DJ software continues to make significant technological advances, including the ability to DJ with streaming services. However, as of 2022, Spotify has blocked streaming access to third-party software, which means you can’t use it with your DJ software anymore. So if you were planning on using Spotify for your next gig, you might have a little bit of trouble doing so unless you know just how to DJ with Spotify.
Most likely, Spotify had to end support for third-party software due to licensing issues. Spotify is for personal listening and playing music publicly at an event that falls under different (and more expensive) licensing laws. However, Spotify has created its own way to use the service for gigs, called Spotify DJ.
Spotify DJ is a function of Spotify that lets you create seamless playlists. You can choose any of the music you like or listen to their pre-selected playlists. You can crossfade and add EQ to the playlists, but you can’t stream it through your own DJ software.
In this article, we’re going to talk about how you can still use Spotify to DJ your gigs. Of course, it won’t give you as much control, but it will work if you need it to. So let’s take a look.
DJing with Spotify is very simple and straightforward, making it a nice choice for beginner Dj’s who might get nervous about real-time gigs. It’s probably best suited for house parties, summer barbecues, and easy events where you need to provide great music without a lot of direct, hands-on effort. As far as equipment, you need very little:
Spotify has its own DJ mixes. These are music sets already created by some of your best-known DJs. So if this is the way you want to go, all you need to do is find the mix you want and hit play. It’s that simple. But if you want to be a little more hands-on with your playlist, you can do that, as well. You’ll want to use Spotify DJ mode.
Keep in mind that Spotify DJ does not have the capability to beat match or scratch. All it can do is play your playlist, crossfade the tunes, and apply EQ. However, if you play your playlist through your mixer with hardware controls, you can do some additional adjusting on your own. For example, you can apply overall effects and fade in and out to talk over the music with your microphone.
In addition, you may be able to apply effects to the playlist as it is playing in real-time, pause your playlist and drop your own beats if you have a MIDI controller, and of course, add in additional sound effects.
So while you are more limited to what Spotify is capable of doing with its built-in DJ software, you can use it with some amount of determination and creativity.
Using Spotify DJ is really better suited to situations where you need to be a little bit more hands-off. You can set up your entire playlist in advance, set your EQ and crossfades, and hit play. Spotify DJ works great if you are DJing your own party and want to be able to hang out with your guests, serve the food, or just enjoy mingling.
If you are an experienced DJ and want to use Spotify DJ because it has specific songs you want, you may want to load those songs on its own playlist and use your own music library to fill in the gaps. This will give you access to additional songs, but you’ll still be able to add effects and beat match with the rest of your playlist even though you can’t do it with the Spotify songs.
If you’re going to be using Spotify to DJ, you need to:
It’s really that simple to use Spotify DJ. And while it isn’t as fully functioning as professional DJ software, it can get you through a party or gig in a pinch or be used as an add-on to your regular music library.
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