The one thing that I started doing this summer which I never did before was I started to record my DJ sets and the experience has been bittersweet to say the least. I should have started recording my sets a long time ago. The original purpose of recording my DJ sets were to share them on this blog. However this purpose has evolved into something much deeper, it has become a major growing experience for me. I could NOT believe how many bad habits I have: i.e.: I'm a little scratch happy, I let mixes bleed too long, I cut songs too short, and then there are a handful of random songs (that I don't even like) that seem to always wind up in my sets. A perfect example would be Chris Brown's She Aint You....WTF?! I hate that song! It's really weird but after thinking about it, it does make sense. The song samples human nature which makes it the perfect crossover song. I do crossover a lot so I tend to depend on certain tracks like this and I didn't even consciously realize it until it was popping up in ALL of my recordings.
Of course I am hyper critical of my DJing and most of these issues will probably go unnoticed to the average listener. Recording my sets have also made me take a lot of pride in what I do. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing myself pull off a really difficult mix while making it sound so smooth and easy;)!!!
The following is the latest installation to my little "1st hour series" (for more info please visit an earlier post http://agirlsguidetodjaying.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-1st-hour.html) Please remember that it's live and it's raw but it's ME:)