DJMAYA to release his annual New Years Eve Mix this week!

It’s the release of the year! DJMAYA releases his 1 1/2 hour mix of the hottest tracks of 2016. This is the mix you want to start playing at 10:30PM no matter where you are in the world to start your New Years eve countdown. Stay tuned for the post where he releases the mix and download link.

How To Create an Awesome Nightclub/Event Flyer

The Making of a Nightclub/Event Flyer

A successful nightclub will do two things: It will provide necessary information and it will get people excited. When someone picks up a flyer for your event, you want them to feel anticipation. But what are the ingredients to creating a great flyer, and how do you put them together effectively?

This brief tutorial will provide you with useful tips for making a nightclub flyer. I used Adobe Photoshop CS5, but these tips are easily applicable in whatever graphics editor you use. People will be pounding on the doors to get in if you use these tips.


Getting to know your audience will help you make a much more effective flyer. What kind of audience do you want to attract? What is the age group? Their general interests and tastes? Ask yourself these questions in the course of the planning stage. A well designed flyer is one that is made specifically for the people you are trying to appeal to.

I started by creating a blank 8 inch by 11 inch document.

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The visual side of your flyer must be as eye-catching as possible. Graphics grab the audience’s attention and draw them in.

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I selected a dance photo and a colorful texture and then proceeded to combine them using the Lasso tool to detach the girl from her blank background. I then pasted her in front of the texture.

Next, I duplicated the girl’s layer and modified its blend mode to Overlay to emphasize the colors.

A nightclub flyer should really stand out, so pick high-quality images that will look good together.

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For this flyer, I used the Pen tool and a soft brush to draw dots and strokes around the girl. Then I created the shiny effects by duplicating the layers and changing their opacity and their blend mode to Screen.

I also applied an outer glow around the girl with layer styles.

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A person’s attention span is short, so just a few lines of text will be enough. Include all the essentials, like place, time, contact information and sponsor names. Don’t forget to choose an engaging headline!

Make the text pop by applying layer styles, drop shadows and soft glows. Never forget the effects should complement the text.

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The arrangement of each element must be functional. Since visuals are the focus of the flyer, ensure they are prominent in your layout.

Headlines should also be striking, so make them big and arrange them accordingly. Other details, like sponsors and contact information, should also be visible, but they can be given a secondary placement.

Select just a few fonts and stick to a coherent color palette. Use your pictures as a reference to know which colors to pick.

And this is the final version of our flyer:

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The secret to a powerful nightclub flyer is mind-blowing visuals, simple and captivating wording and sleek design. Tickling your audience’s fancy is the key to your success.

Make sure you check with your printer before sending them the file to ensure you’re sending the right file type and that they can handle your order.

As part of my performance portfolio I always provide club owners and event promoters with custom designed DJMAYA flyers to assist them in marketing their venue or special event – DJMAYA

Song Selection at a Nightclub

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A lot of DJ’s are good at beat matching but are not be able to keep people excited and on the dance floor.  Over half of DJing is finding the right songs to play.  In this article I’ll explain how I pick songs to play throughout the night at a nightclub.  Many people think you have to create a playlist before the event.  I disagree.  You have to be able to read the crowd and know your music well. Song selection is going to greatly depend on the genre of music I will be playing.

Genre of Music

At nightclubs you are generally not going to be straying too far from one genre of music to the next.  For example, if I’m DJing at a house music nightclub, then I’m basically going to be playing music around 128 beats per minute throughout most of the night.  If I’m playing at a hip hop club, then the beat per minute range is going to range from 75 to 140.  Immediately you might be thinking house music is easy to DJ since most of it is in the 126 to 130 beats per minute range.  Not the case.

Energy

All music has a certain level of energy.  For example, fist pumping house music compared to a mellow type of house music.  Both generally stay in the 128 beat per minute range, but I have to skillfully and artistically mix seamless transitions between them because it would sound funny to jump back and forth.  Hip hop on the other hand ranges greatly in beats per minute.  This adds another element of complexity to live mixing.  I now have to take into consideration the beats per minute “and” the energy.  This might sound crazy, but I could have an 80 beat per minute song that has more energy than a 130 beat per minute song.  So how do I figure all of this out?  Through years of live performance experience with a variety of dance audience and most importantly daily mixing practice in my studio.

At a nightclub I’m going to be sticking with mostly high energy and some medium energy music.  Hardly ever do I play low energy music with the exception of lounges.  When I DJ nightclubs, I normally play a combination of five high energy songs and two medium energy songs, then repeat.  People need some time to breathe and get drinks during the medium energy songs.  This could change though based on reactions by the crowd.  If people are responding well to a certain beat per minute range or energy, I keep it going.  If I notice people running off the dance floor, I switch up the beat per minute.  If that doesn’t work, I try switching up the energy.  I cycle the energy so people can anticipate another high in the music.  You can’t be at the top all night with high energy fist pumping music or else people will be exhausted and have nothing to look forward to.

Requests

I’m very careful about taking requests.  You always get that drunk girl or guy that wants to hear something borderline that doesn’t fit into the genre of music being played.  If it doesn’t fit, I just politely tell them I don’t have the song.  They might get mad, but at least I don’t have a nightclub full of upset people.  Besides, they won’t remember the next day anyway!

Cycling Nightclub Energy

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It’s not just about the music ………..

Nightclub owners want a professional DJ to not only keep the crowd dancing, but many times transition and mix songs in a way that will make people unconsciously go to the bar. This is referred to in the industry as “Cycling the Energy”.  The only way the nightclub is going to make money and stay in business is if people are buying and consuming drinks. This is one of the hardest parts about being a nightclub DJ. It takes many years of experience and knowledge to perfect this skill, but it is an essential part of the job in satisfying both the dancers and club owners.

Before I attempt cycling the energy in the room I always ask the club owner in advance to get their opinion and approval. While most agree with this concept, there are some who just want me to play fist pumping club bangers all night long without lowering the energy.

 

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