February 6, 2013
I remember my first gig as a novice DJ. I was hired because I knew the person throwing the party, and I also charged half of what a DJ should be charged for an event that long. I won’t lie and tell you that it was a success, because I can tell you for sure that I was nervous and it was pretty obvious. I wasn’t as confident in my skills as I am today, and I failed to take notice to the crowd and their reactions to my music. A common mistake among all beginning DJs is forgetting that is about the crowd, rather than you – so it pays to take notice of how the crowd responds.
First off, if you seem nervous about the moves you are making at the booth, the crowd will sense this too, and likewise if you are having fun, the crowd …
September 7, 2012
“Program” DJing is a relatively new, but successful phenomenon in the working DJ arena. It works something like this: The DJ loads a preset list of tunes they’d like to play next, and employ their DVS (usually Virtual DJ) to handle the typical 4 bar linear mix – leaving the DJ with little responsibility other than song selection and mix out effects.
Naturally, DJs of this form take heat from “mixing” DJs who put serious effort into the transitional phases of their set. To the “program” DJ, song selection and crowd interaction are their main focus – often leaving the booth to have a drink with the crowd or to dance on the floor with them.
Does “programming” deride the art of DJing? The polarization over this issue will not be going away any time soon.…