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Becoming a Professional DJ

Updated on July 30, 2014

A Little DJ History

In 1857 in France the first invention of a device to record sound took place and in 1877 Charles Cros invented a phonograph but he never patented the invention and so as a result Thomas Edison’s device, which was patented, is thought to be the first device to play recorded sound. In the late 1800’s, Emile Berliner began producing commercial gramophone records that were sold to the public. By 1906, the first record was played on a radio broadcast. It was Handel’s Largo and so began our love of recorded music.

It was in 1935 that Walter Winchell first used the term “disc jockey”. By the 1940’s people were enjoying DJ dance parties. In 1947, Whisky a Go-Go, a nightclub in Paris, is considered the first discotheque (disco), which is a word the French use which means nightclub were the music is recorded. It was in the 1950’s that DJs become popular at “sock hops” and used 45-rpm records featuring the hits of the day.

By the 1960’s disco starting growing in Europe and the US. DJs started using special equipment such as a mixer and they began matching beats or tempos between records. In the early 1970’s the hip-hop culture starting taking root in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. It was here that turntablism was developed which is the art of manipulating sound using a record on a turntable.

In 1975 a hip hop DJ by the name of Grand Wizard Theodore invented the scratching technique by accident. And by the late 1970’s there were many DJs learning to create seamless transitions between songs so that dancers didn’t have to change their rhythm on the dance floor.

By the 1980’s DJs started replacing bands at weddings and banquets and they transformed the entire industry. In the early 1990’s the MP3 player started taking on the digital music domain and became popular with both amateur and professional DJ operating from their computers. With the use of laptop computers, DJs now had the technology to produce digital vinyl systems. This system called, Serato Scratch Live can be found in most famous clubs around the world.

Be the Life of the Party

There are plenty of DJ training courses available that will provide you with the training for you to become a professional DJ. The training course will teach you how to play the right music, the right genre of music in order to keep the crowd at any party or club happy.

The equipment that DJs use is very important in order to have a great performance. There are different components that DJs use to turn a simple tune into something that excites the crowd. The training course you choose needs to teach you how to use CDs, turntables, DJ instruments and even how to set up the right equipment. In the beginning you shouldn't spend a fortune on equipment as you can probably borrow or rent if from other DJs or even from music equipment rental companies.

Being a DJ means that you will need to be comfortable with all the components found in the booth. This will include mixers, amplifiers, turntables and headphones. It is very important that you know how to use this equipment in order to give your best performance.

You will also need to develop your own style so that you can start building a reputation which will result in you being in demand for your services.

Learning the basics of being a DJ will help you to get started and pretty soon you will be the live of any party!


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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Thanks for reading my hub dallas93444.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      As you indicated being a DJ is not simple... Thanks for sharing!