There are a lot of characteristics that make up a great DJ. They need to be able to read the crowd, know exactly what to play next, have a vast library and knowledge of music and they need to be good on a microphone. I also believe they need to know how to mix music properly.
The art of mixing and programming music can dramatically enhance the party on the dance floor. I demonstrate how in an easy to understand way in the video below.
In the first example, I demonstrate what it sounds like if the songs aren’t being mixed. I have you imagine you’re at a wedding reception and the dance party kicks off with Uptown Funk. Everybody’s out on the dance floor, because most people love that song. The problem is the DJ isn’t mixing in the next song. It’s a simple transition where Uptown Funk fades out then Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” starts after a second of silence. You’ll notice in this example how the energy can get lost.
In the second example, I use those same two songs and demonstrate what it’s like when they are mixed together perfectly. You’ll notice that the energy isn’t lost and what happens is it doesn’t give people time to think about leaving the dance floor. They immediately get excited for that next song.
The energy is maintained and when the DJ does that song after song, along with being able to read the crowd, he or she can create some really great energy, which results in some epic dance parties and some pretty memorable moments out on the dance floor.
To Hear More:
To check out some of my mixes go to Mixcloud.com/djericrhodes. There’s a free app you can download and listen to mixes anytime on your smartphone or tablet.
Thank you and enjoy!
~ Eric Rhodes
Eric Rhodes is the owner of Rhodes Entertainment in Boise, ID. He has always had a passion for entertaining people through music. Eric officially started mixing records at the University of Idaho in 1999. After college Eric moved to Boise where he started making a name for himself in the local music/club scene with his unique sets of House, Indie and Hip-Hop tracks. He started his business in 2011 after realizing that his career in TV news just wasn’t for him. Since then, Eric has been following his dream by building his mobile DJ Company.
Aside from music, Eric has a passion for fitness, personal development and, most importantly, raising his young family. He was also the President of his local Toastmasters Club and President of the Idaho Event Professionals group.