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Every month, Philip Sherburne listens to a whole lot of mixes so you only have to listen to the best ones.

Yung Singh – Boiler Room London

Between an illuminating recent feature in Crack Magazine and a packed Boiler Room takeover, the Daytimers crew is having a moment right now. Named after the day parties where young South Asian Brits danced to a mix of jungle and bhangra in the 1980s and ’90s, the UK-based collective was founded last year to carve out an autonomous space for the South Asian diaspora in dance music. Daytimers’ mission is multifold: to make room for marginalized identities, reclaim sounds left out of official narratives, and push back against the tokenizing misrepresentations of the white gaze. One of the crew’s core members is the London DJ Yung Singh, whose Boiler Room set is a thrilling example of the energy that Daytimers bring to the table. His set here is a dizzying blend of early-’00s bass music—Benga & Coki’s “Night” and SBTRKT’s “Wildfire” jump out of the mix early on—vintage jungle, footwork, grime, and even American hip-hop, all stitched together with songs from artists like bhangra producer PBN (Punjabi By Nature), bhangra junglists 3 Little Boyz, and Coventry producer Coolie, whose “Kisan” is drill with Punjabi roots. Riddled with quick cuts and spinbacks, the fast-moving set doesn’t stay in one place for long, and that cheerful restlessness suits the occasion: It’s as though Yung Singh (who cries tears of joy at the end) and his ecstatic dancers were intent upon making up for lost time.

Anz – Spring/Summer Dubz 2021

Since 2015, when she began making music, the Manchester DJ/producer Anz has published an annual mix of her own dubs, edits, and original productions. Her latest installment represents something of a feat: She says that she made all 18 tracks during “an unhealthy series of all nighters” in just the past week, then assembled the mix as soon as the final track had finished exporting from her DAW. (And then, she “had a lil sleep deprived cry as the last tune played out.”) Anz’s sleepless week makes for an exhilarating hour, blazing through tough UK garage grooves, sharp-edged electro, the thrumming toms of UK funky, and sleek, rolling jungle. It’s all fueled by a real sense of fun, laced with the occasional dancehall vocal or anthemic organ bassline, and she even makes time for cheeky edits of Jodeci and 50 Cent. As autumn draws close, it’s the perfect way to squeeze a few last drops of levity out of the dog days of yet another strange, unsettling summer.

Hodge – RA Label of the Month Mix: Livity Sound

This fall, Bristol’s Livity Sound label marks a decade of unconventional club music with Molten Mirrors, a 10th-anniversary compilation gathering 18 new tracks from co-founders Pev & Kowton, regulars Batu, Bruce, and Simo Cell, and recent signees like Azu Tiwaline and Jurango. Livity emerged at a moment of flux in UK dance music: Dubstep had long since crested, the deep-house revival was ascendant, and there seemed to be few clear avenues for moving forward in dance music. Livity’s answer was to strip the previous few decades of dance music for parts, then reassemble those pieces into shifting configurations that hewed to no strict genre. Hodge’s mix, which accompanies Livity Sound’s “Label of the Month” feature in Resident Advisor, gathers 95 minutes of inventive rhythms and heady vibes to show just how productive their strategy proved to be. He pulls together elements of bleepy techno, broken beats, UK funky, and more, but like the label, the set never sticks to any single subgenre for long. Across long, meticulously blended transitions, the pulse is constantly shifting, providing a mercurial throughline for the label’s signature blend of voluminous bass with brushed-metal textures.

Maral – EOTRAX Mix Series 16

Plenty of contemporary DJs like to pay lip service to eclecticism, but Los Angeles DJ/producer Maral is in a class of her own: Her sets fold together blistering bass-music variants and other electronic styles with dub, post-punk, and Iranian popular and folk music. Maral’s set for Dublin’s EOTRAX series is typically spellbinding. She starts by pairing dubby surf guitars from Austria’s Répéter with a field-recorded a cappella of an anonymous singer performing Rumi’s Masnavi at an Iranian tea house, and from there, she just keeps going deeper. She touches on hip-hop from Brooklyn duo H31R and Moor Mother & YATTA, footwork from DJ Manny, and even post-punk from legendary UK anarcho-punks Crass. Yet for all the ground she covers, the set flows like a single train of thought. Along with a few other unreleased Maral tracks threaded throughout, her recent Panda Bear collaboration, “On Your Way,” turns up early on, wedged between Hooshyar Khayam & Bamdad Afshar’s Baluchi fusion and Black Dice’s avant cartoon music. Stick around for the finale, a breathtaking version of the Persian classical song “Dashtestani” sung by the beloved singer Hayedeh—it might just be the five most emotional minutes of music you hear this week.

