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1. LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking (Gigi Barocco Remix)
http://youtu.be/1wbTCWdHzww

When I get a packed floor Iím loving dropping this it has so much energy. I didnít like the original very much so itís really nice to find this remix it packs much more for a punch without taking too much from the original vocals, for sure check it out and start playing this out.

2. will.i.am – Scream & Shout ft. Britney Spears Remix (Reidiculous Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E2wOq0rcAY

Reidiculous makes rocking current club remixes. If you havenít heard his remix of Pound the Alarm make sure to check it out as well. Right now Iíve been playing the original Scream & Shout and mixing it into this one, girls really like the beat of the original track, so I can still give them that and play the first drop of this remix to give it extra kick and play it a bit different, that being said itís rowdy enough on itís own too.

3. Calvin Harris – Thinking About You (Panic City Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kPi4Ax0Cx4

Iíve been playing this in my opening sets but Iím aiming to try it later in my set, itís a great classic Calvin Harris track, not too rowdy but it has a lot of energy and really good vocals.

4.Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
http://youtu.be/vNoKguSdy4Y

This is on top of charts right now and girls love it, that being said Iíd like to find a good remix of this that does something a bit more fun with it. Until I do, I wanted to have this here because itís a must play for a top 40 crowd.

5. Go Deep – Remedy Go Deeper Bootleg

This is a really high energy track, and I love the catchy vocals in the break, I wouldnít play the whole thing out, but at least one break would be a great way to mix it up.

6. Justin Bieber – Beauty and a Beat (feat. Nicki Minaj) (Bisbetic Remix)
http://youtu.be/2IwNmeQCfFk

Another very solid remix of a track thatís really big. A nice progressive break in it, so I wouldnít play it at the beginning of the night, and also because itís very high energy. But itís a fun way to play the track.

7. Just Blaze x Baauer – Higher
http://youtu.be/sDEXUaAjh7E

Iím loving to see Trap EDM & Hip Hop worlds collaborating. This is a massive Trap track from Just Blaze and Baauer, itís got a lot of energy which is what I look for searching for good Trap tracks when there’s such an over saturation of them out there right now.

8. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) (Diplo and Grand Theft Remix)
http://youtu.be/zXxNXAEHk-c

Heres another really killer trap track that you can get away with with a top 40 crowd, it has a lot of energy and does a good job of preserving some of the vocals and energy from the original house version.

9. Fedde Le Grand – RAW (Original Mix)
http://youtu.be/Jk-SMqP5ZwQ

I really like this new track from Fedde Le Grand, it keeps the beat during the break and the drop sounds awesome.

10. Benny Benassi pres. The Biz – Satisfaction (Dada Life Remix)
http://youtu.be/u-PiDRFIjTw

I always loved satisfaction and even though their are loads of remixes out there I have a tough time finding one I like. This one really just thickens up the original, saving what you loved about the original Satisfaction but with an awesome Dada Life spin.

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Auto-sync; friend to new DJs, source of much disdain to veterans.† Most DJ software has it as a feature, but when is it appropriate to use?† There are a lot of strong opinions regarding the ease with which the inexperienced can get on stage with nothing more than an iTunes playlist and some DJ software and call themselves a DJ.

The first thing to consider when debating whether or not to sync is the software and hardware that you are using.† Obviously, if you are using nothing but vinyl there is no sync option, so you better practice your mixing chops.† For better or worse, this seems to be a dying trend among young DJs (at least in North America) and the subtle skills required to effectively spin an entire night in this fashion might soon become a thing of the past.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Ableton Live DJ.† One of the main features that draws people to use Live is its unique ‘warping’ function.† Warping is essentially mapping all of your audio to a beat grid so that you can play anything in your set at any tempo and it will all stay in sync and in key.† Since syncing is an inherent feature of Live, those who use it must find creative ways to perform live beyond the standard two deck mixing style.

In between these two lie the many different ways that DJs spin with Serato, Traktor and the like.† Whether using virtual vinyl or CDs, many DJs are using this style of digital/analog setup.† So, the question remains; when and where do you use auto-sync?

1.†† †New DJs
While it may seem like a no brainer to learn how to properly mix before you ever get on a stage, this is not always the case.† For all of you young DJs who might jump into the deep end in front of a crowd a bit too early there are certain times when it is acceptable to use auto-sync to get you out of a bind.† If everything is happening too fast and you need that next track RIGHT NOW, but itís not quite ready, a little help in this area can go a long way.

2. Youíre too drunk
Letís get something straight, most professional DJs take their job seriously and they act accordingly.† That being said, everyone has a few too many now and then and auto-sync can be a lifeline in these situations.† No one in the crowd can see exactly what youíre doing on stage and most would rather not hear the dreaded Ďshoes-in-a-dryerí disaster of an out-of-sync mix, so in these cases it might be best to accept a little help.

