Too many DJ’s neglect this…

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Knowing where to mix in and out is a daunting task for beginner DJ’s, but once you understand song structure, mixing in and out anywhere, will come to you as a breeze.

The secret is to know how a song works, and to understand it’s structure and parts so that you can discern a patter within all songs and better figure out where to mix in and out 😉

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So let’s talk about EDM song structure.

For most EDM songs, they have intros, choruses and outros that number between 32 to 96 beats.

Now, once we reach the end of an intro, there is usually a breakdown, and the song really begins, after the breakdown, there will be a build up, followed by the first chorus.

When the chorus ends another breakdown begins, which is followed up by another a build up and then a 2nd chorus and then finally an outro.

So one way to mix EDM songs cleanly is to transition at the first chorus’s breakdown, with the 2nd songs intro’s breakdown. You have to trigger the next song right at the start of the current songs chorus so that when the chorus ends, the next song begins.

So how do we make sure that they start and end on beat, since intros and choruses have beats that are either 32, 64 and or even 128.

Well first you have to know how many beats the 1st songs chorus has. It’s different for every song.

Now, for this song, the whole chorus is 64 beats, and I determined that by counting how many it has.

So that means that we have to mix in our next song with a 64 beat intro.

But what happens if our next song doesn’t have an intro of that length?

We then have to count backwards 64 beats before the song really begins. Once we do that, we then mark that section on the 2nd song.

To make this process easier I use a feature called beat jump and I simply jump back 64 beats from the intros break down.

So when we reach the 1st songs chorus, we start mixing in the 2nd song right at that moment and since we know that the chorus has 64 beats and our intro has 64 beats, they will end and begin at the breakdown.

Now you’re not limited to just mixing during the first chorus. You can mix in during the 2nd chorus or even during the outro, just make sure to consider the audience and how they’re feeling the song. From experience, people just prefer hearing the first chorus.

But for this tutorials sake, let me demonstrate to you how it’ll work for the 2nd chorus since an outro is right after it. Now this requires proper mixing. But as long as you know the number of beats your intro, and chorus have, mixing shouldn’t be a problem.

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84 thoughts on “Too many DJ’s neglect this…

  1. great tips for the new jacks been spinning records since the 70s when we had no pitch control great job bro on this tutorial

  2. Sup DJ Carlop Atendido!
    I can’t agree more…if you don’t want what feel like unintended dead zones you gotta at least keep the bass line going without more than a couple measures of break.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edDQtaS_T1U
    I so hope you read this and maybe listen to my mix….I think you’ll appreciate the tracks…maybe some of the mixes…and I certainly take song structure into account…although I tend to let some of the mixes get a little thicker…maybe too thick…you guys tell me.
    I’m kind of surprised that you don’t have any lessons on pitch correction…a lot of armatures either clash keys and just don’t realize or care about it…or do and just avoid those mixes that they know just sound bad together for some reason…or just avoid mixing the harmonic parts of tracks as much as possible.

  3. Who cares about making an absolutely perfect mix, the crowds are drunk and many on drugs do you think they really care? I started on vinyl in 1993 and have played in clubs many times and not one person ever mentioned to me that I did a bad mix or that they reccomend I mix in at another point, lol. What is it with people’s persuit for perfection these days? It’s likes too, people want to be perfectly groomed, hair, nails, skin etc…Who cares humans are by nature imperfect so be yourself, and with mixing as long as it doesn’t sound rubbish then it’s ok.

  4. I’m not sure if someone could call them self a DJ if they don’t consider the structure of each song they play and how to time transitions but great video ?

  5. Most of the time I mix intro of 2nd track with chorus(or outro) is of 1st track but when I am playing my favorite EDM I prefer mixing with build up and chorus of 2nd track right after the end of chorus of 1st track just to keep the energy level high..I hope to get lesson of messing with build up and the bar before the drop to make a jump start in upcoming days and thanks for the video man!!love it??

  6. MP3, consoles and tutorials like this kills real dj skills on vinyl. Sorry bro but new generation djs kills the passion and feel of beatmatch, precision timing eq and double drops. It is just too much perfect and boring for dj born in 80’s. Peace ✌️

  7. It is essential to know your music. I listened to every track I purchased. I practice my sets before I either play out or on my radio show. Since I play House music, I had longer blends with slow transitions. A right track is not to be rush unless you are running out of tune.

  8. Whatever happened to using the intros and outros to beatmatch so you can hear the skill and the full song. Dropping beats on a breakdown is not skill as it doesnt even need to be perfectly beatmatched

  9. From where u learn all this and also before u start djing do you have music theory back?? And last how many years do you djing ? Keep it up bro!

