The DJ in DJQuad? Whaaaa?
In my early 20’s I used to be a DJ at a local dance club. DJ’ing never gets out of your blood – It’s more addictive than any drug. After that I founded a web hosting/development company as my day job, and in the evenings I started DJ’ing in Second Life virtual clubs (lol remember Second Life?). After the hype quelled I became a Twitch.tv junkie. Not as a streamer, as a viewer – see my articles on StreamerSquare.
Anyhoo, I started DJ’ing for Twitch streamers and even some eSports events during the breaks between matches and such.
I was honored to support Zeke during his charity stream for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
So how’s it done?
Live mixing & requests
This is when I basically hang out in a streamer’s chat while the streamer has my audio stream open in another window. Chat basically dictates something they want to hear, even if it’s something as broad as a genre.
Random from my library
This is when I just load up my entire library and set it to play tracks randomly. You never know what you’re going to get but I guarantee the quality. I don’t allow junk in my library and if a track doesn’t bring a smile to your face I get sad. 🙂
This when I can share my library to a streamer via a private web site. They can then choose the tracks they want and a custom playlist is generated from that. It’s all web-based. Cool stuff.
Some random notes:
- The “Methods” above aren’t the only ways to do it. It’s often a combination that I work with streamers to determine.
- My library consists of mixes I’ve done for nearly 20 years, as well as mixes I’ve collected over the years from personal DJ friends, YouTube DJ’s, etc. Whenever a mix isn’t mine I give full credit to the original DJ. Sometimes I also mix a remix and when that happens, again, full-credit is given to the “source”.
- If you were wondering, I use Virtual DJ. Back in the day, it was all about actual turntables, manual beat matching, cross-fading, and so on. I did that when I DJ’ed at the club, but over the past few years computer software has become king.
- My stream is not live 24/7. I work with streamers to customize their methods, genre preferences, etc.
- Portions of your Twitch VODs will likely be nailed by “copyrighted content”. Although remixes/mashups typically fall under Fair Use, the automated content-matching systems that sites like Twitch and YouTube use don’t take Fair Use into account. If you’re a streamer that has music in the background (local MP3s, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc), you’re well-aware of this. 🙂
- When I stream music, there’s an encoding delay of about 15 seconds, much like you’re familiar with as a Twitch streamer. Typically it’s no big deal, but do keep in mind there can be around a 30 second delay from the time you request something and I play it.