A Guide to How DJs Should Organize Files

CML blur A Guide to How DJs Should Organize Files

I got a wonderful suggestion via Twitter (from @PurpleArti) asking for an article on how I organize my music.  It's actually a craft, and many people don't have the patience for it.  It takes time and dedication.  If you aren't a bit OCD, download folders can spiral out of control.  My way works for me, but you might be comfortable using only a couple of these methods with your own software and process.

For a DJ, keeping your files organized is as important as keeping your hardware in fantastic shape.  You want to be able to jump from genre to genre, know where your songs are, and not have to search for something that you just realized would fit perfectly into a set from outside of your software.  Here's how I organize my files, step by step.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/zak.s.del Zak Standel

    you should organize your website in a similar fashion. so many types of music to pour through, def aide in my search.

  • John Disgraceland Stanhope

    I’d add that if you use Mixed in Key, run that on all your files when you get them – before they go into iTunes, Serato, etc.

    This is especially relevant if you use WAVs as in this case you need to have enabled the feature that adds the key to the file name.

    if you run Mixed in key AFTER you have added to Serato, iTunes, etc and you are re-writing the file name, then the applications will no longer be able to locate your tracks (especially Serato) which will result in you having to re-import / locate.