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Website History
  • Initial version written and put online in Februari 1999.
  • Measuring visitors with NedStat since 28th April 1999.
  • Moved to Hyperreal on Sept. 7th 1999.
  • Moved from to in Dec. 2000.
  • October 2001: The big 100.000 visitor mark!
  • Februari 2002, 3 (long overdue) Major overhaul of the lay-out and content.
  • September 2002, converted VQF files into MP3 and made the site printable (hopefully).

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  • Introduction

    "What is DJ-ing anyway ?"

    I'll start by saying it is not just chaining tracks together into one long continuous piece of music.

    How you mix your records, which records you mix and even the order in which you mix them can make or break an atmosphere. A DJ is a musician who is using music to make music. The turntables, mixer and records make up one of the most versatile and complex instruments imaginable.

    Still, this does not do credit to the most important thing about DJ-ing. The ultimate goal for a DJ is to create something magical with the audience, to make time stop, to create a natural high, or more down to earth, at least give the crowd a great time.

    "What and who are these pages intended for ?"

    The above mentioned "magic" does not let itself to be captured in words, let alone the way to do it. These pages provide the reader with the basics, the low-level technical basis, which you need to mix. The Basics ? No, just some of the many possible basics.

    Anyone who starts out with DJ-ing can use these basics to get started, since it is useless to re-invent the wheel so to speak. Keep in mind that this set of tips and guidelines is a way of doing it, it does not have to mean it is the only way. Once you have learned how to manipulate vinyl and get the hang of mixing, you have to take the matter into your own hands and develop your own style, regarding both choice of records and style of mixing.

    So this is BY NO MEANS a definitive absolute DJ bible.

    "Why did you create these pages ?"

    ... Putting to use my own experience as a DJ, this is what started this web page about DJ-ing/mixing. I started DJ-ing about in october 1997, when curiosity drove me to take a course in DJ Basics. I got hooked up on "Spinning the wheels of Steel" pretty soon afterwards and started to build a record collection. Up untill now it is just a hobby with a free lance escapade here or there, a hobby which I very much enjoy.

    These pages will show you some of the ways to play this interesting "instrument", but they can not tell how to become perfect at it. It will take years and years and even then you think you can still do better. This automatically, and rightfully, implies I myself am not perfect at DJ-ing. Well, I am not, although I'm good enough to DJ at a local club. But, like already mentioned above, I can still prevent other people from having to re-invent the wheel when it comes to DJ-ing.

    IMPORTANT: As author of this text, which is basically a set of guidelines and tips for mixing records, I do NOT take any responsibility for damage, to your equipment or otherwise, whether this is caused by errors in this text or by misinterpretation of these guidelines and tips. Neither can I, as author of this text, be held responsible for any damage caused by inexperience or insufficient knowledge about proper use of the equipment.

    In writing this document I assume you have some basic knowledge about the equipment:

    • 2 direct drive turntables with slipmats
    • a mixer
    • a headphone
    • an amplifier and speakers.
    • records ... (not really equipment, but very essential)
    ... And next to knowing how to hook 'em up, I assume you HAVE them at your disposal as well... Although I am not going to stop you from reading if curiosity is your drive, without actually being able to put all this into practice.


    Speaking for myself, I prefer to play Techno/Trance, 'Progressive Trance' as they call it nowadays, with sometimes a tiny little trace of Club. This document will deal with DJ-ing/mixing this kind of music. Mixing with other styles of music, Drum 'n' Bass, hip hop or others, might have some general things in common but may require a different approach. Keep this in mind... Beat juggling and turntablism are two completely different ball games.

    NOTE: In some cases I might be -as the Dutch saying goes- "kicking in an open door"... Or in other words: tell something which is to the more experienced musician and/or DJ very obvious. Feel free to skip those parts.

    © 1999 - 2002. It is not allowed to duplicate this text or parts thereof without written permission of the author: Geert-Jan Pluijms.