Folders, Playlists, & Crates - The DJ Method - Episode 9

Today, on The DJ Method, we go over folders, playlists, and crates for the modern DJ.

 Example of my playlists in Traktor

Example of my playlists in Traktor

Thanks for listening to the podcast.  If you have any questions hit me up at hans@thedjmethod.com 

So I want to give a shout out to J New for joining me on the show today!  Such a cool guy and awesome DJ.  You can hear his music production at his SoundCloud Page

None iPhone/iTunes Users we now have our podcast on Stitcher. Check it out and subscribe with your Android below.

I do apologize for the huge gap between episodes.  One of the things I have been doing the past few weeks - is messing with my new Toy - the S8.  Check it out below.

How To Get a Club Gig - The DJ Method - Episode 8

So you've practiced and prepared - - - Now, let's get that club gig!

DJ in the club

To recap everything

1 - create soundcloud account and upload 25 minute perfect mix.

2 - buy domain

3 - link domain to soundcloud

4 - buy business cards

5 - go to club and pass out business cards and get gig.

Links From the Show: 

Here's the video I made on "How to Forward Domain to Soundcloud": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUYadxcNfsg

Business Cards: http://www.uprinting.com/

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Ultimate Harmonic Mixing Guide http://vogelmann.me/the-ultimate-harmonic-mixing-composing-chart/

Interview with Zedd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_hyK3aULzQ

Maybe not a bad idea to try remix contests.  Check out this article from Zedd's bio:

http://www.zedd.net/biography

"2009 proved to be a watershed year for Zedd. It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest" and the "Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest". These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label. He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including Interscope, mau5trap and EMI."

Different Types of DJ Gigs - The DJ Method - Episode 7

DJ Funerals... maybe!? Learn the pro's and con's of the many different kinds of gigs DJ's can do.

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We cover a lot in today's episode asI chat with my man Evan Gates in a hotel lobby downtown Atlanta.

Here's a few highlights:

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  • Request sheet at high school gigs
  • Live musicians playing with DJ's
  • Why I DJ? To make people happy!
  • How do you stay current?
  • Don't let people spill drinks on your laptop
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Weddings, clubs, corporate events, proms, birthday parties
  • How do the gigs differ?
  • How are the gigs the same?

Are you coming to the DJ Bootcamp March 21st?

DJ Equipment - The DJ Method - Episode 6

Today we talk about the latest and greatest in DJ Equipment.  Are you ready to get your geek on? Tweet some podcast love 

DJ Equipment

Are you looking for your first piece of DJ gear? Or maybe ready to take your game to the next level?  Listen to episode 6 of The DJ Method as we get geeked out on gear with my man Kirby Jones

Have a DJ gear question? Contact Kirby directly kirbyjones@icloud.com

Key Take-Away's

Tweet: I'm digging this podcast
  • The good - new gear means more mobile
  • The bad - new "cheap" gear means sound is terrible and comes off as a "toy"
  • Tape Op Magazine 
  • Pioneer SZ, Numark NV, and Native Instruments Traktor S8
  • DJ Tech Tools
  • FlipBoard
  • Guitar Center
  • Have a back up plan


How to Practice - The DJ Method - Episode 5

 Be sure to take notes when practicing.  I use  Evernote .

Be sure to take notes when practicing.  I use Evernote.

Let me ask you a question... Are you practicing? No really - are you practicing??

In today's episode, we get down to the nitty-gritty and ask what's really going on behind closed doors.  Because what you do when no one is looking - will definitely show when you're in the spotlight.

I share with you 7 DJ practice tips.

  1. Take notes in a notebook
  2. Spend time to learn how to beat match without auto-sync
  3. Record your set
  4. Record the same 10-12 songs over and over and over
  5. Play or record an entire DJ set using only iphone or ipad
  6. Practice mixing different genres
  7. Practice with someone (if you need help connecting with someone - try our forum or our Facebook page)
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I also want to thank my man DJ K-Mac for coming on the show.

He gave us some great tips on exactly how he practices now and how it's different from the way he practiced the first few weeks.  

# 1 Rule) Record your sets!  You will get so much better if you hear yourself recorded.

Check out K-Mac's Mixcloud Page!

DJ Tip by Hans: I share with you on the show a real life DJ mistake that I made last night. Never play an entire set of completely new songs. I mean songs that you've never seen a crowd respond to - and you don't know how it's going to go.  
It's OK to mix in new songs along the way.  But don't show up to a gig with a crate full of 100% new songs.

DJ Fashion - What to Wear - The DJ Method - Episode 4

Today we had the opportunity to catch up with fashion expert Ryan Wesley Carter of RWC Styling in Atlanta.  He is helping us get our heads around DJ Fashion and what DJ's should wear.

Some key takeaways:

  • What you wear is important.
  • You don't want to look like the sound guy checking the mic.
  • The first impression you give the audience will be forever embedded in their minds. Make it count.
  • Be a shoe boss!
  • Wear clothes that fit
  • Be confident in what you wear
  • Know your style and go for that look - no matter the store.

