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Tips For Djs by Djoshea(m): 2:25pm On Aug 06, 2014
Hi.i'm djoshea and i want to share some tips with fellow djs out here.
1.when you create your mixes,make sure all your songs are set to the same level of gain,mid,treble&bass.this ensures that your mix doesn't have various levels of volume and makes your mix better.
2.when deejaying at a party,don't keep the best songs for last.if possible start with the new hot jamz,this will make your party crowd love you.at least start with the top twenty trending jamz.
3.when mixing at a party,going a bit old school is not a bad idea at all.in fact,lots of party folks clamour for old jamz just to spice things up a bit.also dont stick to just one genre.
4.before going to a party that you have been given,a little rehearsal helps calm your nerves down if you are a newbie in the dj biz.its inspires confidence in you and makes you know which songs go with which songs
5.party folks are bound to come to you as a dj once in a while to make special song requests,do not turn them down rudely while also not quickly acquiesing to their request if the song they are asking for does not tally with the current song you are playing.
Keep locked on to this thread for more tips later. Hello everyone,as promised,Here are 5 more tips to help as a dj
6.when mixing songs,make sure you always check the bpm(beat per minute) of the songs you wanna mix,various songs have various bpm.if you are using a dj app like virtual dj,you will find the bpm on the right hand side of the song in the lower section of the virtual dj interface
7.before you can mix songs especially during a party,you have to ensure that you synchronise songs so that they are on the same bpm.when songs have the same bpm,it means your party mix will be on the same tempo through out.you can synchronise by either clicking the sync button on the software dj interface you are using or you will find the button on the turn table you are using.each deck on a dj software interface has its own sync button
8.even after you sync songs,make sure you still check the pitch bar(thats if you are using a dj software e.g virtual dj) and make sure its at the same level as the song you are crossfading from.there are times when the pitch bar doesn't respond to the sync command.this happens a lot if you use virtual dj 5.2.although you can prevent this by setting the pitch reset option to disabled in the config option
9.you can adjust the bpm of a song by right clicking on the song and choosing the option of manually editing the bpm.however don't just adjust bpm as you wish,an understanding of how bpm works is required.i'll explain this in subsequent posts
10.for those of you who already know a lot about bpm and are experienced djs,this last advice is for you.just because your party crowd is high on drinks or just cos you feel you want the party to be more vibrant,doesn't mean you have to set the bpm to neck breaking speeds of 140 and above. A decent bpm to use is 137 and even this is too fast but at least it doesn't mean your party people have to dance like their on fire and also because most nigerian afro pop,afro beat genre songs have bpms close to this range.on average most songs have a bpm of 131 or 132.thats all for now.watch out for more soon,where i'll talk about the use of cue in mixing.

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Re: Tips For Djs by DJDOLA(m): 2:39pm On Aug 06, 2014
Nice one bro

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Re: Tips For Djs by Djicemob: 10:45am On Aug 07, 2014
Nice tips.Especially the last tip.Upcoming DJs get it twisted most atimes.

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Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 12:10pm On Sep 25, 2014
cool one, i prefer mixing at a bpm of 135 or 136

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Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 11:26am On Nov 12, 2015
Djicemob:
Nice tips.Especially the last tip.Upcoming DJs get it twisted most atimes.
Looool. Local DJs u mean bro
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 11:27am On Nov 12, 2015
sconp:
cool one, i prefer mixing at a bpm of 135 or 136
Same here... 135 is the best for making a mixtape
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 11:38am On Nov 12, 2015
Djoshea:
Hi.i'm djoshea and i want to share some tips with fellow djs out here.
10.for those of you who already know a lot about bpm and are experienced djs,this last advice is for you.just because your party crowd is high on drinks or just cos you feel you want the party to be more vibrant,doesn't mean you have to set the bpm to neck breaking speeds of 140 and above. A decent bpm to use is 137 and even this is too fast but at least it doesn't mean your party people have to dance like their on fire and also because most nigerian afro pop,afro beat genre songs have bpms close to this range.on average most songs have a bpm of 131 or 132.thats all for now.watch out for more soon,where i'll talk about the use of cue in mixing.

