7 Reasons Why You Should Learn to DJ On Vinyl #TuesdayTipsLive

7 Reasons Why You Should Learn to DJ On Vinyl #TuesdayTipsLive

August 21, 2019 14 By Kailee Schamberger


– Digital DJ Tips with me Phil Morse, in the Digital DJ Tips studio. It’s double awesome to be here today for our weekly live show,
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around and see if it’s you, but that’s not the subject today, the subject of the day is seven, count em’, reasons why all DJs should learn to spin on vinyl, if you can, obviously not everyone gets the chance, but if you can I’m going to give
you seven solid reasons why. Culled, from our teaching
also from an article written by Joey over on
the DigitalDJTips.com main website this week,
where he was, he played an impromptu vinyl set and
he wrote an awesome article which kind of triggered
the idea for today’s topic. So welcome, before we go any further, if you are new to this and you
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us, let’s start off by getting some early comments from you before we’re going to move into
the first of our seven ways, reasons why DJing with
vinyl is a good thing if you want to improve in your DJing. And so, I want to start off with YouTube, so hello to everyone who’s
watching over on YouTube. Hi to DJ Dash who says,
this is why Tuesday is one of my favourite days now, well that’s very nice of you to say, Hi to Rajul who says Trinidad on the line. Good to have you here. So Mystic says, I’m here for the win, awesome I like to see a little bit of, little bit of optimism there. What’s up says ShowtimeEnt404, DJ Wolve says I’ve got the book, thank you DJ Wolve. And DJ Styles does even better, says, I’ve got two copies of the book. So there we go. So, Evan says wow. So Kyla says, hi Phil I learned on vinyl but I do prefer digital now but I believe it is
essential to learn on vinyl. Well we’re going to talk about that. You’re awesome, says Sylvie, and so I’m not sure what
I’ve done to deserve that, but anyway, Fran says hi from Italy, hi to Sam in Toronto, hi to DJOne Hands On
says good morning all. DJ Eddie from the Bronx, hi DJ Eddie. Hello to DJ Krish from
India, to Darren says hi Phil and the gang, so lot’s of
you over there on YouTube, and just quick shout out to
some early people on Facebook before we get stuck
into our subject today. And I’m just reloading
the Facebook page now to get our live up there we go. So hundreds of you already on Facebook, 24,000 people on Facebook last time, unbelievable stuff, anyway, hello to Greg who says
Hi Phil from Las Vegas. Hi to Yuh3, hi to DJ Kenny,
says I can’t wait to hear, Joshua says hi, Meno says, I just bought two turntables this week. Well there you go then, you read our mind. Hi to Allie, hi to Frank,
hi to Anton who says I’ve got the book on Audible. By the way if you want to
know where to get this, you can get this in
goodbook shops on Amazon. But you can also get it on Kindle, if you prefer Kindle, and
on Audible you can get it in an audiobook, and it’s on
iTunes as well as an audiobook. Hi to Ray in Chicago, hi to Allie who says learning on vinyl is
integral to understanding beatmixing for me, so
Christopher says hi Phil from DJ Chris from Manila. Another vinyl DJ here, Steve
G says what’s up everybody. We’re going to have a
busy one today aren’t we? That’s a lot of vinyl
DJs creeping out here. Hi to Doug in Hong Kong, hi to Stephanie says always wanted to use vinyl, you know the interesting
thing about vinyl is in the old days, we learned
on rubbishy turntables then CDJs came out, we’re like oh they’re brilliant, and we all got CDJs. Then digital arrived and
we’re like oh that’s amazing. So we could’ve went that way. Nowadays, people start
on like their phone, then they get a digital controller, then they maybe learn CDJs,
and then they end up on vinyl. It’s like people going backwards nowadays. So hi to James in
Basingstoke, hi to Justin who says what’s up from the
dough boy, Patrick says hi Phil. Armando says I’m watching from Davao City in the Philippines, a few of
you in the Philippines today. Hi to Stephanie from Zambia,
to Adrian says DJ Slice shooting in from Baltimore. Hi to Chris in Calgary. Turntables until death
says another Adrian. So there we go, and hi Phil thank you for the tip says Joe Nodd. And hello to Wilfredo in Puerto Rico. If you are vinyl DJ, if you
know vinyl DJs who might want to watch this, if you just
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before we get started, if you’re watching this
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there’s no rush here. So just to make that point,
right, shall we get started? This is our seven reasons why learning to DJ on turntables if
you can, and placing gigs on turntables is a really good idea. So reason number one,
it forces you to pack, all killer, no filler. It forces you to pack,
all killer no filler. So what do I mean by this? Well, in the days of vinyl,
if it was a normal gig you’d take one box, this is my actual box from the last time I
played vinyl about 2001. If it was a really important
gig you’d take two boxes. So that meant you could take
between 60 70 and 130 140 tunes that was it. Now, imagine what that made
you do before your gig. You thought really really
hard about each and every tune in that box, you didn’t
take stuff thinking maybe maybe not, if you were thinking
maybe maybe not you gave it a good listen, you turned it up loud, you close your eyes, you imagine what it might sound like in a club, and you made your decision. So every single tune was really
