Planning a DJ Set or Routine – Inspiration & Ideas

Have you ever sat in front of your DJ equipment wondering where to start when planning a DJ set or routine? Do you feel like to you keep making the same mixes over and over? Do you need some inspiration to help you start thinking creatively about music? We’re here to give you some starting points and help you get inspired!

Planning a DJ Set

When planning a DJ set then are multiple ways to get started! Depending on the music you enjoy mixing, or the party you’re playing there are lots of factors to take into account. However, we have outlined 5 of our favourite starting points in the video below. A lot of our own weekly DJ Mix videos have been created from one of these tips!

Want to learn more?

Tip #01 – Creating Mash-Ups & Layering Tracks Together

Listening to lots of music is one of the most important starting points to creating a solid mix. You need to know your music inside out! As you’re listening to music try to pick out any elements in the track that are isolated; a vocal that sits nicely by itself, or a groovy bassline. Maybe there is a funky drum section or a melody that’s exposed from the rest of the song.

These are key points to set hot cues. 


Because these are the sections of music that have space around them. A melody that is by itself will likely sit in the middle and higher frequency EQ. This means there is room for the bass to sit under it. The lower frequencies are missing so why not add them in from another song?

This can be one of the most fun and creative ways to mix. By combining different layers together you will naturally start building your own mashups and DJ edits.
The next time you sit and listen to some of your latest downloads try to pick out any elements that have space around them.

Free DJ Lesson – Using Hot Cues While Mixing

This free DJ lesson has been taken from our Rekordbox – Intermediate DJ Course.

Tip #02 – Mixing In Key

Harmonic mixing… it’s a very popular talking point in the DJ industry.

What is mixing in key? What do we think about it?
Watch the video below to find out!

Tip #03 – Using Performance Features

Most DJ controllers and set up’s today have a wide range of performance features available. From the basic hot cue’s to slicer mode, sampler to Pad FX and much more! Are you using your DJ equipment to its full potential? Have you thought about how to use the slicer mode creatively? Or, how to use the sampler to remix a song live? There are so many options and this is something we focus heavily on in our DJ courses, especially the advanced ones.

Tip #04 – Mixing Between Different Genres

This is a really cool way to show off your DJ skills but also make a creative DJ mix/routine. By transitioning between different genres you’re able to manipulate the energy level of your set and surprise the listener.

There are a few different ways this can be done. Check out the two videos below to learn how to perform this advanced technique!

Free DJ Lessons – Transition Mixing Between Genres

Example #1 – House to Drum & Bass (& back again!)

This video is taken from our XDJ RX2 – Advanced DJ Course

Example #2 – Using SYNC to Transition
This example is taken directly from our DJ Transitions Course which is full of unique ways to transitions between all genres!

Tracks used in the lesson:
Katy Perry & Migos – Bon Appétit (Kees Sjansen Remix) – SUPPORT THE ARTIST

#Tip 05 – Just MIX!

Ok so this isn’t exactly a mixing technique or free DJ lesson but just something you must always remember. Ideas are hard to just pluck out of thin air. You need to mix regularly and play with your music. The more you just mix the more ideas will start to come. There is no way you’re going to be able to plan a DJ set or routine without getting on the decks and just mixing between songs.

Remember to have fun and not turn the DJ mix or routine into a stressful situation. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and enjoy the art and craft of being a DJ!

Thanks for reading and let us know in the comments if you have any questions! Happy mixing!


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