What It Takes To Be A Pro DJ|
Posted on Tuesday, May 29 @ 10:13:14 EDT by 9inchremix
Topic: How To DJ
DJing is art. To be a DJ means that you are on top of the music scene. To be a REALLY good DJ means that you are on top of all the other DJs around you. That is simple logic.
So what makes a good DJ? We believe, first and foremost, playing for the crowd. If the crowd is jumpin' n screamin' to your cuts, then you know that you are rocking the party.
These days, everyone wants to hear the latest and hottest tracks. This responsibility lies upon the DJ. Exclusiveness has certainly brought about the success of some of the top DJs out there today.
In today's club scene however, being able to play the tracks the crowd wants is not simply enough. You need to hype the crowd up by being able to pull 'stunts' on the decks that no other DJ can. We all know of one such way, and that is turntablism. The problem with scratching is though, unless done to perfection, the crowd is not going to respond to it.
Technology is great these days, and due to this, DJing has come a very, very long way. Still, no DJ can do the things a remix can, live on stage. Well perhaps, but not on every single track. It will take planning and a lot of pre-work. Why go through all that when most of the crowd will think that you're playing a remix anyway? The only real thing you should be doing is be able to switch tracks to fit the mood of the crowd, or be able to change the mood of the crowd by selecting the tracks you choose to play.
Playing DJ remixes is the answer to that problem. We have remixes in the DJ industry today, simply because they are effective in what we want to achieve, and that is, dance floor hype.
The only set back is, most of the remixes that you have that are not done by you, the next DJ to jump on the decks will probably have. In fact, it will probably be on the net for the whole dance floor to download anyway. Not very 'exclusive' is it?
So, if you can play what the crowd wants, which is essentially the latest material mixed up with old crowd favorites, and you can deliver it in a such a way that the crowd is dazzled, and nobody else can do what you can do, then Mr. DJ, put the record on, because you are going to be the latest craze in the club scene.
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