I totally agree. Mixing is a great tool to add to to list of skills. But like anything, I've seen some DJ's place ALL of the importance on the mix, even when a different song that might not mix as well is much better for THAT cowd at THAT moment. No one cares how great the 2 songs mixed when the song is wrong. And I know DJ's that don't mix at all that are very successful because they are so good with the crowd.I think that the art of the segue is more important than the art of the remix (in my experience). I have found that the familiar versions of the songs are what people like to have played. I have had many people react poorly to remixes/mashups, even if they are great ones. There's really no way to read how a crowd will respond until you play one. I will also add that even when mixes are welcome, most won't know or care that they are being executed live or are pre-recorded.
Again, that's been my experience. I still think that any extra skill you can add to your arsenal is beneficial in the end.
I don't know any DJ that hasn't played a song and the crowd didn't care for that song clearing the dance floor. A really good DJ will know how to quickly get people back on the dance floor.I totally agree. Mixing is a great tool to add to to list of skills. But like anything, I've seen some DJ's place ALL of the importance on the mix, even when a different song that might not mix as well is much better for THAT cowd at THAT moment. No one cares how great the 2 songs mixed when the song is wrong. And I know DJ's that don't mix at all that are very successful because they are so good with the crowd.
And I do use my software's auto mix more and more. Not always. I set parameters for each song and it works very well 95% of the time
Certain crowds and events they don't want a DJ to play the entire song. Generally I find that's the younger crowd who's attention span isn't that long. They get bored quickly. What counts is how good are you at what you do?I believe mixing is a basic fundamental part of Djing. It is what seperates us from a playlist and an MC. It is what makes us Djs. Just because you mix doesn't mean that you only play 45 seconds of a song lol. Mixing helps to keep the energy up and the flow going at events. If another Dj doesn't mix does it bother me? Not at all, they do what is best for them. It does help separate me from the field.
Asinine? Excuse? Really Chris?The excuse that clients dont "ASK" for a particular skillset is assanine.... They want an experience... the same experience you gave their cousin at their wedding...or the experience they had at a party you did for a friend... they want their dancefloor to have the energy that your online videos portray... They have no clue how you do it... but you do it.... Those that have only experienced a less than par dj....are satisfied...but not dazzled...
i prefer to dazzle.
I still think it's the skirt ...Asinine? Excuse? Really Chris?
I never said that I don't do something unless the client specifically asks for it.
("I was gonna introduce the bridal party, but you didn't ask me to")
I simply stated that beat-mixing has never come up in conversation.
No client has ever asked me if I do it, or asked me to TO do it.
You said it yourself. "They don't know how you do it, but you do!"
Clients who want to hire me because they have seen my work KNOW how I do things.
Perhaps it is my OTHER DJ skills that "dazzles" them?
Because I can guarantee that the "experience" I gave them at their cousin's wedding...
didn't include beat-mixing, either!