The Best Hits of 2016 for Clubbing

As a DJ, you can tell right away that I love clubbing, even when I am not at work. Getting in the party mood usually starts while you’re still at home, but the truth is that if the music in a club is not energetic and powerful enough to get you going through the night, your clubbing experience pretty much falls flat on its face. So, I want to dedicate this post to the best hits of 2016 that make club nightlife rock.

 

Major Lazer Feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water

I suppose Major Lazer and Justin Bieber do not exactly need any introduction, and maybe the only name you have not heard of is MØ. The latter is a Danish singer, who in 2014 collaborated with Iggy Azalea on the artist’s Beg for It single. Her voice can also be heard on Major Lazer’s major hit Lean On, so, even if you don’t know her by name, you certainly know her voice. Cold Water announces great times for 2017, as well, since it is the lead song on Major Lazer’s 2017 album that is going to be called Music Is the Weapon. If Mazor Lazer and MØ have collaborated before, Justin Bieber’s presence and involvement with Cold Water was a surprise, since it seems like the artists talked on Twitter just before the release of the single.

Tory Lazer – Controlla

Another cool summer anthem that you will certainly hear over and over again no matter what club you will be hitting during the next months is the remix of Drake’s Controlla performed by Tory Lazer. While I like Drake’s original version, since it is such a great reminder of summer days, I am always down for a great remix, and Tory Lazer just did this one right.

AlunaGeorge, Leikeli47, Dreezy – Mean What I Mean

The story for this track is one fit for clubbing. Aluna Francis shows once again that she knows to rap, and she recently declared in an interview for the Rolling Stone music publication that she was inspired to write this song after being hit on in a club and then accused to play hard to get. Real time experiences truly inspire the best songs, and this one is no exception to the rule. It is clear that Aluna Francis plans on taking no offense from anyone, and Mean What I Mean speaks the artist’s mind.

Chris Brown & Benny Bennassi – Paradise

The collaboration between the well known rapper Chris Brown and Italian DJ Benny Bennassi led to another 2016 hit that is now rocking club life. It is not the first time when the duo is creating a huge hit, the previous one being in 2011, under the name Beautiful People.

So, if you plan on hitting the clubs anytime soon, just know what to expect!

A few tips for people who would like to try DJing

Okay, so you think you want to be a DJ. The excitement and glamour of the club scene seems like the perfect work environment, not to mention being able to spin and mix great music all night. To top it all off you get to meet thousands of people, maybe even a few celebrities and actually get paid to do what you think you love. While all of this sounds great, and trust me it can be, it takes a lot of time, effort, disappointment and even money to be a DJ successful enough to make ends meet.

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I first started DJing right out of high school and it took me several long years to get where I am right now. Even though I might have gigs in several “hip” clubs, I still remember going through long periods without any money coming in. If you are determined to try your luck, and skill, at DJing here are a few tips to help you get started.

Show up for your gig early

Showing up at the club early not only shows that you are a professional, it also gives you plenty of time to set-up. You can run through a couple of sound checks, and have time to troubleshoot any problems that might come up. This will also give you some time to settle your nerves before the crowd arrives.

Plan out several playlists

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Almost any professional DJ will tell you to start and end your set strong, but the in between time will depend on the crowd. Just because your gig is at a hip hop or dance club, doesn’t necessarily mean that that is the type of music the crowd wants to hear through the entire set. Pay attention to the crowds reactions and be ready to change to another playlist if their attention, and most importantly their enthusiasm seems to be waning. Keeping your audience happy is the best, and usually the only way you will be able to make it as a professional DJ.

Double check that all your gear made it to the club

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Before you even leave for your gig take the time to go through your gear. The last thing you want is to get to the club only to find you left an important piece of equipment back at home. If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed a gig next door then this won’t be a problem, but since the chances of this happening are basically zero it definitely pays to double check that you have all of your gear.

Always have a “Plan B”

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After DJing for several years I have learned that something will go wrong on occasion. Whether it is a short in the club’s electrical system or your laptop crashing in the middle of your set, having a Plan B that you can fall back will keep the party going and improve your chances of being hired again.