Let’s Talk About Your Wedding DJ Mixing Music
- Mixing, Explained
What is mixing? In layman’s terms, it is the blending of two songs to create a clean transition from one song to the next. This usually involves a technique called “beat matching”, where the DJ adjusts the speed (or tempo) of one or both songs to make them the same speed. Once this is done, your DJ can line up elements of each song to produce a smooth transition. Experienced DJs will also work to mix the music harmonically so not only does the music and beat stay in time, the songs sound like they are meant to go together.
- Why It’s Helpful
- Keeps your dance floor “sticky” – If your DJ is blending music throughout the night, there’s no emphasized start and end point to the music, and people will continue two steppin’ from one track right into the next before they know it.
- Attention spans are at an all-time low – By default, a lot of your guests will want to hear the best parts of songs, and move on. If your DJ is mixing, they can get into tracks at the right parts, and move on before it stays past its welcome on the loud-speakers. This is why hiring a DJ that knows the music well is important, so they understand which parts of the songs your guests actually want to listen to.
- Crowd reading – It’s the DJs job to read the crowd and see how they are responding to the music they are playing. If people are having a great time with a particular track, they should let it play a bit longer. If the energy is getting stale, mixing out of a song smoothly into the next one keeps the party moving in a positive direction.
- Blending multiple genres and eras – If the mix is clean enough you can bridge the gap in musical preferences because feet are already moving to the song that was playing before the new track that just got mixed in.
- Unique creativity – Your DJ is creating a one-of-a-kind listening experience with the music. They aren’t simply playing songs your guests can go listen to on the radio as soon as the party is over – they’re creating a custom soundtrack for your special day.
- Notable exceptions – Cocktail hour, dinner music, slow dances and formal dances, and specific requests.
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