Archive for the ‘DJ’ Category

6 March

Episode 6 – DJ Competitions

Question: How do you know who the best Hip Hop DJ in the world is?

Tony Prince

Tony Prince

The usual way to find out the best of something is with a competition. Well, we’ll start there. Disco Mix Club b.k.a. DMC, not to be confused with legendary rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC fame, started out having DJ contests in the early 1980s. The contests were for dance music DJs. That all changed when DJ Cheese entered in 1986 and introduced scratching to that contest. DJ Cheese won that year. It set a new precedence for the DJ competition and this became a pivotal point in DMC too. I’m sure the staff at DMC was wondering “Do we continue to allow Hip Hop DJs in this competition or try to get back the old format?” Tony Prince president of DMC and the rest of the DMC staff thought about it and decided to change the contest to be a Hip Hop DJ contest and the rest is history. The prestige of DMC eventually rose to the point where if you won DMC then you were the best in the world. (more…)

2 October

Episode 1 – Technology advancements

Vinyl Emulation Software (Serato) and CD Player Technology (CDJs) – DJ equipment changes

Question: What equipment do you need to be a DJ?

Serato with Mac Laptop and CDJ
Serato with Mac Laptop and CDJ – New Technology

 

Over the past 4-5 years, the answer to that question has changed drastically. The correct answer used to be 2 turntables, needles and a mixer along with records but that is not what a DJ will tell you right now. Technology has changed this answer in the form of 2 things: Vinyl Emulation Software and CD Player Technology.

Now, a DJ might suggest you at least get a laptop computer along with Serato, Rekordbox, Torq, Final Scratch or some other form of Vinyl Emulation Software and DJ oriented CD players. What Vinyl Emulation software does is allow a DJ to use a digital form of a song like a MP3 or a WAV file the same way you would use a vinyl record. This software can eliminate the task of carrying heavy milk crates of records. Most DJs will say records have a warmer sound and feel to them. However, carrying a laptop computer and an external hard drive is a small price to pay to have an arsenal of songs with the equivalent of 50+ milk crates of records. You might not need that much music but it does add that diversity that is needed for a DJ. DJ Jazzy Jeff used to have to pay extra for all the crates of music he used to bring on the airplane when he would travel but not anymore. He said he’s saved so much money in extra baggage fees due to him not having to carry records. (more…)