OK this post has been a long time coming and I know right now that it will have to be broken up into parts or else it would be a whole novel. This is not a rant by any means. How I feel is how a lot of other DJs feel as well and my proof is in the many of Facebook statues, Tweets, text, phone conversations, and personal conversations I've had with DJs over the years. The first thing I would like to address is this jukebox DJing mess.
Nowadays DJing has become a lost art form. Folks get some decks (turntables or cdjs), mixer, and pull out their laptop with 20,000 illegally obtained, low quality, mp3 files and they want to call themselves a DJ. I have news for you... having the equipment does not make you a DJ. If you are one of those "DJs" that plays one song alllllll the way through and then plays another song allllll the way through you are not DJing my friend. Nothing pisses me off more than being at a party that I've paid for and the "DJ" can't even mix two damn songs together. I don't hate on any DJ that is making money but what I DON'T RESPECT is the DJ that promotes all day everyday but doesn't take the time to learn how to MIX first. When I started out doing parties I wasn't charging folks and nor was I doing clubs. I did lil house parties around NC A&T's campus, my family reunion, and dorm parties. That way the events I were doing were small and were a good way to practice. Now you go to a college party and the "DJs" stand there and hit damn buttons to drop songs instead of cueing them up and actually blending it into the current song playing. As a DJ you should want to give your crowd more than what they can do themselves. After all the only difference between them and you is they pay and you are getting paid.
The art of DJing really has not changed since the times of DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Grand Wizard Theodore. The basic concept of 2 turntables and a mixer is still there. DJs need to understand that Serato and Traktor were invented to REDUCE THE NEED TO CARRY RECORDS... NOT TO PRESS BUTTONS and let the computer do the work. Yes, you see major DJs like DJ Jazzy Jeff and the late DJ AM (RIP) use it but they actually DJ not sit there and hit cue buttons. Please take time to research the legends of DJing and you will see why the art needs to be respected.
Everyone wants to be a Mixtape DJ nowadays. You have Dat Piff, Live Mixtapes, Podcast, etc. to showcase your mixtapes. If you ever listen to an old school mixtape that was actually recorded onto a cassette tape you will notice that the songs were all MIXED together. Hence the title MIXtape. The mixtape was also used as a way to promote new artist and new music. Now you have "DJs" playing the full version of the song adding a few drops in and then calling it a mixtape. Again I ask... What makes you a DJ and not a jukebox? Please take pride in the fact that you are a DJ and actually doing some mixing when you do a mixtape. It is amazing how many people are shocked when they actually hear a DJ mix nowadays. People should not be shocked that a DJ actually mixes it should be EXPECTED.
Well this is enough for now but like I said DJs please respect the ART of DJing and give your crowd more than just playing tracks. I don't claim to be the greatest DJ on Earth nor do I even claim to be the best in my city. I do however claim to have respect for the ART OF DJING and if you don't believe me you are more than welcome to come have a mix session with me one day or just chop it up about the history of DJing.