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it might sound basic, but i still think that one of the best things you can do if you're learning to DJ is to cover up the BPM readers and learn to mix by ear. there are a few reasons for this, and none of them are about authenticity or elitism, or what equipment you've decided to start using

most newer DJing technology has been designed to streamline the experience of playing music, but technology will always let you down occasionally, whether it's down to a flaw in the tech itself or errors you've made in preparation to use that tech. if you're too reliant on it working perfectly, then you won't be able to correct errors by ear when they do happen. if you can learn to mix by ear, you'll end up with a more intuitive understanding of why a blend might be working, or why it might not be despite the BPMs matching

two tracks can be mathematically in time with each other, but can sound like carnage if the rhythmic emphasis across those tracks is very different. if you've learnt to mix by ear you'll eventually be better equipped to think about what songs will fit together effortlessly and which will require a heavier handed approach in the mix. or, if you've decided that car crashes and heavy clangs are key to your aesthetic, you'll be able to implement them with intention! :)

if you can mix by ear, you also don't have to do as much tedious laptop admin preparing your set. you don't need to sit in rekordbox or serato for as long. you'll be able to trust yourself to improvise and you'll feel more relaxed in the club itself as a result 

it's hard to articulate this kind of thing without sounding like a hippie, and this is mostly just a personal observation - but a big part of what's kept me engaged with this for so many years is that when im really enjoying a set, i can get into some kind of flow state through playing the music. when i can get to that state, i feel at one with the ~~vibezzz~. it's effortless and it feels like i'm inside the music. but if i'm overwhelmingly focused on the functionality of the CDJs and on stuff ive prepped in rekordbox, it's harder to get to that place, and it can feel more like just another numbing screen-based activity - and crucially, that makes the end result *sound different*