Everybody In The Pool

Selecting the right music pool to keep your music collection fresh

When it comes to downloading music, the options for working DJs are plentiful.

When it comes to downloading music, the options for working DJs are plentiful.

One of the first items “just starting out” DJs need to check off their to do list is finding an reliable and good music source. They can have all the fancy gear, but if they don’t have a current, high quality library of music, those $1000 speakers won’t have much reason to get fired up.

And certainly, just buying a hard drive filled with music isn’t going to work either. Not only is this illegal, but it’s the continuous need to update of a music library that makes a music pool subscription so important.

From iTunes to Amazon, CDs from Target and other sources, music sources is plentiful. But while buying CDs and downloading individual tracks from iTunes or other online music stores are fine, in the long run it’s going to be a lot of work and likely cost much more than a DJ specific subscription based music service.

While music sources are plentiful, so too are DJ music pools. The purpose of this article is to give insight on the the three that I have been using for many years (two of which I’ve used for more than a decade). With the type of DJing I do -- mobile gigs, mainly weddings, corporate, private parties and fitness events -- these have served me well. And if you do similar events, this mix of record pools will have your hard drives filled with great music and rarely having to answer “sorry, I don’t have that.”

Promo Only POOL
I have been a customer of Promo Only since February 2002, the first month I received my Mainstream Radio CD. PO is an DJ industry standard, serving up current hits for nearly every genre of music playing in clubs and on the radio.

For nearly 10 years, I was well taken care of when it came to most requests (keep in mind I mostly was doing weddings and corporate events). But as my event types began to expand, I wanted to have more music genres in my library. Adding a few additional genres ala carte didn’t seem cost effective, not to mention the fact that ripping CDs each month was just more work than I needed.

Enter in Promo Only POOL (Promo Only Online). It’s the the music assistant I didn’t realize I needed. Not only did I now have monthly deliveries of my Mainstream Radio releases, but was receiving Country, Modern Rock, Urban Radio and more. What was even better, these were all available at the click of my trackpad.

Logging into POOL is like opening an Amazon package everyday, with new music just waiting for me, all at a yearly price where I’m essentially just paying pennies for music that is being had delivered to me.

Price: Pricing starts at $40/month; many options depending on which genres you want;
Pros: Monthly updates for all radio and club hits; daily updates for hot singles; Radio friendly remixes and edits; separate application/player, not a web based interface; full song sound samples
Cons: Selection and quality of remixes is “okay,” not a lot of unique versions, mostly what you are hearing on radio; although not being web based is listed as a “pro” it’s a drawback too as you would need to download the software to access on other computers.
Website: Promo Only POOL

Select Mix
I was initially attracted to Select Mix, an online remix service, to supplement my library with mainstream, DJ friendly music tracks. “DJ friendly” meaning songs that had 16 or 32 beat intros and outros. The variety they provided is great, because they have these song versions for mainstream radio hits as well as club dance tracks.

But then Select Mix started to grow and added releases such as Street Tracks (current hip hop), Old School Essentials (90s Hip Hop), 80s Essentials (80s Pop), Hot Classics (disco) and the list goes on and on.

To me, it’s the best service out there that gives you a good selection of current 16/32 beat intro versions, as well as mixable tracks from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.

Price: Individual releases priced at $10-13 each; contact for monthly/yearly pricing
Pros: Vast catalog of current music as well as popular songs from the past four decades; web based interface so easy to download from any computer.
Cons: Mostly just songs with intro and outro beats tacked onto them, not much creativity; the download function is not the best for workflow, as you have to add releases to a cart, download the cart, then unzip each release; song samples are short clips, not the entire song; unable to scrub/advance through the sound sample.
Website: Select Mix/Hot Tracks

BPM Supreme
BPM Supreme is a service I added a couple of years ago and it filled a void in my music collection … unique remixes. As a fitness DJ, I need a lot of remixes to fill my sets for yoga sessions and cardio workouts. Dropping a house version of a hip song or a downtempo version of a dance track is that kind of stuff that gets people motivated while still keeping things sounding familiar. I also like the variety these track types provide for cocktail and dinner hours and other times when I’m trying to create a certain vibe.

Searching through BPM Supreme is like crate digging at a record store, although you’re searching digitally and able to preview full tracks (without audio watermarks). Every genre is available, including sub genres of dance music like Nu Disco, Deep House and Future Bass.

Many of the tracks will have a radio version, “dirty” version, 16/32 beat intro version, acapella and instrumental.

BPM Supreme also regularly updates their catalog of 80s, 90s and 2000s tracks. While these are not necessarily remixes, they are clean intros and outros that are tacked on to make them mix friendly as well as the radio versions.

Lastly, BPM Supreme does carry current hits and it’s possible to use this a single source for radio tracks, remixes and “older” songs. But you can only download files on an individual basis -- there isn’t a batch release of a particular genre. This makes it a bit tedious when you need to download a large batch of current music.

Price: $19.99/monthly (also includes video content)
Pros: Outstanding collection of current music and video, unique remixes as well as mix friendly versions of nearly EVERY song available; web based so you can log in from anywhere and on any computer to download tracks.
Cons: Users search for single tracks and add them to a cart to batch download, this process can get tedious vs. having an option to download a monthly release with several tracks of a particular genre with one click.
Website: BPM Supreme Pricing

What music pools do you use? Comment below and let me know what you love and/or dislike about the options out there.

Katie B Happy Vinyasa Yoga Flow - CorePower Yoga

I recently had my first DJ session at Pacific Beach CorePower Yoga. And this inaugural session, during a regularly scheduled yoga class in a yoga studio was special.  

