Dubstep Warfare

by admin on January 9, 2012

in DJ Tutorials

Mixing a new beat that will blow those stragglers off their barstools and onto the dance floor is the goal of any good DJ. Sometimes it takes some special tactics though. Here are a few ideas to get them up and freaking out:

Start with a popular song and only slightly modify the lead-in. Almost nobody is going to get up and start dancing only to sit down because it’s not exactly what they wanted. Trick them into getting up off their barstools and starting to groove to dancing queen. Then blow their faces off with a brutal drop. Make them think it’s over once in a while and smack them in the face for doubting you.

That’s the second tactic. I love knocking people off their feet with a wall of sound that can be danced to. You need a good drum beat and rhythm that can be heard but above that you can make people jump and they will pay attention. Just make sure that each song isn’t like that. You need to jazz it up. Maybe not literally but why not? Throw some jazz in there. Maybe you’ll be the father of a new style. Kick and snare with some quick cymbals are the basis for anything worth dancing to.

I mentioned jazz but throw in some other styles. Reggaeton infused dubstep is gaining a strong following but hasn’t hit its peak yet. Metal, goth and hardcore has been top dog recently, so transitioning from that to a new style may seem awkward but it’s not impossible. Remix a remix and throw everyone off.

Modulate the hell out of those bass lines. Vibrate the floor and shake those barstools. Make them feel naughty for sitting on those barstools because of how hard they are vibrating. Make them feel it in their chests. Make the old man creeping in the corner worried that he’s having a coronary.

You don’t have to take my advice but this isn’t a formula for success. It’s just what I have had work for me. See you at the club.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

SearchOnZippy July 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

I’ve never been a huge fan of dubstep.
And about mix technique, I’m more from the “progressive” school than play slow and then a brutal drop.

But I guess some people like this kind of things, all taste are in the nature 🙂


Studio July 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Classic technique works for beats, song, for DJ’s & bands alike. Start with something familiar to draw them then, once they’re into it, mix it up and change it around.


dubstep 2012 July 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Check out this for a dubstep bomb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJovHWz8N3U
Shit’s amazing 🙂


IndeProducer January 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

As a producer, I’ve come to appreciate the DJ influence in today’s popular (top 40/club) music, from Dubstep to Euro/Electronic/House/Progessive…
But how long do you think Dubstep will last in the mainstream market? Do you see it dying out anytime soon?


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