your greatest dj mix...ever

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i think it would be awesome if people posted the mixes they're most proud of in this thread - would love to listen to them.

― Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Sunday, 6 September 2020 22:18 (four days ago) link

Post your favorite mix you've ever made in this thread. Everyone gets one & only one.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 September 2020 14:51 (one week ago) link

I have a couple:

STEADY OPERATOR - Disco Reggae Sounds
Made with the help of other Ilxors about ten years ago. Trying to find a crossover between reggae and disco.

S.A.L.T. - Melodies from the Mines of Mars
For people who like Boards of Canada, but really it's just a nice space-ambient/IDM mix that works as a piece

A high-concept mix I eventually grew into an actual boutique club night. It's summery and beachy with an environmental twist

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:11 (one week ago) link

I was just agonising over this "one and only one" rule

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:13 (one week ago) link

oops. sorry!!

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:15 (one week ago) link

first one then. the others are a pudding

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:15 (one week ago) link

i don't think i can narrow it down. my favorite mix is always my newest one.

the late great, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:16 (one week ago) link

i pretty much make them for myself anyway, they're just personal mixtapes and a way to document my practice.

the late great, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:17 (one week ago) link

over the past year i started making kinda shitty mixes in audacity mostly for myself. sometimes in phases of listening i hear the different tracks and albums i'm studying reach out to each other and then i'm compelled to put them in a narrative structure etc. the transitions are rough bc i am not a dj and i have no dj equipment or software but i think i still like how this one came out. the selection is very ilm lol

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 September 2020 16:09 (one week ago) link

Andy made a mix many years ago after reading Return From the Stars by Stanislaw Lem. Full thoughts and tracklist on my old blog post about it.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 10 September 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

In terms of technicalities this lovely Halloween party mix from last year of mostly techno is probably my best.

While not so technically OP, in terms of what really best represents all the music I love, this one from a desert party is great too:

Both performed live.

octobeard, Thursday, 10 September 2020 18:45 (one week ago) link

After some consideration, still probably 2017

Though I think maybe 1927 is about as good

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:47 (one week ago) link

Here's mine, from 2017. I was pretty new to it and just excited about the possibilities for blends and transitions, like the bit with the Bowie remix. It was also a sweet spot for me in terms of new club music. It feels a little naive but that's what I like about it.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:33 (one week ago) link

Looking forward to going through these!

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:33 (one week ago) link

This is probably my best one. It's not very skilled as I was just learning how to use the controller but it suits home listening. There are a couple of brief problems with volume levels in the second half. I think I was a bit drunk by that point and had already gone through it mostly like this several times (it was for a deadline) but I don't think it detracts too much. 100-115ish bpm.

To what extent do you all pre-plan the playlist for a recorded mix? I think maybe I have to get out of the mindset of a fairly rigid playlist, which I only do for recorded mixes. I do prepare and practise mixes for playing out but mainly as a way to get me back on track if I'm losing the strand. It's more like if things are going very wrong then I know If I go back to my intended plan at least I know which specific transitions will really work the energy.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:54 (one week ago) link

That’s a great mix, Jed.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 11 September 2020 02:25 (one week ago) link

my latest is my greatest best

davey, Friday, 11 September 2020 09:39 (one week ago) link

xp to jed, i think going in with a clearly defined idea is more important for studio/home recording, as a live setting is going to be more interactive and of the moment. tons of prep is still the most important thing for any DJing, but with playing out i found myself prepping very hard for gigs, then doing something completely different than planned, because it was what was called for at the time. (god i miss playing out.)

also, i always tag the keys of the tracks in a playlist for DJing (and used to do it on vinyl records but gave up as that's kind of pointless). keys are useful data points to guide mixing, though feeling/energy/vibe of the tracks is certainly more important.

davey, Friday, 11 September 2020 09:49 (one week ago) link

xp lol

the late great, Friday, 11 September 2020 12:39 (one week ago) link

*tips hat to TLG*

davey, Friday, 11 September 2020 13:03 (one week ago) link

hey jed, enjoyed yr mix. i love the chugg

davey, Friday, 11 September 2020 13:05 (one week ago) link

Thanks, davey and brotherlovesdub!

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:15 (one week ago) link

I used to not prepare, and I tagged my tracks by bpm, so I would just choose things on the fly in the nearby tempo range. Lately I only make mixes as promo for a release, so I've started planning everything out a lot more.

I don't believe in mixing by key, imo it doesn't matter unless you do a long blend that's like a half step or tritone off, in which case you'll know that it sounds off pretty quickly? I like the surprise effect of a part in a different but related key coming in. But I'm sure someone with better ears than me can do some cool stuff in that realm.

I'm really a just bedroom dj though, there was just a short period where I was getting more gigs, but I only really picked it up a few years ago and played out probably under 10x.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:37 (one week ago) link

I think this is my best mix.

