DJ culture is nuanced and unique. What we deal with on the usual — the experiences we have, the situations we often find ourselves in, and the requests we hear — are as well.
Often we form a tight bond with our fellow DJs other over those shared experiences and a love of all things music. It’s nice to know pretty much all Djs deal with the same old 💩.
This post comes from our new music and music video partner BPM Supreme. Too spot-on not to share!
DJ, producer, turntablist, music curator, tastemaker, crowd-reader, social media sensation…the list of job requirements goes on and on for DJs today. It’s hard to explain what we deal with on a daily basis to people who aren’t in our shoes.
So, we created this list of things that only DJs will understand. Share it with your non-DJ friends and help educate those in need.
1. We really care about audio quality
While some people are perfectly happy listening to music from any source, DJs can hear the difference between a low quality and high quality track. 320 kbps is the only way.
2. Requests are optional, not mandatory
Our audience may not always agree with this one, but song requests are something we have the right to deny. If someone requests a song that’s completely different than what we’re playing at the moment, or if we already played the song earlier in the night – it’s okay for us to say no. Sorry Becky, we’ll play your song next time.
3. No, we can’t DJ your event for free
Would you go to the dentist and ask them to fill a cavity for free – because ya know, it’s easy for them? Obviously not. So unless it’s our parents (or maybe grandparents) asking for a freebie, there will be a charge for our services.
4. Don’t touch our stuff or press any buttons
We know it’s hard to resist trying on our headphones and touching the colorful buttons and knobs, but we don’t come to your job and start messing with stuff, right? We might have a phone charger for you if you’re lucky. Just be polite and ask before you touch anything.
5. Finding a dope edit or remix is like finding gold
It’s like finding a hidden treasure when you stumble upon a unique remix or edit that is sure to hype the crowd. We spend a ridiculous amount of time perfecting our set list, so nothing is more annoying than someone hovering over your laptop to see what you’re playing or yelling, “Yo, man – send me this track!” Don’t be that guy – just enjoy the tune!