Transition tips for large bpm difference or switching genres

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One of the most requested topics is tips for making a transition between songs with a large bpm difference or making a transition from one genre to a different genre.
I will be shooting full tutorials about those subjects, but here are some useful tips and links.

Links:

– How to count music (beats, bars & phrases) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFcml2J5ElE

– Mix tutorial 3 (beat matching basics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xty9P08MpAA

– Beat matching vs Dropping it on the one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z144G6I4bBw

– How to find the 1 (one count) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcB7mg8ShpU

– Don’t mix everything https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kk6EVLaz9Y

– 5 ways to use the loop function (how to make loops) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcmQeAsO1r0

– Mixing tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEdkeHsew28

– Lowering the bpm after a transition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HucIR-s3Cgg

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141 thoughts on “Transition tips for large bpm difference or switching genres

  1. I have the Numark MixTrack ProII. I often turn off the scratch function on one platter and either backspin to slow down as I bring in the next track or speed up. That’s one that has helped me even if I don’t match them perfect I get the effect of a speed change and pull it out by lowering volume or more often than not using a filter to help with hiding any errors.

  2. I have the Numark MixTrack ProII. I often turn off the scratch function on one platter and either backspin to slow down as I bring in the next track or speed up. That’s one that has helped me even if I don’t match them perfect I get the effect of a speed change and pull it out by lowering volume or more often than not using a filter to help with hiding any errors.

  3. DJ “Integrity” Integrity

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    I have the Numark MixTrack ProII. I often turn off the scratch function on one platter and either backspin to slow down as I bring in the next track or speed up. That’s one that has helped me even if I don’t match them perfect I get the effect of a speed change and pull it out by lowering volume or more often than not using a filter to help with hiding any errors.

  4. Awesome video! Would you ever make a video on how to use alternate musical instruments(MIDI and whatnot) in live performances? I’m thinking about buying a novation pad, but not sure yet. Thanks in advance!

  5. Александр Киселев

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    Thx, for your tips, now looking forward for full tutorial, dig.ccmixter.org – you can take some free cc songs from this source and trye to make a short live mix may be) But you can do it anyway you prefer, thanks)!

    p.s. Is it difficult to balance your personal life with gigs?

  6. Took me a while to get used to not mixing everything, but the response from the crowd always solidifies this point if you drop into something we’ll know. For instance, pretty boy swag has a glass shattering effect at the beginning of the song which can help you drop from just about any tempo/genre into something that will get a hip hop crowd hyped. Try it!

  7. For Christmas I might get a pioneer xdj Rx or numark ns7 iii they both cost the same amount and are both stand alone mixers which one should I get?

  8. YES PLEASE! I’m a hip hop and trap dj/turntablist so my bpm can vary A LOT. I usually approach this by planning a head, building up or mellowing down the vibe. That way i normally don’t go from 85 to +120 bpm. But trap can vary a lot in bpm, even with the same energy. I found key mixing helpfull too when mixing trap.
    Since you play mostly hip hop and r’n’b and i guess you have played a fair share of trap too. So i would really like to hear how you deal with this.
    I have a gig next saturday, where i will be playing trap, so it would be awsome to get some fresh ideas while i still have time to practice.
    And thanks a lot for the videos. They helped me out so much through out the time.
    Cheers!

  9. YES PLEASE! I’m a hip hop and trap dj/turntablist so my bpm can vary A LOT. I usually approach this by planning a head, building up or mellowing down the vibe. That way i normally don’t go from 85 to +120 bpm. But trap can vary a lot in bpm, even with the same energy. I found key mixing helpfull too when mixing trap.
    Since you play mostly hip hop and r’n’b and i guess you have played a fair share of trap too. So i would really like to hear how you deal with this.
    I have a gig next saturday, where i will be playing trap, so it would be awsome to get some fresh ideas while i still have time to practice.
    And thanks a lot for the videos. They helped me out so much through out the time.
    Cheers!

  10. YES PLEASE! I’m a hip hop and trap dj/turntablist so my bpm can vary A LOT. I usually approach this by planning a head, building up or mellowing down the vibe. That way i normally don’t go from 85 to +120 bpm. But trap can vary a lot in bpm, even with the same energy. I found key mixing helpfull too when mixing trap.
    Since you play mostly hip hop and r’n’b and i guess you have played a fair share of trap too. So i would really like to hear how you deal with this.
    I have a gig next saturday, where i will be playing trap, so it would be awsome to get some fresh ideas while i still have time to practice.
    And thanks a lot for the videos. They helped me out so much through out the time.
    Cheers!

  11. Appreciate the tutorials as always. Any plans to give us a break down on the MIxed in Key software? If so, can you hit on whether it works for regular Scratchlive or is it just for Serato DJ? Thanks so much for all the info throughout the years

  12. It may sound funny but I use sync so I can remix hip hop songs with uptempo 125 BPM songs. Try it it’s so much fun! I will do a video response

  13. It sounds like you’re trying not to speak too loudly, was everyone in the place sleeping? good tips regardless, I just know what you’re voice can sound like and here it seems soft.

