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Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 7:39pm On May 04
ezzylee:


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.
lool. solo birthday mixtape was like the first. when I was a beginner sha... and yes people won't take your seriously if you dont have a controller. that's what most ask for... DJ, where's that thing that does 'chi ki chi ki' Abi dont you have it? cheesy '

forget jumia and konga prices for controllers. you can get for around 110k aha. Quality one

I ordered a controller about a month ago from amazon. got it for 86k equivalent rate. pioneer DDJ SB2

although shipping fee is like 25k or so. the turntable arrived naija today and will be cleared tomorrow or on Monday. I need to make more and way better mixtapes grin
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 8:44pm On May 04
haryomikun:

lool. solo birthday mixtape was like the first. when I was a beginner sha... and yes people won't take your seriously if you dont have a controller. that's what most ask for... DJ, where's that thing that does 'chi ki chi ki' Abi dont you have it? cheesy '

forget jumia and konga prices for controllers. you can get for around 110k aha. Quality one

I ordered a controller about a month ago from amazon. got it for 86k equivalent rate. pioneer DDJ SB2

although shipping fee is like 25k or so. the turntable arrived naija today and will be cleared tomorrow or on Monday. I need to make more and way better mixtapes grin

Guy, you don go oooooo...... 86+25=111k shocked

Did you get this cash from​ personal savings or from doing dj gigs?


And guy that turntable looks nice AF.
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 8:46pm On May 04
haryomikun:

lool. solo birthday mixtape was like the first. when I was a beginner sha... and yes people won't take your seriously if you dont have a controller. that's what most ask for... DJ, where's that thing that does 'chi ki chi ki' Abi dont you have it? cheesy '

forget jumia and konga prices for controllers. you can get for around 110k aha. Quality one

I ordered a controller about a month ago from amazon. got it for 86k equivalent rate. pioneer DDJ SB2

although shipping fee is like 25k or so. the turntable arrived naija today and will be cleared tomorrow or on Monday. I need to make more and way better mixtapes grin

And moreso I wanted to ask..... Do you also have like speakers you take with you (in addition to the turntable you just got) when going for gigs?
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 11:28pm On May 04
ezzylee:


Guy, you don go oooooo...... 86+25=111k shocked

Did you get this cash from​ personal savings or from doing dj gigs?


And guy that turntable looks nice AF.
Lool. no DJing gigs for me where I am bro... people dont pay around here. if they do, it won't be high. I had to hustle the money for that shii... became a blogger, waited 1 year to make it, then I started saving money to buy the thing sha. person help me contribute 10k sef.

the hustling part is the reason why I haven't made a mixtape in the past one year 4 months. I just wanna be done with the blog hustle late this year and get my start up money for DJing
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 11:31pm On May 04
ezzylee:


And moreso I wanted to ask..... Do you also have like speakers you take with you (in addition to the turntable you just got) when going for gigs?
nah. those speakers are expensive. those small DJing speakers on amazon I mean. if I wanna get speakers, I'll prefer renting whenever I get gigs, then saving up to buy a slave, mixer, speakers and all the other sound equipment...

the shipping fee sef just complete like two days ago after saving for 2-3 weeks so I no get handle to buy any extra stuff
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 1:28am On May 05
haryomikun:

Lool. no DJing gigs for me where I am bro... people dont pay around here. if they do, it won't be high. I had to hustle the money for that shii... became a blogger, waited 1 year to make it, then I started saving money to buy the thing sha. person help me contribute 10k sef.

the hustling part is the reason why I haven't made a mixtape in the past one year 4 months. I just wanna be done with the blog hustle late this year and get my start up money for DJing

Don't worry mehn.... Hustle go pay.

And you stay at where?
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 7:59am On May 05
ezzylee:

Don't worry mehn.... Hustle go pay.
And you stay at where?
sure thanks. I reside at Ogun
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 11:50am On May 05
haryomikun:


sure thanks. I reside at Ogun

I stay in Lagos.

