Tarekith wrote:I DJ a lot of downtempo stuff that uses weird keys and scales that don't fit well in western theory. And, well... they stand out a lot of times. Sometimes you get lucky and there's enough of a pitch center that things will mix well. But a lot of the weirder stuff just doesn't blend well tonally with other songs we're used to. Not saying you can't use them, but as mentioned you need to get creative with the transitions to try and limit that as much as possible.
Yeah, I have a ge collection of downtempo/trip hop/instrumental hip hop, and it is by far some of the hardest music to mix in my collection.
Part of that is that the arrangements are not often built with the DJ in mind, and the other part is that you will get frequent key clashes when trying longer mixes. (And generally clutter from too many elements).
Tends to be something that almost forces you to use quick, efficient mixes, and remember a lot of good track combinations or 'set pieces'.
Any other tips for djing downtempo Tarekith?