Mixing B’s intro over A’s outro is the simplest mix there is, but it’s rather boring to do it every time. As your DJing skill grows, you’ll want to bring a bit more variety into your sets and control your energy levels better.
Here are a few ideas for when you can mix the new track in. The below assumes that you are familiar with the structure of a typical dance track – head over here if you are not.
Intro over outro. The simplest mix is also the most failsafe because it will work even if you don’t know the tunes well. Start B as A hits its outro and begin to bring it in 8 or 16 bars later. Then again, playing the full 6-7 minutes of each and every track may bore the dancefloor.
Intro over last chorus. This is the mix that I dissect step by step in this article. Start B on A’s very last chorus and begin to bring it in as A hits its outro 16 bars later. A is not fully gone by then, so this blend will require a bit more EQing on your part (and lots of it if B develops quickly). This mix lets you preserve your momentum better and continue it into the next track.
Intro over breakdown. In addition to the outro, the breakdown is another natural point of a track to mix out of. Start B as A hits its breakdown, which will be right after its 2nd or 3rd chorus. You won’t have much time because a breakdown is often just 32 bars long and you’ll want to mix out of A before the track starts to build back up. Start bringing B in after 8 bars, and try to finish the blend in another 8 or 16 bars’ time.
Intro over the chorus before breakdown. Start B on A’s chorus before the breakdown and begin to bring it in after A hits it. This gives you the whole chorus for fixing mistakes in your headphones, and 16 to 24 bars of A’s breakdown for the mix. More EQing may be necessary for a cleaner blend, and this mix may not work well if B’s intro is really short.
First breakdown over main one. This mix will require more knowledge of the tracks you’re mixing, but the effect can be pretty dramatic. Set a cue point on B 16 bars before its first breakdown (the one that comes right after the intro). Then start B 16 bars before A hits its main breakdown, which will normally be on the chorus. As both tracks enter their breakdowns, begin the blend and finish it before the breakdowns end. This mix takes you straight from A’s breakdown to the meat of B, which is very unexpected and keeps the dancefloor on their toes.
A word of caution here. While mixing over breakdowns keeps the dancefloor’s energy on its peak, you need to let the listeners rest, too. So give them that breakdown and mix out of A’s outro from time to time.
What’s your favorite way to bring the new track in? Which way are you currently practicing? Let me know in the comments below!
JM has played open-air gigs, shared the stage with the likes of ATB and had mix albums released commercially. He has been teaching DJing since 2008.
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