Flashback To The DJ Mixing Days
My brother got me feeling a little nostalgic earlier today as we reflected on a camping trip we did in Summer of 2015.
What a summer that was for me - I ventured out to USA, Canada, Australia and then, before starting a new job, we decided to head up to the Lake District for a few days to see off a fine Summer.
As the day went on, I fancied stumbling back through my Mixcloud page which has a thick layer of dust over it ever since I stopped with the Platform Project back at the end of 2020.
I was suffering from massive burnout towards the end of that year and being offline for 6 months helped but that's besides the point here.
There was a "test" mix I found from 2018 which would be my first live appearance on the Platform Project which aimed to give drum & bass artists a bit of a bump on our show so other labels could reach out to them and release their music.
It was more of a sound check if anything but it turned out well after all the practice I put in to the transitions, making sure the microphone was all working and people could actually hear the music.
I don't normally like hearing my own voice back, especially from the early days, so totally awks 🙃
So if you can work your way past that at least, the tunes are pretty good. I quite liked when the heavier drop from Marcus Visionary comes in towards the end of the mix - who doesn't like a bit of filth haha!
Anyway, enjoy this flashback to 2018 - if I can get some more time in the coming months, I'll see if I can get another mix going :)
No mixing anymore? I can’t wait till I get to my farm next year so I can rebuild my studio. The pioneer turntables and a DVS mixer are looking like the way for me. I want to get back into some weekly mix sets and such.
I haven't mixed for a while, just the one this year which was a few months ago. That sounds like a great set-up in your studio, mine was just the Pioneer DDJ SB2, midi keyboard, studio monitors - if I can get the time to do this again, I'd love to do a monthly mix. Still, got to fiat mine in the time being lol
Yeah I have been through all kind of different set ups over the years. My favorite was my first big setup of my Technics 1200 MK3s with my Pioneer mixer and the early CDJs.
These days I am down to an iPad and a Traktor Kontrol Z1 controller mixer, lol, well I also have the 2 portable 7 inch scratch tables, but I miss a full set of decks.
Algoriddim's DJay app now has DVS capability, and with the new pro version, they have an AI feature with the DVS that will cut up a track into 3 parts, a full version, instrumental, and accapella. Great for mixing hip hop and funk.