The thing I did better with this mix was EQ adjustment to help match the kick drums and mid ranges. If I were to redo this mix today, I'd definitely leave a few songs out and put some others in, but as a coherent mix with ups and downs, I think this is my best. Be sure to check the rest of my mixes though if you want to judge for yourself. Love Comes In, Expand and Expand, and Balearic Bubbles Go Pop are the ones that are most recent.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:53 (one week ago) link

but with playing out i found myself prepping very hard for gigs, then doing something completely different than planned

yes, it's the only way to go.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Friday, 11 September 2020 23:05 (one week ago) link

i don't prep at all for gigs, just try to make a well put together bag. i prep like crazy when i do my podcast. but i always felt like the gold standard was no prepping at all. theo parrish said "if you really know how to dj you can make any record you own work with any other record you own". and that's where i'm trying to get to. just vibing, grabbing shit i like on instinct, making choices based not on bpm and key but on feel and memory and maybe cover art connections and track titles ... just using the force. or as theo parrish alternately put it "don't think it feel it"

i was serious when i said my favorite mix is always my newest one ... because i'm still at that point in mixing vinyl where i'm not 100% sure i'm going to make every mix cleanly. i'm still pulling off shit i didn't know how to do before, still learning things every time i grab a record. and this new one is no exception ... but this one is even more special to me.

see last night i completely lost my shit at some dear friends on the internet over some dumb social justice dispute. working too hard and taking things too personally. and so when i woke up this morning i was still feeling bad, so i decided to try to get all my feelings out in a mix. so i just started grabbing random shit and putting it on. no planning, no second take. totally spontaneous. this is the first time i've ever been brave enough to upload an unfucked-with first draft to ILM. and it's not perfect. about an hour in my friend lamarr drove over and surprised me with some bbq because i had jump-started his car for him earlier, and i had to put on two long-ass records in a row while i said hi to lamarr. and i tried mixing "man with the red face" which i never do, because man laurent is just totally fucking about live on that record and it drifts like a motherfucker. and i tried mixing jungle, which i don't even know how to do yet. but i want to be braver in the future. so this mix is my favorite right now, because it is, in a very small sense, one of the braver and more vulnerable gestures i've made.

DJs post your mixes for download

the late great, Monday, 14 September 2020 01:00 (one week ago) link


<3 tlg!

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 14 September 2020 01:20 (one week ago) link

got yr mix on now, tlg. last year someone told me i take things too personally, and i decided she was right and i'd try to cut it out. it has done amazing wonders for my mental health.

it's good to mix whatever u feel like. bpm and key are just more data that you can use to guide mixes when u feel like using them.

davey, Monday, 14 September 2020 01:21 (one week ago) link

one of the braver and more vulnerable gestures i've made.

this is a lovely thing to write and to read.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 14 September 2020 01:30 (one week ago) link

idk it feels kinda pretentious ... but thanks! learning to mix has been a 24 year process for me. and i've had to work hard to see my failures and struggles as a humbling process as opposed to a humiliating one. because i am just not a very well coordinated or musically adept person and western society has backwards ideas about learning. but it's made a hige difference in my life and ever present struggle with mental health in terms of cultivating a growth mindset. and i guess a new part of that is being honest about where i'm at and appreciating it and not being such a perfectionist

the late great, Monday, 14 September 2020 01:44 (one week ago) link

see i even default to fixed mindset language!

i should say i am not as physically coordinated and musically adept yet ... as i hope to be in the future

the late great, Monday, 14 September 2020 01:47 (one week ago) link

It's not pretentious at all, it's refreshing. Reads good, feels good.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 14 September 2020 02:00 (one week ago) link

We're all feeling very deeply rn. Fuck it.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 14 September 2020 02:01 (one week ago) link

I used to prep a lot more but these days it pretty much involves loading a whole bunch of songs I like into a Serato crate, maybe having a vague idea of how to start but ultimately seeing where the muse takes me. It's a lot more fun that way. If I were mixing on vinyl, I'd probably have to prepare a lot more, but on the rare occasions I do play a vinyl set, it's also fairly haphazard as I can't really beatmatch vinyl very well, so it becomes more about segueing disparate tracks together by mood rather than tempo/style

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Monday, 14 September 2020 09:32 (one week ago) link

i love these posts. i love reading the context. loading up your mix for my run, today, tlg :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 September 2020 10:19 (one week ago) link

my friend who is a well known west coast record distributor
and legendary deep cult balearic dj once told me over tequila that the concept of set preparation was preposterous because you never knew who was coming to the party or what was going to happen at the party, and that you had to mix the vibes, not the records. for the same reasons he said he thought that solo dj practice was an affront to the art, worse than futile, and that mixing without an audience was to dishonor one's tools

good thing i have a dog!!

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:35 (one week ago) link

he also told me fuck the concept of messing up and that i would get there. if he hadn't said that i probably would have given up by now. he flatly said i could figure it out given enough time and practice, because anybody could, if they just allowed themselves to ::be in the flow:: instead
of worrying about messing up. that becane like my magic feather. this was during a phase in which my friends would only give me sad smiles when i asked them if i was making any progress

maybe it was the tequila that made it sound convincing

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:49 (one week ago) link

later on i saw him on a dance floor in a tank top and shorts. as we watched a mutual friend badly trainwreck two unedited disco records he raised his skinny arms and yelled W00000 HUMANITY

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:51 (one week ago) link

these are some all-time dj stories tlg.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:25 (one week ago) link

he's an all time bro!!

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:53 (one week ago) link

one of the main reasons I started livestreaming my sets was because solo dj practice during lockdown felt like an affront. that said, I've always made mixtapes that are just for me, so I kind of enjoy doing high-concept things like that. they usually start out as Spotify playlists though

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:58 (one week ago) link

oh yeah i mean fuck that, how can you play to an audience if you can't play to yourself, right?

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:03 (one week ago) link

you have to learn to also attune to the inner vibes

um i was going to say something about how i liked to think of some of my favorite mixes (kirk degiorgio's check one, or mark broom's excursions mastermix) as being made in a reflective personal mixtape mode, but then i remember how that kinda turned into a cheap marketing gimmick (latenighttales, another late night, back to mine, etc etc) and now i'm not so sure ... i guess it seemed like a good idea at the time though?

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:07 (one week ago) link

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