One of the newest skills on DIY is Beatmaker. This is the DJ skill for everyone with awesome talents for mixing, remixing, and all those cool things.
"Beatmakers produce tracks that make heads nod and butts move. We compile samples, drums, clicks, and claps to create fresh rhythms."
My favorite challenge is the "Sample a beat from DIY" challenge. This challenge allows you to take a song made on DIY, then remix it! I warn you though, that you should probably ask the maker of the original song before remixing it.
Here's a personal story about a DJing experience gone wrong.
Back in late November, I was the backstage crew for my schools production of Footloose the musical (beware, I am in high school, so this is not a play suitable for you younger folks to watch). Me and the rest of the backstage crew had just finished taking some props off the stage and the next scene was a dance solo by the lead actor. Instead of doing a live song with our band, we decided to have a song on the computer.
We were using a high tech DJing program and it started acting up. Things turned out strangely... The song started out normal, then about 3 seconds in, it stopped. The audio crew panicked and clicked the restart button twice. Because restart was hit twice the system layered the track so it sounded like the song was echoing itself. The crew stopped the song, waited, got their thoughts together, and started the song again. This time it all went well. Whew!
The moral of this story is: No matter how simple DJ-ing may seem, there is always something that could go wrong. Always be prepared!
Well, anyway, time to go onto the PRO CHALLENGES!
Pro Challenge #1: Upload a song to Soundcloud.
Check out these budding musicians that have a SoundCloud account.
There is Thunder
Pro Challenge #2: Make a dance party.
Uhh, I don't think anyone has uploaded a dance party project yet. Stand by, we are having some difficulties.
Have fun making beats!
-Forte The Ferret