You Gots To Grill – Vol. 8
“To Pimp A Butterfly Shrimp”
No shows booked at the moment.
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…
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.
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.
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!
Flick from the Holy Trinity Part at Jones Bar on 4.5.2013 – www.Hoddick.com
I have a friend that works for NBC…
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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
Red Bull Schlittentag
Pre-Party: Friday, March 29
Competition: Saturday, March 30
Ski-Bowl at Mt. Hood, Oregon