A DJ mix or DJ mixset is a sequence of musical tracks typically mixed together to appear as one continuous track. When a DJ mix or DJ mixset is recorded onto some medium, it is often referred to as a mix tape. DJ mixes are usually performed using a DJ mixer and multiple sounds sources, such as turntables, CD players, digital audio players or computer sound cards, sometimes with the addition of samplers and effects units, although it's possible to create one using sound editing software.
A DJ mixset is usually performed live in front of an audience in a nightclub, party, or rave setting. Mixsets can also be performed live on radio or recorded in a studio. The term "live set" or "mix tape" often distinguishes the live recordings from those produced in a studio. In live situations the progression of the DJ set is a dynamic process. The DJ chooses tracks partly in response to the activity on the dance floor. If the dance floor becomes less active, the DJ will make a judgement as to what track will increase dance floor activity. This may involve shifting the tempo or changing the general mood of the set. Track choices are also due, in part, to where the DJ wishes to take his or her audience. In this way the resulting mixset is brought about through a symbiotic relationship between audience and DJ. Studio DJs have the luxury of spending more time on their mix, which often leads to productions that could never be realized in real-time.
DJs often distribute their recorded mixes on CD-Rs or as digital audio files via websites or podcasts for promotional purposes. Many popular DJs release their mixes commercially on a compact disc. When DJ sets are distributed directly via the Internet, they are generally presented as a single unbroken audio file; cue sheets may be provided by the DJ or fans to allow the set to be burned to a CD, or listened to, as a series of separate tracks in the way it would be produced as a commercial mix.
Commercial mix albums
- Back to Mine series
- Café del Mar series
- Choice – A Collection of Classics
- Distinct'ive Records Y4K series
- DJ-Kicks series
- Fabric and Fabric Live
- Global Underground series
- In Search of Sunrise (series)
- A State of Trance
- Late Night Tales
- Renaissance: Masters Series
- Solid Steel
- Tranceport series
- Drum and Bass Arena
- Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
- Is a Mixset a Piece of Art? by Brent Silby ─ article provides argument to support the claim that a DJ Mixset is a form of art.