April 18, 2013

Mixing Techniques for DJs: 5 Creative Tempo Changes

Do you ever wonder how genres become genres?  There is no committee of people who judge the artifacts in a song, and there is never a panel of judges who vote as to what type of music the song fits under.  This is something that is done culturally, and it not always the same element in a song that determines what its genre is.  For example, dubstep is largely determined by its tempo, while something like hip-hop or funk usually does not stay around the same tempo.   For DJs who like keeping their mixes in the same zone, a steady tempo is preferred – but those whose genres do not match tempos all the time have to deal with some drastic changes.

There are many techniques to hop from one tempo to another, like a clever meltdown effect or even a well timed echo effect – but these effects often get old and overused.  Because of this, the science of mixing different tempos has been explored much like the science of mixing harmonies.  This is not something that needs to be followed in exactness, but it offers a guide for those who are struggling on this subject.  Have a look and see what you think.