  10. I was looking for a tutorial on this and surprise surprise you got it..

    Dude you have been more helpful than you can imagine ✌✌✌

    If I succeed as a dj you are to be credited

  11. I’m not really a fan of mixing chorus-to-chorus, as choruses are pretty saturated and vocals might be getting in the way. Instead, I propose the following:

    First you mix intros with outros, each of them lasts about a minute (depending on genre and BPM). Set yourself a goal to make a 1h flawless mix with all tracks cleanly mixed intro-with-outro. This skill will save you from ever having to set up an emergency loop.

    Then you can mix intro-with-chorus2, hotcueing from intro into breakdown2. Choose some tracks with super hard drops and make it into another flawless 1h mix.

    Then you can mix intros with breakdown halfway through, building up for the new track. Now you can have some really cool double breakdowns! Make another 1h mix just doing these transitions.

    Once you can put an intro into any part of a track, you can bend your set time however you wish – you can go full length, or you can double-time it, or build up energy through introing into breakdowns.

    The most important part of all this is to actually have fun dropping some juicy beats.

  12. Thanks that was very useful. What I do not get (maybe a silly question) is, how to set the cue point. If I decide to set the cue point 64 bars before the breakdown and the intro of the next song only has 32 bars before the breakdown it does not work. OK. I could start counting if i know how long the intro is but do you memorize all of that?

  13. What will I do, if the tracks are not having same structure?
    You are using the tracks with similar beats counting (1 chorus breakdown 64 beats and intro breakdown 64)
    Consider it the tracks are having 16, 32 or 64…….

    What will you suggest to do?
    Looping the 2nd track with equal to 1st track or choosing the tracks with same beat counting
    Which one will make a sound more loveable to audience?

  14. What will I do, if the tracks are not having same structure?
    You are using the tracks with similar beats counting (1 chorus breakdown 64 beats and intro breakdown 64)
    Consider it the tracks are having 16, 32 or 64…….

    What will you suggest to do?
    Looping the 2nd track with equal to 1st track or choosing the tracks with same beat counting
    Which one will make a sound more loveable to audience?

  15. Hey carlo what dj pool is the best to find new reggae songs I’ve used two different ones but I can’t find alot of the songs I’m looking for.

  16. I always ignored this video thinking that title was click baity. But thank God I took the leap of faith and watched. I have watched easily 40-50 of your videos and this is probably the most valuable one. I struggle with this and always feel embarrassed about it. But now that you have explained this. I ll give it a shot. Do share if you think looping small intros until they complete the number of beats of sounds like a good idea? Because the number of beats the drop lasts for the first track could be a problem.

  17. thank you for admitting most edm songs sound the same… hopefully edm will fade out and House & Techno will make a stronger come back

  18. OMG, I can’t believe it! After I purchased the package for this vid and followed the instructions, it just all clicked!!!
    Thank you so much DJ Carlo <3 <3 <3 I sort of knew it 'intellectually' before, but hadn't been able to 'see' and 'grasp' it with any meaning and/or clarity - for many years!!! I guess because it is so simple 😛 I mean, aren't the simplest things often the most difficult to grasp! Well, for me anyway 😛
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I've got the other 12 packages I purchased to enjoy/learn from yet!!!
    Am feeling so happy 🙂

  19. OK. Weirdly this actually helped me lol. We DnB DJs love Double Drops so this beat jump technique will actually help haha.

  20. This is my favorite part about DJing. I can’t even call myself a DJ, I just have a love for house music and want to share it. I really know nothing about DJing or music theory for that matter. I can’t recognize keys or dissect music on a scholastic level but I’ve always felt it was an innate ability of mine. I can’t tell you that a note was a,b,c,d ect but I often find myself guessing melodies that I’ve never heard correctly just based off of what I think sounds correct. Now that I’m actually getting into DJing I know that my strengths come from putting together beautiful mixes of diverse house without it sounding like it’s all over the place going from bass house to something more classic or disco. I watched a ton of your videos before I ever took the plunge, Carlo. You’ve been an incredible asset to my growth as a DJ hopeful. I’ve been putting together mixes for a few months now and plan to purchase a controller very soon! I would have been lost without your help and I plan on picking up the DDJ 400.

  21. Nice tutorial. My question is can you do this while live mixing (counting beats and setting cue points) or do you always need to prepare cue points in advance before mixing ?

  22. Nice tutorial. My question is can you do this while live mixing (counting beats and setting cue points) or do you always need to prepare cue points in advance before mixing ?

  23. I think the concept is like learning to play guitar… learning the chord is just like the dj deck and learning strumming is the song structure… chord is fixed, but strumming style is abstract…

  24. Hi, thank you for your teaching.
    I want to buy –> GET ACCESS TO THESE TRACKS & MY SECRET TUTORIALS & MORE!​
    But I have a question please.
    If I buy it, can I use the track on Youtube for a mix live ?
    (Sorry for my English because I’m french)

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