DJing coming to an end?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is DJing coming to an end? We all knew Afrojack was doing some biz-ness with Paris Hilton but seeing the fruits of his labor makes me wonder why he even bothered in the first place. Paris, dressed up in almost lady gaga like clothing dancing and singing makes for entertainment for the eyes and not the ears. For most of the video, she’s just mucking around with the FX and watching the music mix itself was inevitable. Maybe this is exactly what the world expected as she makes her DJing debut?

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We have a late edition of Fan Fridays — Dj Chris Cham mixing and party rocking @ the Standard.  He’s sporting our Paired Down Tee shirt right from our apparel collection.  He’s provided a playlist from his live mix.  Feel free to send us pictures and your playlist as well!

David Guetta feat Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon and Fatman Scoop – Wet (DJ Beatmaster Summerbomb)
Ian Carey feat Snoop Dogg & Bobby Anthony – Last Night (R3hab Remix)
Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki feat Lil Jon vs Rednex – Cotton Eye Turbulence (Dada Life Mash)
Sidney Samson vs Tara McDonald – Dynamite (Nicky Romero Remix)
Chuckie & Klosman feat Promiseland vs Greg&Roog – Twisted Mutfakta (Dani Veiga in the Air Mashup)
Tiesto – Maximal Crazy (Original Mix)
Missy Elliot – Get ur Freak On (Alvaro & Punish Moombahton Bootleg)
Dillon Francis & Dave Nada – Brazzer’s Theme (Munchi’s Fuck remix)
Chuckie & Groovematic – Move it 2 the Drum (Groovematic Moombahton Edit)
Rednek – Game Over (Calvertron Remix)
3LAU – Dubsex (Skrillex & Nero feat. Britney vs Daft Punk vs Posner vs Amanda)
Kelly Rowland w/Lil Wayne – Motivation (Diplo Remix)
Chris Brown – Look at Me Now feat Lil Wayne & Busta Rymes w/ Look at me now (Gusto remix)
Chelley – Took the Night (Alvaro Remix)
Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat (Jay Amato Elektro Mix 2011)
Jay-Z ft. Pharrell – Give It to Me (Kid Kaio Remix)
Afrojack – Polkadots 2010 (Oliver Twizt Remix)
Afrojack – Vancouver (Original Mix)
Hyper Crush – Fingers Up
Chuckie & Gregor Salto – What Happens in Vegas (Club Mix)
Duck Sauce vs Darth and Vader – Charlie Sheen (Mike Teez Dirty Remix)
Ellie Goulding – Lights (HLM Remix)
Marco V – Unprepared (Marcel Woods Remix)
Daft Punk – One More Technologic (Alex Todd Bootleg)
Tiesto – Slumber (Original)
Fedde le Grand vs Daft Punk – Metrum Rock (Chris Cham’s Robotic Mash)
Congorock – Babylon (Dub Mix)
Flash Vegas vs LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem Mush Mush
Lil Jon & Diplo VS Jump Smokers – Fuck the Club up
DiBella – The Cinema of Valentina (Alesso, Dune, Benny Benassi , Journey, Lady Gaga)


How to Organize Music as a DJ

Saturday, August 27, 2011

recycled vinyl record crafts 1 How to Organize Music as a DJAs technology has improved and digital music has become more ubiquitous, finding and collecting music has become less of an issue and now organizing it is the new problem that a DJ and producer faces.  We get music on a daily basis from a variety of sources around the web, and we even get white labels from upcoming artists.  We have so much music as our disposal it’s really important for us to start organizing our music in a way that allows us to access our music with ease and convenience. After all, especially if you’re performing, the whereabouts of  yourmusic is just as important as your ability to perform in front of a live crowd.  Also, as a producer, it’s important to know where you music is so you are spending most of your time MAKING music than finding it.  Let’s go through the several options we have to organize our music.

1.  Organizing Music by Beats Per Minute

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I’ve seen this as a method for organizing music, especially as a beginner DJ.  Back when records and vinyl were still popular among the DJ masses, crates would be organized my BPM, which made sense since transitioning between songs would be much easier and simpler.  Organizing music by crates was the way to go.  In the digital age, most DJ software will analyze your music for you so when you bring it up (serato,traktor, ableton, etc) you really don’t need to go hunting for the BPM.  For a beginner DJ, this may be the preferred method just because you can concentrate less on whether the song will mix and more on WHAT you will mix.  Imagine as a beginner DJ, you are worried about whether or not the two songs will mix.  With the BPM organization method, you know it will mix.  Now, whether the tonal quality of the two songs will match is a different story.  We all know that a train wreck in mixing is much easier to notice than two songs rhythm and tone don’t match.  So organizing by Beats Per Minute will prevent this from happening.

2.  Organizing Music by Genre

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After djing for 10 or so years, I realized that many DJ’s organize their music by genres, especially if you play for an eclectic, mainstrea,, hollywood club crowd.  For example, most party rockers who play in large mainstream club music atmospheres will absolutely need to have a wide variety of music at their disposal.  You’ll have people asking for house, dance, hip hop, alternative, 80′s, 90′s, etc.  This is when organizing by genre makes sense.  If you are strictly and trance, dance, or house DJ, this method doesn’t really make sense for performing because everything is in the same genre.  We won’t go into the sub-genres because that’s a whole other argument we can get into.

