Last time we talked about how to DJ downtempo sets on the blog, we explored some of the different subgenres that make up the downtempo movement, and also talked about the general philosophy behind downtempo music. Now that you understand the basics of what downtempo music is all about, we can get into some of the nitty gritty of how to DJ downtempo sets. As we’ll see, however, being a downtempo DJ is just as much about artistry as it is about mastering the technical side of things. But first, to start off, let’s take a look at some of the basic techniques all downtempo DJs need to master.
Although downtempo music places less emphasis on beats than other EDM genres, that doesn’t mean the beats don’t matter. In order to create smooth transitions, you’ll want to make sure that your songs are beatmatched. Want a primer on how to beatmatch? Check out our beatmatching video tutorial series, which is included in every Spin Academy membership.
Mixing in Key
Even more important than beatmatching when it comes to how to DJ downtempo music is the technique of mixing in key. Since beats are often secondary elements in this genre, that means melodic [...]Read More...