November 5, 2013
It seems as if there is no more mystery left to the art of DJing. It is something that has evolved from a mysterious art into a well known hobby. Even though the actual mechanics of how it is done has changed, there is still much that the DJ can hide from the rest of the world. One thing they can do that no other DJ can do, is to create their own set list from the various songs that are out there. In theory, there are an infinite number of ways that songs can be combined, and very high number of songs to choose from. So in a sense, mysteriousness can be had in the form of a varied track list.
Still, this doesn’t prevent train spotters in the crowd from picking up on your creative ideas. They might not be able to copy your technical skills, but they …
May 21, 2013
We would like to believe that we can become the best DJs we know on our own, but that simply isn’t true. After all, without exposure to other DJs how would we have gotten interested in DJing in the first place? Humans are creatures that learn by experiencing and witnessing, so it is natural to feel inspired and to take ideas from other DJs even if we are unaware of what we are doing. Mixtapes are commonly made by DJs of all types, not just mix DJs. Often times a scratch DJ will release a mix tape that showcases his scratching skill as well as his or her taste in music.
Sometimes a producer will even go as far as mixing his own set of produced tunes into an hour long track for his or her fans to listen to. Although these have been produced for the listeners and fans …
April 24, 2013
DJs these days are really a dime a dozen; they’re everywhere. I do not hate on the popularity of the hobby – it’s ultimately good for it in the long run, but sometimes it widens the pool of talent so big that it’s hard to even spot where the talent is at all. Regardless of what kind of DJ you are these days; almost every DJ has spawned from the most basic of all types – the plain vanilla mixing DJ. This refers to the standard transitional DJ who takes song A and song B and blends the choruses together. No matter what genre you are mixing this technique can be done to the same effect.
DJs are wise to understand that they need to take their mixing far beyond this starting point. Cueing and remixing has become more popular, so popular that commercial entities have profited from making this …
December 15, 2012
The prime era to be a record label owner was then it was just limited to records. I’m talking about plain Jane vinyl records with grooves and dips nestled between plastic valleys. I mean, if you wanted a song bad enough – simply find a store that had the record was your first task. There was no easy way to search for a record other than to dig for it. A big plus for both music store owners and the labels themselves was that the vinyl record could not be copied in any reasonable way – you had to buy a record if you wanted a copy of it.
Now we have the luxury of skipping the trip outside your home altogether. Music is so abundant that a DJ could have a playlist of songs that no other DJ has. So now, the issue of copying music isn’t has big …