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The Lost Art Of Dj’ing by @1djtnt

REAL DJ’s were bred to be solid

 “..for big face hunnids-dis bitch gits punished..”[email protected]


The preservation of the ART FORM of deejaying is my purpose with these blogs. The days of lugging milkcrates full of wax may be gone, but reader, the traditions that were passed down back then are sorely missed today. To me, EARNING that title is what made being a DJ special, what made it authoritative, it’s where all the accolades came from. I believe when you earn something, you cherish it more than if it was just handed to you. Being known as a DJ was no exception.

For example, I’ve seen comments by some old school DJs about the carrying of the milk crates full of records & have read other’s comments who’re dismissive of this ignorant fools. In hindsight, the act of hauling these crates to gigs was a rite of passage. Now from a practical point of view, it was how we got our music to the venue & also to have a selection of records to chose from: When a DJ showed up with his wax, you knew who he was & if he had people carrying those crates also, you knew how much RANK he had. [His boys carry the crates, they got in for free. “..yeah you down & all but since you are riding on my coat tails, you gotta work”]. Everyone would know who’s with the DJ immediately. For the crew of friends, they would get some of the same perks as the DJ, for the DJ, he gets free help. Not to mention, continually lifting & moving vinyl in milk crates would strengthen up your forearms haha.

I’ve seen comments people made about equipment. What type makes a REAL DJ, hating on the new generation with all this technology available, ect. In my opinion-it’s not what you use, it’s how you use it. REAL DJs knew how to use & rocked with any & everything. ANY sound sources & a mixer. I was slow to embrace the new technologies [which in itself will be another post] but yes, this is a new era & all types of things are made available for DJs to use. But Hip Hop Dj’s, Club DJ’s, House, Disco ect. used turntables. Regardless what a DJ uses now to play, Real DJ’s know how to rock with turntables, period. NOTHING BUT [at least] 2 TURNTABLES, A MIXER & WAX. [Note: this may ruffles some feathers but, in my opinion if you only use 1 deck, you aren’t really DJing. The whole point of it is to work 2 or more tables!]. Even if they aren’t being used now, you still know how to work them cuz just like riding a bike, once you learn, you’ll never forget. I believe a large portion of the younger generation take what they have for granted. Back in the day we didn’t mix by looking at waveforms. We didn’t have a set playlist of songs [that became predictable cuz we did it at every gig night in & night out]. There was no need to buy a beatmatcher or hide transitions with air horns & screaming on the mic..REAL DJs DEEJAYED.

Another rite of passage was the steps a DJ took to first OBTAIN his own equipment, then to UPGRADE it. Those acts had meaning; You1200s put your money BACK into your craft. Yes, you get a job to have extra cash to put in, yes, you get gifts & money from other sources, but primarily, with the money you made deejaying, you REINVESTED in yourself. Technic 1200s were & are the standard bearer for deejaying & when you graduated to a pair, it was almost viewed as one would view a medal of honor on a soldier. [Even if the tables were used, they still command respect]. Your equipment, your needles, your crates spoke volumes.. before you could even utter a sound. Do you remember your 1st set of tables & mixer? & What you had to go thru to get them? I KNOW you do, as do I.

The reputation a REAL DJ made for himself, by the way he played, was shaped like bricks in a building, from the ground up. Solid, and it lasted even when that DJ wasn’t playing. [Promoters back in the day respected the culture & knew not to let a sucka “dj” jam at their event..they wanted the best & when they couldn’t get the best, they still COMPed those who had status, for future reference]. When a REAL DJ stepped in a building, the energy shifted in the air so much you could feel it. Whomever was playing would either simply ignore that DJ & try to go harder or quickly acknowledged that REAL DJ’s presence. If the respect was reciprocated, you would see them talking to each other, giving dap, ect.. and if they were REALLY cool..that DJ that just walked in might get on the decks & give you a little taste of magic. Because after all reader, the heart of all of this is the music..and how it’s put together. To me, It is ALL about the music. A REAL DJ knows he works in unison with the MUSIC. He is the vessel in which the music is delivered. The magic comes when the music is what the listener likes, along with the DJ’s delivery of it, thru the transitions he uses [with skill].

