Did you know June was National DJ month? Being a DJ is actually a skilled art so I figured that makes it a perfect blog topic for today.
Most people are familiar with DJ’s and their work but I still consider it an untapped art form for a few reasons. First, people think being a DJ is just playing music.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Second, being a DJ means you have to understand your crowd.
Some people might argue that this is not an art form. Well, I hope after reading this blog, I can change your mind.
In fact, the term ‘fine art’ refers to any art form which exists simply for the aesthetic properties or concepts. This includes visual and performance art.
The Webster Dictionary states, “the systemic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill.”
If that doesn’t encompass being a DJ as art, then I don’t know what does.
A DJ doesn’t just play music. They also need to be knowledgeable on the music, the tempos, the key, the breaks, and the drops.
They have to match beats and mix music so that listeners don’t know where one song starts and the other stops.
Being a DJ means you have to read and understand your audience. After all, you have to know what they want, what they need.
A DJ needs to read the room and play the right music in the correct order to make people dance. For the audience, it isn’t just dancing.
People are able to put their worries out of their mind and lose themselves in the music.
DJ’s don’t just perform for an audience at a club. Some video game makers, like Epic Games and Bungie Inc., use DJ mixes in their games.
Imagine turning on your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and hearing some amazing DJ mixes from your favorite DJ!
DJ’s such as Bill Coleman, DJ Lina Bradford, Justin Dawson and Nita Aviance also play outside the ‘typical’ venue. According to The NY Post they played at Pride events.
So, clubs, video games and public events are great ways to hear and support DJ’s. The versatility and creativeness just supports the idea that being a DJ is definitely an art form.
TyDi said “DJ-ing itself is not just about playing songs. The art of DJ-ing is presenting new songs to the crows that they haven’t heard before and creating a party vibe that’s different than just listening to anybody’s playlist.
It’s the only way to truly be big and respected in your craft.” Even this world renowned DJ calls it art.
When you are out enjoying the nightlife or spending quality time at a Pride festival, chances are you will have the privilege of hearing a great DJ.
We want to hear them too! Send us the great DJ’s you know and love so we can share their art with our fans!