Are you an Up and Coming DJ? Mix of the Month returns

After a long 2 year break, we have decided to bring back the much loved (and contentious) Mix of the Month series, this time with a few changes to make it easy for you and also for us. If you are unsure what it is about, we are giving up and coming DJs the chance to have their winning mix showcased on our site and full feature interview, as our Editor Damion Pell explains:

“There is a whole world of talent that is not given the opportunity to be heard or to receive media exposure. We believe in supporting and nurturing new talent across so many genres and sit side by side of well known artists. Of course we are not just looking for any DJ that plays the latest Beatport Top 100, we are looking for technical skill, track selection, pushing boundaries, the ability to tell a story with a mix, rather than play a blinder peak time set (although we do love them) Part of being a DJ is to explore your own musical tastes and build upon it to reach out to your fans rather then just play the same music as everyone else. We think this is a great opportunity to help kick start a DJ career.”

So how does it work?

– Record your one hour mix (no more, no less than 60 minutes)
– Name it as Decoded Magazine Mix of the Month (add the month ie: August ) Submission ( then add your name )Ie: Decoded Magazine Mix of the Month December Submission – DJ XX
– Use our logo as your artwork (please don’t change our logo, we like it as it is)
– Upload to either Mixcloud or Soundcloud
– Add your tracklisting (essential)
– Tag our Facebook page –
– Drop your mix into our group page at
– Share with your friends across your social platforms
– The winner of each month will be showcased on our site and social media channels, plus every 6 months, our 6 finalists will be entered into a vote to have an overall winner of the year.
– The winner will receive a full featured interview plus more

It is that simple, but there are some rules:

– Do not spam your friends without permission (this means no unnecessary facebook tagging)
– You can play DnB, Breaks, House, Techno, Dub techno, Mininal or Progressive House (we only support underground music), but under no circumstances it to be EDM (Ie: Trap, dubstep, commercial music) or Trance
– You must include your tracklisting
– You must tag our Facebook page (how else will we know to follow your post?)
– You must not use a live mix
ANY entries that do not follow the above rules are instantly disqualified

How is it judged?

– We are not looking for the most amount of plays
– Judging will be by our Editorial team as well as our writers around the world
– We are looking for mixes that are technical or tell a journey, not the latest Beatport top 10, show some creativity
– Entrants will be judged from a shortlist based on factors including positive feedback, track selection, quality, originality and technical ability. We are not looking for amount of plays, we would rather hear quality over quantity
– You may use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to promote or even your own database, it is up to you, but please respect peoples accounts and do not spam.
– A winner will be announced at the end of each month
– You can only submit ONE mix per month


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