You as a DJ have a chance to lead, to educate, to shape & influence.. All by the records you choose to play & not to play.

We all have access to the same music. The same equipment.  So it isn’t what you do, it’s HOW you do it. And from an old school DJ’s perspective.. it’s how HARD you do it. Every time. Nobody is perfect, least of all me. However, I strive for the perfect transitions, the perfect song selection, the perfect mixtape, the perfect one of a kind set EVERY TIME I AM HEARD. I compete..with the memories of DJs in the past & present. I try to out do whomever is considered the best in the area & most of all, I try to out do MYSELF. I know what I am capable of. I practice my craft consistently, so I am prepared to not only show up, but ROCK a party, at a moment’s notice. Do you have allotted time for practicing your craft? Or do you spend more time spamming people online about how you’re “the hottest dj in [insert city or town name here]” & “got the stupid dope moves”?

So, earning the name. Practicing the skills. And when it is time to perform, leaving it all in the venue. And when you’re done, and you are sweating. and the free drinks are still sitting there, cuz you didn’t get a chance to drink them. And people are coming up to you saying you did that. and the promoter pays you promptly and gives you your props. and means it. and it is time to turn everything off & break your equipment that moment, it hits you that you crushed your set. REAL DJs are built on night after night of that specific exhaustion; Their reputation’s cemented. Their expectation’s heightened. And they, in their mind, are already in preparation for their NEXT gig. THAT to me is a REAL DJ.

DJing is an art. DJing ain’t no hustle.

4022e79242b5e-3-1Be clear: It ain’t that I hate you so called “djs”, it’s that I LOVE the artform. I RESPECT the culture. I APPRECIATE & know the history. My posts aren’t being conceived out of hate. Nor in this community’s comments or our discussions, are they meant to encourage hate. They are being conceived out of LOVE. We as REAL DJs merely offer our perspective & our respective histories to the younger set & it’s up to them to choose. To choose what, who & how they represent. How I personally feel about not only the art form & the culture, but the preservation of both, far outweighs any ill will directed at individual’s & attempts at coming much so that if it reads like I’m
bashing, oh well. You might just be reading out of context or missing the point all together. Could I stand in a room with DJ Scratch or Jazzy Jeff or Kid Capri.. much less a Kool Herc, a Grandmaster Flash, an Afrika Bambaataa, and sign off on the push button mumble mouth copy cat coon fests?! Could YOU? Those DJs may too big to say anything about it, in public..but I’m not. Until next time, stay REAL my friends.

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    Best Blog Post EVER!!! I agree with dis!

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    Well said.. I still practice

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    I was once told at 14 years old: A real DJ owns vinyl.My mentor was an older guy who taught m on two turntables and a mixer. He began teaching me how to DJ by first allowing me to understand how a vinyl record works! Growing up in the “CD” age I was totalling ignorant. After learning how to DJ from two turntables and a mixer, (no timecodes, just Beastie Boys and Fat Boys records, etc) I began working at Domin’s Pizza for a year, then bought my first turntables. I got gigs using those Numark tables then eventualy upgraded to professional equipment with better catridges and Turntable. Today, I am now awaiting the release of the Numark NS7 II because it allows you to manipulate new technology while still having that old school vinyl feel. I respect all DJs because this craft if not an easy one to master, but the time, hard work, and effort gets you respect in this world! One can go pick up a $90 DJ Controller from the store and call themselves a DJ but where is the heart and truth in that? I say all this to conclude, I LOVED the blog and DJing is a journey, not just an expensive hobby.

    Miss DJ Kollapse

    @missdj_kollapse (instagram&twitter)

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    good shit and agree with you 100%

  • DJ 420

    Very Well Put. Keepin It 100%

  • Dj Frisco

    I have been doing this since 1979, Yes I miss my twelves, I do not miss all those crates. I love my hard drive. I have respect for any dj that can catch a beat and put it in da mix no matter how you do it as long as you move the crowd…….