really really thought about. So by the time you got behind the decks, you knew you had a box of killer, or two boxes of killer
for a very special gig. Compare that to the way
we don’t prepare sometimes for a digital gig we just turn up right, bring your laptop, turn
up, why not, you’ve got all your tunes in there. But you lose, you lose
that thought about the gig, you lose that planning,
you lose that preparation and guess what happens? Your sets suffer and you
end up staring at the screen thinking what do I play next? What do I play next? What do I play next? Instead of just looking
through a relatively small number of tunes, and
thinking oh yeah that one or that one, it happens
like this when you’ve done that preparation with vinyl. You lose that with
digital, it’s why learning to play with vinyl is
such an important thing. But if you can’t then there’s
simple way around this we teach in all our courses, just pack a box of records. It’s no surprise that in Serato, the playlists are called Crates, right? They’re called Crates because it thinks back to record crates. Pack a playlist, twice the number of tunes that you might possibly play
in your set is about right. Just going through that
motion will help you to get into that mindset
of thinking very hard. All killer, no filler. So that’s reason number one,
why learning to play vinyl and maybe playing a few
vinyl gigs is a great way of improving your DJing,
because it’ll force you to get in the habit of
thinking really hard about each and every tune that you play. Before we go any further,
a few of your comments I don’t agree that everyone
should plan out a set before a gig regardless or
vinyl or computer says Maxwell. No, I don’t agree that either Maxwell. You should never plan a
set, you should take about twice the number of tunes you
think that you’re going to play and then within those tunes, take you can you’ve basically taken
a whole redundant set. You’ve taken one set you’re going to play and a whole set at least that
you’re not going to play. That is plenty of tunes to
pick from in a night’s DJing. And that is a sweet spot
between having 30,000 tunes and going like this, and
meticulously planning every mix and every track which is equally
bad as having 30,000 tunes. This is the sweet spot,
taking about twice the number of tunes you need for your
set, that’s the sweet spot for most people and it works
best for most of our students. Maxwell, so you yes I
agree completely with you, you should never plan your
set, but you can certainly plan the tracks you’re going to
take with you in order to give you enough wiggle room to
play lots of different angles, depending on who is there is front of you. Yes, it’s about the mindset,
says Ninggee, and I love this great info Phil, sorry if I
got your name wrong there. So, exactly Phil says Antonio, Also learn to appreciate, oh
wow we didn’t get this one, thank you for this Allie. Learning to appreciate
white labels, label artwork, and coloured vinyl is part of DJ culture. Yes, you know, there’s
something about the covers and the artwork and
the, you know, you learn a lot of people prefer to
think by pictures anyway. My little boy, when he
used to DJ on Spotify, he just looks for the covers,
he doesn’t know the artist he just knows the colour and the artwork. Right, so, a lot of
people like that, it’s why in DJ software you can
add artwork to your files. Because it just makes it
more real for some people. Okay, so a few comments
from YouTube before we go any further, I want to be
nice and democratic here. Wow, YouTube’s very busy today, wow. I’ve made playlists for
nights and I just end up digging into my library anyway
because unexpected genres ended up working says David. Well that’s all right David,
but you imagine the days of vinyl, you wouldn’t have had that, you wouldn’t have had that luxury. You’d of had to have done
that thinking beforehand, Oh I wonder what genres they might want. And so, you’d have a
little section of tracks in all the little genres
you’d think just maybe. So again, it kind of goes back to, you could probably didn’t
have to plan that well before those gigs David, cause you knew you had everything with you. But even so, if you plan playlists and you end up going back
to your main library, that’s all right, at least
you’ve got a playlist there as a starting point. So, I think it’s laughable
how some DJs boast about having 100,000 songs when
in reality you need maybe 60 to 100 killer tracks depending
on how long the party is. Quality is not quantity says DJ Dash. You know, Laidback Luke,
who we’re working with at the moment, he’s got six
and a half thousand tunes. And that’s vinyl from the
days, from back in the day. He’s ripped, I think he said
he’s ripped about 2000 of those and since ripping 2,000
of those old vinyl tunes, he’s added 1,500 to his collection. So his current playlist if you like is three and half thousand tunes. He’s got six and a half thousand vinyls, he only bothered ripping 2,000 of them and now he’s added another 1,500. If Laidback Luke can
make do with a collection of three and a half thousand tunes, you don’t need anymore than that. Think think on, so, okay, let’s move on then. I’ve made, sorry I’m just
trying to make sure I’ve no good comments here, that that I have missed, so nope
I think we’ve got that. Lots and lots of people say nice things, but nothing related to that point. I want to stick to the point
now so that we’ve started. So we’ve covered number
one, it forces you to pack very very carefully, if