I actually quite disagree with this point sir. Although, I don't increase my BPM to more than 135.00 but on more than two occasions, I was asked to increase the tempo so people could dance to the song. Had no choice but to increase to 139.00

However in my opinion, for making mixtapes the best BPM for afro pop and dancehall music is 133 to 135

For parties, its 139, 140. It must not go any faster
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 12:15pm On Nov 12, 2015
DeeHaywire:


I actually quite disagree with this point sir. Although, I don't increase my BPM to more than 135.00 but on more than two occasions, I was asked to increase the tempo so people could dance to the song. Had no choice but to increase to 139.00

However in my opinion, for making mixtapes the best BPM for afro pop and dancehall music is 133 to 135

For parties, its 139, 140. It must not go any faster
Do you use cue points well? What software do you use?
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 9:38pm On Nov 12, 2015
sconp:
Do you use cue points well? What software do you use?
of course.... i use them for song refixes too. i use virtual DJ 8
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 10:55pm On Nov 12, 2015
DeeHaywire:

of course.... i use them for song refixes too. i use virtual DJ 8
I am loving this. I use 8 too but looking for how to get traktor pro, the serato I downloaded needs a controller to work. You mean ur own song refixes?
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 11:43pm On Nov 12, 2015
sconp:
I am loving this. I use 8 too but looking for how to get traktor pro, the serato I downloaded needs a controller to work. You mean ur own song refixes?
I downloaded serato bt I haven't really started using it.
That traktor pro is usually a trial version. I tried to download it too but just left it on discovering most of d downloads on google are trial versions.
Besides, I once went on virtual DJ website and checked them out. They were like traktor is mostly a music production software. Not for pure DJing and it doesn't have as many features as virtual DJ

Lol. My song refixes are just like rearrangement of songs... Just rearranging the verses. Setting cues at different points to allow the crowd enjoy the music. They aren't as dope as all those other established DJ refixes tho. They have far more equipment than I do...
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 12:12am On Nov 13, 2015
DeeHaywire:

I downloaded serato bt I haven't really started using it.
That traktor pro is usually a trial version. I tried to download it too but just left it on discovering most of d downloads on google are trial versions.
Besides, I once went on virtual DJ website and checked them out. They were like traktor is mostly a music production software. Not for pure DJing and it doesn't have as many features as virtual DJ

Lol. My song refixes are just like rearrangement of songs... Just rearranging the verses. Setting cues at different points to allow the crowd enjoy the music. They aren't as dope as all those other established DJ refixes tho. They have far more equipment than I do...
If I remember vividly, a lot of pros use serato. Can u do a 5min crazy mix with dope cue points pls? I am not so good with cue points cos I don't use a soundcard
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 12:17am On Nov 13, 2015
sconp:
If I remember vividly, a lot of pros use serato. Can u do a 5min crazy mix with dope cue points pls? I am not so good with cue points cos I don't use a soundcard
Okayy,,, a refix of one song with cue points or a mix of many songs with cue points?
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 12:23am On Nov 13, 2015
DeeHaywire:

Okayy,,, a refix of one song with cue points or a mix of many songs with cue points?
I think 3--5 songs would be cool. Btw @what bpm do you play songs like burnaboy-like to party
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 12:39am On Nov 13, 2015
sconp:
I think 3--5 songs would be cool. Btw @what bpm do you play songs like burnaboy-like to party
Okayyy bro.

It depends for slow songs like that. Songs that have BPMs of 83.00 - 112.00 in my experience shldnt be increased to more than 4.6 percent of their pitch.see the pitch below the BPM near the turntable in the image.

Its best for like to party not to be increased to more than 97.00 or at the very worst, 98.00

Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 12:52am On Nov 13, 2015
DeeHaywire:

Okayyy bro.

It depends for slow songs like that. Songs that have BPMs of 83.00 - 112.00 in my experience shldnt be increased to more than 4.6 percent of their pitch.see the pitch below the BPM near the turntable in the image.

Its best for like to party not to be increased to more than 97.00 or at the very worst, 98.00
is that vdj pro 8? I like the interface, this is my own interface.

Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 11:52am On Nov 13, 2015
sconp:
is that vdj pro 8? I like the interface, this is my own interface.
Yeahh. Its virtual dj 8 but I downloaded another skin... I can interchange between skins bro. I have like four other skins apart from the normal 2,4 and 6 deck skins
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 12:29pm On Nov 13, 2015
DeeHaywire:

Yeahh. Its virtual dj 8 but I downloaded another skin... I can interchange between skins bro. I have like four other skins apart from the normal 2,4 and 6 deck skins
Cool, I think I should download skins too, how about the 5min mix bro? U in lag?
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 4:57pm On Nov 13, 2015
sconp:
Cool, I think I should download skins too, how about the 5min mix bro? U in lag?
Will send it to you before 8:30pm... Coz I need light so my lappy ba3 won't run down... You know how virtual DJ sucks battery nahh. I have set the cues alredi tho. It remains just me doing the the mixx with the cues
I don't stay in lag.. Gimme your number so I'll b able to send d mix to you
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 6:16pm On Nov 13, 2015
DeeHaywire:

Will send it to you before 8:30pm... Coz I need light so my lappy ba3 won't run down... You know how virtual DJ sucks battery nahh. I have set the cues alredi tho. It remains just me doing the the mixx with the cues
I don't stay in lag.. Gimme your number so I'll b able to send d mix to you
08084683004, you could drop it on my whatsapp. Did you register with vdj's website before you could get the skins.
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 8:11pm On Nov 13, 2015
sconp:
08084683004, you could drop it on my whatsapp. Did you register with vdj's website before you could get the skins.
nahh. u dont need to. some add ons there are exclusively for those who registered and are pros tho
Re: Tips For Djs by sconp: 7:45am On Nov 14, 2015
DeeHaywire:

nahh. u dont need to. some add ons there are exclusively for those who registered and are pros tho
Bro you are a pro abeg. Bloody mix.. Some points left be wondering how you did it. Kai kai kai.
Let me do my own amateur 5mins
Re: Tips For Djs by DeeHaywire: 7:25pm On Nov 14, 2015
sconp:
Bro you are a pro abeg. Bloody mix.. Some points left be wondering how you did it. Kai kai kai.
Let me do my own amateur 5mins
loool. thanks bro

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Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 7:39am On May 15, 2016
Was searching on how to make my dj skills better and I stumbled on this article. I'm a newbie in the dying area(i just do it for fun and my friends tell me I'm good at it). I've never performed at any gig before so I have 0 experience. I also use vdj 8.
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 7:41am On May 15, 2016
Buh I wanna know, which is harder..... Mixing on a controller or mixing in virtual dj?
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 10:48pm On May 02
@DeeHaywire
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 10:49pm On May 02
@Djoshea
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Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 11:40pm On May 03
ezzylee:
Buh I wanna know, which is harder..... Mixing on a controller or mixing in virtual dj?
if you're a newbie, use virtual DJing for now
it's self explanatory

for a pro or at the intermediate level, controllers ans virtual DJing isn't that much different
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 11:53pm On May 03
haryomikun:

if you're a newbie, use virtual DJing for now
it's self explanatory

for a pro or at the intermediate level, controllers ans virtual DJing isn't that much different


Continued using virtual dj since the last time I posted the message you commented on and I've gotten really good at it.

Wanna step up to the next level (using controllers) and I also wanna learn how to scratch (you know scratching in virtual dj isn't as nice as on a physical controller).

Planning on doing an hour long mixtape sef just that I won't have any of those scratches.

Your thoughts on this?
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 7:01am On May 04
ezzylee:



Continued using virtual dj since the last time I posted the message you commented on and I've gotten really good at it.

Wanna step up to the next level (using controllers) and I also wanna learn how to scratch (you know scratching in virtual dj isn't as nice as on a physical controller).

Planning on doing an hour long mixtape sef just that I won't have any of those scratches.

Your thoughts on this?
hehe. confirm. controller don cost small sha. be like around 80-130k tho.

besides why the hell do you need a controller to make a mixtape

I've made about 5 official mixtapes with about 25k combined downloads and I didn't have a controller. all was on virtual DJ and I have people that messaged me on whatsapp from nairaland appreciating the various mixtapes
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 12:38pm On May 04
haryomikun:

hehe. confirm. controller don cost small sha. be like around 80-130k tho.

besides why the hell do you need a controller to make a mixtape

I've made about 5 official mixtapes with about 25k combined downloads and I didn't have a controller. all was on virtual DJ and I have people that messaged me on whatsapp from nairaland appreciating the various mixtapes

My guy, so me sef I see price for controller and I fear fear oooooo.

Some set of people say you not having a controller doesn't make people take you seriously as a dj.

I also downloaded your Solo birthday mixtape and it was really nice to listen to.

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