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How to Prepare for an All-Night DJ Set

When you work as a professional DJ, you are expected to work sets of many different lengths. Sets of one or two hours usually aren't too taxing, but taking care of an all-night DJ set requires a little more preparation so that you don't up end flailing and so that the party retains a great level of energy right throughout the night. Here's what you need to know so the DJ set goes to plan and everybody (including yourself) has a great time.

Prep all of your DJ equipment the night before. Without the proper DJ equipment, you can't perform a DJ set at all, so this is where you need to start your preparation. You will want to make sure that there are no loose cables, that all your connectors are in place, and that you don't have any problems with the routing of your sound card. Encountering these kinds of problems on the night and sticking on a mix might be a feasible solution for a one-hour set, but when you are playing for five hours or more, you really don't have anywhere to hide.

Plan for toilet breaks. During the course of an all-night set, you are, of course, going to need the bathroom, particularly if the club owner keeps plying you with drinks. But when you do go to the bathroom, the music has to keep on playing. This is when it's a good idea to have a pre-prepared mix of a few songs in your back pocket. You can put the mix on and feel comfortable in the knowledge that being away from the decks for fifteen minutes won't be the end of your DJ career. Before you start playing, it's also a good idea to know exactly where the bathrooms are so you don't waste time navigating your way through the heaving crowd aimlessly.

Monitor your drinking. One of the benefits of DJing in the club is being plied with free beverages throughout the night. But it's important to remember that you are also being paid to do a job, and if the drinks get in the way of doing that job, you might want to reconsider your drinking habits. A five-hour set or longer is a very long time to be consuming alcohol, and you might find that your DJ set suffers as a result of merely sipping on drinks that are passed to you throughout the night.

Take these points on board and you are bound to have a successful "all-nighter".