Frequently Asked Questions About DJing General DJ Knowledge What is a DJ? In the traditional sense, a DJ (short for disc jockey) is a person who actively plays prerecorded music for an audience. This audience might be dancers at a party, patrons at a nightclub, or listeners of a radio show. Over time, the role of the DJ has evolved into many aspects of musical performance. Modern DJs are often involved in the remixing, production, and live presentation of music […]
The DJ hardware market has grown exponentially in recent years; people are now able to choose a controller which fits their budget, their workflow, and their choice of software. This is wonderful news for DJs, but it also makes the shopping process difficult.
That’s where the Controller Compendium comes in! This guide is meant to help you make an informed decision, so that you can feel confident when spending your hard-earned money.
The Pioneer CDJ Guidebook: A Comparison & History of CDJs and XDJs When the CDJ-500 was first introduced back in 1994, turntables ruled the roost. Since it was geared towards vinyl DJs moving into the digital realm, the design focused on emulating the classic turntable. For instance, the jog wheel was introduced in order to give DJs a way to “nudge” the track back and forth… similar to what you might do when touching a record. The CDJ-1000 was the model […]
Need help finding the best Traktor controller for your needs? This is a comprehensive guide for Traktor Kontrol: a line of hardware for DJs by Native Instruments designed to integrate perfectly with Traktor software.
Reading this guide should give you a solid understanding of how the hardware works, the types of workflows available, and what devices best suit your needs.
Many people decide to become DJs because it gives them the opportunity to feel like a rockstar, if only for a moment. There’s a certain appeal that comes along with seeing thousands of people in a crowd, being rocked by someone mixing two songs together. We get a rush of adrenaline, seeing crowd cheer on a turntable master like Q-bert.
But that starry-eyed excitement only propels us so far. Most DJs will plateau and some point, both in regards to skill and to career advancement.
Just about every day, I get an email from someone who is wide-eyed and excited about being a new DJ… and also completely lost about how to go about doing it. They want to get started, but it’s intimidating.
One of the toughest times for a DJ, is right at the start of their journey. It can be a lot to take in: what exactly is the DJ doing? What is their role? How did they find an audience? What do I need?
In a day in age where a budget DJ controller and an iPhone can play a functional gig, DJing is as accessible to the masses as it’s ever been. As the technology continues to develop, it’s become more and more difficult to play a blatantly bad-sounding DJ set.
However, it’s insanely easy to boring. Average. Mediocre. Push play. Sync. Mix 32 bars. Let’s face it: there are lots of DJs these days. And that’s great! But, that also makes it harder to stand out. Being “good at beatmatching” is no longer enough.
We often receive questions like, “What’s a good budget DJ setup” or “How do I start DJing if I don’t have any money?”
The modern DJ is presented with a plethora of options. Once upon a time, your choice was simple: you needed two turntables and a mixer. If you were on a budget, you got the cheapest setup you felt like you could get away with. If you had the money, you got a pair of Technics and a DJM-something. But what does one actually need?
While it can often seem to the public that DJing is a “young man’s game”, there are plenty of examples showing otherwise. Many of the music genres that sort-of “came of age” alongside DJing are still very well represented by the pioneers that helped create them.
If there are any shining examples of the old adage, age ain’t nothing but a number, it’s these guys. Between them, they’ve seen it all: the development of scratching, the rave glory days of the 90s, the advent of hip-hop… the list goes on.