One of the most important things that a DJ must keep in mind when he starts his career is the type of songs that he's going to be using. In fact, it's often said that song variety is among the most crucial things to ensure a quality mix, and this is something that you must keep in mind when it comes to song selection. And when it comes to this, one of the main problems that DJs often encounter when it comes to this is song selection and finding songs that go well together.
In this article, I will be providing a comprehensive guide on how to find songs that go well together. This article will be really useful for those people that have extensive song lists but that do not really intertwine when it comes to mixing them together. The truth is that to find songs that go together, it's important to know a little bit about music theory, and while you do not have to know everything about the topic or study music at a university, the truth is that the more you know about how music works, the easier it will be to find the best songs to mix. I hope you find this article useful!
One of the most important concepts that you must understand if you want to find songs that go well together is the concept of musical key. Wikipedia defines the musical key as "the group of pitches, or scale, that forms the basis of a music composition in classical, Western art, and Western pop music." In other words, the key refers to the scale of the composition. Every song that you play has a key, and there are several ways to find out which key it is written on.
The best tip that I can give you if you want to find songs that go well together is to find songs that feature the same key and mixing them together. If you have never done this, you will soon discover that mixing songs with the same key is unusually intuitive and the songs seem to naturally "go well" together. This is what I most recommend if you are going to be finding songs that synergize together. There are other methods of course, but this is the main one.
The best way to find song keys is by using key analysis software. This is what I personally use and it's what I personally recommend. Key analysis software does exactly what the name suggests: it analyses a song and tells you in which key it is written on. What I personally do is to insert a big number of songs on this software, and sort out which songs have the same keys. After this, I move this arranged list to my DJ software of choice, and I then start experimenting with them, looking for ideas on what sounds great and what doesn't. Aside from finding the key of the song that you insert on the software, many programs of this kind also allow you to find songs that feature similar tempo, which is something that you definitely want when DJing.
Now, when it comes to Key analysis software, let me tell you that there are several DJ software out there that actually have a function that is very similar to them. For example, Traktor has this wonderful feature built-in, and it works very well. So if you have Traktor, you do not need to use anything other than that, unless you do not like Traktor's key analysis software. Another DJ software that has this software built-in is Serato. So I'd recommend that you try one of these two softwares if you aren't willing to use standalone key analysis software.
Another great way to find songs that go well together is to look for songs that are of the exact same genre. This is especially useful if you tend to use songs from more obscure house genres. Another tip that I recommend is listening to songs from the exact same artists. These tend to produce music that has similar characteristics. Some artists tend to use the same key over and over and over, which means that the songs tend to go well together naturally.
Of course, you are going to still have to mix, match and try different things with the songs that you find, but there's an increased chance that you will find songs that go together when you follow this tip. While the best thing to do is to look for songs of the exact same genre, you can also experiment a little bit and try looking for songs in similar subgenres, such as deep house and tech house or the different trap subgenres.
Last but not least, one of the least talked about parts of finding good songs is simply experimenting with different songs to see what works and what doesn't. In fact, most of the good songs on your repertoire will be found using this method: mix and matching, keeping what works and discarding what doesn't.
That's why playing often is so important: having a lot of opportunities to mix different songs is one of the most crucial things that you must do to find songs that go well together. I have personally found most of my songs simply choosing them at random, discarding what doesn't work and staying with the does work.
A good tip is finding a top 40 song list or something similar, copying all the songs found, and trying to mix them when playing on a set on your home. This way you can experiment a little bit with what goes well together and what doesn't.
I hope you have found this article about how to find songs that go well together useful. Finding good songs is often a challenging part of being a DJ, especially if you are one that is just starting out, do not have the experience, or want to find new methods to find good songs. Trying out the tips that I mentioned below will prove really useful to finding good tunes.
One of the main tips for finding good songs is learning about music theory. In other words, I recommend that you learn what a musical key is. This is the group of pitches, or scale, that forms the basis of music composition in classical, Western art, and Western pop music. In other words, the key refers to the scale of the composition. Every song that you play has a key, and there are several ways to find out which key it is written on.
One of the best ways to find this key is by using musical key software. As the name implies, this is a type of software that helps you find which key the songs that you are playing are one. The best way to find songs that go well together is to use songs that have the same key.