you play a vinyl set, and that teaches you discipline, it teaches you preparing a set, preparing a playlist for
your set before you turn up. So reason number two, it
forces you to learn your tunes. So on a piece of vinyl, just whip out an old piece of vinyl here. Glam, Hell’s Party. On a piece of vinyl, you have the, I’m trying to get
the light to reflect on that you have the, I can’t
of course, there we go. Can’t really see that but
anyway, on the grooves here You’ve got, quiet bits and loud bits, it’s the best I could say,
smooth bits and bumpy bits. It shows you where the breakdowns are, it shows you where the drops are, shows you where any fades are. Basically shows you where quieter and louder parts of the track are. So you could look at the
track, and say okay this is got I could see an intro in this track then the beat kicks in,
then it gets louder. At about four fifths of the way through there’s a breakdown, God
this is old music, you never have a breakdown four
fifths of the way through in new tunes it happens like
straight away doesn’t it? And then there’s a drop,
and then it fades out. That’s about it, that’s all you can tell, looking at the surface
of a piece of vinyl. So, while it would kind of remind you while the vinyl was playing, you could see if there was a drop coming or whatever. You really had to know
your music really well. So that you didn’t accidentally
mix vocals over vocals mix vocals over vocals, or
basslines over basslines or anything like that. You had to learn each and every track that you took with you basically. So that was a really good
thing, anything that forces you to learn your music, is a good thing. But, with vinyl it was like existential if you did it you would mess up and you would sound
and look really stupid. So, nowadays with digital
of course, you don’t really have to do that quite as much, because you could put cue points on your tracks, outro point
intro point, drop, breakdown and of course the waveforms
are so much more detailed, and down to the even
down to seeing basedrums in a different colour to hi-hats
and mid-ranges and so on. But that’s all good by the way, I’m not saying it’s not good, it’s awesome, it’s fantastic on digital. But, we have lost something, you’re not being forced to learn
our tracks inside out. Just by playing a vinyl
gig a vinyl gig or two, you’ll be forced to
learn every single song, that you are going to
potentially play in that gig. And by being forced to learn
your songs it will teach you the value of knowing your
music really really well. So, point number two it forces
you to learn your tunes. So before going back to
comments, I want to carry on through these, point number
three, and by the way if you’ve just joined
us, we’re talking about seven reasons why every
digital DJ, in fact every DJ should learn to play on vinyl. And maybe play a set or two at some point in your career on vinyl. We’ve already covered number
one, which is it forces you to go all killer no filler. Basically packed sets so that
you only take what you need. And point number two, it forces you to really know your tunes,
or to get to know them inside out, because your mixing
will suffer badly otherwise. So point number three, if
you can beatmix on vinyl you can beatmix on anything, it’s the old New York, the
old New York thing right, if you can make it in New
York, you can make it anywhere. If you can beatmix on vinyl
you can beatmix on anything. We’ve got an absolutely
awesome DJ controller here. This is the Roland DJ-808,
which we’ve been making the training on today, it’s
fantastic but it has the big fat sync buttons there and there. And that means that with most
stuff, two taps and everything’s going to be synced up nicely,
which again, we think’s awesome. You can do so much more,
you can have the sequencer at the top of this, at
the top of this going, you could have four decks
going, have your samples dropped in at any time, your
effects can all be in time. You know sync’s a good thing but, if you’re used to using it
and you don’t know what to do if it’s turned off, two things happen. One, if you’ve got tracks
that aren’t syncing up for some reason you’re stuck. And two, if anyone ever
says to you would you mind jumping in, our DJs not turned
up, if they’ve got old CDJs or if they’ve got vinyl or whatever, and you know how to beatmix
on vinyl on records, you can beatmix on anything,
including that gear. It’s a bit like learning to
drive on a manual shift car. Then you could drive an automatic. But if you learn on an automatic,
you can’t drive a manual unless someone teaches
you that extra step right. Learning to play on vinyl forces you to learn to manually beatmix. It forces you to beatmix
without assistance. And that is a very good thing. You know, as DJs we ought
to want to learn everything. We ought to want to
learn to DJ on all gear, we ought to want to learn all the skills. We should be curious about all the skills. And look, there’s no escaping it, with vinyl you’re going to
have to beatmix manually. You’re going to have to
learn to time manually. It is training wheels well and truly off. So, that’s another good reason to learn and hopefully one day play
one or two DJ sets on vinyl. So, how much should you
spend getting two turntables, and the middle bit, I
don’t know the name for it. It’s a mixer, Toxic it’s called a mixer. The one we really really
recommend nowadays, which is brand new, because
it’s only just come out. Is the Numark Scratch Mixer,
