DJ tips: don’t mix everything!

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Don’t mix everything!
Wear sunglasses when you watch this video 😉

After reading a couple of mix related questions in my YouTube inbox I wanted to share this simple tip because I feel that it could help you out in certain situations: Don’t think that you have to mix every single track!

Mixing tracks the right way will lead to smooth transitions, but sometimes DJ’s feel that they have to mix every song in their set. In some cases you might run into a transition that won’t be that easy. It could be an extreme difference in bpm like 84 to 128, or two genres that don’t mix well because of the difference in song structure, etc. Of course there are ways to make this work by using effects or loops or by making special edits, but if you don’t have the ability to use those tools just keep in mind that you don’t have to mix the songs.

You could just stop the track that’s playing and start the new track on the 1, or stop the track and use the mic to say something and then start the new track, etc. There are lot’s of ways to do this and it’s a great option.

Sometimes it’s even better not to mix a track. If a track has a great intro that people will recognize straight away I feel that it’s better to just start that track from the intro in stead of mixing that intro into the track that is already playing.

I will continue the mix tutorial series very soon because a lot of the mix questions will be answered in those tutorials and I will get into this topic as well so stay tuned!

Enjoy the video and share the knowledge!

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Comments

Bencheen says:

You say the crowd doesn’t even notice when you mix – well, that’s sort of
the point. If the crowd did notice I was mixing, I would consider the mix a
failure.

4x4Productionz says:

sunglasses really did work lol

djcraigchedds Dominguez says:

dude ur a master i’m not worthy….how much for private lessons r u in nj
area?

DJ Flea says:

Hey djTLM, thank you for your advises, as always. In my case, I need to
mix many different kind of music, because the kind of people that goes to a
general music event wants to hear different kind of music, for example:
reggae, hip hop, electronic music, salsa, merengue, pop, soca, etc. So in
this kind of situation I took some time for each type of genre and mix them
one from another smoothly so people enjoy the party with non-stop music.
So, in my case i guess is kind of different, what do you suggest?

avalanche says:

yo tlm, where can i get dj drops with my dj name?

5pecialist says:

+djTLMtv yo what’s good. Do you mind if I ask you if you’re allowed to
monetize videos where you mix on your ddj sz?

Ryan Townsend says:

Hi djTLM. Im looking to start djing and want to buy a controller that is
not extremely expensive. Any suggestions?

djTLMtv says:

Don’t mix everything!
Wear sunglasses when you watch this video 😉

After reading a couple of mix related questions in my YouTube inbox I
wanted to share this simple tip because I feel that it could help you out
in certain situations: Don’t think that you have to mix every single track!

Mixing tracks the right way will lead to smooth transitions, but sometimes
DJ’s feel that they have to mix every song in their set. In some cases you
might run into a transition that won’t be that easy. It could be an extreme
difference in bpm like 84 to 128, or two genres that don’t mix well because
of the difference in song structure, etc. Of course there are ways to make
this work by using effects or loops or by making special edits, but if you
don’t have the ability to use those tools just keep in mind that you don’t
have to mix the songs.

You could just stop the track that’s playing and start the new track on the
1, or stop the track and use the mic to say something and then start the
new track, etc. There are lot’s of ways to do this and it’s a great option.

Sometimes it’s even better not to mix a track. If a track has a great intro
that people will recognize straight away I feel that it’s better to just
start that track from the intro in stead of mixing that intro into the
track that is already playing.

I will continue the mix tutorial series very soon because a lot of the mix
questions will be answered in those tutorials and I will get into this
topic as well so stay tuned!

Enjoy the video and share the knowledge! 

Lucio Costa says:

Hi my man!!!
Congratz from your videos.
I’m just waiting for your Video from NS7 II to decide if I’ll update my NS7
to this new version.
Thanks for your hard work and keep doing this great job.

Dj Lu.
From Brazil

redsmann1 says:

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!
When are you going to do the video, ”Making The Mixtape part 3”??
I have been waiting for months.
Thanks man.

Papperchasse Dj Blaxx says:

true true,thanks for this one

mygmoney says:

Thanks for the advice…keep the knowledge coming. I heard you in this and
another video talk about a Sat session what’s that? 

