The Many Faces of DJing
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 10:32:58 UTC

While some musicians dismiss DJs because they "just play other peoples' music, not make their own," DJing demands a serious skill set that's more like a conductor or arranger. Sets are long, and there are no breaks - you not only have to pace the music perfectly to match the audience's mood, but create seamless transitions between cuts that are probably not at the same tempo or key. On top of that, DJs require an encyclopedic knowledge of the music they play so they can always choose the right music at the right time, and build the dynamics of the music into an ongoing series of peaks and valleys - with each peak taking the audience higher than the previous one. Complete Article

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