Hernan Cattaneo & Nick Warren: 6 Tips for the Perfect Back-to-Back Set

Ahead of their back-to-back performance at this weekend’s CRSSD festival, longtime DJ associates Nick Warren and Hernán Cattáneo offer their quick tips on playing the perfect B2B set.

Originally hailing from the Bristol, Nick Warren is one of the UK’s most respected DJs and producers. He’s perhaps best known for his seven flawless mixes on the acclaimed Global Underground mix series — or maybe his work with Jody Wisternoff as Way Out West; or perhaps his time at fabled Cream in Liverpool; or his work as A&R for Hope Recordings, which he continues to this day. However he’s known to you, it’s undeniable that his sets with fellow prog house connoisseur Hernán Cattáneo are the stuff of legend.

Cattáneo himself is no slouch either. The Buenos Aires DJs has a rabid following across South America and beyond, and his multiple additions to the beloved Renaissance mix series are masterclasses in finesse and grace behind the decks.  Cattáneo is also a serious producer, having released on Perfecto, Bedrock, and Sudbeat, the label he’s helmed since 2009. Like Warren, Cattáneo also made regular DJ pilgrimages to Liverpool’s cream, and the pair share a special bond behind the decks to this day.

Before their set at CRSSD this weekend, which Beatport will live stream, the two share tips on how to execute the perfect back-to-back performance.

Photo by Sauriêl Samantha Schol

Nick Warren

First, don’t think about your next track before your B2B partner plays their last one.

Secondly, see the set as a partnership, instead of two separate DJs or a competition.

And lastly, always choose a DJ whose company you enjoy. Interact with each other, laugh and enjoy!

Hernán Cattáneo

Firstly, play B2B with a friend or someone you like.

Second, try to play 3 tracks each, that way you have a nicer flow of about 15 – 20 min each.

Lastly, remember a B2B is never a competition, so be generous with the other DJ — play tracks with a friendly outro for your partner to make the mixing easy!

CRSSD Festival will take place on March 7th and 8th. Beatport will be streaming several sets, including Nick and Hernán’s. Tune in on Facebook



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