Get Organized. Why Preparation Is Key As A DJ
Even the most experienced DJs can make a mistake and one of the most important things is knowing how to get back up from those mistakes. Additionally, with preparation, you are less likely to make a mistake. One way of preparing is to organize various things that affects your DJ service.
Today, most places aren’t on lockdown anymore due to the pandemic. However, DJ gigs aren’t still going back to the way they used to be. There is still a risk of spreading the virus when a group of people comes together so gigs aren’t still in the clear.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the DJ industry. Eventually, we’d be able to have safe parties again. In the meantime, some DJ’s have resulted in providing their services online or live streaming. If your one of them, then that’s great but your still not busy and is experiencing this downtime, organizing is the best thing you can do, at least for now. Here are some things you should look into organizing:
When was the last time you organized your playlist? As your library expands, it can be more challenging to keep track of what you have. Yes, you can search for songs but sometimes you might forget about song titles or the songs themselves. A great way to make sure you get the most out of your library of songs is to organize them into playlists. In this way, you’d be able to easily find songs that you think fit the crowd’s preference or vibe.
One of the most important, time-saving thing you can do is to organize your cue points. It could take time now as you are adding your cue points to the tracks you plan to play but you’d be thankful for it once your DJing at a gig. Cue points can help you identify various points at a song where you’d like to load, end, mix out, or simply what part of the song you’d just like to play.
With these organized, you can better enjoy DJing because you don’t need to rush and scrub songs just to identify such points. You’d want to make sure you keep the energy high by playing song after song without dead silence or waiting for the best bits of the track.
The Beat Grids
While this can also be time-consuming, it’s an important part of being a DJ that you should organize. There are software and apps that can help you automatically analyze the beat grids. However, that can still fail. It is possible that timing isn’t just right that’s why you’d feel that something is off. If you ever doubt the beat grids, switch your metronome on. Most DJ software has them and it’s a great way to double-check the beat grids.
Old Tracks And Track Quality
Cleaning out old tracks that you never use anymore plus checking the quality of your tracks can be done at the same time. For old tracks that you think you’d never play again, deleting them is the best option. They just take up space on your hard drive.
If you have tracks that you hardly play but wouldn’t want to delete, then you can just move them into another hard drive or the cloud. In that way, you don’t jam all tracks in your memory. A way to figure out which tracks you rarely use is to sort them according to date added. There, you’d be able to discover songs you’ve added years ago that you ever hardly played or ever thought was there.
As you go through your playlist, you can also take a look at the kind of files and quality of the files you have. Many DJs have mixed files on their playlist and some can even have the same song or track in various file formats. That’s just taking up space.
If you have tracks that are low quality, consider upgrading them if you think that you’d still use the tracks. If not, then consider moving them or deleting them permanently. For tracks that come in multiple formats, think carefully if you really need them in multiple formats. If not, then keep the ones with the best quality.
Your Record Collection
While your playlist can be easily accessible with a few clicks, your record collection may not. You need to manually find the record you’d want to play. It can be difficult to go through each one of them especially if you have a growing collection. The first thing you need to do is to make sure you have a place designated for them. You can’t organize them if you don’t know where to place them.
Then, you can sort them out. Some simply sort them alphabetically by artist or album title. Others have them organized by genre. Some could even use technology by uploading a list of all the vinyl they have to better organize and keep track of their collection.
It is also a good idea to separate your collection into two; those that you’ve listened to and those that you still need to listen to. You might just discover a great track to include on your playlist.https://www.studiodelphin.com/get-organized-why-preparation-is-key-as-a-dj/https://www.studiodelphin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/DJ-Setup-At-A-StudioDelphin-Jam-In-Harlem-1024x654.jpghttps://www.studiodelphin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/DJ-Setup-At-A-StudioDelphin-Jam-In-Harlem-150x150.jpgDJ Adviceorganized dj,organizing for dj,organizing tips for djEven the most experienced DJs can make a mistake and one of the most important things is knowing how to get back up from those mistakes. Additionally, with preparation, you are less likely to make a mistake. One way of preparing is to organize various things that affects your...Alex FigueroaAlex Figueroadjdelphin@studiodelphin.comAdministratorDJ Delphin AKA "The Studio Delphin" AKA Alex Figueroa is a professional DJ on the East Coast of the US of A. Spawn in the swamps of North Carolina, DJ Delphin is has hosted hundreds of events and keeps up his chops in the House clubs. With his DJ blog Alex would love to share his insights with like-minded DJ that want to turn their dreams into a full-time career.The Studio Delphin