This is probably the most common question for all beginner disc jockeys or also referred to as a D.J. for short. The first thing to do is to do a little research. What type of D.J. do you want to be? There are different types of D.J.’s because they D.J. in different ways. The three major types of D.J.’s are:
- Mobile D.J./ Mobile Entertainer
- Club D.J.
- Battle D.J.
Mobile D. J.They take their equipment on the road and do gigs at Universities, private parties, special occasions and the like. They use just about all types of disc jockey equipment including karaoke equipment.
Mobile D.J.’s are entertainers also.
They get the crowd involved by playing games with the music, singing, playing music and other party favorites that involve entertaining the crowd.
Mobile D.J.’s usually have a disc jockey PA system that they bring with them to the gig.
This allows the disc jockey to broadcast the music being played. A PA system consists of an amplifier and 2 speakers.
Club D. J.
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It is the Club disc jockeys ability to play many types of music and make it sound good that makes them stand out. That is why they get paid the big bucks.
To most it is not a mystery why the club disc jockey is the most sought after D.J. One of my favorite club disc jockeys that cross all categories of disc jockeying is D.J. Cash Money out of Philadelphia, PA. He has some of the fastest hands on the faders and turntables that I have ever seen.
For their music most club disc jockeys use Technics SL-1200/1210 Turntables. Now you can find club D.J.’s using Final Scratch by Stanton or Serato Scratch Live by Rane. Club D.J.’s “play the crowd” meaning they have developed the ability to read the crowd and know what songs to play based on crowd response.
This takes time to develop but once you have mastered this step it allows you to explore new songs in the club that you might not otherwise play due to inexperience. This is a great way to make a livelihood if you can get a residence in several clubs.
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Battle D.J. or Turntablists
They are a special group of highly skilled disc jockeys that do tricks with the turntables and mixer. Through years of practice they have been able to develop their skills of scratching, mixing and most importantly beat juggling.
Beat juggling is when a D.J. is able to manipulate two records to the point where it sounds like he is creating one new beat from two different ones. Because these skills are highly developed most battle D.J.’s can be a club D.J. or a mobile D.J. because the skills cross all categories of disc jockeying.
After you know what type of D.J. you want to be you need to find out what type of equipment disc jockeys use.
The 4 questions any new disc jockey must ask before buying any new equipment are:
- How or in what capacity will I be using my D.J. equipment (e.g. club D.J., remixing, for parties)?
- How much do I want to spend?
- Where will I buy all of this D.J. equipment?
- What D.J. equipment do I actually need?
Each one of the three types of disc jockeys that I mentioned above uses the same D.J. equipment for the most part.These are:
- Two (2) turntables like the NumarkTTX1 Turntables
- Two (2) slipmats
- Two (2) cartridges like the Shure M44 7 mounted on a Technics Headshell
- One (1) mixer like the Rane TTM56 (Mixers)
- One (1) pair of headphones like the Stanton Pro D.J. 3000 Headphones