No matter the genres of music you spin, at some point you’ve probably considered whether you should pre-plan your set or not. Is meticulous planning ever necessary? Should you arrive to your gig with an entire selection of tracks you will be playing lined up in an exact order of play? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle.
Every established international DJ has a few go-to tracks in their arsenal or tracks they recently discovered and can’t wait to play, while producers who tour will often have records they plan to test out on new crowds. That, however, doesn’t constitute a pre-planned set, as it’s entirely reasonable and recommended to enter any performance with some ideas in mind and a few sure-fire tools at your disposal. You should know which tracks work well with others, you should be prepared for your specific set by taking in consideration venue, line-up, genre you could be expected to play, length of your set, time of day or night, etc