Dj & Producer

People often ask me how I “make my music”. I always respond by saying that I do not produce my own music and that I only “mix” music. While the difference between a DJ and a producer may be obvious to some, it can be confusing to someone who is new to electronic dance music and with the amount of technology DJs have at their disposal the line is slightly blurred. The key difference is that a producer creates music in a studio and a DJ takes already-created music and mixes them together. Let’s examine the differences further:


A DJ plays and mixes music together. A DJ may use effects, looping, and other techniques to change the sound or structure of a track. However, they are not creating the music as they play in a club or festival.


A producer creates music in a studio using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Such programs include Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, and Live. They produce their own original works and also remix other producer’s tracks when they are provided with remix stems. Once a track is completed a producer sends it to a label to be sold commercially.


Many DJs are producers and many producers are DJs. This creates much of the confusion. A DJ/Producer is simply an artist who produces music in a studio and also DJs.


Live Acts are producers who create their own music and perform it live. Unlike a DJ, who mixes completed tracks, a live act will create the mix out of parts of their own songs. While a live act may sound similar to a dj mix, they will often only include the producer’s own music and remixes.

What is a DJ? What is a Producer?

What is the Producer Does?

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the past five years, you’ll be aware that when it comes to getting a career in DJing that reaches beyond wherever you happen to live, it’s no longer enough to just be a “DJ” – nowadays, the holy grail is to be a “DJ/producer”.

Get production credits and you’ll get DJ gigs too, young hopefuls are regularly told (often by companies selling production courses for DJs). If you can’t make mashups, you’re at a disadvantage before you begin (we said that, in Make Mashups Not Mixtapes).

Bashing buttons to move beyond simply playing other people’s productions is the new DJing (everyone from companies that sell boxes of buttons to deadmau5 says this).

But what do we really mean by production skills? Do you have to get production skills to make it as a DJ nowadays? And if so, how do you do it? Does all of this mean the traditional art of DJing is dead, or at least dying? What if you really have no interest at all in producing? Is it OK to be just a DJ in 2012?

In this three-part mini-series, you’ll get the answers to all of these question.

What we’ll cover…

In part one today, we’re going to look at what a DJ/producer typically does, and so what you need to do to call yourself a DJ/producer. In the next article, we’ll look at how important it is to be a producer as well as a DJ, what this means for the traditional art of DJing, and ultimately, whether you should put the immense time and effort required in to move from being a “DJ” to a “DJ/producer”. And in part three, we’ll give you five practical steps you can take to make this happen should you decide it’s for you.

How important is it to be a producer as well as a DJ?

If you can become a producer as well as a DJ, doors start to open. Or so goes the line. But why?

Consider this idea, something I first read in How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records: As long as music travels faster than the people who make it, there will always be a need for DJs. In other words, people on dancefloors all over the world want to hear stuff, and not everyone who made every tune they want to hear can be assembled in one room, at one time, with all their gear, to make that possible.

Hence DJs exist to play that recorded music. So far, so obvious. But what if rather than being one of those guys who plays other people’s music for a living, you can actually make some of the music that all those guys are playing?

Do you see that suddenly, promoters might want to book you? That it may be of commercial interest to them to advertise that they’ve got the person who made X tune, in town and performing tonight, at their venues?

What DJ/producers do…

because it is possible to do them “live” with nothing more than two music sources and a crossfader. It’s more of a DJing skill than any of the other production styles we’re listing here, yet many a mashup has been released and got a name for its maker as a producer

Here’s where you take a finished tune, and change it for some reason. Maybe you want to remove the “middle eight” (the bit where it changes before the final chorus). Maybe you want to loop and use only the middle 8. Maybe you want a longer intro, or to remove the breaks, or to only use the chorus, or to make an instrumental or dub version.

Point is, you take what someone else has finished, and chop it about a bit to make a new version, for you to play in your DJ sets (that’s usually the motivation, anyway). And many a DJ has got production fame by releasing these[ad#Mid-article ad 468×60]

Remixes – So here, you’ve got “stems” to work with (most of the time, anyway – not always). Stems are the constituent parts of the tune – individual recordings of the drums, bass, vocals, synths and so on. You may or may not use all of the stems provided, and you’ll almost certainly add original, new instrumentation of your own.

Used to make a tune in a different style or for a different market (or for your own DJ sets), remixes are a staple of every commercial release, and many producers get far more success as remixers than they do as makers of their own…

Original productions – This is “your” music. You heard something in your head, sat down and made it real. You filled the silence. Of course, in reality nearly all music is derivative (ie someone, somewhere had already recorded what you heard in your head; you just re-imagined it), but nonetheless these are the tunes that will bear your artist name when they’re released. Every producer dreams of smash hit own productions

Does this mean the traditional DJ is dead or dying?

However we define producer (someone who makes their own albums, someone who produces other artists’ tracks, someone who makes re-edits and mashups of other people’s material, someone who’s commissioned to do remixes of existing songs), it implies doing more than just playing other people’s music

– more than just DJing. But the first thing to make clear is that increasingly, some of the above skills are becoming what DJs do anyway. With remix decks (Traktor), samplers in DJ software (all major packages), production software that can double up as DJ software (Ableton Live), isn’t DJing itself becoming more production-oriented anyway?



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House Music Mid Summer Vol ONE
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Techno Sounds Summer 2019 Vol 7
Techno Vibes Summer 2019 Vol TEN
Techno Vibes Summer 2019 Vol NINE
Techno Vibes Summer 2019 Vol TEN
Time is Like A Fire

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All The Music I Mix , Wrote and Produced

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