If you are getting a party started a Jockey DJ will get the house rocking with music in no time. DJs can be hired to work at clubs, weddings, dances and more. In the early 1900s jockey DJs used phonographs to produce music but today’s DJs have many modern techniques and gear to engage the crowd from specialized software to karaoke machines. Here are some terms to know about disc jockeys.
Turntable – A turntable is a piece of DJ equipment that spins vinyl records. Turntables are typically hooked up to large speakers and used to play music in clubs and other venues.
Scratching – Scratching is a technique that DJs use which involves touching and momentarily stopping the records they play on their turntable to create a rhythmic percussion sound.
Reggae – Reggae is a genre of music as well as a specialty for DJs to perform. Reggae DJs often rap or talk along with the music to create a personable experience.
Selector – A selector partners with a DJ and is responsible for selecting and mixing the next tracks in their list to play. It can be helpful to hire a selector and disc jockey for a big party so that the DJ will have time to engage and entertain the crowd. The selector and DJ typically work together to make the best list of songs for the event or wedding they are working.
Vinyl Emulation Software – Vinyl emulation software is a digital tool that DJs use to manipulate the sound of the songs they play to create a more interesting experience.
Sequencer – A sequencer is computer software that can record and playback music. The playback is digital giving the DJ the freedom to mix multiple songs.