A DJ makes a live mix using multiple 'decks' (turntables/cd players/mp3 inputs/etc.) and a mixing board by cueing up and beat-matching the tempo of each song before the current one stops, and cross-fading to go seamlessly from song to song with no break.
It sounds simple, but it can take quite a bit of time and talent to master.
The Dj's sole responsibility is to keep the music - and therefore the party, going. This can sometimes mean tailoring the mix to the crowd, or if they seem like an adventurous bunch, expand their horizons a bit.
It requires having a wide variety of music on hand, which traditionally meant carrying several boxes of vinyl (and spare turntable cartridges). Digital media is frowned upon by many Dj's (and high-end audio enthusiasts), however it means having access to 2 metric f**tons of music - and with modern dj cd players, you can get close to the same feel (you are going to pay for it though, and it still won't be vinyl).
The music selection is the biggest key though - a well loaded cd-changer or MP3 player set to 'random' is preferable to a bad Dj with no taste. Keeping it fresh, and catching people off guard (without resorting to being gimmicky) guarantees to keep the party rocking.
· 7 years ago