4 Minute – Ready Go
After School – Bang
Dal Shabet – Hit You
GD & Top Ft Bom – Oh Yeah
LED Apple – Time Is Up
Wonder Girls – DJ Is Mine
T-Ara – YaYaYa
4 Minute – Why
M Blaq – Y
Big Bang – Sombody To Love
After School – Rambling Girls
Dal Shabet – Pink Rocket
Secret – Madonna
2NE1 – I Don’t Care
Sistar – Alone
Clazziquai Project – Love Again
We’re starting a new series here at SpinKpop.com. We call it: Mixed. On a monthly basis we’ll select your submitted Kpop mixtapes and we’ll explain why they’re good. DJ G Sweet kicks us off with a mix he made within 12 hours of our request to him. We hope this mix will serve as an example of how to create a kpop mixtape of your own. A review and download of the mix after the break.
After reviewing the kpop mixtapes we’ve seen, and we’ll certainly take your submissions for future reference, we felt an obligation to find an example of what you SHOULD be doing. Please pardon our frustration from what we’ve seen from the community! While there are many ways to review or judge a DJ mixtape, in this initial post, we’ll take a focus on the elementary mixing techniques that all kpop DJs should be doing.
Download his mix >here<
What we like most about DJ G Sweet’s mix is his simple use of timing. But, behold, this mix’s strengths:
- Timing & Phrasing. Each of his phrases are synced. After the end of a 32, 16, or 8 bar phrase, he starts a new phrase on the 1. We cannot underscore how important this is. Aside from essential beat-matching, he ensures that the 1 on Deck A starts at the same time as the 1 on Deck B. This is essential A v B mixing! Starting the incoming song on the 1 will not only make it easier to mix, but it will make your mixes sound more coherent.
- Use of extended intros and outros. These extended intros and outros are a gift for us DJs. Aside from providing us space to adjust the pitch and beatmatch the incoming song, it can also be used to create elementary, on the fly, mashups. And yes it assists with phrasing, too. DJ G Sweet takes his time with these extended intros and outros, and uses their length to make smooth transitions between songs. In some cases he forgoes the intro of the incoming song and drops the intro verse directly over the outro of the outgoing song to create a smooth mashup transition. Nice.
- Harmonic Mixing. This, with his spare time between tracks, you can at least hear he’s making an effort with. Harmonic mixing is a complicated subject that we’ll likely discuss further in a future post, but to those in the know, it’s nice to highlight the effort made here.
The biggest thing to learn from all this is that a mix does not need to be complicated to sound great. In fact, we think it sounds great because of its essential bare-bones mixing. Transitions from one track to another are solid, and the selections are logical. He closes the set with his signature mashup that we all know and love him for.
We hope DJ G Sweet will continue to contribute his work to the blog, and we hope his work inspires each of you to submit your own mixes to be shared in next month’sMixed.