Ryan Wesley Carter's info:

 Facebook.com/RCWStyling | Twitter.com/RC_Styling |  RyanWesleyCarter.com | RyanbyRWCStyling.com | Youtube.com/RyanWesleyCarter | Instagram.com/RWCStyling

Listener Review

I want to give a big SHOUT out to my man Jopa Music for the review on iTunes.  Please give him some listener love - and like his Facebook page... https://www.facebook.com/JOPAMUSIC

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Listener Question

I love listener questions because my goal here is to be helpful.  The more specific the question, the more I feel I can get directly to the point of what you are searching for.  And maybe - motivate you to go the next level.

This question came from Victor Popovic also known as DJ Alex Ariete. Check out this kids website - he will blow you away!

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Preparing For Your First Gig - The DJ Method - Episode 3

Prepare for your first DJ show

Join us as we go over tips and tricks preparing for your first DJ gig. I interview two great DJ's in Atlanta that have recently played their first gig.  I ask them "How they kept from getting nervous" and "How they prepared their songs".

Plus, I give THE BIG announcement that The DJ Method will have it's first DJ Bootcamp March 21st.  Get more info here.

Key Takeaways

  • Get out and play as soon as possible. 4 months (at most) until you are playing your first show.

  • Once you book that first show - practiced your set about 4 times a day to get ready. 

  • Get mentally prepared. Get to the gig early and get focused on the gig. Start thinking about the energy in the room and the vibe of the night.

  •  Have a backup plan in case computer failure

  • Use Soundcloud to find new music.

 

Thanks again to my guests DJ 8Nine and Egan for being on the show. 

Let me tell you how I got into DJing. I played in a rock band in early 2000s and my drummer bought some turntables and introduced me to house music.  After experiencing the winter music conference in Miami, I wanted to produce.  So I set up shop with Reason 1.0 and started making music.  One night while I was out at a club, I met the owner and was completely BSing - and told him I was a DJ.  He said "awesome" "do you want to spin next Saturday?

What do you think I said?

I said "of course dude"

Hans Daniels Live at Mid City Cafe a few weeks of DJ'ing

So I went straight to my buddies house the next day AND got extremely serious about learning how to DJ.  I knew in one week I was going to be spinning - in a club - on two CDJs (btw auto sync wasn't even a thing).

Here's my point.  You will get done what you gotta get done.  If you have one week to accomplish something - you'll get it accoplished in 1 week.  If you give yourself 1 year - it will take you one year.

Have you played your first show yet? No? What the heck are you waiting for?

I know, I know.  It's a little intimidating and you want to make sure you know your software, your hardware, and how to do some basic song transitions.

But really how long does that take?

My answer.  As long as you need.

You can set imaginary time limits to reach your goals. Or you can create real time limits to reach your goals.  

Being An Entertainer - The DJ Method - Episode 2

 Chris Cauley

Chris Cauley

So today's guest on The DJ Method is an awesome entertainer - the one, the only... Chris Cauley!  He was seen on The Voice and has an amazing album here: Chris Cauley - My Turn (EP)

Check out our conversation about being an entertainer - and how that applies to all us DJ's.

Key take-aways: 

  • The crowd feeds off you.  Not the other way around.
  • Video yourself - see what the heck you look like while you DJ.
  • Eye contact is key
  • Don't create a separation between you and the crowd.  Let them in on your level.
  • We are always learning.
  • Do bigger gestures than you think.
  • Don't take yourself too seriously
  • If you can see them - they can see you. You are ALWAYS performing. As soon as your on stage, people are watching you.  Be into it the whole time.

Where did this show come from:

I get a lot of questions or comments from people who find out I'm a DJ - who ask. "Can't you just DJ on your iPad? Anyone can do that."

Which brought me to this next conversation. A DJ is really an entertainer - not a computer programmer. I mean think about it - Steve Aoki hits people in the face with a cake.  As nerdy as Skrillex's glasses are - he's not just standing there staring at his screen. No he's got hair flying - fist pumping. Entertaining. 

A lot of beginner DJs focus on what their hands are doing. Whether it's controllers, turntables, computers, or heck even iPads. Training your hands and your fingers to do the right thing is great. It's important to get that muscle memory down - so when you are performing in front of a large crowd, you don't think. Your hands just do it. But most of the time a the crowd don't even see your hands. They see your face. Your body language. Your excitement. 

That's why I brought my man Chris Cauley on the show. Check out our conversation. 

How to Read the Crowd - The DJ Method - Episode 1

How to Read the Crowd

So today's guest is an awesome DJ that goes by the name "Rhythm". He's going to share some nuggets of knowledge with you - And I can't wait for you to embed this in your brain. 

A few key points that are discussed:

  • Know your crowd

  • Keep your he ad up - don't stare at the screen.

  • Work hard 

  • Have a backup plan

  • Throw out "feeler" songs

How It All Got Started - The DJ Method - Episode 0

In this pre-show episode, The DJ Method host, Hans Daniels, covers upcoming show topics and asks listeners to submit questions for future guests.

The DJ Method started out of a calling that I felt - to teach music lovers young and old the art of DJing using modern DJ techniques.  I LOVE DJing and I have way too much fun doing it.  So I wanted to figure out the best way to get people started DJing and let them Get Out There.  Initially it started at my house with some high school students.  Just showing them how to do transitions - different controllers - and different software.... (read more)