What you can expect!

•August 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So I just bought some new CDJ turntables and have finally stepped away from vinyl. Im still going to keep the old decks to rock some classic vinyl on, but now I will be spending most of my time behind some CDJ’s. Any way since I have new tables I will write some reviews of the new gear and I will aslo begin uploading mixes!  Also I am now going to have a bit more time for my blog so you can expect more posts from yours truely!

Never Let The Music Die

DJ Vunker

Sorry i’ve been slow

•June 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hello dear reader! I am writing to inform you that for a few weeks here I wont be able to readily update my blog. I will however be working on some mixes that I will upload later on over the summer!!!

Never Let the Music Die
Dj Vunker

Need Help Getting Gig?

•June 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Now there are quiet a few DJ’s out there in the world, and many im sure play the genre you do. Now how do you make it so that you are chosen for a club/event instead of them? Well you need to do a few things, so here I will provide a little guide on how to really get your name out there. First you need to get your name out there, be sure you attend events where there are others dj’s who play your same music are. Then when there be sure to converse with many people and make it known that you are a DJ. Now another thing that will boost your name is if you make a few promotional CD’s. You will have to spend a bit of money in order to make it. Now for your promotional cd you should record one of your own mixes. Spend a day or two thinking about your mix and the tracks you wanna use, the next day use those tracks and assemble them so that they sound the best together, then spend one practicing you mix and making edits and adjustments to keep the crowd moving. Then practice it one more time to have it ready, then record it onto a computer and start sensation-white-rigaburning CD’s. The more effort and time you put into making your CD the better, because it will end up sounding that much better. You will want to have cd cases for them and make them look professional and pretty!!! Now with your cd’s you would also want to include some contact information so that after they are amazed by your mix they can get ahold of you for their next event. I’ll provide you with another post that will go a bit deeper on making your promotional CD. Now you will also want a buisness cards so that if you come across someone who is looking for a dj you can provide them with your contact info. Lastly you also want to become friends with as many people as you possibly can, make a facebook or a myspace page and remember that you need to add as many friends as you possibly can!!! You want your name out there! After getting your name out and people know how good you actually are then you will have a much better chance at landing a club or event gig. Now you probally wont be landing a slot for Sensation or ETD POP, or a residency at a club in Ibiza  right off the bat, so keep in mind that it will take lots of time and effort before you will be up there. So take any gig you can to make a bigger and better name for yourself. Remember money is money, and its even better when you get it for somthing you love! So keep working hard and I will provide you with more tips on the things to use to help you become a superstar DJ.

Never Let the Music Die,

DJ Vunker

Working the skill of beatmatching!

•June 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Now if you don’t know how to beatmatch or what it is for that matter, check the links on the colum to the right and look for the DJ Tutorials and you will find lots of info about beatmatching there, like how to do it and what it is, actually ill provide you with a link for one of the videos here. So before you continue to read you should know what im talking about, check back till then if you dont. Now for those of you who do know what beatmatching is and are still starting out, what I did to work on it was making mash ups. What I would do is I would take two tracks beat match them together and then play them both at the same time, using the mixer to alternate between the two by changing the high end and the low end on the sound. The whole point of this is to keep them on the same beat, and to keep it match for the best sound. The more you do this the better, because this is a great way to practice keeping your tracks beat matched!

What Direction are we going in?

•June 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Armin_van_Buuren2For those of you who have been reading my blog I would like to fill you in on where I am looking to take you. I will be writing some reviews on some DJ gear sometime soon, what to buy, and what not too. I will also do a few side by side comparisons of the gear as well! I will also include some more tips on working your self into becoming a skilled dj, also how to make a name for yourself and land some gigs!!! Now you will also have to remember that you will need more than the information that I give you to make it big as a dj, you will also need to have passion for the music!!! Now back on the topic of future posts, I hope you look forward to them, and that you can improve yourself as a DJ and maybe become the next Armin, Paul van Dyk, or Tiësto! You never know!

Never Let the Music Die,

Dj Vunker

How to continue to hone your skills once you have started

•June 8, 2009 • 2 Comments

pioneer_headphonesIf you are looking to become a DJ or already are one you should always try and keep your skills sharp. Now what if you are in a place where you have no gear to practice with, well what I tend to do is to listen to a mix by another DJ, as well as just my tracks. By listening to my tracks I am able to get ideas for where to que the track, and where to bring in another. I have found that I also find what tracks sound awesome together and to just push my mixes that much further. Now the reason why I would listen to DJ Mixes is because it can help give you inspiration for your own mixes, as well as understanding the techniques that the DJ uses. For example I would listen to a mix from Sensation, and then I would analyze it while it was playing to try and figure out why the DJ’s mix was so amazing. Now this doesn’t mean that you can easily become a world class DJ, but it helps you to continue to hone in some of your own skills off the tables. Remember you need to be open to new things! Another little thing you can do is to record one of your mixes, put it as an MP3 or burn it to a CD and let some of your friends hear your work. Also ask for some critique on your mix so you can be sure that your mixes will always be the best. I learned alot from having friends critique my mixes, and that has helped to improve my skills as well. Simple things like this can really push you up the ladder.

Never Let the Music Die

Dj Vunker

Here is a mix that you can watch,

Lingo in the DJ World

•June 5, 2009 • 1 Comment

5862141_6b50fab8e6For those of you who read my blog and don’t know the lingo that I use I am making this list just for you! Included here are some of the basic terms that you should know if you are looking to go into the fun world of dj’ing!

Turntable – A turn table is the device that lets you play the music and sends the signal to your mixer

Mixer – Is a device that allows you to control the sound that you are making. This is what you use to beatmatch your tracks and monitor your other tracks as well.’

Beat Matching – Is the technique where you match the tempo of the other track that you are playing. Say one track is spinning at 139 BPM and the other is playing at 135 BPM you use the pitch control to match the tempo so that the track you are bringing in is playing at the same pace which allows for a much smoother transition.

Pitch Control – Pitch control is the slider on the top face of the turntable usually located on the lower right side of the turn table. You move it to help match the pace of another track

BPM – BPM stands for Beats Per Minute, which is exactly what it is how many beats are played per minute for a track

Track – A song

CDJ – a type of turntable that plays CD’s rather than vinyl

Vinyl – Records, the old school stuff, the big plastic plates

Transition – the shift from one track to another

Needle – the little piece of metal that sends the grooves from a record through the tone arm to the mixer, these are only found on vinyl turntables

Tone Arm – the long metal rod that sits on a vinyl turntable and it sends the music through to the mixer

So i provided you with a basic vocab list for the DJ world, I may have forgoten some things but I included the most important of things. If you have any other words you are curious for leave me a comment and tell me!