3.  Organizing music by Dates and Years

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Personally, after several years of mixing and remixing, I started organizing my music by dates and year.  Here’s why.  Trends in music begin to change and evolve.  By organizing by years, I will know what I can use that’s more up to date.  For example, when playing live, I like to mix a variety of folders with different years depending on the crowd.  If it’s an older crowd, I know that they love to reminisce and nostalgia kicks it when that 80′s or 90′s song comes ripping into the mix.   Also, I began to get more specific with the dates, for example, months, like 2011 August.  I know my music collection well enough that I know what songs are in there and usually I will include mostly hits and semi-hits in those folders.  I’ll take the crowd through the several years and trust me, people love a DJ who can play more than just the new hits, but also hits that bring back memories.  A DJ is supposed to take you through a journey, it’s an experience.  You HAVE to play for the crowd if you’re performing.  Organizing music by dates is a great way to bring out that nostalgia to the crowd in a methodical and organized way.

4.  Organizing music by a Combination of the Previous

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Although the previous 3 methods of organizing music are very logical, this last way is very particular to performing.  If you’re just organizing music, you obviously won’t use this method.  I sort of lied in my number 3 when I said I organize my music by year.  I actually do a combination of both music and genre.  However, it’s a little more complicated than that.  For big hits and anthems, I organize them by genre so that I can access them quickly, especially if I start forgetting about them after a while.  I think after you’ve used your music collection for a while, you’ll know which songs are anthem bombs and big hits that will always get a reaction from the crowd.  The important thing is that you don’t continually drop the anthems or else you might be crowd burnout.  I overheard a DJ complain to the promoter (who was headlining) that the opener DJ was just dropping all the bombs and left nothing for the headliner.   Interesting right?


So to summarize, I know you will hate this, but it’s really personal preference.  Personally, my suggestion is to organize your music as if you were djing with a handful of records.  I used to dj with 3 crates, that’s what your mindset should be like.  Have your songs organized in something like the “latest hits” and then have some of them organized by either genre or dates, or by both!  Basically it comes down to the fact that the more you DJ and perform, the easier it will be for you to access your music.  It’s ok, experiment because there really is no right way of organizing it.  No matter what people say, there’s no right way and you need to find a way that works for you.  I’m just providing the options you have and some ideas of how people organize their music.

If you have pictures of your collection, would love to see it!  Send it to us at and we’ll add it to this post!

PM3 FRONTfinal5web 1 DJ JayCeeOh new mix POP MODELS Volume 3 remixes and originals galore

I had the pleasure of exchanging emails with DJ JayCeeOh from NY and he recently released a new mix to kick off his Summer Tour starting.  I know most of you are more interested in what he’s rocking up on stage.  Serato, Rane 56, Macbook Pro, Technics 1200 and Ableton are the mainstays of his toolbox.

Just in time for summer, Pop Models 3 is a high energy mix of Electro, House, Disco, Funk, and Baltimore Clubchalked full of original edits and remixes, weaved together like only JayCeeOh can. Look out for Highsnobiety x JayCeeOh (US/Europe) Summer Tour 2010 jumping off July 15- August 15th.



1. Swizz Beats vs Krs One – Blow My Mind (JayCeeOh Edit)
2. EL Trago – Machete Mix (JayCeeOh Edit)
3. Classixx – I’ll Get You (Light Years Bass Remix)
4. Wiley vs  Diana Ross (B.A.R.T.O Edit)
5. Imma Be (Wolfgang Gartner Remix) (JayCeeOh Edit)
6. Bob Sinclair – New New (Julian Crediance remix)
7. Dragonette – Fixin To Thrill (Villians Remix)
8. Rock That Body – (Api De Ap & DJ Replay Remix) (JayCeeOh Edit)
9. MArk the 45 King – 900 Number (Fn Dannyboy Remix) (JayCeeOh Edit)
10. Crookers – Fly Away (JayCeeOh Edit)
11. Calvin Harris vs Soul Searcher
12. Noria – (Chaos In The CBD G-MIx)
13. Renco & Ruqiero Bootleg (JayCeeOh Edit)
14. A Mover La Colita (Interlude)
15. Surkin – Fan Out
16. Hot City – Hot City Bass
17. Bingo Players – When I Dip
18. Noob & Brodinski – Peanuts Club (JayCeeOh Edit)
19. No Worry (JayCeeOh All Night Edit)
20. Dont Stop The Body Rock (DJ Kue 1986 Remix) (JayCeeOh Edit)
21. Stash Horse – U Are The One
22. DJ Chuckie – Aftershock
23. Bass Line Pumpin Interlude
24. U-Tern – Syle Class Fair
25. Senor Stereo – Hot Damn
26. Gorillaz – Stylo (Remix)

When you think Costco or Sam’s Club, you probably think of stuff for the family.  Large portions at cheap prices.  Did you ever think they would sell turntables at Costco??  I paid a visit to my local Costco and what do you know…A TURNTABLE????  I’m guessing that these turntables are targeted towards the older generation who still have vinyl sitting in their closets and hoping to use it as a way to get the music into their iPod.  Or even better, looks like Mom and Dad want to take a crack and the 1′s and 2′s…

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Here’s an excerpt from their website:
“TTUSB10 is an high-end turntable with USB connection enabling anyone to transfer music from records to computer. On your computer, you can listen to your music, record it to CD, or transfer it to your iPod or MP3 player and take it with you.”

Why do you think they sell these at Costco?

print 300x228 DJ Mixes from around the world...freshest dj sets youll hearI had the opportunity to speak with Fausto, the owner of, a new website that showcases some of the latest, greatest electronic dj mixes around the world.  I was particularly impressed with the organization of the site with each genre, and sub-genre all listed out ready to listen.  Some of the genres include: house, progressive house, tech house, trance, euro trance, goa trance.  It’s also listed by DJ’s like David Guetta, DJ Tiesto, Carl Cox and basically every big named electronic dj you can name.  Go ahead and check it out if you love electronic music as much as I do…..


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