Who Else Wants To Mix Like Martin Garrix?
Do you know what all the top Dj's have in common? This is possibly the one thing they all know for sure.
I discovered their secret back in the day. A couple of soundlabs were set up in my parents garage. They were crap, but they eventually taught me a very valuable lesson. You can't get anywhere with this setup!
They were belt driven turntables with noisy, crackly needles that jumped all over the place. The mixer with a dodgy cross-fader.....But on the upside, there was a great sound system to blast it all through.
You would let go of the record and the belts were so loose that it took a couple seconds to get up to speed. The needle jumped whenever you wound a record back to cue up the record. So we stacked pennies, weights, tacks...Whatever we could find to try weigh it down, we stacked them on top of the needle......But it still jumped!
They were dreadful. But they served a purpose and after a year or so I blagged a gig at a local event.
What I didn't know was my first gig was about to fail badly, and teach me what the A-list Dj's Know.
Friday Night - Was The Dream About to Come True?
Friday night finally came and off I went with my bag full of vinyl. I had been buzzing all week. I couldn't wait. I was on second so there were only a couple hundred people in the room.
Have you ever used Technixs 1210's? Let me tell you, they are a a world away from the belt driven soundlabs I had. I now know that the technics are much better but on that Friday night. On that stage. I had no idea how to use them and I bombed. Big style!
After 2 years the soundlabs went in the bin and I learnt a valuable lesson.
What do the top DJ's know that gives them the edge? Whats their secret?
You need to have the same gear that is installed in the clubs you want to work in. Period. If modern clubs have CDJ's then you need to get a set as soon as you can.
Does It Help That Much?
After that dreadful night I got rid of my entire setup and bought two Technics 1210's. This was the industry standard setup and I was useless on it. I pretty much started from scratch again.
It doesn't matter where they are born or what music they play. The A-list DJ's couldn't always mix and they weren't born with millions of fans. But they all have one thing in common. They had the equipment that the clubs have.
And they definitely didn't always know how to use Ableton or Cubase. The point is, anyone can learn the tricks and make it. Its not that hard if you have the right gear and the right attitude.
Wasting so much time on those crappy soundlabs is one of my all time regrets. A little bit more money at the start would have put me years ahead.
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