Some ideas? Do share these idea's with me.
Well, one thing I'm starting notice after viewing your sets, some sets of friends, and getting out to some clubs recently is that my mixes are a bit "same-y". For instance, a few nights ago I made (technically) decent enough mix of bands like Suicide Commando, Hocico, Aesthetic Perfection, Tactical Sect, God Module, etc. I was really proud of a lot of the transitions, but it needed to be more stylistically varied. Right now I'm using extremely similar songs as a bit of crutch I think... One thing I like about your sets is you move between aggressive songs, more melodic songs and poppier songs within a few transitions. That's where I want to be, but it's going to take more practice and continuing to develop my ear for such things...
Some DJ's I know have told me that in our scene you don't have to necessarly beat match the song.
I've heard the same. I've been kicking around the scene for a long time, and I've found in a lot of cases that it's true. Not that they allow for the dreaded silence between songs, but rather they'll fade the intros/outros of the various songs before the beat kicks in, and just try to keep the tempo in roughly the same place. I certainly don't have anything against that if it's done well, but it's just not how I want to mix.
I'm no expert, but I think highly of DJs who beat mix, expecially if the songs flow together. Any quiet time between songs is bad, sloppy, and I've been known to yell obscenities from the dance floor when it happens. (usually if I don't like the DJ to begin with.)
Agreed, I think highly of them as well and that's where I'm aspiring to go. Like Darkcloud said, I rarely let the beat drop off either, unless I'm making some radical change in the mix. Even so, I'll make sure there's something interesting going on with transition, keep it quick, and never let it drop into complete silence. However, now if I ever get a gig and my levels drop off for some reason and hear someone screaming "go home, dickhole!" I'll have some idea who it might be. ;)