I think the dj market would be more profitable in Lagos than Ogun.
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 6:09pm On May 05
ezzylee:


I stay in Lagos.

I think the dj market would be more profitable in Lagos than Ogun.
of course I know.... thats why I said am still hustling blog hustle for now until late this year... late this year, I hope to have made enough to get a self contain in yaba

BTW, how much does a self con go for there?
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 6:11pm On May 05
ezzylee:

I stay in Lagos.
I think the dj market would be more profitable in Lagos than Ogun.
or dyu know anywhere that's cheap but allows for easy movement?
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 8:37pm On May 05
haryomikun:

or dyu know anywhere that's cheap but allows for easy movement?

What's cheap (depending on your budget)?
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 9:02pm On May 05
ezzylee:


What's cheap (depending on your budget)?

for rent plus agent fees and all, 200k

how Much was your own place and where is it located at?
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 10:36pm On May 05
haryomikun:


for rent plus agent fees and all, 200k

how Much was your own place and where is it located at?

200k can get you a good self contain in some areas of Lagos.

I stay around ipaja (abesan estate) with my parents.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 10:55pm On May 05
sconp:
cool one, i prefer mixing at a bpm of 135 or 136

You will be burning the crowd out if you sustain that speed for an hour.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 10:59pm On May 05
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?

Traktor Pro is a very "involved" software (Native Instruments, makes of Traktor is a respected audio firm).

If you're used to virtual DJ, Serato, Torque, Cue etc, Traktor might be quite a leap. The learning curve may be steep.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:03pm On May 05
tongue
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...

In the international music scene right now, Traktor is slowly edging out Rane (Serato) though Serato still holds sway in America. Europe belongs to Traktor.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:05pm On May 05
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

In my opinion 98 is way too fast. Certain songs like the one mentioned are meant to be played at their original tempo or with just slight increment. That was the intent of the artist while recording the song.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:06pm On May 05
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

Guess you guys use VDJ with a controller or with a DVS set up right?
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 11:12pm On May 05
ezzylee:


200k can get you a good self contain in some areas of Lagos.

I stay around ipaja (abesan estate) with my parents.
oh okay. a friend suggested ipaja to me... said I could get it for 150k... but another person wondered why I'd move from Ogun to lagos and still be close to Ogun again
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:13pm On May 05
ezzylee:
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.

While not trying to start a flame war, I believe that for you to really have the "DJ" experience, you got to learn more than setting up cues in VDJ.

Learn the art. Get your hands on a pioneer or Denon CDJ (if you want to really be a purist and go all the way, get a turntable while you're at it). Learn how to "manually" sync jams, work your pitch, tempo and stuff. No disrespect to the strictly laptop DJs out there (got nothing but love for y'all) but nothing gives you more respect and swag than when you're with your lappy and your controller or DVS Set up. The crowd knows that like Quest, you mean business!
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:15pm On May 05
ezzylee:
Buh I wanna know, which is harder..... Mixing on a controller or mixing in virtual dj?

The software has done the work for you (mostly anyway as you still have some monitoring to do)

You wanna know if you're a good and experienced DJ? Do some "manual" mixing.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:21pm On May 05
haryomikun:

nah. those speakers are expensive. those small DJing speakers on amazon I mean. if I wanna get speakers, I'll prefer renting whenever I get gigs, then saving up to buy a slave, mixer, speakers and all the other sound equipment...

the shipping fee sef just complete like two days ago after saving for 2-3 weeks so I no get handle to buy any extra stuff

Make sure you "test" those speakers properly before going live. That's the hazard with renting equipment, you never know what you're getting. Could be a dead amp, blown tweeters, burnt speaker cables etc. Nothing destroys a DJ's rep like a failed gig due to equipment failure.

Always exhaustively test your rented gear before starting out.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:28pm On May 05
ezzylee:


I stay in Lagos.

