Category Archives: Tracks
It’s that time of year. I’m working on my official DJ Brian B holiday playlist on my Spotify and want your input. What are your favorite holiday tracks of the season? They can be old or new. Comment below or send me a note on my social networks. I’ll check them out and if I like them, they just may make the cut into my annual holiday playlist.
Here it is! The Fall Back Into Summer Mix 2016 is officially released. I’ve been working on this for about 2 weeks and finally had a chance to put the finishing touches on it.
The Summer produced some fantastic tracks so I thought it would be good to start there and make our way through to some of the latest Fall hits. I’ve put together 40 mainstream pop and dance tracks in a 90 minute mix. Included in the mix are some of my custom mashups and edits along with a few throwback party classics. You can use this for anything – workouts, pre-game, house parties, commutes, or background “work” music. Let me know what you think!
This week I’m giving you my top three Turkish wedding dance songs.
This came about because I recently did a destination NYC wedding where half the crowd was from Turkey and the other half was from the US. I didn’t get any song ideas from the clients but they really wanted me to incorporate some music from Turkey within the reception. In some ways, I actually enjoy having that type of blank slate. I did a ton of research and believe it or not, I hit it out the park. Part of it is just based on feel and what my gut was telling me would be a good track or not (as I had no idea what the lyrics were). The other part comes from my vast connections within the DJ industry. I’m proud to say I’m a part of an industry that supports one another. At the end of the day, it’s about making sure the client experience is amazing. So check out my picks for Turkish music that will pack your wedding dance floor.
I love ethnic weddings. If you are a having a destination wedding and want a wedding DJ who enjoys bridging cultures through music, I’d love to talk with you about your vision. Not only do I have a good feel for ethnic traditions and ethnic music, but I’m an internationally traveling DJ who specializes in luxury weddings. So no location is too far for me to help throw the type of party everyone is talking about!
Want to keep up with what I’m thinking are hot tracks? Check out my other “Music Monday” videos here. Have a great week everyone!
The late Summer music hit entries keep coming – Cold Water by Major Lazer and Justin Bieber won’t have as mass of an appeal as the Greenlight track I posted earlier this morning. However, this will be a club track staple. With some remixes already coming out and more sure to come, it could last well into the Fall.
It’s got that moombahton sound that is huge right now. Justin lends his smooth vocals to the signature Major Lazer sound that has made him so popular over the last two years. For both the club and private event world, it definitely is an early set track as far as programming is concerned. Here’s a quick 30 second preview. #musicmonday
I know “Work” is not as hot as it once was in the Spring but the Lost Kings Remix gives this Rihanna track new life. It will be included on my Summer 16 mixtape coming out soon.
I think what makes this remix stand out is the chorus. It has a thicker drum beat, the pitched down vocal in places and the heavy synths takes the pre-chorus energy to a new level. It still stays true to the original and doesn’t veer too much from it. You can play this in a dance set pretty much anywhere – early, a middle of the night transition or late night. Here’s a 30 second preview. #musicmonday
Just when you though the summer hits were finished, we’ve got a late entry with Greenlight by Pitbull, FloRida and Lunchmoney Lewis. This track will be big.
Greenlight has a groovin’ bassline that will keep dance floors packed, a catchy hook and star power. Pretty much anything Pitbull touches is going to be a radio staple. Greenlight is no exception. It’s one of those rare radio tracks that doesn’t even need a remix. It’s good as is for both private events, radio and club use. Let me know if you agree. #musicmonday
Here’s a classic one – “Starships One More Time” is what I call this wordplay mix. Instead of just a word, it’s a whole phrase. I use this mix when it calls for it and goes over well every time. The key is to place it in the right spot. Obviously the Daft Punk track, “One More Time” is pretty iconic. It’s a dance track that will be around for quite a while. Even an older crowd that may not be able to place the title can sing along with it because it’s very repetitive. The Nicki Minaj song “Starships” is definitely a recurrent track (meaning, it’s not quite a classic yet but still can be considered “popular”, especially in the private event world).
The key to this mix is setting what I call “bookmarks” (the technical DJ term is “Hot Cues”) with each track. There’s a spot in the Nicki Minaj song where she says “one more time” without music. This works great because I can jump to that spot whenever it feels right to mix out of any chorus. Similarly, with the Daft Punk tune, I bookmarked the acapella portion of the phrase and then jump to where the beat kicks in rather quickly. It’s an easy but an effective mix.
Let me know what you think of this by commenting on my YouTube video.
This is MY song of the summer – This Girl by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners. It’s got such a summer feel. That tropical house sound that is really “in” right now coupled with that opening guitar riff and those sultry vocals makes this a fantastic song. It is one of those underground tracks that may not see much mainstream radio airplay but that you’ll hear often from live event DJs. For me, this is definitely an early set type track. It could work for a cocktail hour, a pool party, or an early club dance starter. It’s a rare one that doesn’t need a remix. It’s good “as is”. If you’re at any of my upcoming shows, you’ll definitely hear it in the mix. I’ve put together an extended preview below. #musicmonday
Over the next few weeks, I’ll share a few of my go to tracks in a series I’m calling Wordplay Wednesday. Wordplay is one of the many ways I like to segue between songs as a DJ in lieu of using effects (an echo, filter, etc.) or straight mixing. It gives you the some variety as a music mixer and shows that you are thinking outside of just tempo of the song and genre when you’re mixing – you’re thinking through lyrical content as well. Speaking of genres, this actually is a fantastic way to switch between genres.
This definitely takes some prep ahead of time. Not only do you need to think through songs that have similar words but in some cases, you may need to do some pre-production. In this particular example, I took the acapella of “All I Do Is Win” and added that the line ‘everybody’s hands go up’ at the end for a custom edit. Why, you ask?
It would sound weird mixing two “off key” songs musically together. By using the acapella, it’s not noticeable. Also, you can play with the timing a little easier as well by “snapping” (DJ term means playing that part of the song over and over) that phrase in time with the new song’s tempo. There are a lot of premixes with things like this but I like doing it live. Not every guest will make the wordplay connection, but you can always tell which ones do by the “oooh” you hear from them when it happens.
One of my favorite new tracks out right now is Be As You (Jordan XL Remix) by Mike Posner. It has a catchy chorus, one of Mike’s trademarks, and also has that electronic keyboard riff that is really popular right now in top 40 music. You’ll be hearing this a lot in my upcoming sets. Get ready for radio to give it a ton of airplay as well. It’s one of the latest songs of summer 16 to add to your playlist. #musicmonday
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