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A DJ’s job/Diary

I have something for all DJ’s to try this month. Go through your record box/CD wallet and take out all your uplifting and anthemic tunes and leave them at home when you play your next gig. For the first time in your career you will be forced to think about your skill as a DJ, you will have to work hard using the existing tracks left in your record box to lift that crowd. Anyone can throw a string of anthemic tunes together and get a crowd jumping. I could send my mum to HMV and get her to buy everything in the dance section, and then get her to throw them together in a set and get a crowd going. So where’s the skill in that?! Are DJ’s today turning into an age of pre-programmed jukeboxes?!A DJ’s job/Diary

I have something for all DJ’s to try this month. Go through your record box/CD wallet and take out all your uplifting and anthemic tunes and leave them at home when you play your next gig. For the first time in your career you will be forced to think about your skill as a DJ, you will have to work hard using the existing tracks left in your record box to lift that crowd. Anyone can throw a string of anthemic tunes together and get a crowd jumping. I could send my mum to HMV and get her to buy everything in the dance section, and then get her to throw them together in a set and get a crowd going. So where’s the skill in that?! Are DJ’s today turning into an age of pre-programmed jukeboxes?!

There is no better feeling than having a crowd in the palm of your hands. By not playing obvious tracks you get them locked into the groove of what you are doing. The adrenalin rush is immense as you play with the dance floor, any twist or turn you take will get rewarded by the crowd reaction. When you do build to a crescendo the reaction is 100 times more powerful and explosive. You have to think deep and hard about every track you play making you lock into the zone of the dance floor. From start to finish of your set you have to work very hard making sure you don’t lose the crowd. Now to me that is the job of a DJ. I look at some of today’s new DJ’s and see them play anthem after anthem. So where is the skill in that I ask myself again? I really don’t think those guys have experienced what it’s truly like to be a DJ? So maybe try my game, and leave those anthems at home and get the true feeling?

 

2 March 2007 Blog