  14. It sounds like you’re trying not to speak too loudly, was everyone in the place sleeping? good tips regardless, I just know what you’re voice can sound like and here it seems soft.

  15. Word, don’t mix everything. Lately, I’ve heard two different DJs mix “Uptown Funk”, like, huh? That’s a song you drop on the ‘1’.

  16. Tucker's DJ Mixtape Podcast

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    Word, don’t mix everything. Lately, I’ve heard two different DJs mix “Uptown Funk”, like, huh? That’s a song you drop on the ‘1’.

  17. Hi Dj TLM … Dj MAT MAX here… i really love your videos there awesome! i learn a lot from you all the time. I was wondering, i know your not the eye candy kinda dj but can we can we see some hot chicks in one of your videos? lol i was just thinking lol just throw one in the back there dancing lol

  18. Hi Dj TLM … Dj MAT MAX here… i really love your videos there awesome! i learn a lot from you all the time. I was wondering, i know your not the eye candy kinda dj but can we can we see some hot chicks in one of your videos? lol i was just thinking lol just throw one in the back there dancing lol

  19. I use word play. Word play is huge! Use key words to transition between hits. Yes use hit songs! Then you can get creative. Practice and be creative!

  20. I understand what you are saying, but definitely need to watch the other videos and then practice. Thanks soo much for sharing, you put it in a way that’s much easier for me to understand than most dj’s do.

  21. Your training videos have really helped me out a lot, really enjoy them, and I just subscribed, which is kinda funny because I’ve been checking you for about a little more than a year, please continue, you’re the best on here, thanks!!!!

  22. I Have Different Combos That I Use For This If I Am Not Dropping It On The One I Will Sometimes Use The Filter Knob Or Do A Fade+Filter+FX. I DO Wish I Knew How To Change The BPM Of Just My FX Though That Would Be Pretty Cool. Right Now For Changing BPM Of A Loop I Just Have To Adjust The Pitch Fader Is All.

  23. Another quick tip that may help some . I do warn that this method shouldnt be overused , otherwise itll just make you seem as if you dont really have real mixing skills . The tip is you may use the filter knob to muffle out a song but not completely so people can still hear the background a little bit and carefully bring in the second track. Most importantly look for points in the track where there isnt too much going on so it sounds a lot smoother such as on breaks or the beginning of a vocal. This can help a lot if you do it precisely and carefully . Also be aware of the EQ’s cause that may throw off the smoothness of the transition. This is just one way i like to do it . Hope this helps anyone 🙂

  24. How do i find out the best BPM partners or Blending? For example: 128 – 96 or 140 – 70 . When you mix those BPM together, They sound good!
    Thanks! in advance

  25. How do i find out the best BPM partners or Blending? For example: 128 – 96 or 140 – 70 . When you mix those BPM together, They sound good!
    Thanks! in advance

  26. How do i find out the best BPM partners or Blending? For example: 128 – 96 or 140 – 70 . When you mix those BPM together, They sound good!
    Thanks! in advance

  27. Big shout out to you TLM, been watching your videos since i started DJing and really helped give me the knowledge and confidence i needed to get me started. From sharing my mixes, to approaching bar managers, to my first gig, to my first residency. Hats off to you!DJ Cashis Atlantic Canada

  28. Man, a huge fan of your videos…such a breadth of topics explained incredibly clearly and concisely…even for a veteran, it’s always good to pick up tips and pointers from other jocks. Thanks for the time and effort put into these.

  29. you r the best and selfless dj i have seen on the world,thank you for giving us that much of tips,i keep learning skill from your video

  30. you r the best and selfless dj i have seen on the world,thank you for giving us that much of tips,i keep learning skill from your video

  31. did you put out the tutorial you talk about in this video? i kinda want to see how you use that echo and faster bam loop, you say 85 to 128 which is nuts

  32. did you put out the tutorial you talk about in this video? i kinda want to see how you use that echo and faster bam loop, you say 85 to 128 which is nuts

  33. did you put out the tutorial you talk about in this video? i kinda want to see how you use that echo and faster bam loop, you say 85 to 128 which is nuts

  34. Tried some of your tips at work tonight. Dropping on the one is great with party music and from party to rock. Best crowd reactions for a long time. Keep the vids coming sir

  35. Follow your tutorials and tips from the first day. So now I can make a mix with almost 200 likes in 2 months. Thanks you and respect, teacher !

  36. DJ TLM, I have a question for you. When you are DJing a party, how many songs do you play from one genre, until you switch to another genre?

