• Touk

    Fantastic article, great videos.  A true contribution.

  • Touk

    Fantastic article, great videos.  A true contribution.

  • Touk

    Fantastic article, great videos.  A true contribution.

  • http://twitter.com/MOYMA MOYMA

    The improvising is def the fun part but I dont think you can really enjoy it until you really learn playing your instrument/decks …that is when you dont think and can just express. Dont play whats there, play whats not there – Miles Davis

  • http://twitter.com/MOYMA MOYMA

    The improvising is def the fun part but I dont think you can really enjoy it until you really learn playing your instrument/decks …that is when you dont think and can just express. Dont play whats there, play whats not there – Miles Davis

  • http://twitter.com/MOYMA MOYMA

    The improvising is def the fun part but I dont think you can really enjoy it until you really learn playing your instrument/decks …that is when you dont think and can just express. Dont play whats there, play whats not there – Miles Davis

  • DJAR

    Great article!  DJing started out completely as improvisation. I’ve been a DJ for 34 years and we did not have sets like most do today. It was thought of as phony and uncreative. Everything was spur of the moment. You read the crowd and acted on their response.  Today i hear most DJs playing the same set of songs in the same order doing the exact same mixes at different clubs. You might as well play a mixed cd. Real DJs play it all and play for the moment. I played in a club where one DJ was like “dude i was going to play that song in my set”. My reply was Improvise and find another song. It’s good to see someone write an article on improvisation and the importance of it.

  • DJAR

    Great article!  DJing started out completely as improvisation. I’ve been a DJ for 34 years and we did not have sets like most do today. It was thought of as phony and uncreative. Everything was spur of the moment. You read the crowd and acted on their response.  Today i hear most DJs playing the same set of songs in the same order doing the exact same mixes at different clubs. You might as well play a mixed cd. Real DJs play it all and play for the moment. I played in a club where one DJ was like “dude i was going to play that song in my set”. My reply was Improvise and find another song. It’s good to see someone write an article on improvisation and the importance of it.

  • http://www.djwhitehawk.com DJ White Hawk

    nice one folks, I was always inspired by instinct vibes. But sometimes those moments are not there, so it’s always safe to have a proven playlist set on the standby just in case. lol

  • http://www.djwhitehawk.com DJ White Hawk

    nice one folks, I was always inspired by instinct vibes. But sometimes those moments are not there, so it’s always safe to have a proven playlist set on the standby just in case. lol

  • Alex Wild

    Can anyone tell me what that instrument is that looks like a bongo, which the guy sitting down is playing? It sounds brilliant and he plays it in just the right places.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mixter.miagi Alexandre De Joncaire Narten

     Absolute food for thought! Thanks for this TT!! Keep ‘em comin soundboy!

  • Hans Kulisch

     great article and so true… there is so much you can do with just a cue button and lately i promote the concept of aleatoric djing, so playing whatever comes handy and try not to mess up or playing completely new records for surprise of me and the audience, most time people think…great preparation or ask me, whats that, and i say no idea, just played it. sometimes it can get quite psychedelic this way…john cage and especially john oswald here are great inspirations. oswald was known as playing two totally different records together both on full volume, whatever….could be noisy but if you make a break that keeps the audience happy then everything is ok again….cheers hk

  • Calgar C

    awesome… a great improv set has to be the stuff Sylvain Luc did with Bireli Langrene… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXXe2ukYQlY

  • ameganoise

    An excellent article & that Jon Cage Video is very thought provoking

  • Pieter

     So what is great, I haven’t heard this live version before, thanks for sharing :D

  • http://twitter.com/DJReMike DJReMike

    I am a jazz saxophonist as well as being a DJ. This article is on point, and I approach DJing the same way I approach the saxophone. 

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  • Ajay

    Great article! I really liked what you were doing with the acappellas in your mix. Looking forward to listening to the full set.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djbarticus DJ Barticus

    this article is in line with the way I have been DJaying for a while. I call it the “no playlist movement”. I think about what song I am going to play next (or after that, or after that) before i set eyes on my computer. It’s harder than browsing a well curated playlist, but it can be a more fluid and rewarding way to DJ.

  • Noelflava

     Nice article. A bit like Kung Fu class for Dj’s. I think there is actually this element in just about every aspect of life wether it be art, music, or physical activities. You could relate this to the way you cook a meal as well. 
    Tasty bites for these hungry students. Keep servin em up DJTT… : ) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000531686375 Futureglue Musik

    Thanks for the article. inspirational stuff. Gotta practice now..bye.

  • http://www.djpc3.com DJ PC3

     This is something you have to do spuratically during the course of 2-3 set… esp if you want to drastically change tempos (BPMs). These types of improv set-ups really help make the night lively for the audience…

  • http://twitter.com/SamBenDavid SamBenDavid aka DJew

     Wow great article DJTT, really enjoyed it !!

  • Ezra

    This article is on the weak side of things. DJing, with the exception of a couple touring house heads, has never been about a set playlist for the whole night.

    • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

      so just a part of the night?  premeditated is premeditated.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield

    Jeet Kune Do applied to Audiovisual = Tooltablism (or vacummness formless)

    If you are gona teach, then learn from the Masters:
    http://www.martialinfo.com/article.asp?gbfspn=145

  • http://www.mixingmaryland.com Maryland DJ

    Nerve racking at first but feels great once you can get comfortable doing it

  • http://twitter.com/holotropik Holotropik

    That’s why I use machines  only and have not taken up the DJ thing. However, I do love Traktor with 4 decks as it is the closest I have come to playing machines in an improvised way. I just get too board playing tracks, I want to change them too much…

  • DJ Irias

     A thoroughly inspiring and informative article. Keep kicking ass, Mr. Golden.

  • Dur

    A great article on why beatmatching will always be superior to SYNC.

    • Garygary1

       How the hell is that relevant at all?

      • Mylestec

        Its relevant because manual beat matching often can provide a improvisational feel to the music… If you’ve ever tried to remix any old tunes you’ll notice that you must first get that tune completely in perfect computer time… but that takes part of the organic feeling away from it… manual beat provides part of the swinging organic feel… in fact… sometimes, depending on the genre, you can move one record to syncopate against the other.. just by a momentary squeeze of the spindle or finger break against the platter…. lots of improv here mate!

      • Mylestec

        Its relevant because manual beat matching often can provide a improvisational feel to the music… If you’ve ever tried to remix any old tunes you’ll notice that you must first get that tune completely in perfect computer time… but that takes part of the organic feeling away from it… manual beat provides part of the swinging organic feel… in fact… sometimes, depending on the genre, you can move one record to syncopate against the other.. just by a momentary squeeze of the spindle or finger break against the platter…. lots of improv here mate!

    • Sirchone6

      Awesome stuff right here.. More posts like this please :) Hey Dur, I can’t wait until you post a video of your amazing beatmatching skills! You must have some place on the web where we we can see what a wonderful dj you are. Please give us a link ! -_-

      • Dur

        A video of beatmatching… you like your boring.

        • Sirchone6

          Nah, I just live in 2011 .. Let us know when you get here.

        • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

          pros and cons, pros and cons, proooooosssss 

        • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

          I 2nd that request. Show us a video of your epic skills!  

    • Rockludret

       Well, perhaps. But you will never be able to have the same freedom of harmonic mixing if you lock pitch and tempo.

  • Ivanthegreat

    Very inspirational. Great article!!! The lines between DJ and musician are more blured than ever and thats why I made the jump into DJing.

  • Lnreed

    awesome thanks for the info. !!!!