Streaming and DJing - How I'm Approaching It
One of the more time consuming processes of DJing, and working through new songs, is the amount of time it takes. To practice for 2 hours requires a solid two hours of practice. That may seem obvious, but if you've played another instrument, you know committing that much time is daunting.
Early on I started researching the best methods for making that time more productive. First I tried watching movies. That isn't productive.
Then I tried working on other song material, but after 15 seconds this plan failed, as I couldn't separate which songs were inside which program with whom.
So instead I investigated streaming.
Streaming essentially allows me to take the output from my mixer, the actual set I'm mixing live, and broadcast it out to listeners. It's a private radio station, for public consumption, without all the complicated technology.
Of the services I checked out, the one I was initially most impressed by was http://www.Mixlr.com
Mixlr has a standalone app that monitors your feed, gives you a channel to broadcast, and has a community of international listeners that could stumble onto your broadcast. My first run with it in a practice set was decent, so I upgraded to the paid service (for 128 kbps quality) and took it to a house party at Marmoton.
Confident with the results, I used it one night while in a living room in Wales to DJ a party back in Brooklyn. They took my broadcast into their stereo for an instant mix. Two hours into the set, the stream was then picked up by a party in LA. Two birds with one stone! The built-in chat features let me get a conversation going, and made it more relatable for me.
But I wasn't satisfied with Mixlr's community. They seem great and chatty, but I wanted to tap into already established social networks to make it easier to get new listeners. Advertise on a busier street.
So now I've turned to Google+ Hangouts On Air. It's a spinoff of http://www.youtube.com/live
, taps into my (heavily neglected) Google+ community, and has up to 192 kbps quality. Essentially your Google+ Hangout is optimized through a checkbox for high quality audio, in an attempt to get bands to use the service (and consequently bring their fans into activity on Google+.)
Which is basically what I've accomplished for them in this post. So next time you hear me streaming live, it'll be on Google+, unless something better comes along.