Every art form has its own set of unsaid rules and nuances, and DJing is no exception. From the echoing streets of urban cities to the serene beaches of coastal towns, the thumping beats of a DJ set are unmistakable. But what truly distinguishes a regular DJ from the greats?
It's not just about playing tracks one after another; it's an intricate dance of understanding the crowd, mastering the equipment, and curating an unforgettable auditory experience. We often find ourselves swaying to the beats, lost in the melodies, or reminiscing over old classics, but have we ever stopped to think about what's happening behind that console? This article delves into the world of DJing, shedding light on the nuances that often go unnoticed.
So, what makes a DJ genuinely unforgettable? Is it just about perfecting the technique, or is there more to this art form? Let's break it down and explore the intricacies of being a great DJ.
So, what makes a DJ a great DJ? Could we talk about that for now? It's time for a Q&A, and today's topic is, 'What makes a DJ a great DJ?' I saw this question in the comments section, and it would be fun to make a blog about this. I know you're going to have your opinions, so join the conversation in the comment section down below.
What makes a DJ a great DJ? Now, I can't say that there's a definitive right or wrong when it comes to this. I will tell you how I would rate DJs and what makes me feel that a DJ is bad, average, sound, or even great. But keep in mind this varies from person to person. You will have your criteria for rating a DJ, and for some, it's all about the feeling. As for me, I look at different aspects when I evaluate a DJ.
First and foremost, let me start with technique. I do consider technique, but there are more critical aspects. While rocking the crowd is always a DJ's primary job, when rating a DJ's technique, I'm looking at their mixing skills and how well they handle their equipment. If they use turntables, I'll always favor a DJ incorporating some turntablism into their style.
However, I'm only sometimes looking for DJs to scratch all night. I can tell if a DJ has that turntablism feel in their overall style of DJing, and I appreciate it. That's a personal preference. So, technique is essential, but there are other criteria besides this.
More importantly, I consider song selection and how a DJ delivers their tracks. If I give 20 DJs the same tracks, chances are they will all play them in different ways, which reveals some of their personality. Your approach to delivering tracks and song selection can add a unique touch. It's easy to go with the crowd-pleasers, but if a DJ can surprise me by playing a track that makes me go, 'Wow, I haven't heard that in ages,' and it still fits the vibe, that adds something extra. I'll probably include some tracks that I believe should be played but might not be the obvious choice, which shows a bit of my personality. I choose to add a bit of turntablism to my DJing because it's my preferred style, but that doesn't make me a better DJ. It's just what I look for in a DJ.
That's why some of my favorite DJs and those at the top of my list are the ones who add that extra touch. For example, DJ Jazzy Jeff has been at the top of my list for years because I love his technique, skills, and song selection. DJ Cash Money, also from Philly, is another one I admire for his turntablism and song selection. In summary, the most important things I look at are technique, song selection, and adding a bit of personal flair to your DJing.
Stage presence is also a factor. If a DJ has a certain charisma or radiates something charismatic when they perform, it can enhance their appeal. However, it's not the first thing I consider, as I can't gauge charisma through a mixtape. It's something you can experience when a DJ performs live. But it's not the most critical aspect.
These are the main factors at the moment. So, let's have a conversation about this. It can be fascinating because you bring up some points that make me think, 'Yes, that's true; I do consider that as well.' But, as I mentioned earlier, it varies from person to person. People who attend parties will have a different perspective on rating DJs, and as DJs, we might only sometimes agree with their criteria. You can't convince someone at a party that one DJ is better because their transitions are cleaner. They might not care about that and maybe impressed by different aspects.
For instance, consider breakdancers (B-boys). When they do a showcase, and someone performs a headspin, it's often a 'wow' moment for the general audience. However, insiders may notice and appreciate other, more technically advanced moves that go unnoticed. Insiders have a different approach to rating someone compared to the general public. The same applies to DJing and everything else. In this case, it's mainly the DJs who are watching this. Let me know how you rate DJs when you see them and what, in your opinion, makes a great DJ. Am I missing something in everything I just mentioned that should be added to the criteria for calling someone a great DJ?
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Being a DJ isn't just about spinning records; it's an art form that requires a delicate balance of skill, passion, and intuition. While technique and song selection play pivotal roles, intangible qualities like charisma and connection with the audience make a DJ unforgettable. It's a symphony of elements that create an experience that lingers long after the music stops.
Frequently Asked Questions
What role does equipment play in a DJ's performance?
While equipment is essential for a DJ, it's not the only factor determining their greatness. A talented DJ can create magic even with crucial equipment. However, having advanced equipment can enhance their performance by providing more features and flexibility.
How important is it for a DJ to read the room?
Reading the room is crucial. A great DJ can sense the crowd's energy and adjust their set accordingly. It's all about connecting and ensuring the audience is always engaged.
Do all great DJs need to incorporate turntablism?
No, while turntablism can add flair and showcase a DJ's skills, it isn't a mandatory aspect. A DJ's greatness often lies in their ability to curate and deliver an immersive auditory experience, regardless of the techniques used.