Competition season is upon us, which suggests over the approaching months we’ll be inundated with lineup bulletins that embody a number of the hottest DJs of the 12 months. Amongst these large lineups are the all-too-familiar B2B (back-to-back) units peppered all through.
It appears as if the frequency of B2B units showing on these rosters is rising. For instance, at Excision’s Thunderdome occasion in Tacoma, WA — which came about on the finish of January 2020 — eight of the units had been B2B. Excision can also be planning a B2B set with Illenium for his 2020 Bass Canyon pageant. However this begs the query: are B2B DJ units overrated?
Many people have witnessed a B2B set earlier than. Principally, two or extra DJs (excluding multi-person teams working below the identical title) be part of forces to share the turntables, buying and selling off on tune picks and hyping up the gang manifold. On the floor, this looks as if an excellent deal for followers. We get to see a number of DJs for the value of 1. However the extra of those B2B units we see, the extra the cracks start to indicate.
The unhealthy aspect of B2B DJ units
B2B units appear to sacrifice the person identification of the artists concerned. The place earlier than we’re capable of immerse within the well-defined vibes of a single artist or supergroup, with a number of artists on stage the expertise can really feel fragmented. Issues are likely to get messy with a number of DJs behind the decks.
Extra fingers stirring the pot means much less cohesion and extra makes an attempt at crowd-pleasing on the expense of really vibing with the gang. DJs in a B2B set are likely to desire dispensing banger after banger as their time to shine comes round once more, whereas placing apart issues like controlling the movement of the set.
One other factor to think about is that from the angle of the DJs, B2B units are normally simply mates having enjoyable on stage collectively. However from the angle of followers, we will really feel like we’re not being catered to, in a way.
Additionally, most B2B DJ pairs seem random, particularly on big pageant lineups. Scheduling points and restricted efficiency slots might generally go away occasion organizers with no selection however to mix artists. In some circumstances, B2B units spontaneously type simply because a number of DJs occur to be standing behind the sales space.
Past that, there’s positively a component of selling worth when contemplating the hype that many artists generate by being on a lineup. Unsurprisingly, occasion organizers might capitalize on this by pairing big-name artists collectively that may entice followers. Seeing two or extra of your favourite artists on stage directly will immediate extra livestream views and social media posts thereafter.
Nonetheless, an unprecedented variety of proficient DJs exist right now who can truly make B2B units work. Proceed studying beneath to see a number of the greatest large-scale, B2B DJ units over the previous couple of years.
The very best B2B units in recent times
The unhappy actuality is that the majority B2B units of the previous have under-delivered on the promise of one thing big. Nevertheless, over the previous couple of years, there have been some critically epic B2B units that folks nonetheless speak about to today. Beneath are a couple of of essentially the most talked-about B2B units of latest occasions.
Slander B2B Nghtmre @ Extremely Music Competition Mexico 
Illenium b2b Stated the Sky @ International Dance Competition 
G Jones B2B Eprom @ NYE360 
Tchami B2B Malaa @ Tomorrowland Belgium 
Seven Lions B2B Jason Ross @ AGBT250 Gorge Ampitheater 
Alison Wonderland B2B Jauz B2B Diplo @ EDC Las Vegas 
Jauz B2B Slushii B2B Netsky @ Studying Competition 
What the above B2B units have in frequent is that the DJs concerned are carefully associated. They’ve collaborated on previous songs and have displayed an genuine friendship each offline and over social media. The ensuing B2B units really feel concurrently natural and well-thought-out. As a rule, the DJs concerned are proficient sufficient to feed off of one another and not less than create the thrilling EDM reside reveals all of us love. Certainly, a couple of of the above units had been truly deliberate out, which made for a synergistic present that performed on the various types of the completely different artists concerned.
Are B2B DJ units overrated?
B2B units have gotten more and more well-liked as increasingly proficient DJs enter the scene. To abate overcrowding pageant slots, many occasion organizers have opted to pair EDM artists collectively. This is usually a hit and miss relying on how pure or deliberate out the pairing was.
Finally, whether or not or not a B2B set turns into a flop is basically 50/50. However, there appears to be a rising self-awareness amongst EDM artists for a way B2B units could be tailor-made to be one thing larger than the sum of its elements, so to talk. Hopefully, this implies extra high quality units going ahead.
And at last, as followers, we have now to confess that it’s an insane expertise to see multiple of our favourite EDM artists on stage on the identical time. For these within the Pacific Northwest, take a look at the deserves of a B2B DJ set your self this summer season as Excision and Illenium play a set collectively at Bass Canyon 2020, happening on the Gorge Amphitheater. Tickets are on sale now!