it’s called the Numark Scracth it’s like $500, it works with Serato, so you can use it digitally
with playing digital files. And the Numark turntables,
I think they’re called I keep getting the name wrong, I get it confused with the Pioneers. But anyway they’re the Numark1000,
that’s the model number, there’s a couple a letters before it. I’m sure one of you will help me out. They’re really really good
those Numark turntables. And you can get two of those
and the mixer and it comes in at like under the price of a single Technics turntable, brand
new, or not far off it anyway. They’re just insanely
good value for money. Now, they’re really well
made, they’ve got great motors they, you know, everything
about that set up I’ve just described is really good. So, if you’re on a budget, that
Numark set up the new mixer it’s called a Scratch mixer,
and the two 1000 turntables. I’m sure it’s not going to be very long before someone tells me the name of them on one of our channels here. Would be the setup I would
recommend right now for a beginner wanting to get into this. So, ProperBow says 1210s, he’s
talking about Technics 1210s there is no other, well yeah, but the new Technic 1210s suck, so you’d have to go for secondhand there. But yeah I agree they’re
very very nice, ProperBow. So it’s called NTX1000 that
turntable I just talked about, the Numark NTX1000, so
thank you for that Charles. All right then, Brittany’s
Record Shop says vinyl forever. So there you go. Right, and over on Facebook
before we go any further, I just want to catch up with
a few of you guys and girls over there, and read out
a few a few comments. Bjorn says very well said, Phil. That was the way before
digital says Michelle. Hello to Neil, always good
to have you here Neil. DJSeeShe says, sometimes you
find a whole different crowd that you were expecting, yes you do, that’s why you have to
consider every possible crowd, when you’re packing a vinyl set, because guess what you
haven’t got the luxury of all your music with you. Just a few of you saying
hello there as well. So, cool. Right, we’ve got literally
hundreds and hundreds of people here today, I’m looking
at the numbers shooting up at the moment, 24,000 last
time, couldn’t believe it. We’re normally like five six
seven thousand’s wondeful, 24,000! Anyway, let’s move on. We are talking about seven
reasons why, if you can it’s a great idea to learn to DJ on vinyl and play a couple gigs at least on vinyl as part of your DJ journey
in your DJ learning. So, number four, it teaches you what I call jog wheel dexterity. Tell you a story now, when I was a kid, I had a thirty pound, which
is about $40 turntable. It was one of those ones,
remember those old stereo systems where you had an optional
turntable that could go on the top and it had a really cheap
arm and it had a plastic lid and I used to hold the
vinyl, and then have my hand on the pause button, on the tape deck, and I would, I would get
the timing right, so I could get the pause off and
then release the track, so I could make mixtapes without gaps. I didn’t even know that DJing was a thing, with mixing and stuff at the time. But that’s how I used to make mixtapes. My dad used to say to me,
“Stop doing that on that turntable, you will break
it, you will break it.” And I think that’s the problem sometimes. People who use DJ gear
like this stuff here, they kind of think, I don’t
know how much permission I’ve got to abuse these
things, I don’t know how much permission I’ve got to
do stuff on this, right. I know that I’m allowed I
meant to press the buttons, I can press the sync buttons, I could press play, I can go like that. I can press sync, press
play, I can go like that. But look, the whole DJing
thing, the whole scratching and mixing and holding and
queuing and throwing in. That’s something that
doesn’t come naturally to DJs who learn on controllers in
our experience as a DJ school. It’s almost like they’re
asking for permission to do it. It’s almost like they’ve
got an imaginary dad in the background saying don’t
do that you might break it as my dad said to me, by the
way, my decision at the time was if I break it, it’s
my turntable get out here. Obviously I didn’t say that
to you dad in those words, did I, cause I was a polite little boy. But anyway, you know, if
you’re DJing on vinyl, if you’re DJing on record
decks, you’ve got no choice, you have to, cause nothing’s
going to happen otherwise. It’s all about that platter, it’s all about putting the record on, getting the needle on it, holding it, feeling the tension underneath your hand, letting it go, getting
good at letting it go. Not being so rough that the needle jumps. Being rough enough that it doesn’t (buzzing) slow a rhythm you know, you give it enough. You’re in control of it, like
riding a horse or something. Don’t know where that one came from, but that’s the kind of thing I mean here. So, jog wheel dexterity, platter dexterity, deck dexterity, is all about learning and
having the, the tactile feel having that, kind of like
programing in you that says, this is all right, this
stuff’s made to touch, it’s made to do stuff with. You know, you’re meant to
get stuck in and do things. It’s not meant to be just you
know the audience doesn’t know what’s that you’re doing
anything, you know, when you’re DJing, it’s rough
and ready, things happen. The audience can feel you’re doing stuff, you throw a track in, it’s a bit late, so you speed it up a bit on the spindle. You throw a track in and it’s a bit slow, so you nudge it a bit on the edge. You know, that’s what
