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DJ-Friendly Arrangements

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today, I want to talk about something that's super important for anyone looking to get their tracks played by DJs without any hassle: DJ-friendly arrangements.

So, what are DJ-friendly arrangements, and why should we care about them? Why should we compromise our artistic side and creative freedom just to make something "DJ-friendly?" Well, if your goal is to get on the scene—whether that's playing festivals, parties, or any professional setting—then considering DJ-friendly arrangements is a smart move. It not only helps you mix your tracks but also makes it easier for others to mix them.


Why Go DJ-Friendly?

First off, let's talk about why you might want to make your tracks DJ-friendly. It's not about selling out or making cheesy music. It's about making it easier for other DJs to include your tracks in their sets. If we think about it, we want our music to be played, right? So, why not make it easier for everyone involved?

When I talk about DJ-friendly arrangements, I'm mainly focusing on the structure of your tracks. Think about the moments when your track is going to be played, from the first kick and bass to the end. Most DJs will start playing your track from the first kick, so it's essential to make that part mix-friendly.


The Magic of Eight-Bars

Let's talk about the importance of eight-bar patterns. Ideally, your tracks should follow this structure to be DJ-friendly. For instance, in this track, the kick and bass start from a specific point. Most DJs will set the cue point there, then beat match and mix them at the right moment.

A common practice is to have sections in multiples of eight bars. In my track, I deviated a bit with three cycles of eight bars, making 34 bars in total. This keeps things interesting and avoids the monotony of always having 16 or 32 bars. However, the best practice would be to stick to the eight-bar structure for easier mixing.

Adapting to Modern DJing

Remember, traditional DJing involved mixing tracks on vinyl, which required 64 bars to beat match. Today, we have digital displays and sync features (though I don't recommend relying on sync), making it easier to match beats. But still, following an eight-bar pattern is a good rule of thumb.

Flexibility in Arrangements

From the start of the kick and bass, you have some flexibility. DJs will usually mix from specific points, but for the most part, you can do whatever you want. Just ensure that the main parts and transitions are in eight-bar patterns. This makes your tracks more accessible and easier for DJs to use.

Conclusion

In summary, making your tracks DJ-friendly isn't about compromising your creativity. It's about making your music more accessible and easier to mix, increasing the chances that DJs will play your tracks. This can lead to better promotion and potentially boost your career.

Thanks for tuning in, and I'll catch you in the next video. Happy producing and mixing!

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