Make My Own Mixes and Music (Carried Over from 2013)

Completed: 16. Make My Own Mixes and Music (Carried Over from 2013)

To quote Eminem in ‘Cleaning out My Closet,’ “WHERE’S MY SNARE?!?”

There’s nothing better than listening to a great mix by an unbelievable DJ. For years, I’ve wanted to learn how to DJ and seamlessly mix tracks. It was on my 2013 bucket list, but I couldn’t pull it off last year, so I carried it over to this year. I’ve downloaded a good number of DJ software, but it’s incredibly confusing. Thankfully, I discovered Bach to Rock, a Herndon-based music school that offers this specific training.

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It was amazing. I’ve never been into a professional studio, so I felt like a legitimate artist about to lay down a track when I entered their “beat refinery,” where I spent two hours. My instructor gave me free rein on my turntable and told me to “go after it,” so that’s exactly what I did. I familiarized myself with the intricate system, Serato Live, and played with all of the different buttons to find out their purpose.

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The best part was the library of music. It seemed endless. I chose two songs to start and my instructor let me go. He taught me scratching tricks and techniques to mix together different songs. This is when I truly fell in love. I started with ODB and Outkast and switched it to Miles Davis and Biggie. I then mixed Busta Rhymes “Everybody Rise” and Dr Dre’s “Let Me Ride.”  To say it sounded rough is being nice, but I’m still learning!

A few of the other things I realized:

  • I need to be ambidextrous
  • This is going to really hard, but once I get it down it’ll be one of the best things ever.

I have dreamed of completing this goal for the longest time. Bach to Rock seriously made my dream come true.  I still have two more lessons with them and I’ll be signing up for a lot more. Maybe one day I’ll be the best DJ that ever was… OR… I’ll just be a normal guy who makes mixes.  Who knows? 🙂

– Kris

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