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Dj’ing

Now that the vinyl re­vival is in full swing, many of us may re­gret hav­ing thrown out our record play­ers and given away our old sin­gles and LP records. But this has led to a new kind of retro act: the vinyl DJ. Es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with those who bought the orig­i­nal vinyl al­bums, a vinyl DJ can ex­pect to be booked for “spe­cial” birthday par­ties (50, 55, 60…), as well as wed­ding an­niver­saries and lo­cal events. If lucky, they may even get a reg­u­lar-pay­ing gig, such as a pub res­i­dency.

A good DJ will of­fer a the­atri­cal show to get peo­ple in the mood, and not just pro­vide wall­pa­per mu­sic. He or she will in­volve the lis­ten­ers by telling hu­mor­ous sto­ries or anecdotes, pro­vid­ing in­ter­est­ing facts and back­ground in­for­ma­tion about the songs or artists they are play­ing, and also en­cour­age peo­ple to dance — or, if they pre­fer, sim­ply sit and watch and lis­ten to the show.

Suc­cess­ful DJS not only show their own love of, and en­thu­si­asm for, mu­sic: they also brand them­selves and their work. They may have a par­tic­u­lar stage set-up of lights, ta­bles and pro­jected im­ages, and wear a rec­og­niz­able stage cos­tume. And they prob­a­bly have a stage name and per­sona as well as an orig­i­nal logo and brand. All this might even lead them to become a mem­ber of an ac­tors’ union.

In or­der to tai­lor the show to the cus­tomer’s wishes, the DJ meets the client a few weeks be­fore the event to find out about their taste in mu­sic, whether there are any songs that have a spe­cial mean­ing for them and what mu­sic they’d like for their first dance if it’s a wed­ding or an­niver­sary. If the book­ing is for a char­ity or other or­ga­ni­za­tion, the DJ will try to put to­gether a set that is rel­e­vant to the event being cel­e­brated.

Dur­ing the gig, which of­ten lasts for any­thing from two to five hours, the DJ will usu­ally take re­quests and fit these into the set when pos­si­ble. The DJ might use a spe­cial re­quest as a con­nec­tion between mu­sic gen­res or to change the pace of the mu­sic.

Un­like an Ibiza club DJ, who may carry all his mu­sic in his pocket on a flash drive, the vinyl DJ must care­fully con­sider which of his thou­sands of heavy records to take along to each gig. And play­ing at a va­ri­ety of venues means that the stage must be set up be­fore each show. This can in­volve a lot of time and the need for a strong as­sis­tant.

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