Susan Sontag was right in saying that “beauty is a form of power. And deservedly so. What is lamentable is that it is the only form of power that most women are encouraged to seek” (119). When you hear the word “DJ”, it is no coincidence your mind immediately connects it to the male gender. Your subconscious is feeding your brain images of male DJs as being portrayed by the media. (more…)

Some of us, as DJ’s, tend to develop a big ego when it comes to our performance. As a DJ, you need to adapt to every situation and every type of event. The following is a simple guide for various types of events. The way you act as a DJ, may very well affect your reputation, and most importantly, your future income and marketability.

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We’ve all noticed the good and bad things the digital music era has brought to the DJ industry. With the amount of record pools available for both video and audio, music and videos have become extremely accessible to anyone who wants to start their journey as a DJ. You can also buy hard drives full of music or videos at a fraction of what you would pay in record pool subscription fees. Of course, this method is illegal and unethical but that’s another topic. As a DJ, the quality of your music and/or videos should matter because it is a reflection of you.

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One important aspect of DJing involves the ability to read the crowd. Follow these guidelines for those occasions where you’re not hired to play a specific type of music for a specific type of crowd. It’s important to remember that there will always be exceptions to these guidelines, but it’s fair to say that if you follow these cues, you will be on the right track.

Everything evolves including DJing. However, not everything that evolves becomes better. Promotion is one of the things in the music industry that has evolved for the worse. Promotion in DJing has become almost non-existent. You think it’s there, but it’s not. It’s an illusion. One could put the blame on social media but I believe the blame should be put on laziness and greed.

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The battle is an essential part of the Hip-Hop culture. MC’s, B-Boys, Graffiti artists and DJ’s have been battling each other for decades. Battling can show that you have the necessary skills to prove yourself in your field, but it can also display that you’re willing to go out on a limb and perform in front of a crowd or audience – even if you don’t truly believe you can win. Regardless, entering a battle should earn you respect especially if you came prepared and gave it your best.

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I came up with this method of organizing music (and consequently music videos) in 2005 and it has been adopted and adapted by numerous DJ’s over the years to fit their individual needs. I use iTunes to tag all my files, but you don’t have to. It’s very important that you have as many fields (information) filled out in every song or video as this will help you immensely when trying to narrow a search. I try to have all my Year fields filled out for every single song. Also, it is worth mentioning that if you use iTunes like I do, you can use scripts to facilitate entering codes into large batches of songs. Also, there are other programs out there like Media Rage (for Windows) that can help you as well.

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