The word “disc jockey” was coined in 1935 by radio gossip commentator Walter Winchell. This phrase was first printed in 1941 in Variety magazine, which describes a radio personality that introduced gramophone records during the broadcast.
The rave scene has changed dance music, the image of DJs, and the way they are preached. Innovative marketing centered on the rave scene gave birth to the first superstar DJ to establish a marketable “brand” based on name and sound.
Most DJs can be categorized as club DJs, mobile DJs, music producers, and radio DJs, but many DJs play multiple roles. Looking at the figure below, each overlapping circle represents a DJ type. DJs are essential to the music industry.
They play music in front of the audience and interact with them regularly as other musicians. Disc Jockey appeals to fans who want direct and regular interaction.
What kind of lifestyle does DJ have? You can learn the basics of DJ in an hour, but scratching takes a lot of time. Technology may make DJs’ jobs more accessible, but the musical know-how needed to play what the audience wants to hear before listening to it is a difficult talent to teach. Many DJs work on weekends, and the most popular nights are Thursday-Saturday. The shift usually lasts for several hours. Beginner DJs usually work in music during the day and start playing slowly at night, while superstar DJs play to a large number of people.
Nightlife culture is vital to the general public and is especially popular in big cities that embody a do-it-yourself attitude. Everyone seems to be a DJ, but this observation is supported by available evidence. Of course, the technology and resources available to learn basic skills have made it easier than ever to become a DJ. Ultimately, this means that people are attracted to this area of musical expression on a larger drive. This is nothing new. If anything, this phenomenon occurred in the early 2000s, subsided for some time, and recently began to recover again.
At the turn of the year, everyone in dance music seemed to look back on the last decade, but what about the next decade? We talked to some working DJs about the next decade for DJ and DJ culture.
Undoubtedly, over the next decade, technology will evolve, interact, merge and change, producing unexpected results. Some of the biggest technical challenges facing DJ culture are AI and machine learning, data harvesting, DJ streaming/cloud DJ, music recognition technology (MIR), and the potential but unknown between them. It is a synergistic effect.
And it’s not just music technology that influences DJs. Instagram was born in 2010, from a friendly little photo site with many retro filters to perhaps the essential electronic music marketing tool online, or a disruptive and narcotic mirror that reflects the worst impulses and desires. It’s hard to predict the best times, but some DJs at the booth every weekend can ask about their opportunities.