Curious how professional DJs play smooth sets, get the crowd reaction you want, and make it all look easy? Is copying their techniques really such a bad thing? Today’s Tuesday Tips Live goes inside the minds of pro DJs, divulging their secrets so you can use them to achieve your own DJing goals and find success. Make sure to share with us your favourite DJ performance in the comments! Want our free DJ training and guides for beginners? Sign up here: http://www.digitaldjtips.com/join Want more DJ content? Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/digitaldjtips/posts/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitaldjtips Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/digitaldjtips/ Subscribe to the site: https://www.digitaldjtips.com/join
30 thoughts on “How To Get In The Minds Of Pro DJs (So You Can Mix Like Them!) #TuesdayTipsLive – Online DJ School”
Yeah I dunno, I’m no pro, but this seems like a giant investment of time just to copy another person. Yeah, I know that at the end Phil said that this is meant to give newcomers a road to being unique, but the tips in this video (finding a video, halving the speed, finding the tracks, emulating every fader movement, etc) seem so time-consuming that it’d probably be better to just straight up practice mixing.
Fair enough, if it works for you Shea! But as Pri says in another comment: “Copying DJs is like learning scales on an instrument. You can’t creatively deviate until you at least know the patterns that work.” For us this is the importance of copying.
Wow, great video! You made me a DJ at a classmate’s party! Both DJ skills, and how to get a popular dude!
Thanks Phil for the shout out! Great discussion on the live stream as always. Copying DJs is like learning scales on an instrument. You can’t creatively deviate until you at least know the patterns that work.
Loving this: “Copying DJs is like learning scales on an instrument. You can’t creatively deviate until you at least know the patterns that work”
Great advice as always Phil. I truly needed this one.
So glad we helped you out DJ TooFine ABrothaNamedSherm.
Load of drivvle. Sorry but I love your review videos!
Our live videos are “shows” rather than 5 minute reviews. Sorry they’re not for you.
@Digital DJ Tips No hating love your vids I just find this series a bit condescending. You can’t teach people how to be a DJ you just have to get out and learn yourself. Cheers.
Great video!!!!! And I must say: You are THE mix deconstruction guy!!!!!!! Every technique starts by copying in all music skills. Even playing an instrument, mixing, composing, whatever. Nobody was born with knowledge (for a few exceptions like Mozart for instance). I Hope next tuesday I’ll be able to watch live!
We’ll look forward to seeing you next week Joao.
Sorry mate, I don’t agree. You’re prolly right for many so called “top100 djmag DJ’s” ,but I heard last year Luke Solomon last year 5times and in tell you , every set was totally different ! Totally different vibe, tracks and tricks. I love that guy. Same goes for other DJ’s i love to see. Or an all nighter by (for instance)Franky Rizardo, no way he plans it all. I give it to you that somewhere in many set of DJ’s there are tracks played (hits or edits made at home ) that often pop up in there mix, but not in the same order.
Also I remember a post from Roog . He was asked to close at a festival & to go give his set to the pyrotechnics beforehand so on the right time the fireworks was lit. He was quite mad when he heard that . because he doesn’t had a playlist! He plays tracks he feels are right for that time. That is real DJing!
No disrespect to you though, you are 100% right many DJ’s make their own edits at home .I call them Their secret weapons. so it looks like it’s done on the spot. It is not.
But do we really care at that moment? Nope 🙂
And learning from mixing skills in copying their mixing part is a very very good thing!
Sorry Phil but I do not agree. Well maybe for some DJ’s, but not all. As you know im a mega @Laidbackluke fan, and every single one of Lukes mixes, Club sets, or Festival sets are all different. He never repeats the same trick twice when mixing in 2 of the same tracks together. He does it all on the fly every time. This is what I admire about him and with his help I am continuously training myself to do exactly the same.
I think even Luke has his favourite blends and go-to-tracks – no DJ would have a style of their own otherwise. But yes I hear you – DJs are on a spectrum about this. However most tend to do similar things night after night.
A Master chef does not fiddle around with his winning recipe . . . the diners don’t eat the combination of ingredients . . .they eat the final dish… and all chefs, like everybody else, uses salt : )))
Ha ha all true!
right about now
da funk soul brotha
This is exactly what I was looking for. This video made me understand that my controller is like a musical instrument and the more you practice different styles, the more comfortable you will be.
Glad it helped you John!
I have been inspired by some mixing techniques, such as DJ Ravine’s hyper fast roll time with adjustments to somewhat control pitch of the roll and make hype parts, or cutting a track out while turning the kick up on the other on every 4 beat etc… I have learn’t techniques but I didn’t try to mimic a transition and I think it worked out quite well, copy the technique but on my own tracks.
What I do like is to analyse how the energy goes, is it fast transitions, where does the do them, what does he implement from each song, is it the vocals is it the kick at the start or just a drop switch etc…
Sometimes I feel like a lesser DJ as I don’t mix (I do rock/indie) I can wing all other genres if I do a bit of research beforehand but I do 3 nights a week getting about 300 in my room a night. A lot of people don’t take me seriously though as I don’t use decks when I have worked for 20 years:(
Lot of DJs don’t mix Mark especially when the music doesn’t call for it (like the genres you mention), let your music do the talking and your crowds 🙂