In the late 1970s at the age of 20, I was introduced to an amazing after-hours gay dance club called Stages, in Toronto Canada. For the next couple of years we went every Saturday night, and the drug of choice was LSD "microdots" - they came in different pretty colours and people swore each one had different effects. The music was incredible! Songs like Katmandu, Blondie's Rapture, Funkytown, War of the Worlds... mixed on 3 turntables! While history tells us that house music originated in Chicago in the early 80's, I can remember the music at Stages being called house music.
Hosting your own radio show is great fun. It’s all yours, you play regularly to an audience and with a station like we have at HouseheadsRadio.com you get to entertain people all over the world.
The dynamics of preparing for a broadcast, however, are different to that of playing out. I’ve been DJing for nearly twenty five years and whilst I was obviously confident with mixing, I recognised when I signed up to do a show that the preparation would be different to playing out. I discovered though, that there was relatively little advice out there catering for this kind of show (though a fair amount for talk radio).
So, in the hope that I can rectify that if only a little, I’ve put together my top three tips based on what I’ve learned so far.
That dreaded button. "Push and Play", this representation on our current realities has reached into the sound booth. Gasp!! In a world, where songs drop in rapid succession in a cosmic race to cash in on the newest loops of the month. It is really no wonder that a computer generated song gets processed in an algor-rhythmic sound booth. Lets back it up to the era of vinyl... you're about to be schooled...
That Syncing Feeling
Yep, love it or loathe it, the controversial sync button is here to stay. If you've started to DJ in recent years, you'll no doubt be familiar with this innovative mixing aid. Long gone are the days when you reached into your record box, pulled out that precious piece of circular black plastic and spent what seemed like an aeon tweaking the pitch control on your turntable, trying to get the BPM just right.