Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee gives the lowdown on the music genre that is Reggaeton

I’m asked on a regular basis by DJs to help them with certain styles of music and one that has been mentioned quite a lot recently is Reggaeton. Now I’m no expert…far from it…but I have taken the time to research this music style and found that I knew more tracks & artists than I first thought. It’s allowed me to create a range of mixes & collections both for Mastermix & for personal use on my DJ events.

Reggaeton is a style of music featuring Latin & Caribbean vibes with a strong Hip Hop influence. This genre of music has been around since the 90s when it became huge in countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba & Columbia. Its popularity continued to grow across Latin American countries before exploding globally.

Some of the biggest artists include Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Pitbull, Nicky Jam, J Blavin & Luis Fonsi…the latter gaining worldwide notoriety with his smash hit ‘Despacito’ that was a huge hit almost everywhere and is lovingly referred to by DJs as “that song”!!!

Classic Cuts 164: Reggaeton Party

If you are required to play a longer Reggaeton set then you’ll find an excellent selection of tracks on the newly released Classic Cuts 164: Reggaeton Party. Featuring 30 massive tracks from Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi & J Blavin. Each track has been carefully researched and compiled to create the ultimate compilation. Un-mixed.

It can be quite unnerving for a DJ when a guest asks for a certain style of music that puts them out of their comfort zone. I know from personal experience and have learned to avoid that situation happening again by creating a range of digital folders that feature a healthy selection of tracks covering a wide range of genres…including Reggaeton!

Mainstream

Here’s a selection of mainstream Reggaeton tracks that you are probably familiar with and have played, and are still playing, many times:

Traditional

These tracks give you a solid backbone from which to build. If a client requests Reggaeton then I find that the tracks above work perfectly well. If additional Reggateton tracks are required then I like to use well-known artists & songs first before moving to more traditional Reggaeton tracks if required. Here are a few examples of additional tracks I often add to a Reggaeton set:

Deeper

Whilst the big hits are great to play I am always aware of the need to expand my Reggaeton music knowledge beyond ‘Despacito’ and like to have some deeper Reggaeton vibes to hand:

If I do venture down this path then I always ensure I have a guaranteed floorfiller to hand should the energy on the dancefloor begin to drop. Reggaeton works perfectly with Latin music and by carefully mixing each style you can create a floorfilling set that keeps everyone happy.

Reggaeton is upbeat, happy music and even the lesser-known tracks have guests of all ages heading for the dancefloor to ‘shake their booty’ so don’t be afraid to play more than just “that song”…you might want to avert your eyes from the dancefloor though 😉

Classic Cuts 164: Reggaeton Party

If you are required to play a longer Reggaeton set then you’ll find an excellent selection of tracks on the newly released Classic Cuts 164: Reggaeton Party. Featuring 30 massive tracks from Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi & J Blavin. Each track has been carefully researched and compiled to create the ultimate compilation. Un-mixed.

Mix Options

There is also an excellent mix that features a combination of Reggaeton. Latin, Dancehall & Pop hits to create a brilliant mix that I have used on numerous occasions:

Latin

Latin music works a treat and Afrobeat & selected Urban tracks always seems to hit the mark! There are also a few mainstream pop hits that cross over perfectly. If you take the time to research & programme then you’ll find that there are plenty of tracks that compliment Reggaeton with many being mobile DJ standards:

As with any genre of music it is a little research & preparation that pays off in the end. Mastermix have created a range of products that will help you kick off your Reggaeton collection as well as guide you to other music styles that compliment perfectly:

Want a quick burst of Reggaeton inspiration? Click here to see my Top Ten Reggaeton tracks!

Where possible I’ve linked to the DJ Beats versions of tracks in this post, which are the radio edits (or specified remixes) with added intro and outro beats to make live mixing creative, seamless and fun!

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