If you want to know the basics on the equipment and some advanced stuff on mixing then you have come to the right place!
Highly skilled (and highly paid) DJs get a lot of respect from the crowd due to their mastery of the different types of disc jockey equipment. Specialized equipment for DJs such as the Technics turntable require a fair bit of practice before you are good enough to play out in a club. However a lack of skill has never really been a major drawback for a DJ.
I have aimed a number of articles in this site at novice DJs who want to learn about the tools of the DJ trade.
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Having a set of turntables at home (mine are next to my bed) means that you can easily do enough practice to be ready to bust up a dance floor in a few months.
Being a DJ means using DJ equipment to maximize the smooth transition between tracks:
- you need to maintain the right level of energy
- keep people dancing all night
- don't cheese out the hardcore crowd
- don't play too hard and annoy the ladies
- try to avoid blowing up the sound system (going from very loud to permanent silence isn't clever)
When mixing, the different pieces of disk jockey equipment must all be used skillfully (like a musical instrument). If you don't know how this is done then you have come to the right place!
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Here's a little intro to my DJ equipment reviewsThe most famous piece of DJ equipment (and still one of the best to practice on) is the Technics 1200/1210 turntable. This piece of equipment allows a budding DJ to develop the key skill of beat mixing.
CD players are quite good for DJing but nothing compares to the mystique of vinyl. The freshest dance floor tunes come out first and exclusively on vinyl making a pair of turntables vital DJ equipment. Dance clubs most often include Technics 1200/1210 turntables in their DJ equipment list so I feel right at home (like in my bedroom) when I play out.
Have a look at the links at the bottom if you want to know more about how to use the different types of DJ equipment or if you want to know about some the skills involved in being a club DJ.
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Glossary of my slang:
On this site you may find some strange language so click back here if you don't get what I mean.
Bust up = (as in 'bust up the dance floor') This is when the girls really get into it and their busts literally, well, you dig me!
Cheese out = When you play too much video game music and only young girls like you.
Drop = Usually the bass drops of a track when it fully kicks in. This is when you proudly survey the dance floor damage looking for fans.
Hardcore = hard on the inside soft out the outside, like an avocado.
Playing out = You're the DJ player and you're out, party time...excellent.
Punters = These are your cover charge paying friends that 'punt' along the river of life, looking for fun, love or induced bliss.
Mix = This happens when you haven't drunk too many pints of the club's free booze and can still do your job.
Track = This is a repetitive song found on vinyl that causes hearing loss.