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How to DJ (POP)

HOW TO DJ (PRINT-AND-PLAY VERSION)

As a DJ you have an important role to play during the game!

You need a music streaming service to DJ. HITSTER is designed to work best with Spotify and the step-by-step guide below assumes that you are a Spotify user. If you are using another music streaming service, go to “play without Spotify” below. 

PREPARATIONS

1. Make sure you have the latest version of Spotify installed

Install Spotify on the mobile phone you intend to use during the game. If you already have Spotify installed, make sure you have the latest version. 
TIP: If possible, use your own mobile so you don’t need to ask someone else to unlock it between songs. 

2. Connect to a speaker
(optional)

Music is best listened to in good speakers. If possible, connect the mobile phone to your sound system such as Sonos/HEOS or a bluetooth speaker. Otherwise, playing from the built in mobile spekar also works. 

3. Deactivate "private" mode in your browser settings

To play the songs using the DJ Booth you need to deactivate “private” mode on your default web browser.

4. Make sure you can scan the QR Codes so that the music starts playing automatically

Apple

If you use an iPhone

There are a number of different QR reader apps in App Store. You can use any of them that allow for the music to play automatically without you having to approve playing the song in Spotify every time. Click the red button below to download the recommended 3rd party QR reader app. Try scanning a music card using the QR reader and make sure the song starts playing automatically.

On some iPhones the built in QR reader works just as well. Click here to learn how to use it.

Android

If you use an Android mobile
There are a number of different QR reader apps in Google Play Store. You can use any of them that allow for the music to play automatically without you having to approve playing the song in Spotify every time. Click the red button below to download the recommended 3rd party QR reader app. Try scanning a music card using the QR reader and make sure the song starts playing automatically.

5. Finished! Now, you're ready to DJ!

DURING THE GAME

1. Start the QR Reader / built in camera

2. Position the mobile phone

Place the mobile phone as advised on the table, screen facing down and hold the music card still about 15cm (6in) above the camera. The song plays automatically, but please note that it can sometimes take up to 5 seconds before you hear it. 

3. Give the music card to the player bottom up

As the music is playing, give the music card to the player face down. 

4. Repeat the procedure for the next player.

When using Spotify to play the songs, you won't see what is being played. That means you can also take part in the game!

DJ WITHOUT SPOTIFY

To take advantage of playing the music automatically using the QR codes and the DJ booth, you need Spotify. We highly recommend that you download Spotify if you are not currently using it, as it will improve the gaming experience. Follow the guide below to use another music streaming service, but please be aware that the DJ can’t take part in the game or alternatively you’ll need to take parts playing the songs.

PREPARATIONS

1. Install / open the music streaming service you intend to use

TIP: If possible, use your own mobile so you don’t need to ask someone else to unlock it between songs. 

2. Connect to a speaker (optional)

Music is best listened to in good speakers. If possible, connect the mobile phone to your sound system such as Sonos/HEOS or a bluetooth speaker. Otherwise, playing from the built in mobile spekar also works. 

3. Finished! Now, you're ready to DJ!

DURING THE GAME

1. Play the song

Pick up a music card, type in the artist name and song title into your preferred music streaming service and play the song. 

2. Give the music card to the player bottom up

3. Repeat the procedure for the next player.

PROBLEMS
PLAYING THE MUSIC?

START BY READING OUR FAQ BELOW:

My phone can’t read the QR Codes. What do I do?

1. The card position

Start by making sure the cards are positioned correctly so that the QR codes are visible from below. 

 

If that didn’t work, go to step 2. 

 

2. The light conditions

Improve the lighting to make it easier for the mobile phone to “see” the QR codes. You can either light up the room or activate the built in flashlight in your mobile as you scan the QR codes. If you are using an iPhone and the built in QR reader, there is a flashlight symbol in the middle of the screen. If you use the recommended QR Reader for iPhone, there is a button in the top right corner in the app that activates the flashlight. 

My phone scans the QR Codes, but the music doesn’t start playing automatically. What do I do?

1. Deactivate “private” mode

To play the songs using the DJ booth you need to deactivate “private” mode on your default web browser. Make sure it is deactivated. 

If that didn’t work, go to step 2. 

2. Update Spotify

Make sure you have the latest Spotify app version. 

If that didn’t work, go to step 3. 

 

3. Try another QR Reader

Try installing another QR code reader. Appstore and Google Play Store are packed with QR reader apps. Find the one that works best for you. 

New tabs are opened every time I scan a QR-code, how can that be fixed?

Yes, you are right, but unfortunatly there is not much we can do about that. To speed up the tab deletion process when you are done playing, go into settings and clear the cache and history in your browser. 

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