do you plan your sets or just go on a random 1

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im always hearing people say their 'working' on a set or working on what order 2 play their tunes or planning a set.....

is it just me that goes on a random 1 or are others the same?

every DJ has got their 'signature' mixes that they know they will play, even the likes of andy c and friction have mixes they has repeated over time

but do people plan their whole set? or like me, just go on a random selection?
 

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If im recording a mix and hosting it online then i will try plan it out a much as i can, but if im playing live i will play to the crowds reaction
 

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It depends really,what you said about signature mixes is true but when i played out i did plan a few tunes as i wanted to make a good impression but if i had a residency then im more likly to play what feels rite at the time and just go with the flow,but if its a comp or demo i think it should be planned as you mite only get 1 shot.
 

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not really, if i record a demo or something then i'll spend a cpl of hours piecing it together, but when i'm out live i never plan it, i have tunes that mix together paired up in the bag but i hate planning sets just incase u don't manage to pull something off, it fucks ur flow imo, i usually know what i'm gonna play first tho and just play what i feel from there...

i know ppl who plan sets, a few do it coz they have trouble remembering the tune structure, but i also know ppl who overthink and spend hours trying to prefect a set

i much prefer jus to turn up and mix till i'm told otherwise, each to thier own tho...
 

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Random tunes, random order, whatever I feel like playing, with the odd crowd pleaser thrown in for good measure.
 

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Normally got a few intro options planned and ready at the front of my bag, only the first 3 or 4 tunes so that I can go off to a good start... then it's just about reading the crowd and playing what feels right. Also it's handy to group together a few good mixes in the bag so I remember to do them.

I don't think planning the whole set is the way to go for playing out... otherwise you may aswell just turn up and put on a mix CD!
 

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yeh an intro 2 a set is key i think, u gota hit the ground running and then see where it takes u

as u say, crowds reaction is important to what ure playin
Also I normally have a few different intros ready... you don't want to go too over the top to an empty room... gotta ease them all in a bit! But if the rooms heaving and the DJ before you has everyone warmed up you gotta keep up the energy.
 

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Go with the flow....but sometime I want to do a "special" eg; all funk and soul tunes, and that might take planning
 
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I have now taken to planing the structure of my record bag very carefully but still freestyling the set, so i have all my teases at the front of my bag, planned sets of 2-3 tunes in the middle and a stack of tunes that i really like or wanna play that i freestyle with. its cool cause it means i know where everything in my bag is so i dont miss bars or anything but i dont feel like im cheating by playing a planned set.
 

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I generally have a good idea of which tunes go well with other tunes, but I never pre-plan my sets. The direction of my sets depends too much on what the crowd is feeling.
 

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Depends what mood im in!! obviously if you want your mix to have great effect its best you mix tunes that sound good together rather than just playing clashing styles
 

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bit of both. always plan an intro. got loads of combos stacked up though si i can pretty much take a set anywhere if need be.
 

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Never.

Have some mixes that I know work, but try everything to make each set unique & most importantly as Gloxxy stated.

Read.

The.

Crowd.

&

Select.

Accordingly.
 
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