HOW TO MAKE A HIGH QUALITY PLAYLIST AND DJ SET

To make a high-quality playlist and DJ set, you have to work and be organized, the preparation of playlists and DJ sets is absolutely essential to claim to lead crowds to musical euphoria. Obviously, alcohol and drugs help to fill the gaps of a DJ and can even make you forget that this one does not know how to mix, but before you launch out in a vast campaign of collective intoxication to hope to make you acclaim with the end of your performance with retarded people who will undoubtedly show their joy by throwing upon you, I can only advise you to follow this tutorial which will make you a champion in creating a DJ set.

1) LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC AND GIVE THEM A RATING

This step is the absolute basics before you do anything, you obviously need to build up a rich music collection and listen to each track to give them a rating from 0 to 5. So if you find that the track is 0 1 2 3 4 5 To rate your song, you will obviously need to use the star rating system available through the id3 tags of your files using software such as iTunes, Tracktor, Serato and many others.

2) CLASSIFY AND EDIT YOUR MUSIC TAGS BY MUSICAL GENRE

Beginning by assigning a musical genre to a piece is not easy when you are a beginner, because it requires a real musical culture. Also, the attribution of a name to a style of music can seem to complicate as the diversity is great and equivalent to a general lack of culture which dictates a tendency to confuse everything. Thus, for the styles of electronic music for example, it is necessary to differentiate well the “House” of the “Deephouse” and of the “Electro”, but also the “Dubstep” of the “Big beat”, the “Techno” of the ” Minimal “or” Tek “etc … To put it simply, you have to start by assigning a style representing a musical family which contains sub-styles. For example, we can define in an electronic music family, TECHNO, HOUSE, DANCE, DUBSTEP, BIGBEAT, GARAGE, 2STEP, DRUM & BASS, JUNGLE, TRANCE, DOWNTEMPO, etc … To define a musical family, the tempo often gives a clue for the classification but only the construction rhythm and song prove it. Also, for those who know “gesaffelstein” you will not be surprised if I tell you that this artist does techno, but that contrary to what one might think, half of his songs have a BPM (beats per minute ) exceeding 100 whereas for this style, we rather expect 140-160 in BPM. the tempo often gives a clue for the classification but only the construction of the rhythm and of the piece proves right. Also, for those who know “gesaffelstein” you will not be surprised if I tell you that this artist does techno, but that contrary to what one might think, half of his songs have a BPM (beats per minute ) exceeding 100 whereas for this style, we rather expect 140-160 in BPM. the tempo often gives a clue for the classification but only the construction of the rhythm and of the piece proves right. Also, for those who know “gesaffelstein” you will not be surprised if I tell you that this artist does techno, but that contrary to what one might think, half of his songs have a BPM (beats per minute ) exceeding 100 whereas, for this style, we rather expect 140-160 in BPM.

Then, we assign a sub-style, we can reuse the same thermal baths and use many more subjective ones which above all allow us to clearly identify the style of the piece, for example: HOUSE dance, HOUSE tropical, HOUSE disco, HOUSE hip-hop, HOUSE rock etc … But also, ELECTRO rock, ELECTRO funk, ELECTRO house, ELECTRO techno, ELECTRO dance, ELECTRO clash, etc For the sub-style, it is not essential to try to attribute to all songs from your music database to begin with, but as your collection grows, this step becomes more and more important for you to quickly select songs to prepare cohesive playlists.

3) ANALYZE THE HARMONIC KEY AND THE TEMPO OF YOUR MUSIC

Once you have assigned a musical style to your songs, you can move on to analyzing the harmonic key of your songs. For this, you need a music file harmonic key detection software like the famous MixInKey version 7 of this software. I invite you to use one of these software only for the detection of the harmonic key and not for the tempo, for the BPM, it is preferable that you do it directly with your dj software like Traktor which is often much more precise than key detection software.

4) CREATE A PLAYLIST AND ADD MUSIC FROM ONE OR MORE MUSICAL GENRES

Now is the time to start your playlist. To do this, create a playlist directly in your DJ software or iTunes if you know how to export your playlist to your DJ mixer software. To start, give a name related to the musical genre you want to mix, then, when your playlist is finished, you can modify this name by adding a sub-style or an adjective qualifying your playlist, for example, playlist: ELECTRO funky cool. Select your music according to their genres and musical styles and add them to your playlist, the more there are, the better, because you will have more choices to select music that will mix perfectly with another. So, if you want to make a playlist with a very precise style, add all the music of this desired style to your playlist. Likewise, if you want to make a versus style playlist, that is to say, to oppose and mix two different styles like ELECTRO with ROCK or even HOUSE with HIP-HOP.

5) CHOOSE A STARTING MUSIC AND HARMONIC KEY

Once your music has been added to your playlist, classify them by harmonic key and locate the key with the fewest possibilities. By that, I mean a musical key which would be rather rare in your musical selection. The idea is to minimize the chances of finding yourself with little to choose from in the middle of a playlist and thus ensure that you can always select music that will perfectly suit the desired musical energy. In this harmonic key, choose music that would make a good starting piece. Obviously, you are in charge of judging which one will do the trick. However, prefer music with a rather moderate musical intensity to give yourself the opportunity to build up the pressure later. Don’t start with loud music,

 

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