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Showing posts from October 23, 2016

Welcome - Martin Garrix & Julian Jordan

Speed: 118 bpm Recommended bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm The DJ's Take: Pounding percussion, ruthless synths - perfect background music for a sleek car commercial aimed at aspiring yuppies. The pauses make it a little better suited for a festival or show as opposed to an active dance floor. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like:

Cash Machine - D.R.A.M.

Speed: 72 bpm Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: He looks like a dreadlocked cross between Jordan Peele and Biz Markie, this song sounds like it came straight from a silent movie, and that cash machine would be perfect for Magic City Monday (NSFW). I like it. Could be a nice change of pace on a Top 40 night or at a Prohibition-era costume party. If you're around 70 bpm, try mixing with Pop That - French Montana . If you're in the 74 to 78 bpm range, try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

DJ Fashion: A T-Shirt Deep Dive

So we've touched on footwear and hats , but the most important part of a dj's wardrobe may be the t-shirt. Casual, comfortable, very visible from behind the decks, and it gives everyone a feel for what you're about. In fact, I wore one for approximately 97.8% of my gigs. What should you be wearing when you're dressing down? Here are some tees that recently caught my eye (prices are current as of the writing of this post):

Spotless - Martin Garrix, Jay Hardway

Speed: 128 bpm Recommended bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm The DJ's Take: If I'm doing a hip ad campaign for Mr. Clean , this would be the background music. Probably not a great selection for a casual Top 40 night, but worth a try at an EDM-themed event. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:

I Feel So Bad - Kungs, Ephemerals

Speed: 123 bpm Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm The DJ's Take: Strong follow-up to This Girl - Kungs has that retro dance vibe down pat. If they ever do a music video, it should feature a young guy with slicked back hair wheeling and dealing in 1960s Las Vegas. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Fake Love - Drake

speed: 67 bpm bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm The DJ's Take:  In the parlance of a sommelier, this one has a tropical ear-feel that would pair well with  Hotline Bling . Add in  No Sense - Justin Bieber  and you've got a nice little 7 minute mix / mashup. download or stream the song: spotify playlist apple music itunes Amazon