you’re going to want to do, whether you’re DJing on vinyl, CDJs, or the most modern DJ controllers. And vinyl will teach you to do that. DJing with records and turntables
will teach you to do that. It will get you into
mindset that that’s okay. So point number four, it teaches what I call jog wheel dexterity. So I want to jump over to,
if you’ve just joined us we’re talking about seven,
I can’t hold up two hands at the moment, I’m talking
about seven reasons, why, DJing on turntables is a good thing. So, it depends on what
sounds better, interesting. Anyone could grab a controller and go, most vinyl DJs display
that they’ve taken the time to collect, curate and care
for the music in their arsenal. Well yes, but you know,
you can do all those things with digital as well, we’re certainly not making value judgments here. I really want to go to a
music university in England, I’m hoping to pursue DJing, do you know any good universities? No one teaches DJing like that. If they do, you know,
DJs learn on the job, you need coaching, you need
people like us to help you to encourage you, and to
show you the basic skills, and then you’ve got to get
out there and do it yourself. You know, if you wait
three years at university before playing your first gig,
you’ve wasted three years. We don’t have universities teaching DJ and giving you certificates here, Toxic. So anyway, right okay, so, more stuff? VinylDropRealFeel it’s
about music, you’re aware to manage music, may be strange but it is, I think you’re just reinforcing
what I was saying there Bob, but it’s a feel thing. Motorised platters will do it as well. That’s a very good point,
DJ controllers like the Numark NS7 Series, and
also the Rane Twelve turntables, and also the, the Denon SC5000M
and the Traktor Kontrol S4. They’ve all got motorised platters, so you get that feel
of tension and torque, and yes, it’s very good point, thank you for making that one. Okay, I’m going to move on. So, if you’re enjoying this,
please hit that share button it’s really important to us, we want to beat the 26,000
people from last week. So hitting that share button will help us. So all right then, we’ve covered, it forces you to go all killer no filler, it forces you to pack really carefully, it forces you to learn your tunes, if you can beatmix on vinyl
you can beatmix on anything. And it teaches you to use the jog wheels, jog wheel dexterity. Number five, I love this
one, because it’s so so true. It forces you into the zone,
it forces you into the zone. So if you’ve ever followed
any meditation practise, of you’ve ever read any books about kind of getting into that zone, where you know, you lose track of time and you find you’ve been
doing something for hours. You know, that zone of artistic creativity that’s so important to a lot of people. And it’s where we kind of,
we’re happiest as people. DJing with vinyl gives you that, why? Because you have to concentrate
or it all goes wrong. With digital, you know, God
bless digital it’s awesome. But you can, line the
track up, press play, hit the sync button
they both lock together. You could check your Facebook,
you could take a photo of the crowd and stick it on Instagram. You can have a chat with someone, you could do a million other things. You can spend five minutes
looking through your 30,000 tunes cause you haven’t prepared
your set properly. But what you’re not doing
is making sure it doesn’t all go horribly horribly wrong. With vinyl, there is
no escape from the fact that if you’re not
continually tending that, tending it like you know,
like spinning plates. They’re going to fall off. So you have to be in
the zone at all times, your BPMs would always slip, your records would always run out and there’d be nothing else
on the other turntable, not like on digital, where
you can load something, hit sync, and you’re off quickly. You’ve got to get the next track lined up, you’ve got to get it ready for the mix, you’ve got to know your tracks well enough to know where to drop it in,
there’s no second chances. You can’t just hit the loop
button and then sit there spending five minutes
trying to get it mixed in. When it ends, it ends, it’s dangerous. And for all these reasons, you’re far more likely
to fall into that zone, where you’re just one with the decks, or one with the vinyl and
riding the wave if you like, you know, like a rock climber might feel, or someone sailing a
boat, or someone surfing. All these things are just like that. And DJing with vinyl is like that as well, it’s why people are so
passionate about it. It gets you into the zone,
and that’s a good place to be, where time stands still,
where you lose yourself, where you come out the other side, completely addicted to it,
and wanting to do it again. Yes, you can get that on gear like this. Course you can get that on gear like this. There’s so many features,
there’s so many functions. If you’re playing in
front of a crowd then yes, you know, again, there’s going
to be enough stress there anyway for you, and a lot
of the time that happens. But I’ll tell you what, there’s
no escaping it with vinyl. It happens every single time
you turn those decks on. Because there’s more danger
with vinyl, it’s more raw. It takes more skill. By it takes more skill, I
don’t mean that you know, vinyl DJs are necessarily more skilled. I just mean that
beginning level where you, where you get to the point where you can actually do it,
