Basic Cuing and Mixing: DJ Tricks with Claude Young

Last week, Claude Young kicked off his DJ Tricks series by demonstrating how to balance a turntable tone arm and mark records to stay organized during a performance. This week, Claude joins us in the studio to go over basic cuing and mixing.

Claude opens the lesson with the most pressing concern a DJ can have: you're spinning one track, it's sounding good, but that track is coming to a close. What happens now? Claude walks us through his process of cuing up and bringing in the next song—including some need-to-know tricks like using the EQ to cut the bass out of the finishing track.

"That's always a quick and easy way to get out of a sticky situation. If you're working on it, drop the bass out, and just roll into your next track," he says.

For more of Claude Young, click through his discography below, and be sure to check back next week for another one his DJ lessons.

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