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DJ Timofey sent us his latest photo from the studio in Miami where he’s working on a secret project of his yet to be released.  He’s gonna be busy the next few weeks and hopefully we’ll get to meet up in Miami where I can get the low down on his newest work.  Check out his latest work on Timofey’s website and be sure to keep a lookout for his latest creations!  He’s got quite a following on youtube where he’s recognized as an Ableton master, providing tutorials and video guides on mixing and producing.  Check out his latest video, it’s just sick!

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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 www.dbmlabs.com/contact.php and we’ll add it to this post!

mixingboard Are you a DJ Remixer or Producer?  Share your work with us!Since I first started Dbmlabs, one of my goals and visions of this small company was to help share and expose lesser known artists passionate about making music to share with others.  Sure, we all have our opinions on what’s good and what’s not, but the goal is to really help share with others what you’ve done and how you express yourself through music.  Music is so powerful that it crosses boundaries–geographical, racial, cultural, gender, ethnical, — you see the point.  I wanted to use this company to do more than just to create a brand to represent artists, but to help sponsor and promote DJ ‘s remixers and producers from around the world. This is the same vision we set out 3 years ago and still exists in the same form. We might not be a large record label with millions of marketing dollars, but at least we’ll take a listen to what you have and spread your love and passion with the rest of our fans.Contact us with your work and let’s talk!


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Our boy from the UK busted out a new single that will knock your socks off.  He samples Stephanie Mills in his new dance track and drops a little rhythmic indulgence to the sample.  I personally love what he did with it, it’s simple, elegant and Mrs. Mills would respect what he did with it. Take a listen below and feel free to download it here or from his website


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Download here: Liam Keegan – I’ve Never Felt (Original Mix)

Liam is rocking the decks at Club ?? (not sure where actually!) wearing our Dbmlabs Brand Waves Tee.

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We’ve updated the most popular DJ’s list for September 2011 here!.  In the spirit of the new Google Instant that has revolutionized the way people search, we decided to use an old feature of Google, the Google Auto-complete feature to see who and what are the most popular DJ’s and top dj’s in the world for the year 2010 searched on the web.  The results, as of 9/17/2010 are shown below:

DJ Earworm
DJ Tiesto
DJ Shadow
DJ Khaled

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According to Google, the most popular DJ’s on the web are:

1. DJ Earworm

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who he is: An San Francisco based mashup dj/producer/remixer

why he’s popular: I personally heard him several years ago before his mashups were being played on the radio.  His mashups are technically sound, precise and he does a good job of making the extra effort to drop in custom samples to round out the mix.  He rose in popularity from his billboard mashups that received (deservedly) national radio play around the nation, and even the world.  He went on to gain internet popularity, posting his mixes available for online downloads.

Here is an excerpt from his website, where he humbly explains what he does. I’m sure what he does is a little more complicated than the way he presents it:

“Basically, what I do is take a bunch of songs apart and put them back together again in a different way. I end up with tracks called mashups, which I post to this website.  I also DJ with my laptop.”


2.  DJ AM

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who he is: An American DJ who rocked the parties for hollywood celebrities with his eclectic mix of mainstream, 80′s, 90′s and rock blends.

why he was popular: While many have questioned his true djing techniques and artistry, it’s undeniable that his ability to rock the celebrity crowds till the early morn has what earned him a respectable legacy despite his unfortunate and untimely death.  He has worked with the likes of Will Smith and Madonna, and earned himself celebrity status on several shows including ‘The Entourage’ where he stars as himself.  He’s definitely got big shoes to fill.

“Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009) was an American club DJ and musician better known as DJ AM. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, co-owner of a management company called Deckstar and worked on albums for Papa Roach, Madonna, and Will Smith, among others. He was a frequent collaborator with Travis Barker of Blink-182 and appeared on several television series.” — from his wiki entry


3.  DJ Tiesto

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who he is: A Dutch electronic DJ, producer, remixer

why he’s popular: Needs no real introduction with his “In Search of Sunrise Series” and ability to draw in crowds the size of stadiums. Here’s an excerpt from his website:

“Inspired by the likes of U2, he invested heavily in the live aspect of his sets, employing his own sound, light and visual crews, creating arena-friendly dance music spectaculars. In 1997 he formed his own label, Black Hole Recordings, to release both the records he made himself and ones made by likeminded electronica visionaries. He has been nominated for a Grammy, had worldwide hit singles (his remix of Delerium’s Silence featuring Sarah McLachlan; Dance4Life featuring Faithless’s Maxi Jazz), performed at the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics with music he composed especially for the occasion, wowed the rock festival crowds at Coachella, and remixed the likes of The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bloc Party. He is, in short, the biggest DJ in the world.”


4.  DJ Shadow

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who he is: A hugely popular underground hip hop dj/turntablist/producer

why he’s popular: He’s been credited for many things including the development of instrumental hip hop and pushing the envelopes for sampling and production of hip hop instrumentals.  DJ Shadow has worked with high profile artists such as Q-Tip, E-40, and Cut chemist along with his participation in the hugely popular DJ Hero game.  He even appeared on David Letterman in a performance role with Q-Tip.   From his website:

“DJ Shadow (born Josh Davis) is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax label. Inspired by hip-hop’s early years, he then grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups which prominently featured DJs in their ranks.

Josh “Shadow” Davis had already been fiddling around with making beats and breaks on a four-track recorder while he was in high school in the NorCal cow-town of Davis, but it was during college that he co-founded his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis’ few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Hip-Hop Reconstruction mix tapes in 1991 and pressed his 17-minute beat-head symphony “Entropy” in 1993. His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually catching the attention of Mo’ Wax.”


5.  DJ Khaled

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who he is: A Hip Hop DJ, producer and record label executive who

why he’s popular: Nominated as DJ of the year multiple times by BET, DJ Khaled has worked with major hip hop artists such as Fat Joe, Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Nelly.  Here’s an excerpt about him from his wikipedia entry (doesn’t seem to have a legitimate website:

“Khaled Bin Abdul Khaled (born November 26, 1975), better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. In 2006, Khaled released his debut album Listennn… the Album. Following were We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), and Victory (2010). In 2009, Khaled became the president of record label Def Jam South.”


Of course, these google results never represent the true popularity of DJ’s and even to realistically measure “popularity” of a DJ is truly impossible.  DJmag puts out a top 100 DJ’s in the world (mostly electronic dj’s) but even this list has stirred controversy.

Do you think there is a good way to rank and rate mix DJ’s?  By the way, while you’re here, come check out some of our Dbmlabs brand dj clothing.  We sponsor and recognize talent when we see it!  Support the effort!

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