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Some questions for Djs

kazuku
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Posted : May 10, 2010 13:56:11
How do you manage to stay on top of the music that is being released? Knowing your collection well/your music in and out is so vital, how do you manage to lsiten to as much new material as you can while not sacrificing the quality of your sets?

How far out of the box do you venture to discover fresh music that lies outside your your style? Is it even possible in times releases are constatly increasing? Sure everyone has favourite artists and labels, but what actions do you take to stay informed about undiscovered/left field material?

Is it practical these days to dj different styles equally well without sacrificing quality in either by not being up to date?

What is the balance in your sets between new material and old material? When do tracks become "unplayable" for you because of age?

How important is presenting new material to you as opposed to maintaining your style and playing music you actually like?

Lots of questions, feel free to skip the ones you dont feel like answering
Dennis the menace
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Posted : May 10, 2010 14:39
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How do you manage to stay on top of the music that is being released? Knowing your collection well/your music in and out is so vital, how do you manage to lsiten to as much new material as you can while not sacrificing the quality of your sets?



Beatport mobile

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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
When do tracks become "unplayable" for you because of age?



Never, old will always be gold

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How important is presenting new material to you as opposed to maintaining your style and playing music you actually like?



Not that important imho, but its always good to have some "wildcards".

Ascension
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Posted : May 10, 2010 21:43
To sum up some questions into one response....

It matters a lot on how much time the dj wants to/can put into all this. It also depends on how much they're getting booked. I spend pretty much all my free time on production rather than djing nowadays so it's a bit harder to stay up on current music. I dj all styles of psychedelic music- psyprog, fullon, dark, but because I don't dj at parties too often it's easy to pick up little by little from each genre as I go. If I have an upcoming show I just spend some more time listening to music that I'll be playing in the time before the show. If I have no bookings coming up, I just listen to whatever I feel like it and add things to my collection as I go.

Remembering the tracks I've added to my collection is just a matter of practicing/re listening to them before a show.           http://soundcloud.com/ascensionsound
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Shiranui
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Posted : May 11, 2010 15:42
I only stop playing a track if it's getting hammered by every dj every weekend, or if it's one of those "everyone's heard it a billion times" tracks.
polly
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Posted : May 11, 2010 23:57
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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
How do you manage to stay on top of the music that is being released? Knowing your collection well/your music in and out is so vital, how do you manage to lsiten to as much new material as you can while not sacrificing the quality of your sets?


as majority of the music released nowadays is totaly shit you dont have to listen that many tracks
seriously i spend most of my free time on msn talking with other dj's and artists and get tips from them, also myspace is good place to find new talents


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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
Is it practical these days to dj different styles equally well without sacrificing quality in either by not being up to date?


imo dj only the styles you love.
I have seen lot of dj's get stuck to styles that they dont really like but they get more bookings on them.

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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
What is the balance in your sets between new material and old material? When do tracks become "unplayable" for you because of age?



I have this kind of situation that i fill up my cd case until its full and when its full i start new one. all the time i carry two cd cases to gigs and new and one old, so when new case gets full it becomes old and so on...i have found out that 96 cd cases are best for me.
usually my cd's last two years and after that they are so scratchy.


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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
How important is presenting new material to you as opposed to maintaining your style and playing music you actually like?


I play only music i like.
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V3NOM
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Posted : May 13, 2010 06:01
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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
How do you manage to stay on top of the music that is being released? Knowing your collection well/your music in and out is so vital, how do you manage to lsiten to as much new material as you can while not sacrificing the quality of your sets?

I just buy from the labels I have come to love and trust over 15 years of buying this stuff.

How far out of the box do you venture to discover fresh music that lies outside your your style? Is it even possible in times releases are constatly increasing? Sure everyone has favourite artists and labels, but what actions do you take to stay informed about undiscovered/left field material?

I don't. I play what i like and if a promoter doesn't like it then I won't play will I? I play for myself and my tastes and I'm know for it.

Is it practical these days to dj different styles equally well without sacrificing quality in either by not being up to date?

SKIP

What is the balance in your sets between new material and old material? When do tracks become "unplayable" for you because of age?

I play what fits well together, whether it is old or new. I won;t play some real old stuff that doesn't mix well but happily use anything from 2006 onwards.

How important is presenting new material to you as opposed to maintaining your style and playing music you actually like?

Not important at all. I play what I like end of story.

Lots of questions, feel free to skip the ones you dont feel like answering





by playing what I like I mean I play the sounds I like... progressive, electro, dark psy, forest psy & ambient is my stash & style.

