Nah, maybe take a selection of tunes for consideration to play, but that's about it. If you prepare a set, and then a DJ on before you plays one of the tracks that you were gonna play, sort of makes things a bit Pete Tong. Tried planning a set once way back about 7 years ago before a gig, but it just didn't feel right
i sometime build the set and veigly work around it, i normally have the first 4 tunes written down. i havnt actually learnt how to read the croud yet seeing that i always play first on fushion theres never anyone on the floor ( im not quite sure if its me or not :S )
do any you guys have a certain method to picking your tunes? i know a few people have sets of 3 tunes that they remember, i always have a problem remembering the tunes though :S
I lik to grab 15 mins b4 my set to go through and pull out the tracks I think are going to fit right with the vibe along with the ones that I know I want to play so that once I'm mixing most of the tunes are easily available. I also write notes about new tracks on a piece of paper so even if I can only remember vaguely what they sound like I've got a pretty clear description of what they sound like/do. No substitute for knowing your tunes inside out tho....
I've done it all kinds of ways. e.g. My set at PsyProject was largely pre-planned, but my set at Psybernetic recently wasn't at all. I didn't even know which track I was going to put on 1st before I opened my CD case.
Why pre-planned at PsyProject? 'Cos the construction of it was so complicated. There were a lot of different styles and sounds. If I'd got it wrong, it would have sounded terrible. Psybernetic was more of a journey, so easier to do.
I write notes and give scores on neat little bits of paper which go with the individual CD sleeves in the case. They can be very useful. Cheating? Nah, I don't think so 'cos it helps my performance, which can't be bad.