How to create a DJ set Part III
You know that one of the most important parts of the ambiance in a nightclub is music. Is what keeps you dancing, tapping the table with your fingers, dancing at the same rhythm while you look at the eyes of your girlfriend or boyfriend. Here in Dady’O we know that and that is why we constantly feature some of the best dance club music DJ’s in Cancun. Obviously, to get to that place, these DJ’s have honed their mixing skills to the top, and we would love you to do the same. That’s why we are sharing with you some tips that we found from DJ Cruze from djcruze.co.uk.
Leave some space for improvisation.
DJ Cruze states it really clear: “Do not plan your whole set in advance. Just in case you didn’t hear that the first time I’ll repeat it. Do not plan your whole set in advance. You’re asking for trouble if you do.” We know it is far easier to build a DJ set at your place, where you have everything you need and you have the chance to fine tune all your trancisions, but it removes the most important factor from the DJ mix equation: The crowd. If for some reason your prepared set doesn’t hit the spot of the crowd, you will have a hard time changing it in the run. You could work a couple of sets with two or three tracks on it, and test the first track of each of them to see how people react. If your first track gets the crowd going, then you can have some sort of confidence to play the other two or three tracks in that mini set. With this, you can start building up a collection of sets that you can use to save time in more “general” contracts like local summer break events or small venues, and have more time to really hone your live playing skills to top Cancun nightclub levels
Sets need a structure.
The structure of a set gets more and more important as your participation during the night is longer. If you are just invited there for a couple of hours of warmup before a guest DJ appears, you don’t have so much trouble, but if you are the guest of the night and you are expected to liven up some of the biggest summer break nightclubs around for 6 hours, then you really need an structure to build up the ambiance and generate the best dance music for the nightclub you are in.
Usually, the tip is to start with easy going tunes as DJ Cruze recommends: “If I am warming up then I’ll start with some deeper house tunes and some US style vocal tunes. This can then be switched up a gear into tougher, dubbier territory. I then drop big tunes once the time is right and try and get the floor rocking.” Here, classics are always a nice safety net, they are usually liked by most of people and make people return to the dance floor. Just be careful not to drop all classics or all hot songs all night or your DJ set will feel more suitable for a wedding rather than for a hot club in Cancun!