Marco Shuttle – Rhythm Büro Podcast 16

Eastern Europe likes its dance music fast, and in his closing set at Kyiv’s Natura festival in August, Italian-born, Berlin-based DJ Marco Shuttle came prepared. Over the second half of a four-hour set—recorded at the tail-end of a 24-hour party held at a secret forest location 30 minutes outside the city—the tempo stays between 140 and 150 BPM, taking in heart-racing techno, glistening acid, old-school hardcore, and other styles that throw sparks as they scrape against the guardrails. Despite the elevated energy levels, Shuttle rarely bludgeons listeners over the head: His richly textured breaks throw off powdery plumes, and he frequently gravitates toward tracks with a thick, velvety melodic midrange. Those listening closely enough will catch some real gems sprinkled throughout, like an obscure cut from Aphex Twin’s Bradley’s Robot EP or a mind-bending fusion of psychedelic drums and jazz trumpet from a 1996 EP by experimental musician David Shea. Best of all is the way Shuttle’s frequent rhythmic and stylistic shifts keep the flow of the set dynamic: For all its white-knuckle intensity, there are plenty of chances to catch your breath and take in the grandeur of the panorama he lays out.

Umfang – Juanita’s Mix 50

“My love for 90s techno records feels inescapable and ever expanding,” New York DJ Umfangsays of the theme of her latest mix for NYC mutual-aid organization Juanita’s NYC. “I initially got into these loopy fast techno records because they were so unpopular and cheap.” But while some DJs wield similar records like a cudgel, Umfang has the keen ears and subtle touch required to make the style sing. The ingredients couldn’t be simpler: one-bar loops of shuffling, tightly syncopated drums, often excluding any other element, like basslines or obvious hooks. But once you sink into its hypnotic mood, little details rise to the surface: wriggly acid sequences, dubby monochords, melodies hidden in the tuning of the drums. The set flows beautifully, building to peaks of drum-heavy density and then falling back to let the elements breathe again.

Perila - Liquid Dreams

Perila’s WET—short for “Weird Erotic Tension”—got its start as a collaboration with her writer friends Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee, who read erotic poetry accompanied by Perila’s ethereal sound design. The project has since grown into an open-ended platform that encompasses readings, performance, and mixtapes; the amorphousness of the project is in keeping with the hazy, shape-shifting qualities of Perila’s work in general. On her latest WET show for Refuge Worldwide, a Berlin-based online radio station, Perila dives into ambient music’s aquatic dimension, wrapping buoyant synths and lyrical piano in the sounds of crashing waves and dripping water. Every now and then, her voice can be heard murmuring over the top, almost intelligible but not quite, bobbing hypnotically between signification and pure sound.


djay - DJ App & Mixer

djay transforms your Android device into a full-featured DJ system. Seamlessly integrated with your music library, djay gives you direct access to all the music on your device, plus millions of songs. You can perform live, remix tracks, or enable Automix mode to let djay create a seamless mix for you automatically. Whether you are a professional DJ or a beginner who just loves to play with music, djay offers you the most intuitive yet powerful DJ experience on an Android device.


Mix all your music + millions of songs: My Music, TIDAL Premium, SoundCloud Go+.

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Lean back and listen to an automatic DJ mix with stunning transitions. Automix AI intelligently identifies rhythmic patterns including the best intro and outro sections of songs to keep the music flowing.


• Sequencer: create beats on top of your music live
• Looper: remix your music with up to 8 loops per track
• Beat-matched sequencing of drums and samples


Preview and prepare the next song through headphones. By enabling djay’s Split Output mode or by using an external audio interface you can pre-listen to songs through headphones independently from the mix that goes through the main speakers for live DJing.


