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Choices by Rasela

When we first set out to create an online course for women to teach the necessary skills of DJing I had my reservations. I knew it would mean that I had to work harder than I probably wanted to, devote more time to a new project which could mean spending less time surfing (eeek), and that I would have to answer to a business partner who would be relying on me to complete certain tasks and maintain a level of commitment and consistency in our new venture.

OMG but what if I don’t ‘feel’ like I want to work this hard it’s taking so long?! Have any of you felt the same when starting a new project?

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Drunk or Sober?
by Lainie

To be (drunk) or not to be (drunk), that is the question!

When Hamlet posed this question, it was purely about the conundrum of whether he wanted to live or not to live and what would be a more preferable option. In the reference above, I of course, am referring to rocking up to a gig and living through your set hammered…. or dying in the ass coz you are a train wreck that got a bit too tipsy turvy either before, or during your set.

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Washing Records
by Rasela

Ever picked up a record that looks like it has a cloudy film over it, greasy finger prints on it, loaded with dust, small bumps that can be scratched off with your fingernail or worse still, scratched deeper into the groove? Many old/improperly stored  records may contain one or all of the above and will make playing it sound muffled, distorted, incomprehensible, and even cause the needle to jump or skip across the record.

Mold, dust, dirt and ‘unidentified sticky bumps’ are but a wash away and if you follow the record washing guidelines below you can play them again with renewed love.

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Getting in a Funk
by Lainie

Spring has sprung. New vibes, new energy, new endorphins that are fuelling us. The winter has passed and even though some of you reading this might be in situations where your freedom feels like it’s been placed on pause, thankfully no matter what situation we are in, we always have music.

I think Parliament nailed the lyrics when they sang “Ow, we want the funk. Give up the funk, Ow, we need the funk, we gotta have that funk”.

How true it is. Where would our lives be without the funk! When I was thinking about what to write for this month’s newsletter, I was reflecting on how I have been feeling in relation to getting behind the decks and practicing my craft.

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“Don’t forget to record your set, Don’t forget to record your set, Don’t forget to record your set”

These are the words you will most often hear me mutter for the whole week leading up to a gig. Then for about an hour before my set, I’ll be looking for post it notes around the house to stick on my DJ controller, while still muttering the words “Lainie ffs DON’T FORGET TO RECORD YOUR SET”.

Regardless of all this ‘mental note to self’ stuff, nine times out of ten I forget to record my set.

The truth is that there is always a level of nerves that follow me when I am about to play a set. When you are a DJ, there is so much that could potentially go wrong tech wise. You will generally have all these things on your mind before a gig:

Will the speakers work, do I have the right cords and leads, did I forget anything, did I bring my laptop, (in my case) did I bring my glasses so I can see the screen, will the internet be accessible (if you are only streaming – not advisable but people still do it), did I remember to bring a backup of my music.

I guess with all this stuff on a DJ’s mind, it’s no wonder that when you are about to start your set, the last thing you remember is to press record. You just want to jump into it and get your flow on and get people dancing asap.

Pro’s of hitting record

  1. You have evidence that you can DJ and you can show it off for all to hear and enjoy.
  2. It is great to add to your Soundcloud page so you can send people who might potentially want to get you to do a paid gig somewhere.
  3. You can listen back and find ways you can improve your skills.

Con’s of not hiting record

  1. The self-flagellation you give yourself for forgetting can be ruthless.
  2. When you nail your set, there is no evidence of this for you to go back and see what worked so you can replicate the magic.
  3. I can’t think of a third one because honestly, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just bloody frustrating.

When you record a digital set, the settings for where you will find it on your computer are different for each software. I’ve done a little video showing where you find the record button on a Rekordbox set up. You choose where the folder will be in the recordings tab of the controller tab in your settings.

https://tinyurl.com/yvbft7js

For Serato DJ Pro, here is a clip to explain how to record your set, keep in mind the free versions won’t allow recording. One of the many advantages of paying for the software.

Don’t fret Traktor people here is a relatively boring explanation but it’s easy to understand and that’s what we want!!

Whatever happens, whether you forget or remember to record your set, the main thing is that you show up and give it everything you have!

Peace Out Ladies

Lainsta