posted: 14 February 2011 in Gigs

ZEN (Feb 18th, 2011)

ZEN (Feb 18th, 2011)

This weekend I'll be stepping to the decks for my first gig at the newly launched event, ZEN at Favela Nightclub in Kings Cross. I'm really looking forward to this one for several reasons. Not only am I playing a 2 hour set, but I'll also be playing earlier in the night. The event focuses on the deeper sounds earlier in the night anyway, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to unleash some of the deeper trance music that I love but rarely get to play.

In fact a lot of the music I will play very early on won't even be your typical 'trance' music per se, however I feel that it has the right ingredients for creating a nice 'trance' atmosphere in the club early on in the night. I always feel honoured when being given the task of playing opening set at any decent club night. The opening set is often the most crucial to get right due to the very nature of the club having just opened, and punters getting to hear their first sounds of the night.

You don't want to scare the punters away by banging out music too hard and too fast. This is one of the major, common mistakes made by a lot of 'opener' DJs that I have seen in the past. For whatever reason, the promotors put new, young DJs on first, due to saving their peaktime sets for their headliners, and then the opener DJ uses that slot to show off his 'main' sound. Which in most cases is big, uplifting 137bpm trance - definitely NOT what you want to be playing as people start trickling into the club.

Most people usually walk into a club, and head to the bar or go sit with friends until they're ready to hit the dancefloor. It's the opening DJ's task of slowly enticing the punters on to the floor, rather than scaring them away. I really enjoy this process of starting with fairly minimal tracks with a slower tempo of around 126 - 128bpm. Then you slowly amp the tempo and introduce more melodic or 'trance' elements as you progress. If you carefully slot in a more recognisable tune that fits around the sounds you're already playing, it can have a great affect on people.

So, I digress. I guess I just wanted to say that I'm super excited to be playing this weekend at ZEN. I'll be roadtesting my Traktor Kontrol S4 + Laptop DJ setup this weekend, which should prove interesting. Loving the setup at the moment!

For more information about the event, head over to for a full Event Listing.


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