Learning How to be a Disc Jockey Pt2 | Erica McKoy


Erica McKoy 

Written Tuesday, 4th August 2015

PHOTO CREDIT: C.Brinkworth, DJing at the Roundhouse x Camden Beach

PHOTO CREDIT: C.Brinkworth, DJing at the Roundhouse x Camden Beach

There is a complete sense of vulnerability when learning a new skill and DJing reminded me of that. All of a sudden you're not so good at something most people assume you would be good at, and it shakes you up a little. 

3 hours on CDjs and I'm not as good as I'd expect myself to be. And I'm hard on myself for that. 

It could be a combination of DJing with tunes that were probably made to be listened to in full, or maybe it's the fact that the CDjs I'm using aren't the best quality - and some of the buttons are broken. It's super frustrating, but I'm going to give it another go because I'm determined to get it right and to be that DJ I mentioned in the first blog post

DJing on Serato however is going well, and at least that makes me hopefully that I could definitely explore the world of DJing with that. I mentioned to a friend that I want to add something a little extra to the set as I felt a little restricted by Serato. But we'll see I guess. 

Signing out for now. 

28th August I'll be playing at the National Theatre. Come along, have a drink and a dance. 

E x 

Three days after writing this I DJed at the Roundhouse, and it weren't all that bad! Hahaha

3 things I found helpful, in learning how to mix was: 

  1. Mixing the same track in and out.  
  2. Whilst mixing (with two different tracks), sometimes the mix would sound a little out, so I'd try again with the same tracks. You wont ever get the chance to do that when DJing to an audience (unless that's your DJing style, ain't no one judging - well maybe a little) but for now whilst you practice you can go back over it until you get it just as you like it!
  3. So, at this point you're getting the occasional mix down, and it sounds brilliant. Try to mimic a mix that went perfectly, and see if you can replicate it.