Beginners Guide

Here's a great and very informative video I found on Youtube. Please watch it and and you will learn plenty. He has loads of videos on his Youtube page. Please check him out.

Credit : Producertech

Tips for heading towards being a good DJ

Get a good pair of headphones. Nothing beats listening to your music with a good pair of headphones. Whenever you are going to DJ at any event be it a small birthday party for your friends or and huge outdoor festival, it will get loud! So having a good pair of headphones is essential. You will need to be able to hear the song you want to mix in to the song that’s playing out loud. So take your time, look around, check out some reviews and narrow down your selection. If you can find a store that allows you test the headphones out before buying that will be great. Remember, there are many types of headphones. Make sure you are looking at headphones that are specifically designed and built for DJs.

Save Zouk

Zouk Club in Singapore has been around for over 23 years. Being one of the top destinations for DJs worldwide, it is now on the verge of closing its doors for good. Not only has it been a globally important club but it is also the pulse of Singapore's nightlife.

Numark iDJ Pro

I recently had a chance to play around with this sweet sexy thing. It belonged to a friend of mine. I have to say this is really good. For beginners, this is a very easy mix deck to start your dj'ing. I especially love and I really love the volume knobs.Old Skool!

Feel the Beat with Dr. Drum

There are four kinds of beat making programs available today.

The first kind is a complex beat maker that only the most skilled technicians can understand. These also come with price tags in the stratosphere, and mind-boggling instructions.

The second kind promises great sound that anyone can use, but as easy as it is to operate, the sound is flat and simplistic.

The third is the free beat maker. These can be very alluring to starving artists, but they are dangerous and often come with extra, unexpected thrills also known as Trojans and Viruses.

Feeling the groove

Once you find the right type of genre you want to play and are ready to do your first mix, here is on piece of advice I always give to my students. Always listen to the tracks before you play them. Getting to know your music is very important so you can understand the flow of the music and most importantly, where you want to mix in and where you want to mix out. It also gives you and idea on what song you want to play after that.

Once you study the songs you want to play, especially if it's a new track that you never heard off or even a short demo you heard from Beatport, you will find it much easier to mix and party with the crowd. Learning where the songs has a funky break or even when the vocals come in is very essential. So please take this advice and listen to your tracks before you mix. Prepare your set in advance if you desire. I like to play what is best at that moment and keeping with the flow but sometimes you need to adjust your set due to a lousy crowd :)

As usual, this is all just my personal opinion and it has served me well over the years. Hope it helps you improve your DJ skills.

Counting your bars

Hope you've been practising well and been able to beat mix?! If you have and you are able to beat mix, then lets move on the the most important part. Learning to create a smooth and seamless mix. 

In order to achieve this, you need to learn to be able to count your bars. Have a look at the video below. After viewing it, come back and I'll explain it with more details.

How to DJ with Mixing techniques

Mixing is a pretty straight forward thing. The main objective is to get both the beats to sync and sound like one. In order to achieve this, you need to first set or get your bpms right. I talked about bpms in the previous post. Unlike bpms, where you can start counting the beats at any part of the song, mixing requires you to catch the first beat of the song. It is important to understand that you will need lots and lots of patience. This can be a very slow and frustrating time but once you've mastered this skill and continuously have the passion for music, dj'ing can be very rewarding. Also, before you carry on reading, ready yourself with your headphones. Always remember, one side is to listen to the current song playing on air and the other is for listening to your headphone. So, don't use both cups, just have one on. Learn to differentiate both songs. You need to be able to separate both songs. Its is kinda like tapping with one hand and sliding with the other at the same time.

Counting your BPM - Essential

Entering the world of DJ'ing is no easy job.There are many aspects of DJ'ing that you need to master. Not forgetting the investment in getting your own decks to practice on. Your dj equipments are not just any instrument, they are instruments made for precision and fun.
There are two important things too learn and master, beat mixing and bar mixing, but most importantly, you need to understand BPMs (beats per minute).

Difference between Pitch and Tempo

On a side note, here's something just for your info. Many DJs have been asking, what is difference between tempo and pitch? Way back since I've started DJing where honestly I can say, a lot of experienced DJs still have a lot of misunderstanding about the above topic.

But I can't blame it on them as I've been in their shoes before!!! Firstly, in order to understand the difference between the two, you need to know the basics of music.