• Native integration of Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 via Bluetooth MIDI
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• Key lock / time-stretching
• Mixer, Tempo, Pitch-Bend, Filter and EQ controls
• Audio FX: Echo, Flanger, Crush, Gate, and more
• Looping & Cue Points
• Automatic beat & tempo detection
• Auto gain
• High-res waveforms

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Access millions of tracks coming from TIDAL, SoundCloud and all your local folders and remix in an instant with more than 20 DJ fx and features. Not to mention the sampler and the hardware integration to push even further the boundaries of the mobile djing.

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- automatic BPM detection for all your songs
- Tap BPM to manually adjust the BPM of your tracks
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- little audio spectrum to navigate in your music
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- pro audio FX: Echo, Flanger, Reverse, Filter
- audio FX expansion (in-app purchase): Roll, Roll Filter, Steel, Gate, Double Beat, Phaser, Color Noise, Beatgrid, Band pass, Band stop, Reverb
- automated audio FX sync on the BPM (loop, cue, seek)
- access 16 free samples: siren, gunshot, kick, snare...
- possibility to link the sampler to the crossfader to cut the pads' samples sound depending on your crossfader's position.
- +20 sample Packs (EDM, Hip-Hop, dubstep...), created by Pro DJs, in partnership with Future Loops
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- set up to 8 Hot Cues on each deck
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- Automix mode to let edjing mix and do seamless transitions between your tracks
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Apple Music reportedly confirmed that it can now identify the songs within a DJ mix and directly pay individual creators, event promoters, mix suppliers, and other artists who are part of the track. The audio streaming service said it built new technology and tools on the audio recognition app Shazam to identify and compensate rights holders on DJ mixes uploaded to Apple Music.

Apple Music confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard. “We've created a tool, where effectively we let DJ mixes run through the Shazam technology and Shazam identifies exactly what's in a mix and they do that with a very, very high degree of success," Oliver Schusser, Vice President, Apple Music, was quoted as saying. Apple Music acquired Shazam in 2018.

Earlier, Apple Music said it faced difficulty in identifying the songs that are used in the DJ mix. Deciding how to pay the right contributors was also a huge task. But using Shazam's song recognition technology, it can now easily identify and compensate the creators, and people who all are involved in the DJ mix. With the latest technology, Apple Music‌ subscribers can see the names of individual tracks within a streamed mix.

The Cupertino giant's music streaming service, that has a catalogue of over 75 million tracks in Lossless Audio, in July 2021 started offering Lossless Audio, Dolby Atmos, and Spatial Audio to all users in India on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and Apple TV. Apple Music subscribers can enjoy these new features without paying any additional costs. Apple Music is available in India starting at Rs. 49 per month. Apple One subscribers can also access Apple Music.

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The world of DJing has never been easier with streaming services and record pools offering unlimited music at our finger tips. As a beginner DJ you might be finding it overwhelming to understand which songs to practice with and where to start.

There are different factors in which help certain songs mix well together. One factor is certainly popularity of music but also more music theory based aspects, including harmonics, rhythm / energy and beat patterns.

In this article I’ve focused mainly on my thoughts on what tracks go well together in terms of energy and beat patterns. Then later in the article more on the technical aspects of why tracks mix well together e.g. harmonics.

Note: the below top 10 tracks per music genre are based on my experience, tastes and opinion. These are short DJ set lists of tracks to help beginner DJs get an understanding of some example DJ tracks to practice DJing with and get some inspiration.

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Top 10 Drum and Bass Tracks

The logic behind this DJ set gives beginner DJs the chance to focus on sticking to the standard beat pattern for Drum and Bass. You may of read about another Beatmatch Guru article which explains about different beat patterns in this genre here.

The flow of the tracks I’ve tried to keep with liquid but “dancey” Drum and Bass and then progress slightly harder towards the end, with the final track bringing it down again.

