Dillon Francis Answers DJ Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED



hey I'm Dillon Francis and I'm here to answer questions about DJing deci Ferb a dude's a producer and a DJ what do djs do mix songs live find me one electronic artist who uses only solely their music in their sets deadmau5 uses solely his own music and sets you know a lot of people get angry when they like to but a DJ is just playing some other person songs but the thing is you've seen bad djs and you've seen good DJs and there's people that know how to read a crowd and there's people that don't know how to read a crowd but there's a whole knowledge behind that rather than it just being some guy coming in mixing songs I'm gonna assume my dad would be the worst DJ ever because if he went to DJ probably only play like Sammy Hagar's music a for OGG 17 I had a dream I was deejaying with Pauly D and Dillon Francis what kind of combination is that they were actually pretty good it's a combination of a little Los Angeles boy and a little boy from Jersey and it's just a nice East Coast West Coast sandwich Maryland Kel's asks how did DJ's feel when no one is dancing to their music it hurts if anything it's kind of like that commercial where the Sarah McLachlan song starts playing I feel like one of those better thanks for that question Marilyn dude from Twitter how did DJ's do that every weekend here's B all up you get these things called ear plugs and your ears are gonna be fine so if you want to be a DJ go to the ear doctor get some ear plugs and you're gonna be good all right this is from Arvind ji do DJs dance that's that's an easy question yeah of course come on of course we do we're dancing the whole time Dominic Carter is a friend of mine actually really curious what's next in terms of DJ hardware more specifically in the DJing without a laptop space in terms of DJ hardware I think that see DJ's they're gonna definitely have to get as good as vinyl in terms of being able to cut I know a lot of people that cut on see DJ's there's a lot of lag time with the new pioneer mixers that they have coming up there's more effects more blooping that you can do it's almost as if you had Ableton on your mixer but anyways I don't care loveyou Domenic Christopher Rhys says how do DJ's deal with the shits in the middle of a five-hour set that's so funny because I've recently thinking about this I've definitely ran to the bathroom really quickly while I'm playing in Vegas just if I have to go I have to go I do know that Diplo definitely had diarrhea during one of his sets I think what you should do now is get him on the show so that he can explain that because it I think there's a story I remember we were talking recently about this Diplo how do you deal with diarrhea during sets let me know whirling the mop says has bass drops circulated out of the English language yet no no definitely not it's thriving Biebs Jordan asks if I do record box I'm still debating flagship controller or CDJs and djm also pioneer technics Stanton or Denon for turntables if you're planning on going out to DJ they're gonna have a pioneer set up because that's just the standard this is what I use and I've heard the Denon stuff is really cool all the other ones you listed that's vinyl stuff the only person I know that uses vinyl now still is DJ snake underscore no underscore vah how do deejays mix without headphones asking for a friend one of my friends tjr he can mix on CDJs without headphones and on cerrado there's lines that you can line up and if you know how music is created you can kind of tell where you are in a song most stuff it's not gonna be that sporadic and crazy Samir 10:17 you ever see somebody you know just join the EDM scene and instantly become more okay sorry I love what this guy's saying already this dude you ever see somebody and you just you're like you just joined the EDM scene and instantly become more heady slash book than anybody you've seen at any show or festival I don't know what that means I don't cuz we're not smoking as much weed as you Samir 10:17 so it's a weird question and I don't know how to answer it and this is from MA China is being better at beat-matching in one ear over the other thing know what I think that's just because most people have their headphones here and it's just easier to do this rather than doing this also there's booth monitors so you can hear the other song I know a lot of people put on this cue and that's the master Q so let's everything that you'll be hearing that's coming out and then they'll also put on this this is mostly for people that do record box even when I'm DJing with record box though I DJ from one cue and it's from mixing like that and then I'll have the booth monitor up so I can hear the other song playing and I'll keep cueing from this you know and then that's all I mix in I don't like to hear anything else and that's why it's good to have one headphone like that so Mixmag does the DJ have to be perfect is it about selection or perfect beat matching there'll be certain times where you can have an amazing set that doesn't have beat matching it's more of a vibe that you're going with it's as if you were watching a movie you wouldn't want to see the movie all the sudden have either a black or a white frame because it would disconnect you from what just happened if you do a really bad mix someone's gonna be like what hold on I'm gonna go get a drink so let's see if I have perfect beat matching and selection so I put a little folder right here and I'm gonna use one headphone to mix so as you can see as I'm moving the right CDJ you can see these lines passing each other and right now there's these other white lines on the screen where it says 49 that's the one of the song so that's where you want to match up those lines and then if you press it at the same time right here there you go it's a perfect mix that's it that's deejaying in a nutshell it's way harder than that I think so the song that I was playing get low and hello there I sped get low up from 101 to 107 BPM and I slowed down hello there from 114 to 107 ppm and that's how you can beat match up this is TM SV music DJ's how do you start your music i folder structure with BPM genres record box dorado tractor tags with all the files in one I like this question because my library sucks in cerrado – utley label all songs that I like with a pink tag now I definitely have some folders here that say new house new twerk new trap and that's not that's like as a new music that I got that's in that genre that is not a complete library I tried I just stopped doing it it definitely helps to have the crowd be into it cuz that helps you pick selections it's really just trying to pick the first song picking the first song always depends on the DJ before you I'm usually relying on both my memory and my folders mmz mark Hikari what do djs do for pranks on tour cut the Wi-Fi guys the other DJ during his set just a thought man Skype a DJ during their set what a prank dude last night did you he Skyped him it was crazy he pranked him so hard he didn't even know who was on the phone I've definitely gotten pranked I got pranked by DJ snake I was up on stage with him we were playing our song get low song starts playing I see him laughing at me I'm like I don't know what I did is is my penis hanging out but no it was even worse he put my phone number on the jumbotron my phone was dead at within 30 minutes because it got so many text messages I have I have a prank for DJ snake I haven't used it yet and it's just been waiting in my back pocket Alex the fab 33 asks do DJ's go to other DJ's shows just to throw the down or no late-night thoughts yes DJ's do go to other shows to either listen to what they're playing or to do a back-to-back set there's less pressure on you once another DJ is there and especially if it's too bigger DJ's then you can kind of do whatever because they're just happy yes d HUS 91 asks how do you use cerrado with CDJs super easy you connect the cerrado to the pioneer this little RCA cable instead of going straight into the mixer you put it into the inputs of the rain box and then the outputs you go into what would be your right and then your left and then you have control CDs which control all this stuff so now I can go like that and I can go like this and it's super easy and everything's in the computer it's exactly like using CDJs without sarado just all your music library is on the CDJs now but through a computer and they have a control CD that controls the songs on them so it's as if you've had these songs queued up on your SD card or something but you're using your computer instead at underscore l underscore what's the cheapest alternative to buying a stand for CD days so they sit over turntables everything is this oh you know what I got a good idea throw out your turntables and don't use them anymore and just use CDJs cuz no one uses turntables anymore except for DJ snake is fod dillon francis are you alive as DJ console abducted you are you being forced to go one deeper against your will where's Dylan one deeper I'm good I don't even know where that came from thanks for worrying about me though I'm fine thank you DJ sicko fantasy serious note I feel like C DJ's play way louder than controllers naturally anyone else find this I find t DJ volume really distressing i've always wondered that as well i always thought that CDJs if you're going straight from CDJs into mixer i've heard that it sounds better than going from Serato or anything else because that's one less thing that it has to go through this is you know zero one zero zero one's just being sent into this you know if you can cut technology from going from one thing to another that i it's definitely gonna sound better frogs zeros seven-30 dillon francis the DJ hanzo not make the top 100 DJs because the list didn't even up yeah yep voodoo NOLA what's your favorite Dillon Francis say last remix I would have to say the one that I did Francis and moxie remix and then the epic one death took one's really good this is the last question Jake uh fur man says do DJ's get a sore neck from bobbing their head like after a long set so they have to get back to the room and ice their neck no no that actually doesn't happen but my back was really messed up and I had to actually I went and got an MRI because I thought I had a back problem and I don't but I think it was because I was playing hunched over so much recently I've been trying to push my body out more trying to play like this now if you don't want a bad back don't become a DJ