  37. finally a dj that actually knows what the hell he’s talking about and how to explain things. cheers bro! thank God for people like you to balance all the waste of time posters. will be subbing and following for future tips. most of this is basic stuff but I like that I can already tell you have vast knowledge about mixing. I’m into production more than dj’ing because I like to create music to mix into my sets but every major group these days does both so I’m getting back into mixing again. have about 150 unreleased tracks I’ve completed over the last year so really hoping some of them catch the right people’s ears. thanks again for sharing! 🙂

  38. Nick Speaks Truth

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    finally a dj that actually knows what the hell he’s talking about and how to explain things. cheers bro! thank God for people like you to balance all the waste of time posters. will be subbing and following for future tips. most of this is basic stuff but I like that I can already tell you have vast knowledge about mixing. I’m into production more than dj’ing because I like to create music to mix into my sets but every major group these days does both so I’m getting back into mixing again. have about 150 unreleased tracks I’ve completed over the last year so really hoping some of them catch the right people’s ears. thanks again for sharing! 🙂

  39. Hello thank you so much for your video i have a question
    should i use Key or bpm for a better transitions ?
    thank you so much for your answer 🙂

  40. Hey quick question. What are the dj pools you are speaking about in the video. Can you provide the links to any of them? Thanks.

  41. Thank you. Novice dj here who has ready been toying with the loop function. Gonna check your loop function mix video now 🙂

  42. a quick scratch and a drop on the one can increase the impact of a transition but knowing what kind of mix goes with what track is a matter of knowing your music ,experience and though some like to wing it alot like to have a basic idea what and how they will play but will leave room for manouver in whats played and how its played .The kind of crowd the gear your using do they have decent monitors,do they have monitors all has an influence on the performance

  43. Hi DJ TLM,
    I’ve been absolutely loving your videos on Tips people can use to help them move forward with their career as a DJ. I’m a trance DJ from San Diego who’s been in the industry since 2014 and is working on becoming international.
    If you have a moment to check out my latest mix and critique it, I’d love to know what you think and would greatly appreciate any helpful advice you may have on any future improvements.
    https://soundcloud.com/djhey/high-energy-tunes-mix-april-14-2018.
    Thanks for the support.
    DJ Hey

  44. Hi DJ TLM,
    I’ve been absolutely loving your videos on Tips people can use to help them move forward with their career as a DJ. I’m a trance DJ from San Diego who’s been in the industry since 2014 and is working on becoming international.
    If you have a moment to check out my latest mix and critique it, I’d love to know what you think and would greatly appreciate any helpful advice you may have on any future improvements.
    https://soundcloud.com/djhey/high-energy-tunes-mix-april-14-2018.
    Thanks for the support.
    DJ Hey

  45. Awesome video!! Dj TLM you rock love your videos. Love how you go into details on how to mix and Dj keep up the good work…

  46. I could not agree more! You absolutely nailed this! As a freelance club dj myself, I prefer to loop when switching between large bpm differences, and when all else fails with a certain track (i.e. 128-80 bpm), I’ve found that just a simple crossfade has just as much of a positive impact, plus, you can ensure that you don’t miss the recognizable parts of the track and throw your crowd off. Plus in my opinion, to have some difference in mixing makes it more authentic, and helps to not make your mix appear to be fake by being ‘perfect’.

  47. What is the fastest music ever?…………… 🙂
    I don’t mean humanly possible, i mean the fastest music genre, period!……. 😀

    I keep thinking Extratone…….

  48. What is the fastest music ever?…………… 🙂
    I don’t mean humanly possible, i mean the fastest music genre, period!……. 😀

    I keep thinking Extratone…….

  49. Dude this is why I rock with you man! Thank you for clearing that up. As an aspiring dj (still on best matching lol) I’ve videos about always beat matching then transitioning into the song. Glad I saw this first.

  50. Dude this is why I rock with you man! Thank you for clearing that up. As an aspiring dj (still on beat matching lol) I’ve seen videos about always beat matching then transitioning into the song. Glad I saw this first.

  51. So glad I found your videos. I’m 31 and just now getting started. I’ve wanted to get turntables since I was around 8 years old listening to The Beastie Boys and The Phunk Junkeez with my stepdad. I just finally ordered my first turntable a few days ago. Numark pt01 scratch is in the mail!!! Much love for sharing your knowledge and skill. I’m tuned in. 💜🔥

  52. The Copper Crystal

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    So glad I found your videos. I’m 31 and just now getting started. I’ve wanted to get turntables since I was around 8 years old listening to The Beastie Boys and The Phunk Junkeez with my stepdad. I just finally ordered my first turntable a few days ago. Numark pt01 scratch is in the mail!!! Much love for sharing your knowledge and skill. I’m tuned in. 💜🔥

  53. So glad I found your videos. I’m 31 and just now getting started. I’ve wanted to get turntables since I was around 8 years old listening to The Beastie Boys and The Phunk Junkeez with my stepdad. I just finally ordered my first turntable a few days ago. Numark pt01 scratch is in the mail!!! Much love for sharing your knowledge and skill. I’m tuned in. 💜🔥

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