2NetskyIron Heart (Nu:Logic Remix)
3Random MovementFuture Fondler
4Artificial IntelligenceDesperado
5SpectraSoulAway With Me (Calibre Remix)
6Dawn WallRain God
7UrbandawnMessiah Complex
8GrafixAcid Generation
9Total Science, Quadrant, IrisPushin Your Luck
10Zed Bias, FoxSomething about This (Nu:Tone Remix)

Top 10 Funky Groove House Tracks

The logic behind these tracks is simple. I’ve been curating a massive DJ list on Spotify for ages now and have found a lot of tracks that I feel work well together in the mix.

This list of tracks has been put together purely by ear or knowing the tracks and not know the key to influence my decision. Even though you can get stuck into harmonic mixing, it’s still worth getting to know your tracks and understanding how well you can match “sounds” instead of “key”.

After a while you will know what works well together and what doesn’t.

1Fries, BridgesForever This
2FoukKill Frenzy
3BodhiHaute (Dub)
4CoeoLike It Is
5Tom TragoUse Me Again – And Again
6Armand Van HeldenU Don’t Know Me
8Mattei & OmichDrop the Bomb
9Todd Terry, Junior SanchezFigure of Jazz
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Top 10 EDM Tracks

The flow of the EDM top 10 tracks is start off with catchy strong melody songs. Then half way through to build up more deep and heavy hitting tracks such as the FatBoy Slim remix and the Hardwell – Spaceman tracks.

Towards the end is to bring the vibe back down again and become even more melodic to balance out the heavy hitting tracks in the middle.

1David Guetta, ShowtekBad (Extended Mix)
2Bingo PlayersRattle
3Martin GarrixAnimals
4Sebastian Ingrosso and AlessoCalling (Lose My Mind)
5Fatboy Slim & Riva StarrEat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat (Calvin Harris Remix)
6Hardwell Spaceman
7ZedClarity feat. Foxes
8Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric GervaisSummertime Sadness Remix
9Benny BenassiCinema
10Calvin HarrisFeel So Close

Top 10 Beach House Tracks

Picture yourself DJing with the sun about to set, you’re near a pool and a beach. This is the playlist for that scenario 🙂

Some tracks have similar tempo and some don’t so much. So you have a choice and that’s to move the order of the tracks around or try to balance the tempo out slightly.

With this type of music some tracks don’t start with a beat which makes is super easy to mix on the break down of both tracks. Get creative with the EQ and maybe some FX in there too.

1Gnarly GibbsI Need My Girl
2Wankelmut, Charlotte OCAlmost Mine (Radio Edit)
4Above & BeyondSticky Fingers (Lane 8 Remix)
5Anna Naklab, Alle Farben, YounotusSuper Girl
6Carlos RobalinhoCarnerios Beach
7Session VictimAlmost Midnight
8Deep Active SoundDeparture
9Bon LuiFeel The Heat
10Cornpop, EliasRewind

Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks

The tracks below are picked more on energy and popularity in comparison to purely rhythm based. Hip Hop is one of the genres out there that is not always mixed together based on beat matching.

“Dropping on the one” or slam mixing can help you mix Hip Hop tracks that have a simple vocal hook or sound before the drop. Especially helpful for DJs to mix between tracks of different energy and tempo. DJ Controllers are really good setting cue points. All you have to do now is press play on the correct cue point and time your switch of the cross fader really well.

Some the tracks below are amazing Hip Hop tracks to get the party going and singing along too. If you’ve got a party coming up I hope this Hip Hop Hop 10 helps inspire your party.

1House Of Pain Jump Around
2Kanye West Gold Digger
3Missy Elliott Get Ur Freak On
4NellyHot In Herre
5The Sugarhill GangApache
6Macklemore & Ryan LewisCan’t Hold Us
7Snoop DoggDrop It Like It’s Hot
8OutKastMs. Jackson
9BlackstreetNo Diggity
10The PharcydePassin’ Me By

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6 Tips for Beginner DJs Looking to Improve Mixing Techniques & Skills

1. Learn Harmonic Mixing [Examples to Practice DJing]

A great point to make about learning harmonic mixing is that if you learn this knowledge from the beginning then your mixing abilities will sky rocket the quality of your DJ sets that you put together.

