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West Coast Swing DJ 101 – OMG You Got Your First Gig!

West Coast Swing DJ 101 – OMG You Got Your First Gig!

May 31, 2012

You’re a new west coast swing DJ, and you’ve just landed your first opportunity to play at a dance.  Here are some tips to help you get an invitation to come back to play again! Before the big day Be Prepared.  Make sure you know how to use your DJ software.  Being able to start and stop the music without a problem, transition between songs, find...

Top 5 things you can avoid to keep your DJ happy

Top 5 things you can avoid to keep your DJ happy

May 31, 2012

Professional DJs spend a lot of time balancing their playlists, trying to keep all the dancers dancing and happy.  Sometimes however, people approach the DJ booth and take certain actions that make the DJ’s job harder.  This article addresses the top 5 things that you can do to help keep your DJ happy and playing great west coast swing music! 1. What...

Mixed in Key – Harmonic Mixing Tutorial

Mixed in Key – Harmonic Mixing Tutorial

May 30, 2012

By Chris Bacon (DJ Bacon) Harmonic Mixing In a Nutshell In the past it took me hours of listening to tracks and pairing down “rough draft” playlists for me to finally churn out a west coast swing music set that I didn’t think was total rubbish. Harmonic mixing is a system for selecting tracks that complement each other when played in succession (For More...

Selecting a West Coast Swing DJ

Selecting a West Coast Swing DJ

May 30, 2012

When looking for a west coast swing DJ, you’ll want to understand their experience with events similar to yours. For example, a DJ experienced in events with 50-60 people will have a very different experience set than DJs who are experienced in playing for 200-400 people. Competition DJs have experience outside what social dance DJs have. Personality is also a...

Harmonic Mixing

Harmonic Mixing

May 29, 2012

Today, I had a world opened to me by friend and fellow DJ, DJ Bacon.  Chris Bacon is a West Coast Swing DJ out of Michigan.  Let me give you some back history. When I was a younger man learning the art of DJing, I read a book called How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records. You can tell this is an old book because it talks about the art of...