How to DJ with Spotify

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March 2, 2024

Spotify announced the brand new feature – DJ in FEBRUARY, 2023, for Premium users in the US and Canada. Spotify DJ is created for moments when you want music but aren’t ready to make a decision, DJ is an AI-powered voice that guides you through a personalized mix of your current favorites and timeless throwbacks. They’ll even introduce you to new music to help keep your listening fresher than the rest! All you have to do is tap and listen.

1. How to use Spotify DJ?

On Mobile and tablet

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Select the Music tag at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap DJ, and start listening.

To change the music, tap the DJ button in the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the app.

Your DJ playlist will be added to Your Library and to your Recently playedplaylists.

Is Spotify DJ on desktop?

Spotify DJ is now accessible on desktop, but to experience the feature, you’ll probably need to update or reinstall the application. Alternatively, you have the option to cast Spotify DJ from your phone using Spotify Connect. To start, play the DJ feature on your mobile device while keeping your Spotify web or desktop app open on your computer. Then, tap on the small speakers icon located at the bottom left of the currently playing track on your mobile device. Next, choose the device through which you want to listen to your music. Select ‘Web Player’ to have the music played through your desktop.

Who is Spotify’s AI DJ voice and can you turn it off?

To create the voice model for the DJ, Spotiy partnered with its own Head of Cultural Partnerships, Xavier “X” Jernigan. Previously, X served as one of the hosts on Spotify’s first (and personalized) morning show, The Get Up. His voice is the first model for the DJ.

Currently, there’s no way to remove or change the AI DJ voice officially, aside from skipping track or exiting out of the feature entirely to listen to another podcast or music track. You can vote for this idea here. However, when Spotify DJ is played through desktop using Spotify Connect, the platform appears to only play music.

2. Spotify DJ Mode

Spotify DJ mode allows you to perform some of the best DJ transitions with your Spotify songs at a house party or other event without expensive DJ software and equipment.

It has a handy crossfade feature that allows you to blend between songs and emulate basic mixing techniques.

1. Crossfade

Crossfading is a classic DJ technique that allows you to play an upcoming track without any audio gaps. The songs will fade into each other, creating a danceable atmosphere. 

On your phone or tablet

  • Click the Gear icon on the top right corner to open Settings.
  • Tap Playback.
  • Turn on Gapless Playback and set Crossfade time which sounds right to you.
Spotify equalizer

On your PC or Mac

  • Click Spotify – Preferences.
  • Scroll down to the Playback section.
  • Turn on Automix.
  • Turn on Crossfade songs and set Crossfade time which sounds right to you.
Spotify crossfade

2. Equalizer

There’s also the option to adjust the equalizer, taking the low, mid, and treble parameters and tweaking them to optimize results.

You can modify the sound of your playlist to fit the atmosphere and settings of your DJ room. Go to Settings > Playback and you will see the EQ option. Before the party starts, you can experiment with the equalizer settings. You can adjust the equalizer manually, or choose one of the settings.

3. Can I use Spotify with third-party DJ apps or DJ software?

Another option worth considering to DJ with Spotify is linking it to compatible DJ software and opening up additional tools when you play Spotify songs.

However, Spotify officially revoked the support for all 3rd party DJ apps and DJ software back in July 2020. The only DJ app that Spotify has agreed to allow to keep working is the Pacemaker Dj app. Pacemaker’s AI DJ allows you to choose your tracks from millions of songs included in Pacemaker, sync your Apple Music or Spotify library to create a mixed masterpiece. Furthermore, the app allows you to use the studio function with which you can crop the start and the end of the tracks as well as set the mix on desired phrases, beats, and bars.

Actually, it only matches your Apple Music/Spotify playlists with its catalog. If the songs are not available in Pacemaker, it will be unavailable.

Read more: Is there any DJ software compatible with Spotify?

4. How to DJ Spotify with any DJ app

Although Spotify no longer works with third-party DJ apps, there is still a solition for you to use Spotify music with a third-party DJ app. This requires third-party music converter software to download Spotify songs to your computers and saves them in your music file format of choice. All you need to do is download Spotify songs to MP3 with Pazu Spotify Converter and then import the MP3 songs to your DJ software. Here we will take Serato DJ as example.

Pazu Spotify Converter is a professional Spotify music downloader for you to download streamed Spotify music, playlist and podcast to common format including MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF with the 100% original quality kept. After downloading, all ID3 Tags and metadata including title, artwork, artist, album, track number will be preserved. To learn how to use Spotify music to DJ, here is a quick and short tutorial that you need to follow.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

spotify converter

2. Select Spotify music from the built-in web player

Select the songs, album or playlist you want to download. Spotify Converter will detect and display all songs. Uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any. Click “Show All” icon to toggle “Hide Converted” on in case some songs have been downloaded before.

drag&drop spotify songs

3. Choose output format

Click the ” Options ” button on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), output quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

spotify song format

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

remove Spotify DRM

5. Import Spotify music to Serato DJ

The easiest way to load music from your computer into your Serato DJ library is by using the Files button.

1. Click on the FILES tab to open the files panel. The left side of this window displays various locations on your computer hard drive (and external drives if you have one). Click on these locations to navigate your computer and find your music. By default, your music will usually be found in the “Music” folder inside your computer user folder.

2. Once you have located your music, drag the folder or files you want to import onto the purple “All…” icon. This is located to the left of your screen at the top of the crates and playlist window.

If you wish to import all of your music, just drag your whole music folder onto this icon. This will import any compatible file contained in this master folder from your hard drive into the Serato DJ Pro Library.

TIP: You can also import by dragging files and folders directly from Windows Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac) into the Serato DJ Pro library.
Loading a file to either deck from the files panel will automatically add it to your library.

TIP: Dragging a folder into the crates view will instantly create a crate.