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Indie DJ Playlists

Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee provides inspiration for Indie tracks and playlists for mobile and event DJs.

As the 80s ended and the 90s began, there was a new music scene beginning to explode. Whilst pop & dance music was huge it was the Indie sound that was taking over the charts thanks to tracks like:

  • Happy Mondays – Step On
  • Soup Dragons feat. Junior Reed – I’m Free
  • Farm – All Together Now
  • James – Sit Down

This trend continued throughout the decade with hit songs including:

  • Pulp – Common People
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Blur – Song 2

It’s a style of music that remains hugely popular and has inspired bands including:

  • Killers – Mr Brightside
  • Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
  • Stereophonics – Dakota

From classic Indie tracks of the 80s & 90s through to modern Indie-Rock there is no doubting the impact these songs have on a dancefloor either as a main party anthem or end of night anthem.

Mastermix have created Essential Hits: Indie that has all you need to create an Indie DJ set. The collection has a unique DJ-friendly formula that includes 40 huge tracks that are complemented by 10 Transition tracks giving you 50 massive anthems to add to your DJ music library.

Below are example Indie playlists from 3 professional DJs from the Mastermix team, and inspiration for how to incorporate them into a set.

Indie Playlists for Mobile & Event DJs

Doctor Feelgood – Professional DJ & Mastermix Influencer

DJ Doctor Feelgood DJing in Ibiza at Cafe Mambo

“As well as playing at clubs in Ibiza, I also perform at private functions & weddings across Europe and Indie – Rock is always popular with my audiences. You don’t always have to beat-match these tracks. They stand on their own and when played they always get the reaction they deserve”

Set Duration: 20 mins
BPM: 105 – 155

  • Happy Mondays – Step On
  • Reef – Place Your Hands
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Pulp – Common People
  • White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  • Blur – Song 2
  • Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
  • Killers – Mr Brightside
  • Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire

Alan Marshall – Award Winning Wedding DJ & Mastermix Ambassador

head shot of Alan Marshall holding headphones, wedding DJ

“Classic Indie meets modern Indie-Rock. I enjoy playing these tracks and my audiences love them too. By selecting a cross-section of tracks & BPM’s I can take the energy on the dancefloor to exciting levels before moving on with my set”

Set Duration: 15 Minutes
BPM: 104 – 155

  • EMF – Unbelievable
  • Happy Monday – Step On
  • Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
  • Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
  • Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

Richard Lee – Professional DJ & Mastermix Label Manager

Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee in front of a beach party view

“Who doesn’t love a bit of Indie music? So many great tracks to choose from. I like to transition from classic rock to Indie before taking the set in new & exciting directions. This is a set I play that reduces in BPM before delivering a classic Indie anthem to end the night on”

Set Duration: 15 – 20 mins
BPM: 118 – 82

  • Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum
  • Stone Roses – Fools Gold
  • Farm – All Together Now
  • Suede – Animal Nitrate
  • Oasis – Live Forever
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Mastermix Essential Hits Indie cover, black and blue with DJ headphones

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