Pepsi Pulse has compiled a list of “Pro-Tips: How To Make A Good DJ Mix.” I agree with most of the list. I’ve seen DJ’s have pretty boring nights, and I’m guilty of maybe one or two no-no’s on this list as well. Are you a DJ? Send us some of your own tips!

“Don’t Just Throw It On Shuffle.”

“Sequencing your mix is just as important as selecting the actual songs in it,” the item says. “That means no throwing on shuffle and letting the fates decide what will play when. Pick a part of the mix where things slow down for ample time for people to get close (or get a breather), and then a good set of tracks to ramp things back up. Having a shuffle will just make the flow of the mix a complete disaster.”

“Keep Up With The Times.”

“Everyone knows that ‘Hypnotize’ and ‘Empire State of Mind’ are classic songs, but why not throw something on that shows you’ve really kept up on the times? There’s no award for throwing on as many well-known tracks as possible, and in fact, that could make for a pretty boring night. Don’t be a prisoner to the classics, show us you’ve listened to something from this decade.”

“WHAT’S THE OCCASION?”

Are you making a mix for an all-night dance-a-thon? An industrial art show? A romantic night for you and your significant other? All of these occasions call for drastically different approaches to how you decide to craft your mix. Keep this in mind when deciding whether it’s appropriate to throw on an incredibly high-energy cut verses an intimate slow jam.

“DON’T BE AFRAID OF SWITCHING UP THE GENRE”

Any good hip-hop mix can use a dose of R&B slow jams, just like a trap music mix can benefit from some timely dosage of UGK. Just because the majority of your music may consist of one particular genre doesn’t mean you can’t pepper your music with a little flavor here and there. Keep it interesting, and branch out!

“TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR WORK!”

It’s the little things that count, like making sure all of your music has artwork (especially if you’re sharing your mix down the line), making sure none of your tracks are of low audio quality, and doing your best to avoid cuts littered with DJ drops (this isn’t always possible with the newest music, but it never hurts to look for an alternate version). Crossing your Ts and dotting your Is just reflects better on you when the time comes for others to check out your mix.
Read the full list here. Keep practicing! Check out a video of the head honcho get it in on the wheels. He’s definitely my inspiration to go HAMM!!! and Follow The Dream.

-HarleyQuinn