I’ve liked listening to, and messing around with music on a “for fun”-basis for a while, having messed around with software like eJay while still in school, and trying to do some mixing using various pieces of software. But so far, it’s only been short spells, and not with a lot of effort. Until now.
A couple of months ago (or 3?), I finally decided to do something about it, and start learning the skills to become a DJ.
I started out using DJay, and TouchOSC on my iPad as a controller.
At some point, DJay just got too limiting, so I decided to try out Traktor Pro 2 (I pirated it, but only because I wanted to make sure that it was what I wanted. I have since bought it).
After a while, using my iPad as a controller also got too limiting, so I decided to buy a Novation Twitch 2nd hand. I still use the iPad as either a 2nd controller or as a synth.
It was also at this point, that I uploaded my first mix to Soundcloud, I have since moved to Mixcloud, as they’re free.
I kept on learning, practicing, and started experimenting with harmonic mixing.
One evening, Sensation was going on in Copenhagen, I was not aware until then, but decided to roll my own mix to make up for it.
Recently, I ordered some new caps for the controller, I got some Chroma Caps from DJ TechTools, and received this last Monday (Dec. 10th). They took a bit of work to install, as they were sitting way too high. Dremel to the rescue!
They are very awesome, and definitely a step up from the hard plastic of the original knobs. I decided to throw together yet another mix, to test them.
As for playing publicly, I have applied for a DJ slot at NordicFuzzCon, which, if I’m accepted, will be my first public performance.
So, this is where it’s at now. I have learned a lot, both from practicing, but also a huge amount from watching youtube videos, there are a great number of very good videos, on techniques, skills and methods, most of them by the very entertaining and educational ellaskins, who I’d like to thank very much (and buy a beer, should the opportunity arise).