it’s harder to attain. And once you get to that point in a set, you’ve got to maintain a certain amount of concentration to stay there. And that goes for DJs who’ve been doing it for a long time as well. There’s another reason,
it gets you into the zone. Right, we’re going to move on, number six. And I’m just trying to
read my writing here. I copied them all down
earlier from our meeting, I’ve now remembered what number six was, and it’s a great one. It connects you to where DJing came from. You know a lot of people buying
DJ gear for the first time especially if you buy
a controller that plugs into your iPad and that
works by Bluetooth. And you’ve got your
little speaker and stuff, it’s awesome, it’s amazing But you kind of feel like well, I haven’t got a culture
I’m tying into here. I’m just starting and I’m not really sure what I’m meant to be doing or
how people have done it before. If you learn to DJ on
vinyl, it connects you back in the past to the way
people have always done it. And that’s a very enrichening feeling. Enrichening? Is that a word? But anyway, it’s a great feeling. And it’s the same as watching
you know, old hip hop documentaries or watching
the history of disco, or watching the Carl Cox
or was it Martin Garrix, it was Carl Cox and Martin
Garrix film What We Started. Great film by the way, it’s on Netflix. Anything like this,
learning about DJ culture, reading about it, not only this book, there’s some awesome
books out there as well, that we recommend on the site and stuff, that’ll get you more enriched,
more involved in DJ culture. Anything you can do to get
involved in DJ culture, and feel part of it is good,
but learning to DJ on vinyl connects you straight away
back to how it was done. Up to about 10 15 years ago,
and that’s a good good thing. Because you’re going to
feel like you are part of the wider culture,
and I just think that that’s a lovely thing, it’s
a lovely thing that you don’t realise when you are thinking I’m going to have a go at this stuff. And you suddenly get a real
sense of what it was like for those early disco DJs,
and those early house DJs, and those DJs at the
beginning of trance and all the other big genres that’ve been defined by two turntables and a mixer So it’s an awesome thing
to do for no other reason than just feeling part of
the bigger, wider culture and getting a sense for
where you came from. So, before we move on to number seven, I just want to us some comments, because lots and lots
of them are flying in. I thought it was a good
idea to start on vinyl back in 2006 when when I
started, says AshOneMill. This is a test guys
and girls, says PK3776. If you have a controller
and could use it good, however if you use said
controller and have not used vinyl or Technics, then you must. Only then will you realise. Well look, I kind of agree with you, although there are some awesome
DJs using just controllers, in fact there are awesome
DJs using just Ableton. So, yes, you know, I agree with you there, I think everyone should do it, I mean that’s what this is about. You know, a lot of you have
been asking about this course, you know does it teach
me to do this stuff? And it’s worth pointing out that the way that we teach
DJing at Digital DJ Tips, is we start off by teaching
you the history of the gear. And then we teach you where DJs have got music from up until today. And then crucially, absolutely crucially, we teach you manual beatmixing. Manual beatmixing, whether
you’re doing something like this or whether you’re doing on it CDJs or whether you’re doing it on turntables. We don’t care, because we can
teach you to manually beatmix on any DJ gear that’s got
any kind of jog wheel. So, reason we do that
is vitally important. You learn the skills of turntable DJing, even if you’re not using turntables. Which is why every DJ
course we’ve ever done starts off by teaching you counting, timing, manual beatmixing and
only when we’ve taught you that what we call the universe
of basics, do we move on to teaching you the stuff that digital has brought to the table as well. It’s a crucial distinction,
anyone who teaches you DJing without doing that is not doing it right. So even if you don’t learn on real vinyl and real turntables, and do a set on this kind
of stuff ever, we can still teach you the important stuff, so you get that feeling of doing it. And then so you’re ready,
next time you get a chance, it will be much shorter
learning journey for you, to be able to do it on this stuff. Anyway, thank you for that comment. So as new DJs, says DJ
Mr. Anderson, on YouTube, we should at least understand
the history in our technology. At the same time, old DJs should
embrace the new technology, at the end of the day,
these gears are just tools. And I agree 100% with you
Mr. Anderson, so well said. Rapidfire Music says
salutes to all the musicians still using the wheels of steel. No hates to any of the modern tools, but nothing compares to the old school. No nothing compares to it,
it’s different that’s for sure. Okay then, I want to just
read out one more comment. David says, sometimes
I see DJs in the zone, actually performing very well technically, but they’re completely
missing the vibe of the crowd. Partially also blaming people’s
low appreciation of DJs. Yeah, look, at the end of the day, it’s about you and the crowd. You know, there are, we always say there’s three areas of music. What the person who booked you
wants, imagine a Venn diagram what the person who
booked you wants to hear, what the DJ loves, and
what the crowd loves. And imagine these three
circles overlapping. That sweet spot in the middle is what you’re aiming at as a DJ. Because if you’re not
