Party tunes. 105bpm. These are some of 2016’s biggest dance songs from Major Lazer, Mike Posner, and other festival DJ’s
Springtime house tunes that I heard down in Miami. Lots of great deep remixes and melodic house tunes.
I ventured to Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival with my best mate DJ Dave Treacy. We attended pool parties, nightclub events, and the 50,000 guest Ultra concert. Here are some photo’s that we took while interviewing artists and viewing the stages.
This mix is current deep house tracks, vocal remix’s from top40 songs, and bigroom house. This is heavier than most of my mixes, and the deep remixes build up well to the floor filler anthems.
I recently set up a wireless backup for all of the songs in my Serato Crates. Using Carbon Copy Cloner, I am able to sync all of the songs using a wireless connection to a hard drive in my home. For this to work, I connect my Macbook to my Apple Airpot Extreme, and a USB Hard Drive. Carbon Copy Cloner moves the files from my crates to the network drive, keeping an exact copy of my crates on the home hard drive. It also keeps a separate folder of all of the deleted songs, in case I need to get a song back that I have deleted from my crates.
- Export songs from Serato crate to a corresponding folder on your computer. Using the Files view, drag and drop the songs from a Serato Crate to its corresponding folder. This will move the location of all of the songs in the crate to the destination folder. You will need to create a folder for each Serato crate in the proper hierarchy.
- Plug in and mount the external USB hard drive into the Airport Extreme router.
- Configure Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the folder containing all of your exported Serato crates to the new network USB hard drive.
This mixtape is indie rock mixes of all of your favorite songs. You will recognize each song on this tape, but inside of a new remix. Play this at lunch, brunch, or your afternoon parties.
Play this mixtape when you are stuck at home with your Snow Bae. It gradually builds up from chill indie tunes to club bangers.
Deep house for the cold winter nights. This includes some remixed tracks from years ago, new house hits from Sigala, and radio remixes.
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I DJ’d at the Hyatt Hotel in Midtown with DJ Jay Free to ring in the new year. This was one of the top parties in the city because of its view of the ball drop from 54 floors high. We played lounge music, top tunes from 2015, and throwbacks to ring in the new year.
Start this mixtape at 11pm on December 31st. At midnight, join me in a countdown to begin the new year! Listen to this tape to hear all of the hits from this year.
Jay Free, one of my closest friends and I recorded the first It’s All Gravy mixtape. Play this when you are back in your hometown with those friends that you grew up with. We each recorded 30 minutes of party tunes. Don’t forget to be thankful for Twerk, Deep House, and Remixes.
To compliment a few posts on DJ Tech Tools, I wanted to share what is inside of my DJ bag.
- Serato SL.2. Serato USB card used for backup.
- Sony MDR-V700. I had purchased 2 pairs of these while they were still in production and once these break, I will need to move on to a new model.
- Macbook Pro 13″ (2013) with Rekordbox and Serato DJ.
- RCA Wires, XLR, Ipod
- USB cables for CDJ’s and Serato backup
This Deep House mixtape evolves into a high energy dance set. Play this mixtape while you are outside dancing under the light of the stars. The last two tracks are my favorite on the tape.
A new deep house soundtrack. This is dedicated to the LBL crew, where we share great music and great friends. This first track is one of my favorites for the summer, followed by great remixes and originals.
After 8 years with Serato Scratch Live(And a bit of DJ), I made the move to CDJ’s with Rekordbox exclusively. Here are some thoughts.
Prepping playlists. Inside of Serato, dragging and dropping crates in a parent/child hierarchy is fantastic. These work perfectly as expected and have become a standard for all other DJ softwares. Serato also allows for quick export from Crates to folders for easy backup. I am still keeping my Serato Crates up to date, so I am adding all of my new music here, followed by exporting to a local computer folder, and importing that into Rekordbox. Serato Bulk changes and tag management are still better, but can all be done with a few extra clicks in Rekordbox.
When analyzing the songs in crates, Serato is much simpler to insert its first cue point, and is more accurate with the beat counter. Rekordbox has analyzed many of the songs incorrectly, and it is quirky to set the first beat. Pioneer seems to keep re-writing how this looks in the software, and which has been improved since RB’s first version.
Individual Songs- With Serato timecode control, I found myself mixing using the first hot-start button on my computer or players for nearly every track. Now with CDJ mixing, I am using the cue point for the single start point for each track. Reading waveforms from Serato to Rekordbox is different as well. Since I am used to those in SDJ, it takes some getting used to the peaks and valleys in rekordbox.
Importing Music. I still find it easier to sort from many folders into Serato then export and import into Rekordbox. I don’t want to import every song downloaded into Rekordbox, since it is harder to clean up that database than it is for Serato. Nearly all of my MP3’s are purchased from DJCity and are tagged properly for Serato, but not Rekordbox.
Spinning Live. Setting up is much quicker now that I do not need a laptop, wires, and a USB soundcard connected to my gear. Things also look cleaner now that the setup is simpler. I find myself queue’ing up tracks quicker with Rekordbox while with Serato, always waiting until the last minute. I have acknowledged that finding a track in a pinch, whether it is for a request or a creative set is tougher on the CDJ’s.
Which is the better product? In 2015, I am happy to be on Rekordbox with XDJ’s.
The Summer Splash Mixtape has old and new summertime lounge tracks. This mix is best served with orange juice in a champagne glass. This can be played by the pool, on a boat, on the deck, or even in a park.
Join 1,500+ of Boston tech’s entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and philanthropists as we collectively raise $400K+ to support six local nonprofits (while enjoying top-shelf wine and tequila). Here is a preview of my DJ set for the event.