I lost my apetite.
You make it seem like I end everything with a bang, wait, and start another. I transition very well and I can mix very well at any point if the need is there...Most times it's not. I was doing it long before there was beat counting software and wav forms to watch. I'm going to do over 100 gigs this year between the bar and private events. I'm really very ok if there are some that don't call me because of the way I mixI've said it to Jeff before and I'll say it again... many of you don't get crowds that appreciate quick cuts or "cutting songs shorts" or mixing in general for a few reasons.
1. If you're not doing it... chances are they're not gonna call you for it, and you will never experience a conversation like jaswrx or I would have about how songs seamlessly mix into one another, and playing only the best parts of the songs so guests "don't get bored of a song".
Perhaps you're right but I can tell you that there are a couple of very good mixers here that can't get a private gig if their life depended on it. I do fully agree if you are going to do it and be good at it there is a lot of practice involved. One guy came up in conversation last week with a bride she goes wherever he is playing and has for years. This guy is amazingly talented and when she brought him up I asked why she didn't book him. She said I don't want the club at my wedding....2. They're asking for you not to do it because they probably have had bad experiences from others that have tried to do it, but failed. Beatmatching and quick mixing are skills that need to be practiced. Just like there are more bad dj's than good dj's as a whole... there are even more bad mixers than good mixers, and therefore most have a bad experience at events with dj's failing horribly at mixing effectively, and the crowd perceives that as "mixing" and "cutting songs short". Let them hear a proper dj do it, and their perception on it would be changed remarkably, especially once they realize how many more of their favorite songs are being played in a night.
3. If you're not doing events where there is a lot of value placed on the dj, chances are the skill of a dj is not valued, and they could care less if you mix flawlessly, or if there is a 2 second gap in between songs. We've all gotten the calls where they "just need someone to play music for a few hours".
Some of us don't even use controllers.....Some of us are very good at it and have learned to do things beyond what a beatmatcher/mixer does and some of us like you have learned by ear....I don't lose floors very often and when I do I know how to bring it back. I play requests even if they don't fit in my "set". I make people happy on a weekly basisi learned music selection using consumer cd players a dual cassette deck and a belt drive TT... for like 3 years... the whole time finding different ways to transition songs...at times even get off an accidental almost beat match.... i kept striving to not only improve my selection/playlisting skills but afford the proper equipment to actually mix.
I bpm'd every single song in my collection....every new record pool release...every cd i bought from 1991 to 2007 with one of these and a watch...
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i never had a readout of bpm...nor did i ever have a sync button or any of the modern tools... i mixed by ear...and i honed it for years...in clubs and private parties...
i can slam a song without mixing with the best of them... and know that method at times has its place....i can dj an entire party without mixing.... and maintain a crowded floor... i can certainly play entire songs start to finish ...
However i truly believe that it was all the work i put into learning the artform of mixing that allows me to do that and do it well... like a classical pianist who (guess what) can also play chopsticks....
What i cant abide by is the notion that... mixing/beatmatching isnt important...coming from any djs who decided to skip to the front of the line without actually devoting the time to learn it. Technology has truly fisher priced the whole process for you....so theres simply no excuse not to learn it and utilize it.
If your reasoning is.... im already getting gigs...and nobody cares that i dont mix....then you are doing a disservice to your clients....your company....your potential...by not making proper use of those other buttons on your rackmount controllers.