Last week I was very busy making a new demo mix to participate in Petrol‘s yearly DJ-contest called ‘Microob’. It took some time before having a smooth mix with nice transitions between the tracks. So let’s tell you a little secret to get your own mixes right.
When the current track is almost finished, obviously the next track has to come in. But when is the right moment to switch over to the next track? Each track consists of 3 parts: begin, middle and end. In the beginning a track is building up and bringing the crowd to a climax when reaching the middle part. Then it’s holding on this uplifting sample to keep you dancing on the beats and finally it starts running down till the end of the track. The trick lies in detecting when the current track will start running down. This moment triggers the next track to come in. Now you get a cross-over period between both tracks. You’ll see that the new track reaches its first climax while the old track stops playing. This way of mixing makes you a good performing deejay!
This is the complete playlist of my I love Electro House set:
- Djuma Soundsystem – Les Djinns (Trentemoller Remix)
- Dave Spoon – At Night (Breaks Mix)
- Plastic Funk feat. Dollarman – Let me see your hands (Original Mix)
- Black Strobe – Innerstrings (No Shuffle Mix)
- Evermore vs Dirty South – It’s too late [ride on] (The Disco Boys Remix)
- Ida Corr – Let me think about it (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
- Natural Born Grooves – Candy on the dancefloor (Lick That Candy Remake)
- Corenell feat. Ann Bailey – Pride [a deeper love] (Electro Clash Mix)
- Wess Vall – Los Banditos (Original Mix)
- Fedde Le Grand – Put your hands up for Detroit (Original Mix)
- Shameboy – Strobot (Original Mix)
- Digitalism vs The Similou – All This Zdarlight (Bootleg Version)
- Kurd Maverick vs Outwork – Electro Rub (White Label Mix)
- Booka Shade – Darko (Original Mix)
- Djuma Soundsystem – Les Djinns (Def Jaguar Remix)
So listen to my contest demo mix and start practicising yourself. Good luck!