I didn’t learn harmonic mixing from the beginning, in fact I turned my nose up to music theory in terms chords, key changes etc. I do however have a great ear for which tracks work well together so all is not lost if you don’t care about harmonic mixing so much.

I’ve been practicing my own harmonic mixing recently and found a few great examples that work quite well together. The website Mixed In Key gives some great advice about the types of key changes and shifts that can contribute to a some energy boosts to a DJ set.

Check out some great tracks to practice mixing as a beginner DJ and also inspiration for creating great set lists. Each section is broken out into each genre. Hope you enjoy mixing these together as much as I do.

Dance / House Mix Example: F Maj to A Maj

As I mentioned I was reading up on harmonic mixing in a bit more detail to get some mix ideas. Turns out F Maj into A Maj works really well and I have bought a few tracks on Beatport recently. I will leave you to practice mixing the below tracks, hope you enjoy.

  • CamelPhat x Jake Bugg – Be Someone (F Maj)
  • Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now (CamelPhat Remix) (A Maj)

Dance Club Classic Mix Example: (C Minor to D Minor)

Probably showing my age slightly here but I love 90s Dance Ibiza club classics, simply can’t beat that era of Dance music. I was having a nostalgic moment a while back and have since started to build up a Spotify list of my favourite tracks.

The below tracks work really well together and there’s a great boost of energy and synergy between them.

The first track fair enough is quite cheesy to a degree but what I love about the key change from C minor to D minor is the mood shift. You get a sort of energy change and really gets you into the groove.

Check out the article that inspired my thinking about this mix example.

  • Livin’ Joy – Dreamer (Original Club Mix) (C Min)
  • Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden Remix) (D Min)

EDM Mix Example: (C Minor to D Minor)

Practice DJing two tracks for EDM with these two ideas. Yes, another C minor to D minor key change mix for some bad ass energy change. The first track has a brilliant piano stab vibe going on and then the groove and energy changes when the Oliver Heldens Remix jumps in with its deep bass riff. Check out the two tracks below and give it a go in the mix.

  • David Guetta & Sia – Flames (Pink Panda Remix) (C minor)
  • Y2K & bbno$ – Lalala (Oliver Heldens Remix) (D minor)

2. Pick Easy Beat Patterns to Mix with as a Beginner

Sure you could learn how to DJ House and Dance music, which I’m sure a lot of people want to do because they love the genre. I’d imagine a lot of people do want to get their teeth stuck into other genres which is a fair goal to have.

Where the issue may occur is when music genres outside of House music (or the music genre that you’re used to mixing) is with beat patterns that aren’t a simple 4 x 4 beat. When I say 4 x 4 this means a simple standard kick drum or snare on every count of the beat without deviation.

For example Drum and Bass, Garage and Down Tempo or Electronica, these genres deviate outside of the standard 4 x 4. Or do they?

I’ve found a couple of examples that you can practice your mixes in Drum and Bass and Speed Garage. It’s a really good way to hone in your ear to beat matching at different a tempo without having to get used to scatty beat patterns. Think of it as your training wheels mix training tracks.

4 x 4 Beat Drum and Bass Example Tracks to Mix

  • SubFocus – Timewarp
  • Taxman – Thr33

4 x 4 Beat Garage Example Tracks to Mix

  • Roy Davis Jr– Gabriel (Live Garage Mix)
  • Rosie Gaines – Closer Than Close (Tuff Jams Even Closer Mix)
  • St Germain – Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)

3. Learn How to Drop Mix Like a Boss!

Drop mixing as I mentioned earlier is also known as slam mixing. It means that you can slam the crossfader across to the new track at 8, 4 beats or even 1 beat before the drop of a track.

This could be a really well known track or a new track it doesn’t matter. What counts is that you find a hook sound or vocal 4 counts before the drop or simply figure out out to drop on the one.

My example for this is Dead Prez – Hip Hop track, pretty much no usable intro to mix a beat with, so you’re swayed into dropping it in from the rapper saying “Fake, Fake, Records’. Press play below and that will be you cue point.

