I want you to take a second and envision a disc jockey, a DJ. Are you done? Odds are that you probably imagined a guy with huge earphones around his neck, standing behind all this fancy equipment that lights up, yelling at the crowd to put their hands up and everyone having a great time dancing to the beat. Oh, and sunglasses are optional. Due to the fact that our perception of what a DJ does revolves around nothing more than merely shifting playlists, we've begun to slowly disregard it as a profession where people actually have to do more than download tracks off of iTunes. In fact, a common misconception amongst most people is that anyone can be a DJ.
This could not be further from the truth.
While it is true that a DJ’s most pivotal instrument is undoubtedly his or her sound system and playlist, this doesn’t undermine their career as something that they merely do or something that is quite simplistic. What differentiates a layman from someone who’s actually spent blood, sweat and tears mastering the trade is obviously incorporated in the crowd’s energy. When you envisioned a DJ, you envisioned a very vague concept of someone at a nightclub. While nightclub, bars and parties are undoubtedly major performing centers for DJ’s, their profession isn’t confined to something loud. Wherever there’s a celebration, you’d want music to get into the party feel. Hence, from weddings and school proms to bars and nightclubs, a DJ is seen everywhere were you need a commotion.
Now comes the question, why is hiring a DJ for your event step number one? To answer this, we’ll take a direct quote by Forrest Mitchell – The man behind Xceptional DJ’s and Photobooth, ‘“In 2019, a DJ is not just a DJ,” said DJ Forrest. “A DJ is energy! He or she must have the skills, experience, and intuition to transform a mundane wedding reception, night at the bar; club, or school dance into an emotional, memorable experience that takes guests on an unforgettable journey!”
If you were to go to any event which was centered around celebration and joy, you would undoubtedly ask yourself where the music's playing because you'd want to participate in the festivities by the simplest means possible – dancing to the beat. Anything can seem dull without music because eventually, people run out of ideas for small talk. With an event where everyone's high on the energy, you tend to open up more and be more inviting to conversations. Essentially, music influences your mood. As such, it's up to the DJ to gather the energy the crowd is giving you and deliver music that goes with that energy.
Had you instead just put your phone on speaker, you’d be entertaining your choice of music depending on your mood. With a DJ, it’s all about reading a room and understanding demographics. If it’s a wedding, you wouldn’t necessarily see the bride and groom’s first dance to be on EDM, likewise, you can’t really understand what a slow song would be doing at a dance party?