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Tools of the Trade

Brodinski gets named to the BBC and tells us about how he stitches together his incredible DJ sets

By Ken Taylor
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Louis Brodinski (better known in the dance music world by just his last name) is on a bit of a tear lately. Not only did the French DJ/producer just release the awesome seventh single on his own Bromance label in Decemeber, but he’s also just been named to the new class of BBC’s In New DJs We Trust show, which sees him among Monki, Jackmaster, and Salva as the program’s latest hosts. So, with his ascension to the Beeb’s top ranks, we figured now was a good time to see just how he makes his awesome mixes come together.

Tell us a little about your DJ setup. What kind of system do you use?

My system is really simple. I used to play with CDs, but I changed not so long ago for SD cards, with Rekordbox on the CDJs. The 2000s are really amazing. I use three of them linked with a hub.

How do you organize your music?

I organize my music i iTunes. It’s pretty much the same as when I was using CDs. Now on Rekordbox, I do a new playlist every week with new tracks I want to play. It’s the easiest system for me, coming from CDs and going to USB and SDs. At home, it’s pretty much the same—my database is in my computer.

How many hours do you spend preparing music for an average gig?

Not too much. I like having the surprise, just downloading new (and old) music for the weekend every Wednesday, pretty much. I still try to spend some time looking for new music between studio sessions.

Do you make edits of commercially released tracks to play out, or do you pretty much play tunes “as is”?

It’s really rare that I edit the tune I play out, but sometimes I have to remaster some old pieces, and I always ask Gesaffelstein to do the remaster. Always a win—I did that five times this year.

Do you typically bring only one or two major styles of music to a gig, or do you pack options for many different possible vibes, depending on the mood of the dancefloor?

I always have my all library with me—we never know! But I’m trying to always have different kinds of music, always thinking differently for a festival and a club gig.

How much does your set vary in tempo over the course of the night?

It’s always pretty much between 90 and 150 BPM. It’s good to bring the people somewhere else at some point in the set, and see what happens.

Do you use loops and effects?

I use loops. It was super-spontaneous on the CDJ-1000s, but it’s really practical on the CDJ-2000s—a really good feeling with it now. I use effects, too, but I’m not gonna reveal them! [laughs]. Effects are really good when it’s in the club, played live, but if the set is recorded, it sounds weird at home.

Do you record your sets?

Actually, I don’t. Sometimes the club does, and they send it to me afterwards. I really like doing podcasts too—easier to play some stuff you’ll not necessary play at a party.

When you’re headlining, what would you like to hear from the opening DJ?

I think it’s a really difficult job to be the opening DJ, and not too many people can do it actually. Sometimes when it’s really good, you’ll remember. I love when opening DJs play a different music than what I’m gonna play, but still something that I can feel, and that can get the party started.

Do you ever miss the simpler times, when all you had was a bag of records?

I’m ashamed about my answer, but I never knew the time when DJs had bag of records. I’m from the internet generation and everything changed so fast!

Share some good music with us:

* Peaktime favorite

* Opening track

* Track for when you really need to visit the bathroom

* Closing track