21 Comments

  1. Jesus Vazquez said:

    Yooo it’s celebrity DJ Dillon Francis

    June 29, 2019
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  2. Emma Gillett said:

    Anyone can DJ by waveforms! True ones can do it by sound only i.e the countless DJs who still spin vinyl 🤷🏻‍♀️

    June 29, 2019
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  3. yvonne said:

    You guys wanna go ahead and put a hundred more ads in the video? Jesus there's an ad like every minute

    June 29, 2019
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  4. TAMA said:

    Who that cute rainbow buddies of your.

    June 29, 2019
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  5. DivineLuna said:

    I understood none of this DJ talk but Dillon is gorgeous so it’s ok 😻😂

    June 29, 2019
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  6. Matthew H said:

    8:20
    what does he say here? "rain box"? "reign box?"

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  7. Matthew H said:

    4:14 he said "one ear vs the other" not "one ear vs two ears"

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  8. malaika w said:

    if you aint redlining you aint headlining

    June 29, 2019
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  9. Gurke-Schurke98 said:

    EDM community sucks

    June 29, 2019
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  10. No Name said:

    LOL to all the butthurt turntable DJ's getting their REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE on

    June 29, 2019
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  11. Ronald Flohil said:

    "No one uses vinyl except for DJ Snake"
    GET OUTTA HERE

    June 29, 2019
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  12. सर्व स्व said:

    MIndvalley sucks.

    June 29, 2019
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  13. Sammy Sosa said:

    Is there a Dillon Francis show. He funny

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  14. that one dude said:

    Ok I'm a noob to djing. What are cdjs

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  15. Andrew said:

    if you wanna prank DJ snake, just put a laxative in his drink before his show

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  16. battlethebollocks Rodgers said:

    Real musician? Nah!

    June 29, 2019
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  17. Urban Pictures said:

    Put serato on autoplay or… Mix a premix, and then go to the bathroom

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  18. Amanda M. said:

    Drinking game: take a shot every time Dillon Francis says CDJ

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  19. Amanda M. said:

    I didn’t understand a single thing he said but I still enjoyed the entire video 😂

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  20. DJ Techno The Fox said:

    Checkout Denon DJ. In a couple years or so i'm gonna be getting 4 Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Series Players and the middle Mixer which will cost me like 5k ithink ( ina bundle instead of seperate) lol I have a Numark NVii. Also awesome Q&A Vid! 😀 ( Also very helpful lol )

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  21. Mouse Dubz said:

    Yo Dillon! I have a long list for you with people who use turntables with VINYL!!! (not even timecodes) Check out some dubstep gods like Mala, JKenzo, Youngsta and all those nice guys!

    June 29, 2019
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