Live DJ & Music Production
Course 5: Building Set Lists

As a DJ, having a solid set list is crucial for success. Not only does it influence the crowd’s response, but it also affects the venue’s profitability. To keep your audience engaged, it’s essential to stay up to date on music releases and what your audience enjoys. However, don’t forget that being a DJ allows for artistic expression. Use this opportunity to showcase your unique style and create an unforgettable experience for your audience. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an experienced DJ, organizing your tracks in a way that flows into one another is the key to delivering a polished and professional performance. It’s also essential to have a pre-planned set that fills your allotted time slot and prepare everything you need during the set. By doing so, you can ensure that your performance is engaging and entertaining, creating a lasting impression on your audience. 

Few things are more frustrating than experiencing technical difficulties during a performance. That’s why properly configuring your USB in Rekordbox is an absolute must. By taking a few extra moments to ensure your settings are optimized for speed, compatibility, and organization, you can minimize the risk of experiencing issues during your set. With less time spent troubleshooting technical issues, you’ll be able to focus more on creating an engaging and seamless musical experience for your audience.

Assignments for this course include Song Roulette, the perfect game for DJs who want to improve their skills and challenge themselves. The concept behind Song Roulette is simple – to mix tracks on the fly and come up with transitions on the spot. You’ll also compile a full set list that can be mixed into a 30-minute set using 20-40 songs. For this assignment, your task is to compile a full set list in Rekordbox that can be mixed into a 30 minute set, containing between 20-40 songs.