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It’s time for a new DJ challenge and this one is a doozy.  Should you choose to accept this challenge you will be rewarded with a new perception, new music, new creative synapses firing, and the satisfaction that you took yourself out of your comfort zone.  This challenge is not for the faint of heart: only the wisest, self assured and bravest of DJs can take this on.


I hear a lot of you whine about other genres.  I hate this, I hate that, and yet when another DJ or person challenges the merit of your genre, you get very defensive saying “well you don’t really know that genre”.  Well, put your money where your mouth is then!  Maybe you don’t know the genre you are dismissing as well as you think you do.  So the challenge is pick a genre completely unrelated to what you spin or produce.  When I say different, I mean a hip-hop DJ taking on techno.  A deep house DJ taking on Drum and Bass.  A techno DJ taking on World Grooves or Ambient.  Whatever you think is the polar opposite of your tried and true.  No cheating – no sub genres of your regular genre allowed! Immerse yourself as if you would a regular set – really push yourself. Feel free to reach out to DJs you know that spin your challenge genre for some guidance on tracks (this may require you to eat your words).  I dare you to post your mixes – send me links!


The DJ Exercise series on BTD is meant to challenge and inspire DJs to get out of a rut, try something new, get the synapses firing (and create new ones), teach you about yourself and overall something to have fun with! 

Inspired by the blind kung-fu master, I came up with . . .


Close your eyes, open your discography in a way that you can point your finger/grab and choose tracks WITHOUT looking. Pick 5 tracks, fire up the decks, and mix ONLY those tracks. No cheating – work with what you have  – sharpen those creative skills. Post your Zen DJ Mixes in the comments section within this post and talk about the experience if you’d like. Good luck – you can do it!