Want to Work as a DJ?
With the advent of computer-based DJ software, it has become possible for everyone to become a DJ. From hard-working, money earners right through to bedroom DJ’s doing it for fun. If you are looking for a DJ Job there are a number of things to consider.
Having been in this industry since 1979 I have seen hundreds of DJ’s appear from nowhere, with their ideas of fame and fortune, then see them disappear just as quickly. In my business, I need to hire people to do important work and I always have problems doing so.
The one thing that 95% of ‘DJ’s’ have in common is their ambition to become the next David Guetta
David Guetta and some others have made an absolute fortune over their careers. I read many blogs where it has been decided that a REAL DJ’ is one who beat matches, uses special effects and all the rest of that ‘stuff’, for the lack of a better word. I disagree, a ‘presenter’ must have the historical musical knowledge to select tunes, suitably mix them and present them in such a manner as to entertain the audience. That is all! It doesn’t matter what the genre of music is as that should always be decided by the audience. It doesn’t matter if he uses the auto beat match, because who cares, as long he is entertaining. A presenter must also be able to communicate effectively with his audience.
Before I go any further, can I state that I am no expert on terminology, historical facts or anything else here. I have been in the business for just about as long as anyone could possibly have been, so have mountains of experience in the industry. My comments are in no way intended to be absolute facts in this area, merely observations.
So, what is a DJ?……
an abbreviation for Disc Jockey. Most of us established and experienced DJ’s detest the term, DJ. We consider ourselves as ‘presenters’. The original DJ was one who played discs on turntables on the radio or for entertainment at events. Over a period of decades, the term has been applied to many areas of entertainment and it now seems that Guetta etc are DJ’s.
I argue that although Guetta etc may have been DJ’s, and may perform ‘live-ish’ at events, they are NOT Dj’s. These guys are music producers! They earn their living from producing music in a studio, selling the results via many sources and playing their productions to live audiences who pay loads to watch them pressing buttons.
Now, I know you are thinking I am bitter about this, but you are wrong. These music producers have produced some amazing material which has shaped the future of music. I use many of their productions every single week and I love what they do, but they are NOT DJ’s….
Looking for a DJ Job?
What do I want from a DJ?…I’ll start to cover that in a later post.