5 Reasons Why Fuser Will Make DJing More Accessible

A DJ details why Harmonix's Fuser may be the new Music 3000 we all desperately want.

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Harmonix, the original developers of Guitar Hero, recently announced Fuser: a new, exciting game for music fans.

Releasing 11 years after DJ Hero, it combines aspects of music production with DJing and allows players to mix as a festival-headlining DJ. Four turntables will control drums, bass/synths, lead instruments and vocals. Through switching these, you can use different sounds from four songs at a time, which allows for a creative mixing process. The game also synchronises the tempo and keys of songs, which means that things should, in (music) theory, tick along just fine. As a DJ myself, I think the game looks like an interesting introduction to mixing.

The announcement trailer was uploaded recently and it looks like a good load of fun. Excitingly, it also has a multiplayer option, which means you can make horrible, cross-genre mixes with your friends, too. Here’s five reasons why Fuser could make DJing and the music industry more accessible.


1. Anybody and Everybody Can DJ

People always seem quite incredulous when I tell them that I DJ. I guess my appearance makes them think I’ve never been to a nightclub, let alone played at one. There seems to be a bit of a general misconception, where society got the idea that only a certain type of human was ‘allowed to’ DJ, but this isn’t the case.

Everybody can DJ. It’s not about genre; the art doesn’t limit itself to electronic music. I feel like Fuser, in giving people a chance to discover how fun mixing and blending different songs together is, can really help encourage players to consider DJing as a hobby.

The game will be available for purchase on the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC, which is great because loads of people will be able to play it. It’s 2020 and music video games are in short supply, so it’s handy that Fuser will be accessible to the majority of people.


2. It’ll Be Cheaper

Not to scaremonger on the costs involved with DJing, but Fuser is for the most part going to be cheaper than buying DJ gear. Let’s say you’re vaguely interested in mixing, but you aren’t willing to spend the money on speakers, headphones, DJ software and a controller/decks – it’s an expensive investment. If you’re a gamer anyhow, it makes sense to go for Fuser, because not only does it eliminate the cost of buying a load of stuff you’re not sure you want, but also gives an (outrageously basic) introduction to music production as well as live mixing.

Many modern music producers produced their earliest on PlayStation games like Music 2000, particularly in grime. What’s to say Fuser can’t encourage prospective DJs?


3. It’ll Give Players Basic Mixing Knowledge

One of the biggest issues facing new DJs is that when you start, you don’t have a clue what you’re doing. It’s a lot to take in, the faders, knobs and buttons, especially if you don’t know what you’re meant to be doing with them. This can be enough to put someone off getting involved.

The worst thing you can hear in a nightclub is a song playing a few seconds behind the other. It should never happen, but generally stems from DJs pressing play at the wrong time, unbelievably. Among the advantages of Fuser for DJing comprehension is that its software ensures that all songs are kept in-beat and working together. This means that players are aware of how a mix should sound, which is essential to doing it yourself. Through imparting this basic knowledge with players, Fuser will allow gamers to understand what real DJs are doing as they perform.


4. It Actually Looks Quite Realistic

Nothing prepares you for the weirdness of your first set. You’re likely to be almost sober, shaking a little and crucially, mixing music in front of a crowd. It’s very daunting.
One of the features that caught my eyes in Fuser is how the crowd can direct message you, requesting songs. This happens to every DJ in different forms and it’s really quite hard to fit the song into your mix, particularly if it requires a change of key or doesn’t fit the vibe.

Also, the game will require you to play a different type of set depending on the time. If you’re DJing a daytime set, you won’t be mixing with the intensity that you would at, let’s say, 1am. These examples of attention to detail make me think that this can be an immersive, realistic game for prospective DJs.

5. It Looks Fun

If I had made a DJing game, I’d want it to be fun. Luckily, Harmonix did just that and it really does look exciting. I’ve gone into a little detail over certain features, but I particularly like the freestyle option that will enable players to produce mixes in their own time. This feature allows you to hone your selections, while you can also record and share your creations with friends.

Through using popular music from the likes of Lady Gaga, Post Malone and Billie Eilish, Fuser also creates an environment that’s engaging for the average person. It wouldn’t be as fun if it limited itself to dance music, for example – this coming from a dance music lover. I’m encouraged by how enjoyable Fuser looks and think it can help project a positive view of DJing to players.

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