DJ Tips Part One | The Journey

“Your job starts in the record store, not on the decks. Your worth as a DJ begins and ends with what’s on your shelves and in your bag. For every hour on the deck, a good DJ spends days, months and years picking out tunes and learning about music.”

– Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster

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My first DJ set was less of a set and more of a playlist and I was absolutely terrified. Lucky for me it got people dancing with a smile on their face and sent me home with one too.

From that day I knew I was on a journey. I wasn’t entirely sure of my destination but that didn’t matter. I set off without a map but trusted the universe to send me guides and sign-posts whenever I needed them.

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DJ Notes | Old, new, borrowed & blue

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One of my favourite ways to spend an evening is to lay on my sofa listening to music and tidying up my song library. (That’s pretty much what I’m doing right now, truth be told.)

I often listen back over my recent sets and think about what went well (and what didn’t go so well). I might make a note of something I want to remember.

Today, while I was listening, a traditional English saying relating to a marriage custom came to mind:

’Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’.

(A bride that wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day will find good fortune, or so the saying goes.)

I like this saying and found myself thinking that it could be used to describe the way I select my music when I’m DJing. (Maybe it brings me good luck too.)

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DJ Notes | Inspired by ‘The Blues Brothers’

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(Photo by Erin Maguire)

Merchant Moonshine is a quarterly London blues night organised by Blues Revolution. Last night the guest musicians were the Limehouse Leigh Sextet. The dancers loved their New Orleans inspired jazz. Photographer Tim Gee took some great pictures.

There was also a Blues Brothers theme. I LOVE an excuse to dress up and I was SO happy to have an excuse to buy a trilby hat!

If you’ve seen The Blues Brothers or heard the soundtrack you’ll know how awesome it is. As the guest DJ for the night, I wanted to play music inspired by the film that dancers would enjoy.

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DJ notes | I’m Listening

What Do I Listen To?I was dancing with a friend on Sunday when they asked me,

‘What are you listening to at the moment, Tracy?’

I had to think a while before I answered. It wasn’t easy to say. The truth is, I don’t have a job where I can listen to music while I work. Nor do I have a commute when I can pass the time with my headphones on.

At home, my family have too many opinions about music for me to be able to listen to my own playlists more than a couple of times a week.

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