What is it that gets a mix hits?

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#1
Brappy,

The same as probably half the DJs on the forum who are either new, hated, blah blah I've found it hard to get my mixes hits, criticism, comments etc.
I thought I would start this thread so people could say what makes you listen to a persons mix, is it:
  • The title
  • Description
  • DJ / User
  • anything else

Hopefully this can help peeps get heard a little bit more

Ez
 

HAB

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Though this can arguably not be the right forum for this, I honestly wouldn't mind knowing the answer to this myself.

But for me, if I've listened to any of the DJ/user's mixes, I generally always give them another listen, even if the first one didn't rub me the right way. Of course, if you're just starting out, getting people to listen in the first place is hard.

Titles generally do nothing for me (or anyone else, I've found, even though I love my mix titles), but if the title has a date in it I find that most people will listen. Letting people know they're getting a mix of tunes that could be as new as released earlier that month or even week generally makes more people pay attention.

Though I don't LIKE doing it, I have resorted to putting a brief smattering of featured artist names in the header, and that seems to help pretty much anybody who does it as it gives the potential listeners a summary of what to expect. Be smart, know your audience. If I put in the header to expect Original Sin, Pendulum, Netsky and Chase & Status, I may not get as many listeners, since most that generally frequent this forum as they're not the type to like those artists. (Conversely, though, if you put that your mix features Break, Break and even more Break, you're still not likely to get a big response because some people may think its overkill. It's all about balance)

I also like the forums' new feature of adding a general genre tag to your thread, as it helps narrow down your audience a bit more. Were there a liquid tag or jump-up tag or neuro tag though, that would help even more. Specifying your mix is all jump-up, for example, may turn some people away, but they'll generally be people who won't leave you constructive feedback anyway since they'll hardly listen to it as intently.

Finally, ease of access/information is key. Soundcloud if at all possible, or some other streaming service if you can. People don't want to download a 60-120 minute mix from a DJ they don't know, wait forty-five minutes for it to download and be utterly gutted when they listen to the first ten minutes and hate the music or complain about key clashes or clangs or whatever. They won't listen to your stuff again and they won't leave criticism. And, of course, POST A BLOODY TRACKLIST! 90% of forum goers will not even bother with a mix that doesn't have tracklist in the description.

Then again, what do I know? I bump the hell out of all my mix threads constantly because I don't get THAT much listenage.
 

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- a tracklist always gets my attention
- a soundcloud link isn't vital, but i will more likely download a mix if i can get a taster of it first by listening to it through soundcoud
 

Jwood27

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i guess the more you post you are more likely to get hits,

if i recognise someone who posts a lot, il be more likely to check than someone that doesn't post very regularly. just the way it is
 

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HAB you brought me to the verge of tears! I'll defo listen to your next one mate (so long as it isn't minimal)



Apart from being known to the forum I'd say streaming and tracklists are your friends. And being slightly different.
 

HAB

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#7
<3 Jaro. Appreciate it, mate!

And Jwood speaks the truth, OP, I listen to his mixes all the time because I see him everywhere on the forums.

Make yourself known, man, it helps!
 

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if your looking for some criticism/tips to improve and the track listing does't make me sick, link me up and i'll have a listen for u

if ur new to dj'ing a short 10-20 min mix is more than enough for people to get a feel for ur ability and hand you some tips.

if u know what ur doing and ur confident about ur mixing ability, put something out that people can't argue with..
make ur track listing fucking awesome, host it on a streaming site, make that first blend something that people will listen to and think yeah, i'm going listen to the rest of this that mix was fire.
 

HAB

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Teddy does, in fact, know his shit.

EDIT: Oh and Jaro Soundcloud has this track recognition software that'll notice a track (like Let the Story Begin), and prevent you from uploading a mix where that song isn't mixed with anything else (at least, at first) to soundcloud because its copyright infringement. Everytime I tried to upload that mix (or my liquid one next to it), Soundcloud would prevent the upload because it said I was trying to upload someone else's copyrighted work, even though I bought the fucking vinyl myself.

tl;dr, It's bullshit.
 
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Forau

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Definately needs a soundcloud link.
Im not spending valuable porn watching bandwith downloading a mix im doubtful i'll like.
 

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never used words like "awesome, amazing" or anything similar to describe your own mix. EVER.

If anyone seriously describes their mixes like that i immediately ignore them just because
 

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#18
Unfortunately its all about popularity to get hits, comments and repeat listeners is down to ability.

If you wana get known on the forum, you have to be someone to the forum. Do you not realise there are hundreds of mixes posted each week?
 
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