I thought I’d share my method on how I organise my digital music collection as when I first switched over from vinyl it wasn’t really something I properly thought about. Since I’ve started sorting tunes properly it has made it much easier for me to find the tracks I want on the fly mid set. I’ve seen a few articles online about how to organise your music library, but not so many that are aimed towards DJ’s so thought I’d share my process as simply as possible.
Firstly I am using Pioneer’s Rekordboxsoftware, but the principle is the same for Serato, Traktor or even iTunes.
The secret to organisation is playlists! Every month I create a new playlist and name it with the month & year, for example March 17. Every track I buy or get sent in March 2017 will go straight into that folder, that way I will be able to skip back easily to find all tracks from that month.
I will also spend about and hour each week making sure all the info for each track is correct; Artist, Title, Album, Record Label. This helps me when I’m DJing, if I want to play a track by a certain artist I can easily find it. I’m not so fussed about the Genre or Key but if you are then be sure to update these fields. I will also make sure my beat grids & cue points are all set up during this time. It’s best to stay on top of this and do a few each week, if you leave it a few weeks then it becomes a bit time consuming!
Each time I play a gig I will set up a playlist. I’m not one for pre-planning sets, but it does help to think what tracks I’d like to play and put them in one place so I have easy access to them. I compare it to when I used to go through my vinyl and put what I wanted to play in my record bag.
Unless you have way too much time on your hands I wouldn’t bother going back through your digital collection, it’ll take forever, concentrate on keeping it in order going forward. I do find myself wanting to play old tunes now & then so will catalogue them in small batches as & when I need them.
And that’s pretty much it…. Simple! I would also recommend backing up your collection (including cue points) regularly. I do mine every 6 weeks. That way if a USB stick or hard drive dies on me I haven’t lost everything. I may do an article on how I do that in the next couple of weeks. Any other DJ related tips you want to know? Let me know
There seems to be so much good music about at the minute, it was hard to pick just 10 tunes for this months chart, but I narrowed it down to these few that I been playing in my radio shows for the past few weeks featuring some big tracks from Taxman, Freek, Breakage, Original Sin, Xtrah, Dimension & more
Firing on all cylinders on this show, covering the full spectrum of drum and bass music across 2 hours, featuring music from Calyx & Teebee, Break, Freek, Pola & Bryson, Dushi, Delta Heavy, Modified Motion, Majistrate, Voltage & more!! If you enjoy the show please hit me on Twitter & let me know @DJOllieDnB
I didn’t bother with the January chart as I was on holiday for most of the month, but February’s installment is here and there’s some big tunes in the selection. Be sure to check Turno’s forthcoming EP on Charge Recordings, the Chronic Rollers Vol.3 album is very strong, also I love the Donald Trump sample in The Wall by Matrix & Futurebound… Very topical! One more that didn’t make the chart but that I really enjoyed is the Suburban Base 25 album mixed by my boy Uncle Dugs.