Like 50 years ago, the essence of a DJ’s job is to play recorded tracks for the folks on the dancefloor. The traits that separate real good DJs from the rest remain the same, too: their musical taste, the ability to read the dancefloor and to create that special atmosphere with their music.
That said, a modern club DJ is expected to possess certain technical skills to properly present their performance. Those skills are called “technical” because they can be explained in great detail and are universally applicable. Examples of such technical skills include mixing or its prerequisite, beatmatching.
The trick is that there’s no hard border between the art – where the DJ’s creativity takes hold – and the technique because the creativity also lies in how you apply those technical skills of yours. In any case, the technique needs to be mastered first, which is what we’ll be doing here.
JM has played open-air gigs, shared the stage with the likes of ATB and had mix albums released commercially. He has been teaching DJing since 2008.