This week I spent a lot of time on the performing side of my independent seminar. Since I’m performing a Dj set on Friday, I had to brush up on my Traktor 2 Skills. I’d pulled the I’ll delve into what all of this is in this week’s post!
Djing is crucial for any electronic musicians nowadays, since the only way to make money is really off of touring and playing shows if you’re an artist. Djing is pretty easy, but pulls many skills from production that I already had learned; rhythm management, effecting, tempo matching, and making sure audio quality is optimal.
The keys to being a good dj in the modern electronic music community is to be able to mix music together flawlessly and effortlessly. This requires you to be able to read tempos and different rhythms. When mixing, you need to match the tempos of the two tracks you’re mixing together, which also requires a good ear for rhythm & drum patterns. On top of that, it helps to know how to toss FX (audio effects) on top of the tracks being mixed to help transition them if their rhythms don’t align perfectly. Lastly it’s important to have a good ear for audio quality; nobody wants to come to a show and listen to a terribly balanced audio system. Usually you’d have an audio engineer on tour with you, but if not, it helps to understand what parts of your stereo system can help you get a clean sounding mix (EQ).