I think the dj market would be more profitable in Lagos than Ogun.

I beg to disagree. It's fast getting saturated what with the entertainment explosion.

If you need more exposure and possibly experience, come to Lagos (if you got game) but, if you need the mullah, Ogun may be better (less competition, though I've not been there to verify this).

There are a lot of cats who are just spinning for fun in Lagos, they ain't professional, ain't making a living off the art hence they can go for gigs at ridiculously low prices thus messing up the game for the professionals. You catch my drift right?
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 11:29pm On May 05
4C2215131:


While not trying to start a flame war, I believe that for you to really have the "DJ" experience, you got to learn more than setting up cues in VDJ.

Learn the art. Get your hands on a pioneer or Denon CDJ (if you want to really be a purist and go all the way, get a turntable while you're at it). Learn how to "manually" sync jams, work your pitch, tempo and stuff. No disrespect to the strictly laptop DJs out there (got nothing but love for y'all) but nothing gives you more respect and swag than when you're with your lappy and your controller or DVS Set up. The crowd knows you mean that like Quest, you mean business!

Chairman..... I also wanna get my hands on a controller, turntable or something. But there's no one around me with one. Was even thinking I could link up with @haryomikun buh he doesn't stay in the same state as I do.
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 11:34pm On May 05
haryomikun:

oh okay. a friend suggested ipaja to me... said I could get it for 150k... but another person wondered why I'd move from Ogun to lagos and still be close to Ogun again

True sha.... Depending on where you stay, you can still easily access the main parts of Lagos from Ipaja.
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 11:37pm On May 05
4C2215131:


Make sure you "test" those speakers properly before going live. That's the hazard with renting equipment, you never know what you're getting. Could be a dead amp, blown tweeters, burnt speaker cables etc. Nothing destroys a DJ's rep like a failed gig due to equipment failure.

Always exhaustively test your rented gear before starting out.

Chairman, with the comments you've been posting, I can see you really know about these DJ things (equipments and things).
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 11:49pm On May 05
ezzylee:


Chairman..... I also wanna get my hands on a controller, turntable or something. But there's no one around me with one. Was even thinking I could link up with @haryomikun buh he doesn't stay in the same state as I do.

If you're in Lagos, depending on where you reside (mainland or island) there are lots of DJs with equipment you could approach in a bid to learn the noble art.

OR

Find a "joint" that has full DJ equipment and intern with the residential DJ there. Don't go to joints that have DJs that use only a laptop with VDJ connected to a two or three channel Numark or American Audio mixer (nothing wrong with the mixers BTW, just that they are not performance or club movers and seeing you want to learn the art, you need to know the tight professional equipment also) connected to an amp. If you do, you'll never become a professional DJ like Jatt, Neptune, Obi or Kentalky.

Hope I have helped in some way.
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 11:51pm On May 05
4C2215131:


While not trying to start a flame war, I believe that for you to really have the "DJ" experience, you got to learn more than setting up cues in VDJ.

Learn the art. Get your hands on a pioneer or Denon CDJ (if you want to really be a purist and go all the way, get a turntable while you're at it). Learn how to "manually" sync jams, work your pitch, tempo and stuff. No disrespect to the strictly laptop DJs out there (got nothing but love for y'all) but nothing gives you more respect and swag than when you're with your lappy and your controller or DVS Set up. The crowd knows that like Quest, you mean business!

lool baba. I understand where you're coming from. being a purist and all I mean. The day I discovered syncing manually by playing cued up music on the second deck was the day I started practicing manual syncing on my VDJ. I can proudly say I have never operated a turntable, cdj or controller before because I've never had access to one for a long period of while but I CAN SYNC ALMOST AS GOOD AS ANY OTHER TURNTABLIST. it's all about practice. ezzylee can try to learn it on his VDJ 8. even the CDJ/turntable makes it easy for one to sync manually. all you need to do is scratch with the crossfader still closed and move the crossfader to half immediately the first beat of the 1st deck kicks in. or one can use the cue. even controllers and CDJs have sync buttons as well.

