I'd probably feel differently if there were more Dubstep DJs that played creative genre crossing sets in my area like you seem to mention, but then they wouldn't really be classified as solely a Dubstep DJ anymore would they. Sadly there is too much of what I mention in my area, though always exceptions to a rule it's not common(and you'll see those few exceptions with their headphones on - remember what thread this is?).
Remember opinions are subjective to any given person's thoughts and experiences.
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Also, the whole not using headphones thing is a relatively semi-common thing among certain people, I've heard of it plenty of times before - not everyone has mixes lasting for 16+ bars...That said, I always use headphones because I like to keep things as tight/clean as possible with volume level, beatmatching, eq's, keys, and I'm not one to look at visuals very much. Kinda lame to be staring at waveforms and shit the whole time.
Wow, this has got to be one of the most unanimous decisions ever. I guess it's not really surprising though
Just LAZY DJing. By the time you hear your beats stray in the monitors...everyone else in the room can also hear you are off beat.
If you are mixing pop crap with 1 bar intros....or you dont really care about how tight your sets are, fair play....who cares. But if you give a shit at all, you need headphones.
If you go to the Serato board, you will find loads of guys who brag about not using headphones. Typical scratch in every intro, mix for 7 seconds, play the same 50 songs every night donkeys....bragging about how cool it is to be sloppy. Real lowest common denominator stuff.
I use headphones, but I don't use em a lot. I use them to make sure I've got the right record, cue it up, beatmatch it somewhat and then I throw my HP to the side and bring in the track slowly, riding the pitch. listening to my monitors. works great
'George Clinton meeting Kraftwerk in an elevator'
But I agree with you Andrew, it's not fun to rely on visual aids all the time. You want to conect with the crowd, that's why my eyes are always on them and not the screen. Like I said, visual aids help my get the beatmatch tight but I ride the pitch to fine-tune it after dropping the new track in the mix.
Best DJF forum response ever? lol wow.
I always use "earphones". Mobile DJ, mostly doing weddings, yes.. I use earplugs - not big, expensive, professional, club DJ headphones. It works :shrugs:
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