing since its not something we are always looking at. Either way I always have a great night but its interesting all the little techniques that we do that makes us who we are. Whats your noticeable trait?
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    Funny you said that because thats mine too haha. I think it happened at least when I was cueing and accidentally bumped one of the faders. I felt like it ruined the mix. I still do it occasionally though.

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