I guess most DJs know that scenario: You have to prepare your next set, but you just don’t get the right feeling to do it.
One time it’s like you have the strongest record collection in the world and the next time you step onto your decks thinking: “What the heck did I buy all those records for? They won’t ever fit in any set I’ll ever play.”
Maybe speaking only for myself, but I want any single set to be special. I don’t want anybody to listen to the same records over and over, neither do I.
I can’t just have one set-up for a certain period and that’s it. Minimum effort by downloading a few of last week’s beatport tunes, but after all grabbing the same record bag, that was packed already two months ago. We all know, a lot of professional DJs do that. But thank god, I am no professional! Because I just can’t do that. For me it’s very important to push the reset button on my record bag every single time I go out to DJ. Of course, I have my own evergreens that sneak into the crate anytime. But most of the stuff changes. Sometimes slow, sometime hippie, sometimes trippy. And sometimes banging – the compilation should never be the same.
Sometimes I think, I should maybe grab all the tracks, that I compiled for the recent mixtapes and just play it down in the same order. People that loved the tapes would love to hear the tracks live, I am totally sure about that. But that would lack any chaos factor, a factor, that is very important in my opininion.
More important right now is what do the people tomorrow in Leipzig expect? How far can I go? The HWs and Paul are really into the Soft Rocky thing, but I am booked for the prime time night shift and HW’s Kon, who booked me, knows what he is doing. Anyway, stop thinking, start packing.
Here is one of my all time favourite records, I have almost always in my bag. In my opinion the best “I feel love” interpretation I know, just ba-ba-bangin’.
If I play this tomorrow I will probably pitch it down to -8. Otherwise it won’t fit to rest of the groove I want to build. Now this brings me into the right mood to drop Patrick Cowley’s “Right on Target” and blend it with Todd Terje & Lindstrom’s “Lanzarote” later.
Well, I tried to blend it meanwhile. Doesn’t sound right yet to be honest, but I will work on it. Just do it, do it, do it. Sometimes failing is better than not taking any risks, right? Speaking of Italo, I packed some older Mr Pauli & David Vunk track I only placed once. It worked pretty well, but I was also in love at that time. Let’s see what happens this time.
Now three hours are gone since I started writing this post. My bag I fully overloaded now and this was only step one of the process. The base of the package is a tripped mid-tempo sound, a lot of scandinavian over produced hifi disco from the past decade as well. But I also packed Daphni’s Yeye, this will be truly hard to bring into the mix, but the atmosphere in the track is still exactly what I want to bring to that beautiful open air garden venue tomorrow and so will it be.
Next step will be the more boring, but more comfortable procedure of selecting the digital stuff for the USB stick, but this is too digital to be blogged about.
Good night and hello Leipzig!