Power of Mixing or Not

Beat mixing is definitely a cornerstone DJ skill that all DJ's must possess (the sync button doesn't count). But, like all rules, it is meant to be bent and sometimes even broken.

Mixing adds that smooth transition between two similar tracks. Not only can a DJ mix using the tempo, but also, a DJ can mix key's, melodies, instrumentation and music styles. All of these come into consideration before the DJ switches over the song.

But there are times when mixing isn't going to bring energy into the room, when mixing will be too slick for the style of music.

In hip-hop, often times mixing in a song half tempo can really get people moving or in reverse, double the tempo.

Even further out there is echoing out the song that doesn't match tempo, but matches keys or style. This technique simply can't be performed by a robot or iPod correctly, so it is a skill I use to add the energy only a skilled human DJ can bring.

Finally, there is mixing (or in this case not mixing) with your voice or even silence. Sometimes giving a little gap of no music and add the thrill of bringing the music back!

Play it Cool,


Luke Joachim

DJ CoolHand, New York, New York

CoolHand is a DJ/Producer like no other.  His roots are in Oakland, California, where fresh diverse sets, smooth fades, and crisp cuts are required. He is one of the few young DJs who truly started by lugging turntables, digging for vinyl, collecting old crates at radio stations, and blasting home speakers at various events. By the end of high school, he was spinning regularly at night clubs in San Francisco.

When CoolHand moved to New Orleans, he started by spinning Fridays at the “#1 college bar in the nation” (USA Today), touring with international artists, and performing at industry leading festivals like A3C and SXSW.

His sets are spontaneous and interactive because CoolHand vibes with the party and depends on the energy in the room for his selections. His mixes include multiple genres, remixes, key blending, wordplay, and creative concepts. Whether he is playing for an exclusive event or packed arena, come ready to feel the groove like you never have before.

For more information, please visit: djcoolhand.com