I always work with my style & what I like to fit the crowds mood, but I get knocked back a bit coz I won't play Twilight or Full On shite.          I hate you, you hate me, we are all so hap hap happy!
daio


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Posted : May 13, 2010 21:15
well i believe i don't have to be a maniac whith new stuff and know everything is goin' on...but if i loose something good it hurts lol!
about the new styles even different kind of musics i think friends that can take you in touch are the best way...instead of downloading craps until you find something in your style.also beatport searching and hearing samples can drive you to what exactly want!
by playing different styles i think it has more fun...but there are periods that you have to stay focused to one if you want to offer an experience...
new music for the most of it...older tracks usually in the start of the sets for me.tracks that are really inside me and give me the energy to go deeper.but also in the peaks of the sets monster olds feat in my oppinion...
kazuku
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Posted : May 14, 2010 18:51
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On 2010-05-13 21:15, daio wrote:
well i believe i don't have to be a maniac whith new stuff and know everything is goin' on...but if i loose something good it hurts lol!
about the new styles even different kind of musics i think friends that can take you in touch are the best way...instead of downloading craps until you find something in your style.also beatport searching and hearing samples can drive you to what exactly want!
by playing different styles i think it has more fun...but there are periods that you have to stay focused to one if you want to offer an experience...
new music for the most of it...older tracks usually in the start of the sets for me.tracks that are really inside me and give me the energy to go deeper.but also in the peaks of the sets monster olds feat in my oppinion...



First of all thank you everyone for your replies, I hope to get some more input.

I agree with you Daio, I am also flooded with music, but I also like to look in Beatport more and more- I am only just disocovering it and find if you put time you can find what you need (like you said). I dont have enough cash for the WAV fee though Would be even nicer to own the WAV.

Keep it flowing

daio


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Posted : May 15, 2010 17:42
don't worry about wav's very xtra price...no big difference except huge sound systems!i have no problem whith it!
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Posted : Jul 3, 2010 17:57
old is gold sometimes u play old tracks that new listeners think is new lol           KUTANIMAL
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rich
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Posted : Jul 6, 2010 22:04
To keep up with new music, one way is instead of hunting for new artists and individual releases, you could just follow a few of the labels you like and check out their new and upcoming releases.

And I agree with others, don't be afraid of throwing some older tracks in the mix. They will probably be more psychedelic than all the new tracks anyway, and people will be caught off guard (caught in a trance).
IMO a dj who can do that is far more worthy than the one who impresses the other djs with his new tracks.
ultraviolence
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Posted : Jul 16, 2010 10:36
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On 2010-05-10 13:56:11, kazuku wrote:
How do you manage to stay on top of the music that is being released? Knowing your collection well/your music in and out is so vital, how do you manage to lsiten to as much new material as you can while not sacrificing the quality of your sets?

Constantly researching, I am a consumption organism when it comes to new music. Forums, net shops, other artists/labels/djs/promoters/my own label/unreleased music, anything I can get my hands on, I live for this.

How far out of the box do you venture to discover fresh music that lies outside your your style? Is it even possible in times releases are constatly increasing? Sure everyone has favourite artists and labels, but what actions do you take to stay informed about undiscovered/left field material?

I never stick to favorite artists (though I do have some), I judge each track on its individual merit. Whatever grabs and I think should be heard on the floor, I will play.

Is it practical these days to dj different styles equally well without sacrificing quality in either by not being up to date?

Mmm not sure what you mean. Do whatever you want to do, essentially

What is the balance in your sets between new material and old material? When do tracks become "unplayable" for you because of age?

Depends on tracks. I prefer to play as much new material as I can, however not all new stuff is good, and some old tracks are just awesome. Some tracks only become relevant with age and while they were not appreciated (at least by me) at the time of the release, when they age I dig them out and their time comes.

How important is presenting new material to you as opposed to maintaining your style and playing music you actually like?

I prefer to play as much new stuff as I can, however, just because it is new does not mean it is good or that I will play it. I play some totally new tracks, some little less fresh, some little less fresher, and sometimes an older track or a couple, that is generally my split up.

Lots of questions, feel free to skip the ones you dont feel like answering




Thanks for questions, hope that helped

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Posted : Jul 16, 2010 20:53
best way keeping updated for me was always going to parties!

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Becktrank
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Posted : Jul 18, 2010 08:52
i have one question for u guys...

did you let the tracks blast frequently?
i mean, the main explosion of the track, often in the final..did u let them blast often, or do u always mix out before the final explosion, and just let few explosions that u really like on the set           ``We shall not cease from exploration - And the end of all our exploring - Will be to arrive where we started - And know the place for the first time.``

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Posted : Jul 19, 2010 14:27
i hav a question...

what kind of tracks wud a DJ play for a slot of 4.30 till 7 in the morning???
pls tell artist and trak name.
thanks
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