Can you name a profession that didn’t even existed a few decades ago, but is now at the center of almost every party, wedding and dance festivals? If you need clues, consider these – they are an integral part of discotheques and they are giving rock-stars a tough competition. Yes, you got it right! We are talking about DJs or the Disk Jockeys.
The inception of the DJs dates back to the early 1990s, but it gathered momentum when electronic sound mixtures came into vogue. Most of the DJs now use a combination of turntables and digital sound mixers, while there are puritans who use either the turntables or the mixers. Nonetheless, their aim is to make us dance to the tune of their rock, hip-hop music.
Disk Jockeys can also be categorized into two broad groups – those who play tracks in a radio station and those who take the center-stage of dance festivals.
The first category is a bit boring in the sense that they continue playing the same, old tracks day after day. They wait for a next hit track to come into the market, so that they can incorporate it in their playing lists.
These types of DJs don’t have the scope to experiment and do innovative stuff and they also handle the commercial breaks when a radio program is being aired. As a result, they don’t appeal much to the young generation and have to remain within the constraints of a regular job.
In stark contrast, the second category is much more innovative, although their income depends on their entrepreneurial attitude and passion for ‘rock and roll’. They are the center of attention in the parties, dance festivals and carnivals. Most importantly, they sense the mood of the audience in real time, interact and engage with the audience and responds with real-time improvisation and innovation. Sometimes, they play tracks that they have composed. However, they also inject some regular stuff, classics and contemporary hits or a mix of the three, to give the audience something they are familiar with. Actually, it depends on the mood and the situation and is often influenced by the duration of the party. It is the improvisation and the innovation that sets them apart from the regular radio DJs.
However, there are many who strongly oppose the DJ culture, for various reasons ranging from copyright issues and effect of loud music on the health of the audience. Today’s generation favor DJs in equal proportion to the conventional singers and rock-stars and because of that, the conventional performers are having a tough time dealing with the unprecedented completion from the DJs. Celebrity status, hype, fan following, money – DJs are enjoying everything that was the in the territory of puritan musicians and singers.
Naturally, there is a clash of interest among the two poles, where the singers are claiming that DJs are unethically cutting into their earnings by performing in public gatherings by using the songs and music that are copyrighted. Also, many are of the opinion that this DJ culture is adversely affecting people’s interest in the original musical instruments as a result of the encroachment of the digital sound mixers. Moreover, the loud music, excessive consumption of alcohol and sometimes fatal narcotics are taking a toll of the young generation’s health – point of concern for many health authorities.
Whatever the case, the trend and the craze to hire DJ for parties and weddings are showing no sign of slowing down and will continue to grow at a brisk pace in the foreseeable future, unless something dramatic happens in the social and cultural landscape of the urban folks. Debates will continue and so will litigation, but it is for sure that DJs are here to stay for quite some time, come whatever may.
Source by Jeo Nash