From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A DJ mix or DJ mixset is a sequence of musical tracks typically mixed together to appear as one continuous track.
DJ mixes are usually performed using a DJ mixer and multiple sounds sources, such as turntables, CD players, digital audio players or computer sound cards, sometimes with the addition of samplers and effects units, although it's possible to create one using sound editing software.
A DJ set is usually performed live in front of an audience or recorded in a studio and may also be referred to as a liveset (with "DJ mix" referring more to a studio mix not performed live). In live situations the progression of the DJ set is a reactionary process. The DJ chooses tracks partly in response to the activity on the dance floor. If the dance floor becomes less active, the DJ will make a judgement as to what track will increase dance floor activity. This may involve shifting the tempo or changing the general mood of the set. Track choices are also due, in part, to where the DJ wishes to take his audience. In this way the resulting mixset is brought about through a symbiotic relationship between audience and DJ.
DJs often distribute their recorded mixes on CD-Rs or as digital audio files via websites for promotional purposes. Many popular DJs release their mixes commercially on a compact disc. When DJ sets are distributed directly via the Internet, they are generally presented as a single unbroken audio file; cue sheets may be provided by the DJ or fans to allow the set to be burnt to a CD, or listened to, as a series of separate tracks in the way it would be produced as a commercial mix.
Commercial mix albums
- Back to Mine series
- Café del Mar series
- Choice - A Collection Of Classics
- DJ-Kicks series
- Fabric and Fabric Live
- Late Night Tales
- Grass Roots (Ashley Beedle)
- Grass Roots (Danny Krivit)