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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 30, 2014

The Importance of Playing Out

I once talked to a club owner who told me that they would rather hire a DJ with less talent, but who has a fun look and demeanor, than a DJ with more talent who keep to themselves.  DJing can be sort of a nerdy art and there is no denying that it does take a bit of intelligence to do.  Many DJs who land their first gig may be technically sound at what they are doing – but they lack the personality and the presence to control a room full of drunk people.  The truth is that there is no substitute for the experience of playing in front of complete strangers.  The more you do it, the more you get used to it – but you never full get rid of the fear that comes with it.

Starting out as a child and having to present on stage is …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 19, 2013

Learning DJing & Production Together: 3 Myths Exploded

Some DJs and producers have the mindset of quitting before they even start.  That is not to say that ALL DJs don’t have their doubts when they are creating music – but for some of them the fear is so great that they mentally quit before they even start.  There are also other factors that have to be addressed, so we can clearly see why the art of DJing can be so discouraging.  One of them is gear.  People tend to assume that more gear means you have more options and control.  This may be true for advanced DJs who need special items in their setup; but many pros will tell you that gear has never held them back.

Time is perhaps the biggest worry of any DJ who is not a high school kid or a teenager – since we have our dayjobs and the rest of our lives …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 19, 2013

Mad Zach’s “Evil Lurks on a Summer Day”

I know plenty of DJs who are great at scratching, but rarely will they go 100% when they are just messing around with friends in a jam session.  What is the reason for this?  For one, they know that other scratch DJs are always on the watch for new tricks and technique – and they don’t want to share their technique so that it can be stolen and copied by others.  The ironic part is that most scratch DJs are willing to help out other DJs, and they like playing with others; they just want to keep their best technique a secret.

Producing uses different skill to create songs.  Yes, they might have some technical abilities that are learned over time – but many of these can be copied using a list of instructions.  It’s not the same for a DJ who physically has to learn how to perform …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 12, 2013

Watch Huxley Make a Tune in 10 Minutes

One part about being about being a DJ that I have always admired over any sort of producer or music maker is that the DJ is a live performer before anything else.  Modern DJs might have their sets programmed and even recorded in their computers, but there comes a time when they need to hang up the track list and improvise.  Even when they have an unexpected request they are still able to navigate through their sets and connect songs together that they didn’t think would be possible.  The live aspect of the DJ will always be the heart of the DJ.

Producing means that anytime a song is actually produced, there is an unknown amount of work that goes into creating each song.  We don’t know if a song requires a day or a month to make.  We don’t get to see the train of thought or the line …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 4, 2013

From Studio to Stage: Moderat

The process of creating a song and mixing it down to a file that can be listened to is a multi-faceted process.  There can be a straight line method to producing music, or there can be deviations in the way – but even a small hiccup is worth noticing.  Production artists are different from live performers.  Some are capable of doing both – but it takes the right kind of gear and the right mindset to make such a thing happen.  When producing in the studio, one man can literally control thousands of instruments and processes at a time.  They can spend days on end just working on one song.  For the same song to be performed live, it might take many men.

In fact, there are just some songs that don’t do well with live performances.  A producer can get on stage and press play; maybe adding some effects …