3. Youíre using multiple tracks and/or loops
If youíve gone beyond the basic two-deck style of mixing and are now incorporating a third or fourth deck into the mix, most would say it is acceptable to use some measure of auto-sync.† If you are only using two pieces of hardware (i.e. turntables) you will most likely be running the extra tracks straight from the software, so they will have to be synced since you have no physical control over them.

4. Other crazy things
If you are using external synths or effects, playing along with live musicians, or improvising original music on stage you might also want to use a sync function.† How you do this will be completely dependent on your particular setup.

A good rule of thumb for using auto-sync is this; only use it if it helps bring your performance to another level.† If you have to use it to cover up sloppy mixes or rely on it as a crutch for basic two-deck mixing, then you might want to go back to the drawing board.

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Virtual DJ is an excellent piece of technology for both beginner DJ as well as someone thinking of making the switch from CDs or vinyl to start using a laptop in their DJ set up. Iíll start by going over why YOU might want to check out virtual DJ and then what options they have available and what might be right for you.

So first, why should you consider using virtual DJ?

For the beginner virtual DJ provides an excellent way to learn how to DJ. First of all its very similar in its lower layout to most music programs like iTunes, so this part of the software comes fairly intuitively. The other part is that as a whole the software is not cluttered and allows for easy learning of what the various buttons do. Most importantly the way the deck play/ pause/ pitch meter is set up is very similar to that of real decks, helping you to get an understanding of how the whole system is set up, and meant to be used. A good example of this is the beat grid at the top. Each 4 bars has a dot at the top and the fourth beat has a longer rectangle. This helps a beginner start working within 4 bars.

So what about the seasoned DJs. If youíre thinking of making the switch from CDs or records, why use virtual DJ? Iíve often liked the idea of switching to using CDs and not having to worry about my laptop at the club. But laptops bring such huge access to music that and ease of use that even the newest CD decks canít measure up to. The new pioneer CDJs are much better and incredibly intuitive, however I canít think of a random song off the top of my head and load it in 3 seconds and have it ready to mix in, and this is what is so effective about using a laptop. The access to unlimited music is so easy.

This goes for experienced mobile DJs as well, there’s enough stuff to move. Using a small controller and a laptop gives you access to so much music as itís a good idea to make the switch if you haven’t already.

So what does Virtual DJ offer you?

Virtual DJ has plug and play setup for a multitude of controllers from the Mixtrack Pro or the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO. This is extremely handy for beginners as to save from investing in high end DJ gear to get started. These are solid controllers and a great starting point for a new DJ. Mobile DJs can also benefit greatly from these as it saves bringing more heavy equipment. Resident DJs and Pros can benefit from mobile DJ as well as most of the latest CDJ generation are built for plug and play with Virtual DJ. This also means that even if you start out on a controller you can move up comfortably to more complex gear without having to learn new software.

As such Virtual DJ provides excellent software option for someone looking to start DJing and learn the ropes or as someone with experience thinking of making the switch over to the laptop world.

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1. Thrift Shop – Bombs Away & KOMES Remix
http://youtu.be/fB7vjhX8MXg
This track just sounds awesome in the club, itís nice to be able to get the original track in their without having to go downtempo, and the drops sound fantastic.

2. Diamonds – Congorock Remix
http://youtu.be/T-ePrgCJjWY
This is a really nice remix for a more electro crowd where you might not be playing a lot of hip hop to get this track in their still.

3. Avicii vs Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One (Nicktim)
http://youtu.be/bek1y2uiQGA
I think this track will get really bg, the original was awesome and the vocals are a good addition.

4. The Night Out – A-Trak Remix
http://youtu.be/_jXmqKSlMlI
This is a fun track and I really like the heavier spin A-Trackís put on it.

5. DJ Dan & TJR – Jacked Up Funk
http://youtu.be/aF5On2NI_U0
The drop on this track is awesome I love this funky kind of stuff and it was that sort of sound that had me playing Funky Vodka before Donít Stop the Party got big, for sure check this out.

6. Bring Out the Bottles
http://youtu.be/nCn4F68wDt8
This track will for sure be really big, I donít think it has the same staying power as Party Rock Anthem or Sexy and I Know It, but will be big regardless.

7. Right Here, Right Now – Serafin 2012 Trap Remix
Everything is getting Trap remixes now, but this is one of the ones I like, the drums really bang and it compliments the elements of the original really well.

8. Losing My Summer Breeze – Greg Armano Summer Breeze Bootleg
This track is great opener, classic vocals but not too heavy on the drop.

9.RL Grime vs Big Sean – Oh Gawd (3LAU Mashtrap)
http://youtu.be/BBO4gdMypXM
I found this track by accident and itís such a great mixture of awesome elements. The satisfaction samples very recognizable, and the vocals popular with some awesome drums in it as well.

10. Christina Aguilera – Your Body (Audien Remix)
http://youtu.be/Z1v76idgWUQ
I still love the original of this track, itís an awesome downtempo top 40 track, this is a great electro remix with a good break and a both a rowdy electro drop and a more progressive sounding one.

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