Picture this: you’re behind the booth, getting ready for your set at a club. The lights are dim, the bass is pounding and the room is packed. As you get yourself situated, the usual nerves set in. It’s your first time here; despite the years of experience under your belt, your stomach still tightens and your palms still sweat. The opening DJ looks your way- he’s already unplugged his headphones before you’ve had the chance to nod to him that you’re ready to go. His track fades out, and it’s all on you.
Heads turn. The crowd murmurs. The room’s mood instantly shifts. You’re frantic, checking every connection between your laptop, controller, and the house equipment. The DJ before you is already long gone. The murmurs grow into a buzz, as the crowd becomes impatient. The promoter is already halfway across the room, headed right your way. You briefly make eye contact, and the panic sets in. You’re frozen like a deer in headlights.
For some DJs, this scenario might feel a little familiar. We’ve all been victim to technical difficulties and hardware failures at venues. When sound issues come up, we’re always to blame, even if we’re not at fault. We’re the driving force behind club and bar nights, because without music there’s no environment to party in. So, it’s up to us to minimize the possibility for mishaps. I’ve come up with the DJ version of a Swiss Army Knife: an emergency flash drive! [Read more…]