March 7, 2013

Ergonomics To Improve Your Performances

Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of trying to use another person’s gear, and realizing that something just doesn’t feel right about it.  The best example I can think of is using another person’s skateboard.  On the outside it looks to be the same thing, right?  It’s just a board, four wheels, and two trucks to hold the wheels to the board.  When you actually ride another skater’s board you find that it is actually the sum of its parts rather than the whole.  The wheels might be too small or rubbery, or the trucks might turn at too sharp of an angle.  The entire experience feels like you don’t know how to ride a skateboard, even though you do.

The same can be said about DJ gear – wherever you go, you’re bound to see some gear set up in some ungodly configuration.  It might be a foot lower than you are used to, and you might even have to bend your knees to get your hands lined up on the turntable.  In some cases, there is nothing we can do about this, other than complain – but if you have the opportunity, you should try to setup the booth as if you were setting up an ergonomic chair, before you even start spinning at all.