4. Mix Two Genres Together

Hip Hop & Drum and Bass Example Tracks to Mix

It’s great to mix two genres that you love together. Hip Hop and Drum and Bass in some cases can work really well together. I’ve mixed the below tracks before at a party which worked well to get the tone and tempo down.

The first track is a Drum and Bass track, and so is the second track by Mutt. However Mutt has introduced a Hip Hop beat in the intro and the breakdown which is really helpful if and when you want to mix into Kick Push by Lupe Fiasco. Hopefully this gives you some creative inspiration to find ways to merge and mix tracks together.

  • Random Movement– Thick Liquid
  • Mutt – I Used To
  • Lupe Fiasco – Kick Push

Electronic & Pop Rock Example Tracks to Mix

Keeping on the theme of mixing different different genres and sounds, here is a proper tangent of two tracks to mix.

Years ago I put together a mix of loads of different genres that flow well together and I somehow thought it was logical to end up play the below two tracks, an Oasis track from my favourite film ‘Snatch’ and Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats. They work quite well together as it happens.

Give them ago and practice a mix that’s completely different to your normal genre of choice. Push the boundaries and you’ll learn how to beat match different styles with an extreme example such as this.

  • Oasis – Fucking In The Bushes
  • Chemical Brothers– Block Rockin’ Beats

5. Use EQ and LPF/HPF to Your Advantage

EQ to blend and fade out tracks

My rule of thumb that use to approach with using EQ mixing is:

  • If the track has a vocal I will use the high and mid EQ to fade out the vocals to allow the new track to shine through in the mix.
  • If the track I’m mixing in has a lot of low end on the kick and melody sound then I will usually cut the low enough so that there’s not a massive clash of the low end in the mix. I find this trick helpful especially when the live track is going into a breakdown and then I will use the the new track to come in with the EQ starting to turn back up again.

Use LPF/HPF switch for quick fade out transitions

The LPF/HPF switch is featured on DJ controllers, namely the DDJ-400 by Pioneer which is the DJ controller that I love to use. This switch is used a lot in EDM mixing for two reasons.

  • I noticed that when DJs are playing a really catchy vocal track they can use the LPF/HPF switch to cut out the top end EQ by switch it down towards LPF and that lets the crowd sing the words of the song briefly. Listen on the below clip when Wilkinson dips the filter let the crowd sing the words to his song

  • Another technique that can help is when you’re looking to do quick mixes and switch between the two tracks. Switching to LPF can dip the EQ of the sound allowing the hook of the next track to come through and you can switch the crossfader on the first beat of the drop.

6. Mix & Experiment with Different Tracks To Help Craft DJ Sets

A lot of DJs recommend to plan DJ sets in DJ software folders. This is great advice but what I don’t think is explained that well is experimenting. It seems to me the go to advice is to learn harmonic mixing and plan your DJ sets and that’s it.

Here’s my advice on creating DJ sets with a few ideas for you to get started.

  1. Mix, mix and mix your tracks until you get to know them inside out.
  2. Don’t bother creating DJ sets, simply play whatever you like, record your mix and then analyse what tracks went well together. You can always check the ‘history’ folder if you are using Rekordbox to pick out and put into a new set list folder.
  3. Experiment by creating DJ set lists before even mixing tracks to see if you have built up a good enough ear for your tracks Bpm, beat patterns, rhythm and key.

Related Questions

How do you properly mix songs?

To mix songs together, the tempo of each song must be in sync and both beats e.g. the kick drum and snare must be aligned. To achieve a seamless mix both phrases or song sections must also be aligned to allow for songs to be properly mixed together.

What equipment do you need to mix music?

Two turntables, one mixer with two-channels, a laptop and two pre-amp speakers are required to mix music together. Turntables can be in the form of CDJs, record vinyl players or a DJ controller.

What is it called when a DJ mixes two songs together?

A DJ can mix two separate songs together by beat match both songs. This allows continuous play of music for long periods of time. A DJ can also mix and instrumental with an acapella (vocal) track together which is referred to as Mashup.