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    Without djs the artists would be silenced in the streets!

  • DJ Swisser

    I use to turntables, although digital. I havent been DJing for 10 or 20 yrs, but no matter what you do as a DJ you gotta respect the craft. Ive taught myself to juggle the plates a bit and have mastered at blending. Otherwise just refer to yourself as someone who plays music at parties for a quick buck. Im not saying you have to be a expert on scratching and kick ass transitions but I gotta agree without 2 decks the term DJ shouldnt be in your system.

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    My G!!!!!! Great post!!!!!



  • SeldomSeen

    Love this blog, every word is truth! To earn the title of DJ, you have to know how to work the vinyl, bottom line. I started DJing in ’80 and I still prefer my 12’s over any other equipment. Carrying crates, setting up the equipment, putting flyers, all that is part of the labor of love for the art.

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    Very good post OG. Trill talk.

  • same here. I worked my self on up. started with CD’s tobehonest but started DJin at age 12. very young & till age 16 – 19. when I started getting older my bro finally let me use his vinyls for the first time.

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    I respect the Art at all times. but with me I like to stream thru different equipments when at the house DJin. I remember when I first used vinyls. soon as I got that needle on that record, I already learned with out my bro teaching me, I was shocked at that time when I Was 17yrs old, I always asked help me this & that but when it came to the vinyls for the first time. & I’m still young, 20yrs old. doing this since 12yrs old.

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  • its crazy how we started so young and still respect the art of djing no matter how much the game changes from vinyl to cd or mp3! What vinyls did you begin using?

  • I know right, I got hella history when djin very young. I started using the Stanton Str8-80 vinyls. & I used my bros other DJ Equipment used for Serato, also is Stanton

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    I agree with this blog completely. When my cousins and I decided we all wanted to DJ we took my aunts old record player and used it as turntables. The scratching wasn’t as effective but we came up on equipment little by little. Much respect.

  • well said!

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    the vantage point of coming up the way a lot of us did is we are able to improvise, adapt & overcome..when it comes to the different situations that may arise from deejaying. in “The New Reality”, the come up is so different, if something happened to the usual set’s almost like you might as well cancel the function. Much respect to all those who feel this blog.



  • DJ Kee

    I Say Bull shit!!! 8 tracks to Cds to Mp3s I say this again and again the equipment do not and will not make you a REAL DJ! its the soul of the music that flows to the people in the crowd.. the right of passage??? what world do you live in…. carrying a box or a crate for another dj was just work and thats all it was… I carried 1 bag for a DJ that I learn from.. I did not and don’t have to carry 20 bags to learn my craft nor lug around turntables it will be cool to learn the accent art of Scratching at home cause people today.. in the clubs I play don’t want to hear that shit…. all I need is my music= soul to create the art of making people have fun and bust a move to all I play.. PS.. I met Kool Herc spoke to him for 1hr and I asked Him what do you think of hiphop today… you know what he said? “I don’t listen to that bullshit!” and thats what I feel about a Dj saying ohhh to be a real Dj you gotta have turntables… move on!!!

  • Dj-Tonex

    its guys like you is why every jackass with some mp3s can call themselves a Dj…..dude drop dj from your name cause your a human ipod playlist not a dj.

  • DJ Taurian

    As a DJ who’s really just getting started, I respect everything you just said and I appreciate it. But I haven’t had the opportunity to learn from another Dj before me. Everything I’m learning now, I’m learning on my own. The culture has been so filled with competition that the older DJs don’t rock with the younger generation for some reason. Or maybe that’s just my neck of the woods. Everything I’m learning from the past and present, I’m learning on my own. How can a young DJ learn to respect the History of his craft if no one is willing to work with him?

  • DJ Taurian

    As bad as i want to learn how to rock on a pair of 1200s, I never have. My first set was a pair of CDJs. And i often feel like I’m cheating myself by not knowing how to rock a pair of 1200s.