Airy Ellis says:

do you have any of your mixes online?

Traktor Tips says:

Just incase anyone was wondering about that terror squad…..
http://youtu.be/ajmI1P3r1w4

Maxim Lee says:

loving the video… your passion comes throu with force

oops says:

True, thanks! Im in the midst of tying my mix together, but its sounding a
lil same?. I was thinking of just something out there..Your example got me
thinking, yeah! im gon do that!..Thanks!

DJ TyDoZ tcc TDZ says:

Nice insight bro. Keep it up.

DJESCOBARR says:

I have a few questions 1. is how do I make a transition from a 98 bmp or
even 75 bmp song to a 120 to 125 bmp song? 2. When you are doing a
transition what is the best fx to use or some good fx’s? 

DJ Krowbar says:
Steff Jones says:

100% agree with him

Michael Gasca says:

DJ TLM that’s true you do not have mix on ever song half of all the songs I
have on my computer I do not mix but what I do is find the perfect sound &
bass try too match BPM just make it sound good I have some oldies & some
new songs as well so I have little bit of everything 

aka TRAP says:

+djTLMtv I notice that a lot as well. I don’t have equipment of my own but
I’ve been into DJ’ing (learning as much as I possibly can) for the past
three years. Some of my friends to house parties, others are bar DJ’s and
have been in the game for south of a decade. Every time I’m watching
people in the bar, the only time they pay attention to the song is if
something happens to the equipment, the DJ starts talking, or it’s a song
they REALLY like. Other than that, they’ll just keep dancing no matter
what happens.

I don’t think the art of it matters to anyone else except DJ’s and people
like me who really give a shit about it and want to become a legit DJ. But
do they not care because they expect us to be good enough to mix and play
music, or do they only wanna hear the music?

CodeRED Beatz says:

This is helpful, and something I noticed myself personally. Even though the
records aren’t mixed, would you still recommend matching the bpm?? just to
keep the same flow and tempo going?? or do you think u can cue it on the 1
with a different bpm?

MrGoodbye23 says:

DjTLM…..you’re for real. You aren’t fake or a phony. You’re what’s up.
You’re videos are dope and im definitely gonna subscribe. Im just starting
to dj and you’ve been a BIG help! Thanks and continue to do what you do

Abnormal Entertainment says:

Yoo Dawg, Really Enjoy ur material, How u Keep it Real, Very Impressed , Im
A bIg DUTCH Football FAN , so maybe thats y i can relate lool, But Keep up
the Good Work VJ Abnormal To The World!!!!

Frank Gallardo says:

I like how you keep it simple by not over explaining. I TOTALLY agree with
your take on this video… I finally someone that feels like I do… Keep up
the good work. 

DJ Tommy B says:

Great tip from someone with obviously a lot of insight!

Brenton H says:

Have you thought of doing a gig log? I feel it would be helpful.

iAmMikecool says:

I love your videos TLM! 

Marco Reccagni says:

BIG UP from Italy. So much truth. Keep up the good work!

R.J. Lopez says:

Bro, YOU ARE ON THE MONEY!!!

avalanche says:

i agree with listening other djs play, i do the same. i was at a wedding
this weekend and the dj was randomly scratching. was annoying as hell. i
felt like getting up there and playing. but yes i do listen to oher djs

Diego Quintanar says:

Great tip. I have used this technique for years now and it always works
great! It’s all about your song selection! Always love dropping Nelly- Hot
in Here in a similar way

Martin Fowler says:

thank you, this answers so many questions i had from months back. i finally
left the base i was at and I’m in japan now. i sold my sx and got a
ns7-2….im looking forward to getting back into it….looking forward to
more of your advice videos as well

Larry Jones says:

djTLM, Thanks for making this video, because im that guy who tries to mix
everything. just got back into djing after 20 yrs (devoted myself to video
& photography, so if you need any help let me know) and im relearning all
over again, your vids are helping alot..

Sean Oh says:

Thank you. +1. and wow.. zero dislikes.

Nikollas Pinto says:

Skrillex mixes everything xD

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