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Hi Steve!

  I feel like I'm in a rut with my playlists. I think my biggest flaw is that I start with a tempo of about 118, move up, then crash it down to 80 and move back up.  Am I moving to a too slow BPM for a Top40 type DJ? I feel like by the time I get to the triple digit songs again it's too late and the dance floor is cleared. Should I maybe start back at 100 bpm, then work my way back up? This may be a bit nit picky, but I want to make sure I'm not shooting myself in the foot with this. Thanks!


Andrew

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Your absolutely right Andrew.  You need to Move up or down through the BPM's through a number of songs.  If you are starting at 118 then gradually move up to about 132 over a few songs.  Then if you want to slow them down again I would only go down to about 110.  If you are a mobile DJ then you should not beat match too many songs in a row.  If you are a club DJ then the beats should not change dramatically within a short period of time.  Stretch them out gradually and watch what beat the people are responding to the most.  Hope this helps.
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