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Apple Music Officially Launches DJ Mix Technology to ID (and Pay) Rights Holders

“We've created a tool, where effectively we let DJ mixes run through the Shazam technology and Shazam identifies exactly what's in a mix and they do that with a very, very high degree of success,” Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vp Apple Music and Beats tells Billboard. “For a lot of dance music and DJs who make music, the music never really found it to streaming services because there just wasn't a great process for how labels could clear the music that's in a DJ mix, because the labels or the distributors didn't know what was in the mix.”

DJ mixes have largely been kept off of streaming services due to the complexity of breaking out which songs have been included in the mix and how exactly to pay the rights holders, let alone the DJs and mix suppliers like festivals and clubs. A mix could feature a few seconds of a song that’s hard for any average listener to distinguish and thusly hard to properly remunerate, but Shazam’s song-recognition technology is some of the best in the industry and allows Apple to speed up the process. Schusser says it took nearly a year working with third parties to get the degree of recognition to an acceptable level for Apple.

“We spent quite a fair amount of time in a lab, testing it and testing it against humans and testing it against what people know about them, with people who actually know what's in the mixes, and it came out great,” Schusser says. “Having the Shazam team and the infrastructure as part of Apple Music obviously is an incredible advantage for us. Quite honestly, I don't know how long it would take to replicate [Shazam’s technology]. Luckily, we didn't have to replicate it. We had to just be clever enough to give Shazam some money.”

Apple Music has also taken the step to financially support both DJs who create the mix and mix suppliers like festivals, clubs, and independent labels, who would normally be left out of the compensation for a mix, as they aren’t rights holders. The service has set aside a pool of funds that will pay quarterly royalties to DJs and mix suppliers based on the percentage of streams they accrue (from the total streams all mixes accrue) during the period. “We're really doing this because we felt like anything else would be unfair,” Schusser says.

For consumers, Apple Music subscribers who listen to mixes are able to save individual songs directly to their Apple Music library, which should help improve discovery for artists included in mixes. The mix program is editorially-led, which means every amateur DJ with a mix hosted on SoundCloud or Mixcloud can’t upload it to Apple Music, but the company says it plans to expand the available catalog of mixes rapidly.

So far, Schusser says Apple Music has around 1,200 mixes currently available, which have received over 300 million streams to date. Apple has quietly been adding mixes since last year, with mixes from Belgian mega-festival Tommorowland, influential London-based independent music platform Boiler Room, French livestreaming platform Cercle, and a selection commissioned from DJs including Honey Dijon, Amorphous, DBN Gogo, DJ Clue and Funk Flex in June for Black Music Month already present on the platform.

“Paying people fairly and appropriately is at the heart of what we stand for especially after years of DJs playing for free on Boiler Room,” says Terry Weerasinghe, Boiler Room‘s COO. Boiler Room has added well over 600 mixes to Apple Music, with new mixes being added every week.

“It was great to know that a few Boiler Room mixes have been some of the most streamed on Apple Music when you consider the size of some of the DJs that have mixes available to stream,” Weerasinghe says. “So for us, it’s about being able to continue to promote the underground and give them a platform via Boiler Room and Apple Music, and in turn continue to find ways to get DJs and creators paid for their craft.”

Independent record label !K7 is bringing its extensive mix catalog to Apple Music Friday (Sept. 10), starting with 16 editions of its 26-years-running DJ-Kicks mix series. CEO Horst Weidenmüller says the company had lost mixes to clearance issues, but thanks to Apple’s DJ mix technology they can now stream on the platform. “It's a moment of celebration to have all these DJ-Kicks back live,” Weidenmüller says. “It feels like a family has got their lost child back. These are very important artistic statements which have not been in the market for 16 plus years.”

Weidenmüller called the new tool by Apple Music a game-changer for how mixes will be developed in the future, thanks to the platform’s extensive music catalog. “On Apple Music, you can actually do whatever you want to do because it's pre-cleared," Weidenmüller says.“That's a huge plus to creativity. You can it can be 99% certain whatever music you're going to put in your mix is on Apple Music and you can use it in your mix. That's not possible if you go through a regular mix CD license because there are denials. They're all pre-cleared on Apple Music.”

“It was a little R&D project, but it's now becoming a real thing,” Schusser says. “And more importantly, everyone's just excited that this music has now become available and people will get paid for it.”


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