Today my single ‘Listen’ is finally on general release from all download stores & streaming sites, I’ve included links to the most popular sites below, please go listen or recommend to any friends you think that might like it.
Check out the track now on Soundcloud, if you like it please do me a favour & share it with your D&B loving friends.
This track will be released exclusively at JunoDownload on 23rd April, and then worldwide from all other drum and bass download stores & streaming sites on 30th April.
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. Check out my article on ‘Backing Up Your Reckordbox Music‘ for info on how best to do that.
Any other DJ related tips you want to know? Let me know
Have a listen to the previews below of my tracks ‘Chinook / Shakedown‘, taken from my forthcoming single.
The single will be released on Direct Recordings & available for download worldwide on 15th July via iTunes, Beatport, D&BArena, TrackitDown, JunoDownload, GooglePlay & all other good download stores.
Make sure you follow @DirectRecs on twitter to stay up to date with all the labels forthcoming releases.
Pre-order this single now from JunoDownload http://www.junodownload.com/artists/DJ+Ollie/releases/
I’ve recently released something a little different on Direct Recordings.
If you’ve ever listened to me on the radio or on the Innovation Podcast then you are no doubt aware that I love all styles of drum & bass music. As such I feel I have to reflect that in the releases on my label.
The next release ‘All Good Things’ by Oversight is a brilliant half speed, vocal D&B track which, while it may not get dropped at all the big raves, you will want to play it in the car on the way home.
2 mixes of ‘All Good Things’ will be available from all the usual download store, a vocal mix featuring Sativa and an instrumental version on the flip side. Head over to www.direct-recordings.com for info and links to where you can purchase your copy.