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May
23

 

Friday night I played 160 songs during a 4.5 hour set.  To give you some insight into what that means, let me explain what happens when a DJ is mixing songs together at a club, or at least what I’m doing.

 

I start by playing song #1.  This song has a particular energy and tempo.  This song is the starting point for the next hour and the rest of the night.

 

Then I pick song #2.  It has a similar tempo and energy but maybe it’s going in a certain direction.  Maybe I’m going to start slowly increasing my tempo.  Maybe I’m going to stay at the same tempo for a while.  Either way, I get the song ready to mix.  I make sure the tempo is matched perfectly to song #1, the volume is even and then I wait for the right point in song #1 to mix it in.  Maybe I scratch it in, maybe it’s a blend, maybe I drop it in.  I mix song #2.

 

Then I have to pick song #3.  Does it have the same energy?  Am I trying to take the energy in a different direction.  Is it a particular genre of music that I want to work with for a while?  Do the drum patterns match nicely?  How about the key?  How am I mixing it?  Maybe I’m cutting up song #2 for a bit.  How did the crowd react to song #2?  I look at the dance floor for a while.  What if I pick song #3 and decide it’s not the best song I can play next?  I need to pick a different song.  Sometimes I just stare blankly at my computer screen.  Maybe I messed up the mix for song #2 and I’m pissed off.  I might have played too much of song #2, I might have not played enough of it.

 

Maybe I get a text.  Maybe someone starts talking to me.  Maybe I get a request.  I need to play this request at some point.  I need to play certain songs at some point but they all have to be played where they fit.  I can’t force them just to get them played.

 

I go through this process, and more, 156 more times.  Each time I have to read the crowd more and more to determine the perfect song to play next.  If the crowd is feeling the music I can take some risks.  Sometimes they work.  Sometimes they don’t.  If they don’t I have to work harder to get the dance floor back to where I want it.  I typically have new remixes or tracks on me.  These tracks might work, they might not.  I haven’t played them before.  Maybe I don’t play them tonight because they don’t fit.

 

I need to run to the bathroom.  Maybe I eat something during the night.  Maybe I’m talking to a girl.  I also have ADD so after playing what seems like an hour of music I realize it’s been 12 minutes.  Maybe I’m having a shitty night.  Maybe the crowd sucks.  Maybe there’s a fight and the dance floor is all messed up for a while and the energy is different now.  With focus and good decisions, I might even turn a bad dance floor around into a great party.

 

For the rest of the night, this is my job.  So the next time you try to talk to a DJ and they seem preoccupied, they have a few things on their mind.  Or at least they should…



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May
14

My friend DJ 3PM recently used my Stadium Status edit of Macklemore‘s “Can’t Hold Us” for a UFC intro and got some video for me.  It’s just a cell phone vid, but you get the idea… Get the edit HERE.

 



May
2

YoYoYoYoYoYo!  The Extra Credit podcast is back with all the knowledge you need to get your DJ life right.  This edition features my man from the Skratch Makaniks crew, 1/2 of the Alfa Paare production team, The Pendleton Jawn Don, DJ EXCEL.  Ex and I chop it up about coming up in Philly, relocating to LA, Playboy Bunnies and more.  There’s a ton we didn’t cover because we had to make a flight so look for Part 2.

 

Listen HERE.  Learn how to subscribe HERE.

 



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May
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Apr
25

Night Of The Roxbury Party

5.3.2013 at JONES

107 NW Couch – Portland, OR – 21+

80s & 90s Douchebag Dance Power Hour

Gift bag for the best Roxbury outfit!

 



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Apr
17

Flick from the Holy Trinity Part at Jones Bar on 4.5.2013 – www.Hoddick.com

 



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Apr
14

I have a friend that works for NBC…

 



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Mar
31

Sharing is caring.  Repost this page for maximum performance.

 

Tracklist:

 

 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (ft. Ray Dalton)

DJ Zimmie Stadium Status Intro Edit (Clean & Dirty Versions)

DJ Zimmie 130-145 Segue (Clean & Dirty Versions)

DJ Zimmie – Ball So Hard 95-70 Segue (T.I. vs. Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Zedd ft. Foxes – Clarity (DJ Zimmie Redrum)

Zedd. ft. Matthew Zoma – Spectrum (DJ Zimmie Redrum)

Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up (DJ Zimmie Redrum

 

http://bit.ly/DJZEasterEdits

 



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Mar
25

Red Bull Schlittentag

Pre-Party: Friday, March 29

Competition: Saturday, March 30

Ski-Bowl at Mt. Hood, Oregon

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/127635840747601/

 



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