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Beyond Beatmatching

1. Introduction

Since 2006, we've helped thousands of people learn new DJ techniques. During that time, we've also communicated closely with our fans, and we've noticed that they often ask questions like: "How can I use harmonic mixing in my DJ sets?" "What is the best Macbook for DJing?" or "How do I get booked in large nightclubs?"

Our goal is to help you become an incredible DJ. We're in a unique position to help, because we create software for professional DJs. Our customers include superstars like David Guetta, who has millions of fans on Facebook, as well as up-and-coming DJs who are just starting out. We've always encouraged our community to ask questions, and we decided to give back what we've learned through experience with this easy-to-read book. We want to teach you something new, useful and exciting, regardless of your skill level.

In Beyond Beatmatching, we'll take an in-depth look at harmonic mixing and other techniques used by the world's top DJs. We'll explain how to make club management happy, and how you can adjust your DJ sets for different venues and crowds.

Eric and I have met and spoken with a lot of DJs over the years, and we think we have a good idea of what makes certain artists stand out. We'll talk about what makes a DJ memorable. We'll also show you how to use social media to build a larger fan base. And to help us tell our story, we've interviewed some of the top innovators in the business. Each one of them has plenty to say about how you can succeed in the art of DJing.

Finally, we'll take an in-depth look at the nightlife industry. We want to show you what happens behind the scenes in a nightclub. We'll share advice on how to get booked at clubs and festivals, as well as tips on what you need to do to land that coveted spot for all DJs: the club residency.

It's a powerful feeling when you're playing music for an audience. You're the maestro performing a masterpiece. That's why we became DJs, and that's why we love what we do. It's an incredible high, and it's even more incredible when you can predict how the crowd will react before you mix the next song. When you can tap into that shared emotion and bring everyone with you, you're not just DJing anymore; you're traveling together.

Your journey begins here, with Beyond Beatmatching.

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