As the world of DJing continuing to grow and expand with technology, deciding to become a DJ can pretty overwhelming for a beginner. Have no fear! We are here to help you figure out your way. Below we are going to highlight the top 5 DJing types in the industry. Now don’t get me wrong you don’t have to confine yourself to only one type of DJ. Be creative and learn as many DJing styles as you can.
1. Mobile DJs
Mobile DJ are known for traveling with their own portable sound and light show performing at a variety of events such as; wedding receptions, nightclubs, block parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions, company dances, school dances, anniversaries, and birthday parties. It very common for mobile DJs to also promote themselves as event planners, organizers, or as Master of Ceremonies and working closely with their customers, guests, and the event vendors.
2. Radio DJ/Personality
Radio DJs are individuals who play and discuss genres of music; hosts a talk radio show that may take calls from listeners; interviews celebrities or guests; or reports the news, weather and sports. Unfortunately, traditional radio broadcasting has been on a serious decline since the 80’s, however today’s Radio DJ have newer opportunities and more control over content with sources such as; Podcast, Satellite Radio and YouTube. I highly suggest taking a Film/Video course at your local community college.
Turntablist aka scratch DJs, battle DJs or controllerists use their equipment are highly respected DJs within DJ culture, however, they are rarely known by the mainstream because. Most turntablist construct live remixes, changing a tracks sound and producing new music by utilizing two turntables, a mixer and headphones.
4. Club DJ
Club DJs are typically knowledgeable about many music styles because they perform at popular nightclubs, raves, musical festival, corporate events, private events and even local bars. In addition Club DJ are known for mixing music recordings from two or more sources producing non-stopping flow of music using vinyl, CDs, or digital. Club DJs must understand that different clubs will request certain types of music and and how it should be played. A club will normally have their own in-house system where you can setup and concentrate on your performance. The typical equipment of a Club DJ includes a mixer, two turntables, a nice sound system and headphones, although some have transitioned from vinyl and now use CDJs or digital mixing software.
5. Dj Producer
Producer DJs are musicians filled with creativity and have a desire to create new music. Producer DJs have the skills to make music out of different sounds and instruments and put them all together with the use of programs used to mix songs or reconstruct a song to sound incredible for clients, and or popular networking platforms.
In conclusion, Producer DJs are known for creating original productions, mashup, re-edits, and remixes.
6. Resident DJ
Resident DJs are typically under contract agreement and perform on a regular basis or permanently at popular discotheques, a hot club, or a particular event. Normally, Resident DJs will perform two – three time per week at a particular resident with an agreed time and date. A Resident DJ are usually a well known individual who have an strong following and/or track record because the potential of a nice steady income from the clubs or the series of events.