Updated: Jul 6, 2020
𝟏) 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐄𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬
While it is great to play new songs and have a fresh collection of remixes & mashups, one should strike a balance by playing out enough classics that have withstood the test of time. Tracks like Jumma Chumma, Koi Kahe, I Gotta Feeling & many more are still a staple in NYK's club sets. However, underground music scenes are an exception to this rule. The reality is that a majority of people at most nightclubs are not nearly as involved in music as we djs are. So make sure to always keep a folder of classic weapons ready & balance them out with latest music !
𝟐) 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐝
When starting as a club DJ, DJ NYK would sometimes pass on playing time-tested bangers to instead showcase all the exclusive remixes he had made & the new tracks, he had found that week. The group of party goers who order bottle service at your Saturday night residency probably do not care about your exclusive new creations. They probably just want to hear Badshah’s new song, and there is nothing wrong with that. So one needs to draw the line & perform a DJ set with empathy. Put yourself in the shoes of the person on the dance floor who works 40 hours a week and wants to get a bit loose at the club. For the majority of club DJs, we are there for the crowd, not the other way around.
𝟑) 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭
Holding the audience on the dance floor is critical especially at a nightclub where people will come and go off the dancefloor often. So when you play out, it is tempting to do everything possible to keep the crowd’s attention at the start. But do not play all the bangers and floor fillers at the very beginning of your set. Create a flow & program a Dj set like a story.
𝟒) 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐨𝐨 𝐌𝐮𝐜𝐡
Alcohol is such a part of nightlife culture that it can be hard to abstain, but drinking at every gig would be an incredible health hazard if you’re playing out 3-5 nights a week.