keeping the promoter happy you ain’t going to get booked again, if you’re not keeping
the dancefloor happy, no one’ll go home and say you were cool, and therefore your, what’s
the word I’m looking for, your reputation won’t grow. But if you’re not keeping yourself happy, you’re just a jukebox
playing stuff you hate. It’s where those three things interlock, that the magic happens, anyway, I’m going off on another one. But yeah, I agree with you David, you know, to me being in
the zone, is about also being on the same trip as your audience. Okay, and on Facebook, just a
few more comments from there. By the way, if you’ve just
tuned in, we’re talking about the seven reasons why, if you get a chance you should learn to DJ on vinyl. So, I used sync for my very
first mix, says Matthew, but then, since then
I’ve never touched it, well there we go. So, picture discs have
a lot of the novelty, when just ripped to MP3, says Allie. I think you’re saying that
you know vinyl, picture vinyl it’s kind of great, but if you ripped it to MP3, you lose that. For sampling vinyl
records for music production, you need a vinyl turntable,
just one of many points, says Allie again, it’s
a very good point Allie. So…. And by the way everyone who’s commented I’m not going to read
any of those out now, because there’s some really
decent comments there, which are quite long, I
wanted to spend some time properly getting back to you. But anyone who’s commented
we will get back to you, my team and I underneath the comments, even if you’re watching
this on the replay, we’ll get back to you then. Right, number seven, we’ve
reached the end of our seven reasons why if you get a
chance you should DJ on vinyl. You should play some
vinyl sets if you can, because it’s cool. DJing on vinyl is cool, full
stop, it’s just plain cool. And so, why not you know, why not just do it because it’s damn cool. Now I’m not saying you know vinyl only nights are really cool, or you’ve got to only play
Berlin techno from 1970, 1984 to 1986, it’s not that
kind of cool, I don’t mean that I don’t mean hipster cool,
it’s just damned cool. You know, getting a new piece
of vinyl, rubbing on your leg, which by the way breaks the plastic, that they’ve wrapped it in,
ripping that plastic off, putting it out, opening it,
it makes the hairs on my arm stand on end just talking about it. Getting it out, the smell
of the vinyl when you first get one out, putting it on there, the static electricity that’s
holding this to your clothes. And then you put your needle
on for the first time. It’s just wonderful, and
everyone should try it for those reasons, it’s just wonderful, it’s a lovely thing to do. Now, every now and then
we dig the decks out here in Digital DJ Tips, we have a vinyl set, we don’t leave them out,
we don’t keep doing it, we go back to what’s modern,
because what’s modern is great, but just every now and
then scratching an itch, it’s awesome, DJing on vinyl is cool. So for no other reason, why not have a go if you get a chance to
have a go playing on vinyl. Right, that is it, there
are our seven reasons. I’m sure someone industrious
will put the timestamp beneath this and if you do we’ll
pin it to the top so people can jump to those reasons
watching on the replay. But I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed them. Now we have a little bit
of housekeeping left to do, haven’t we, because we have
to announce the winners. Just to remind you, The Complete
DJ course, is our DJ course it’s brand new, it’s
flagship, it teaches new DJs and people returning
to DJing after a break, how to catch up with
the way it’s done today. How to DJ properly which
involves by the way, all the things I’ve
just been talking about, learning to manually beatmix,
so that you will be able to do it a lot better on
vinyl when you get a chance. So, this is teaching you to learn DJing properly from the ground up. So you have everything you
need for really enjoying this hobby and getting the most out of it. And it’s brand new, it’s
already got hundreds of people in it because we’ve launched
it privately to our audience. But it’s going to go public,
for it’s proper big launch. And that actually happens tomorrow. So to celebrate that, we have three copies of The Complete DJ Course to give away. Now, as of tomorrow,
we’ve got a very special launch week offer, which
is only for one week, so do keep an eye on the
website and your email if you’re a subscriber,
if you’re not a subscriber by the way, you can
become one really easily by going to DigitalDJtips.com/join. DigitalDJtips.com/join. So if you’re a subscriber we’ll
let you know all about that and you get a special
launch offer on this course. But meanwhile, the
really exciting thing is, we’ve got three copies
of this to give away to three lucky winners, so who are they? Should we find out? They have been drawn
completely randomly by Lauren, Lauren is a very ethical
person, she would not have done anything other than just
literally closing her eyes and using a pin, but digitally of course. And these this to remind
you is a competition that we’ve been running
for a week on our socials. So you might even of
forgotten you entered, well you’re in for a surprise if you’re one of our three winners. So three people to
announce, are you ready? Virtual drum roll, so person number one who has won a copy of
The Complete DJ Course is Michelle Elizabeth. Who says, I’d be
interested, kiss kiss kiss. Well Michelle, your interest has paid off, because you have won a copy