besides I think a controller will be better. buying two CDJs plus having to get a mixer can't really seem cool. one might have to settle for one of those old school mixers with only the basic knobs. all it'll do is get you the scratching experience while missing out on other DJing effects like the slicer, loop roll and all. a quality mixer is very expensive. I checked on jumia. even more expensive than controllers themselves. ain't worth it unless you have a lot of start up money.
Re: Tips For Djs by ezzylee(m): 11:59pm On May 05
4C2215131:


If you're in Lagos, depending on where you reside (mainland or island) there are lots of DJs with equipment you could approach in a bid to learn the noble art.

OR

Find a "joint" that has full DJ equipment and intern with the residential DJ there. Don't go to joints that have DJs that use only a laptop with VDJ connected to a two or three channel Numark or American Audio mixer (nothing wrong with the mixers BTW, just that they are not performance or club movers and seeing you want to learn the art, you need to know the tight professional equipment also) connected to an amp. If you do, you'll never become a professional DJ like Jatt, Neptune, Obi or Kentalky.

Hope I have helped in some way.

Chairman.... You have helped. Even @haryomikun too has helped me too.

I'll be back home by the end of this month. Then I'll begin my search for a place with full dj equipments where I can learn.

I love dj consequence a lot and was thinking of messaging him (I have him on Snapchat). There's no harm in trying.
Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 12:03am On May 06
ezzylee:


Chairman..... I also wanna get my hands on a controller, turntable or something. But there's no one around me with one. Was even thinking I could link up with @haryomikun buh he doesn't stay in the same state as I do.


Again, doff your hat to DJs that have these controllers and/or CDJs. A Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus can go as high as 1.2-1.3 million for a pair (at the height of the dollar wahala) while a Denon MCX8000 controller was going for 800-850,000. These are the cream of the crop though as there are cheaper products you can get. When your skills and customer base has broadened enough you can go for those "egbons" I mentioned (that is if they don't release tighter ones by then...you may not even need the functionality in them. 90% of Nigerian DJs don't use more than 30% of the functions embedded in these electronic pieces of art and it is these wonder functions that make them prohibitively expensive...my opinion please ).

Just start small anyway you can. Hook up with a good DJ and master the art then like the other chap, you may save up to get your own gear.
Re: Tips For Djs by haryomikun(m): 12:03am On May 06
4C2215131:


I beg to disagree. It's fast getting saturated what with the entertainment explosion.

If you need more exposure and possibly experience, come to Lagos (if you got game) but, if you need the mullah, Ogun may be better (less competition, though I've not been there to verify this).

There are a lot of cats who are just spinning for fun in Lagos, they ain't professional, ain't making a living off the art hence they can go for gigs at ridiculously low prices thus messing up the game for the professionals. You catch my drift right?

I understand sir. The mullah you're hinting on can be gotten in dope volumes if I move to ijebu. I've lived near there before in my 100l and I know I can make a lot if money in ijebu. But I don't just want money.... I want experience. I want that fame and rep that comes with playing in Lagos. And am ready to bring my game on.

I've talked to a few people in lag... Getting popular in your area while performing good gigs will lead to increase in patronage and more expensive gigs for you. A popular street DJ in a single area can get 50-100k per gig so am not so bothered about rookies taking my jobs as far as I can prove myself. Besides the competition will be good... Will teach one to up one's game

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Re: Tips For Djs by 4C2215131: 12:04am On May 06
ezzylee:


Chairman.... You have helped. Even @haryomikun too has helped me too.

I'll be back home by the end of this month. Then I'll begin my search for a place with full dj equipments where I can learn.

I love dj consequence a lot and was thinking of messaging him (I have him on Snapchat). There's no harm in trying.

You do just that!

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