Always appreciate a quality warm-up set, takes real skill and resisting temptation to go too much too soon. Danny Howells and Lee Burridge being masters of it.
Great example recently, Naveen G's warm up for Sir John at Output. Absolute masterclass and he obviously takes the job very seriously – quote and link below:
"There's a number of different approaches that i find effective when it comes to opening sets and my previous sets with Digweed have been more of maintaining a slow simmer in the crowd and having a push/pull feel with the energy of the room. I've always planned in a few longer stretches of ambience or musical interludes to provide contrast and to explore musical side routes that you don't get to hear in a typical set.
This set is none of that. Fully expecting a weeknight crowd to be amped and ready to go just two days before New Years, i gathered my chug-a-thon tracks (yes, thats my mp3 description), edited out most of the breakdowns, and tried to keep the music on an ever upwards climb without ever boiling over. And the Xone DB4, while it may have its own sound quality issues, is a beast of a creative tool. I can see why Digweed uses it, as it forces me to pull mine out of its case, and get deep into it."
https://soundcloud.com/naveen-g/naveen- … ember-2015
As an absolute polar opposite, I read about a chap 'warming up' for Diggers at an after party in Australia recently, who handed the hospital pass to John by finishing with the Bog remix of Emerald...