I've DJ'd a handful of yoga sessions, mostly for large crowds in big event venues, but on this night it was unlike any other.

The instructor, Katie Burke, themes her classes each week. Since we were in the shadows of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Katie themed the week “Love Over Fear.”

Toward the end of the flow, she began to read the names of some of the Pulse nightclub victims. I didn't know she was going to do that and slowly faded out the song that was playing and brought in "No Woman No Cry."

We ended class by joining hands and singing along to Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love.”

Life brings unscripted moments that turn into magic. And we are lucky to be alive to allow ourselves to be a part of such moments.

Here's a look at the setlist for the night:

  • Sunlounger - Spiritual Hideout (Chill Version)
  • John Judd - Serenity (Original Mix)
  • Dan Lacob - Electra Yoga Groove
  • Andra Day - Rise Up
  • Ready For The World - Love You Down
  • Yuna ft Usher - Crush (Clean)
  • Paula Cole - Feeling Love
  • Ed Sheeran - I See Fire
  • Chainsmokers, Ashanti - Only U vs Roses (J. Espinosa Jumpoff Edit)
  • Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
  • Janet Jackson - That’s The Way Love Goes
  • Jason Mraz - You and I Both (Acoustic)
  • Jack Johnson - Imagine
  • Robert E Cole - Walking in Heaven (Original Mix)
  • Fugees - No Woman No Cry
  • Julian Scott - Fragments (Original Mix)
  • Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love

Ashley and Chad’s Dance Party - Historic Cottage San Clemente Wedding

Chad and Ashley get married at the Historic Cottage at San Clemente State Beach.

San Diego DJ Justin Kanoya with the bride and groom, Ashley and Chad, after their wedding at the Historic Cottage

Chad and Ashley celebrated their wedding day, June 11, 2016 at the Historic Cottage located at San Clemente State Beach. It was my first time there, in fact my first time DJing an event in San Clemente. And now that I’ve gigged between Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s safe I’ve been just about everywhere along the SoCal Coast.

This was a great venue that was perched high up with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. It was also conveniently located for the couple's family and friends, a middle point between those that lived in the LA/Orange County and San Diego areas.

But truth be told, Chad insisted on the location because it was as far South from Orange County as the caterer would go … a little-known hamburger joint called In ‘n Out. Yep, it was Double-Doubles, Animal Style all around for their guests. I guess that’s what a Chad and Ashely wedding is all about.

In 'n Out catered the wedding with their famous burgers and fries. 

The night progressed into a fabulous dance party. Here’s a look at the setlist.

First Dance
Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love


  • Jason Mraz - Did You Get My Message
  • Anuhea - Higher Than The Clouds
  • Martin Page - In The House of Stone and Light
  • Craig David - Officially Yours
  • Eric Hutchinson - Back To Where I Was
  • Human League - Human (VM Edit)
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Kygo f./Maty Noyes - Stay
  • Chainsmokers, Ashanti - Only U vs Roses (J. Espinosa Jumpoff Edit)
  • Omarion ft Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be (Dennis Blaze Remix)
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry (Mr Collipark Remix)  
  • Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
  • Ray Charles - Ain't That Love
  • Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  • Mayer Hawthorne - The Walk
  • Tori Kelly - Should've Been Us (Lost Kings Remix)  (Radio Edit)
  • Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix) (Select Mix Remix)
  • Gwen Stefani - Make Me Like You (Promo Only Quick Edit)
  • Taylor Swift - New Romantics (Select Mix Remix)
  • OMC - How Bizarre (Select Mix Remix)
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • Sam Feldt & Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love (EDX Remix)  
  • Corona ft AObeats - Rhythm Of the Night (Hotel Garuda Remix)  
  • Pharrell ft Jay-Z - Frontin (Disclosure Mix)
  • DJ Cassidy f./Chromeo - Future Is Mine (Promo Only Intro Edit)

Mother/Son Dance
Perfect Fan - Backstreet Boys

Open Dancing - First Set

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Mark Morrison - Return Of the Mack (Intro Clean)
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
  • Carl Carlton - She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) [Hot Classics Remix]
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Prince - 1999  
  • DNCE - Cake By The Ocean (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Montel Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • Eastside Boyz - Get Low
  • Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg - The Next Episode (Dani Deahl & Jason Edward Remix) 
  • Drake f./Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (Promo Only Quick Edit)
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Something
  • The Chainsmokers ft Rozes - Roses (The Him Remix)  
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (Renair  Uptempo ReDrum Edit)  
  • LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
  • Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
  • Quad City D.J.'s - C'mon 'N' Ride It

Cake Cutting
The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

Bouquet Toss
Beyoncé - Run The World (Girls)

Open Dancing - Second Set

  • Beyonce - Crazy In Love
  • Tupac - California Love (Original Version)
  • Meghan Trainor f./John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
  • Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (Lost Kings Remix)  
  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma f./French Montana - All The Way Up
  • The Game - How We Do
  • Jagged Edge - Where The Party At
  • V.I.C. - Wobble
  • Calvin Harris f./Rihanna - This Is What You Came For
  • Calvin Harris f. Ayah Marar - Thinking About You (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Zedd, Selena Gomez - I Want You To Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • Sam Hunt - House Party
  • Zac Brown Band - Homegrown
  • Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
  • Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual
  • Natalie Cole - This Will Be an Everlasting Love
  • Charlie Puth - One Call Away (Single Edit)
  • Rudimental f./Ed Sheeran - Lay It All On Me
  • Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good (Select Mix Remix)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
  • Jason Mraz - I'm Yours (Live)

Last Dance
Black Eyed Peas - The Time (The Dirty Bit)


Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: San Clemente Historic Cottage
Caterer: In N Out
Photographer: Michael Regala Photography 




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