At 5/20/13 04:13 PM, jpbear wrote:
A club mix of a track is one that is more easily DJ-able. This means a relatively simple beat and/or melody to open the track up, and likewise in the end of the track.
Yeah, this. Make sure you have at least 8 bars of just a beat (maybe with small effects and synths but nothing too major) at the beginning and end so DJs can easily transition the track in and out of their mix. Also, club music generally goes by 8 bars as this also makes it easier for DJs and keeps a nice steady tempo going. So make sure each significant part starts every 8th, 16th, 24th etc, not every 4th bar!
Here are also some general guidelines that do not necessarily need to be followed, but can help your track to be played more (at least in the clubs in my area):
- Have a part or two where there is no beat for atmosphere
- When the beat does come in, keep it at a steady 4/4 beat (variations throughout are fine of course, but the main essence of the beat should be steady)
- If your track has lots of energy, create a suspensful build up. If the track is more calm and atmospherical - something that will be played more towards the beginning of the night, leave it out.
Now rip up dem clubs!