1. Most importantly, the playlists
these days, every DJ is using a laptop but they feel like a double edged sword, providing opportunity and creating new obstacles to creativity at the same time. Have you ever been stuck at a critical moment thinking, what was the name of that song that would be perfect while watching the countdown wind down to zero and then have no choice but to drop a dancefloor killer. In this article I will attempt to provide a few suggestions for music tagging that will help you organize your giant collection into something more navigable.
Mac and Windows users can mange their big music archives via UltraMixer or iTunes. Playlists are set up quickly and smart playlists magically create a list of the most played a
nd favorite tracks on the screen. Creating Playlists and intelligent groups will help you getting a full overview about your Mp3 titles. You have also the opportunity to seek the cover automatically through the Internet (especially good for older tracks). Everybody has to decide if he/she wants to sort the titles by style in various playlists, according to BPM, artist or other criteria.
- Create intelligent groups
- Use the playlist functions
- Integrate itunes
2. Pack the digital music suitcase
Just as important as general playlists are on a particular venue pre-made directories. Digital DJs should scan through their files and create their own playlists for the evening. So this eliminates the hectic to-ings and fro-ings between the general playlists and the file archive, the set gets a certain flow and there is more space for creative mixing. You should have prepared several playlists for the evening, the moment will come and you will need them, even if tons of music wishes, a moderation job or wedding games interrupt your DJ mix. Every party night comes the point where you need to get in the mix. The customer finally booked no Jukebox.
- Create several playlists
- Prepare your mix
3. Clean up your libary
Too many DJs confuse their private track collection with their DJ Track collection. Complete albums, EPs, whole or entire collections can be found here multiple times. Various tools for MAC like the Gemini duplicate scanner or the “quick search” functions in Windows can identify such duplicate titles or folders and you will be able to remove them later. Why don’t you dump track form your archive you wouldn’t play again? If you clean up this mess you will make the collection much cleaner, easier to manage and the duplicates do not hinder you when you search for tracks. It is worth to think about such a “clearing action”. You do not even play any of the titles from the top 100 list forever, so clean them up as fast as possible.
Doubts? Simply create a backup of your archive and work with a new temporary one.
- Find and clean duplicates
- Do not integrate whole albums
- Clean your top 100 list