If you’re into this DJing malarkey there’s bound to come a time when you’re called upon to go back to back with someone. If you’ve done the old B2B with someone a few times you’ll get the measure of how your copilot lays things down, but on your first outing it can be a little bit daunting.
Whether your playing with a mate or someone you don’t know there are a few unspoken rules to abide by to make sure you don’t come off looking like some kind of megalomaniac plum. Here are a few brief pointers to bear in mind to ensure that your first B2B set doesn’t end in tears or fisticuffs.
I’m not saying that if you follow these rules you’re guaranteed to have people electric boogalooing off the chandeliers, but you’ve got a better chance of being asked back to play again and you’ll be less likely to receive a slap.
1) Knob Twiddling
Everyone knows that if you’re playing a record and people are watching you it’s nice to look like you’re doing something. The temptation to fiddle with the pots is pretty much all-consuming, and there’s no problem with that. BUT if it’s your B2B buddy who’s spinning the tune keep your fingers off the board. It should go without saying but never fiddle with another mans knob when he’s in full flow.
Jazzing about with someone else’s settings whilst they’re having their turn is the equivalent of licking someone’s kebab before they’ve had their first bite. This can end in rage and that’s not what your after. Unless you’re playing a deathcore set.
And for the love of the Lord definitely don’t touch the record itself. To stretch the previous analogy that’s like licking a man’s kebab, slapping him in the face, doing a little dance with your hands down your pants and then groping his girlfriend. Just a real no-no.