of The Complete DJ Course. So well done Michelle, it will
be winging it’s way to you today, and we’ll be in touch about that. So well done Michelle
and you’ve done awesome. So that’s number one, we’ve
got two more to give away. Who’s won the other two? Shall we pull up winner number two? Winner number two is Rajul Singh, who says I want to be the next DJ SNAKE, Well, you’ve got a much
better chance as of now, then you did have five seconds ago Rajul, because you have won a copy
of The Complete DJ Course, worth nearly $500 and it
will be in your inbox, your login will be in
your inbox very soon, you’ll be able to jump in and
be one of the first people for this public launch of
the course, so well done. So are you one of the winners? We’ve already announced
Michelle and Rajul. We’ve got one more winner
of this $1,500 giveaway. So who is it? Really big virtual drum
roll, winner number three of this course this time
around in this prize draw is… Dave Hooglander. And Dave says I never win
anything, but it’s worth a try. Well Dave there you go
mate, you have won yourself a copy of The Complete DJ Course. So to all our winners, to
Rajul, to Michelle and to Dave. Well done, and your course
is winging it’s way to you. And to everyone else you
can get on board this as of tomorrow with a very special launch offer just for one week only. Save yourself some cash,
jump on it while it’s hot. That’s it, we’re done for today. Thank you very very much
to everyone who’s tuned in. We’ll be back same time next
week, I just want to have a few final shout outs
to you if you’re watching on Facebook and on YouTube,
but the place to watch this is here, the place to watch
this is on our complete, is on our Global DJ
Network, this one here. Because it’s for DJs by
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Network and group in the world and it’s totally free. To join this, head to our Facebook page, Facebook.com/DigitalDJTips. Hit the message button,
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live there after this show I go in there myself
personally and chat to everyone who is watching in there, so
for that kind of attention, you need to be in the GDJN. And that’s it, and
that’s how to get in it. All right then, final comments from YouTube and from Facebook. I want to win says Brian, oh
well maybe next time Brian. Otis says see you all later DJs. Eric says have a great day everyone. Thanks Phil, says Matthew. Mixing with vinyl is a lot different than mixing off a laptop. All new school DJs should take some time practising mixing with vinyl says Johnny. Wow, you are finally on
something, I’m not sure what that says beyond but anyway
thank you for commenting. Dennis says congratulations, Stephanie says congratulations everyone. Juanmei says congratulations, DJ Vista’s just congratulating all the winners. What is a DJ if you
can’t scratch says Brian. Even just a little baby scratch right? It’s always worth being
able to do that stuff. All right then, and loads and
loads and loads of comments, just you being very nice and saying well done to everyone,
which is very nice of you. You’re a nice bunch aren’t you. And over on YouTube, just to end this off. John says have a great day
Mr. Phil, and to you too. Have a great day says Jason. This is one the most inspirational
videos I’ve ever seen says Sabrie, for someone so
experienced, putting himself in a beginner’s shoes, is incredible. That’s my job, I’m a
teacher I like nothing, there is one thing I like more than DJing, and that is teaching DJing, seriously, it’s why I’m on this planet for. So thank you very much,
it means a lot to me, when I hear comments like that. So, I’m personally not a
fan of vinyl says David, and all the different clubs and
venues I’ve been on the deck none have been vinyl, no I’m
not saying we go back to vinyl, at all, I’m saying there’s
things you can learn by practising and playing
the odd set on it, David. Want to be very clear about that. And of course, you can
just use DVS, which is what ProperBow says, gives you
the best of both worlds then. DVS being integrating your
software with timecode vinyl so you can play MP3s but
you’re using the vinyl skills. Cool stream says CPH,
yeah it is a cool stream, we like to think so, thank you very much. So, oh I’d love to do that
course now says Toxic. Well, it’s available as of tomorrow. Can vinyl ever be practical for people like myself as an event DJ? As a fairly new DJ who uses a Pioneer controller, I have
trouble justifying the price. No, I’m not saying everyone
go out and buy decks, not at all just if you get a chance, if you know, if you’ve got a
friend that’s going on holiday and they’ve got decks, borrow them. Get a key to their house,
spend six weeks over the summer learning it, that’s what
I’m talking about here. That kind of thing. All right then, I’m
going to close that now because I could talk to you all for hours. And I’m sure you’ve got home
to go to, as we used to say, at the end of our, the
end of our club nights. It’s been great being here again today, I’ll be here next week as well, well done to all our winners. Remember this launch is tomorrow, The Complete DJ Course,
with a special launch offer keep an eye on the site
and if you want to be told by email the second this goes live, be one of the very first
people to find out about it. DigitalDJTips.com/join. Free to join, and we will
send you details of that. And all our other stuff
as and when it happens. So then get good, get out
there and make the moments. See you again very soon.