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A DJ's job is to combine the music and all the elements necessary for their performance into one fluid package which can be easily swallowed by all of his or her's listeners. For some DJs this includes talk and games, while for others it means spinning the latest and greatest to the hippest people in town.

A DJ (disc jockey) takes many forms. The three most common forms is: Radio DJs, Mobile DJs, and Club DJs. All three share the common goal of providing an entertainment for a wide variety of people through various means, mostly however, through music. Mobile DJs are the most common. They generally work parties and special events (ie: weddings, birthdays, etc.) onsite. The task of radio DJ is to make sure there is never any dead air time by filling it with either their words, or music. Club DJs can be found in large music clubs. They have a very specific clientele (age group wise) and are expected to play the latest and greatest all the time. This sort of DJing often requires the most technical know-how on mixing since style and uniqueness.

CD's vs. Vinyl question has been beatign DJ world for long time. This question has been beaten to death by both sides already. Both sides present good arguments, but the bottom line is that the issue is a holy war in which no one will sway the other. It is useless to discuss a topic in which no one gains anything from it.

There are many different ways how a DJ can mix the pieces of music to form a continuous flow of music. Here are some mixing techniques:

  • Beat mixing: DJ matches the beat of the the new song to one already plaing (methods to do this include changing of record playback and adjusting timing). When the beats of different pices of music, the DJ does crossfade to the new song. This is a very normal DJ technique and there are manu variations of this used (for example keeping two songs playing a the same time for some time etc.)
  • Slam: When a piece of music is ending, you change to a new piece of music with sam BPM. When the first pice of music ends, you do a quick change. The idea is to have feeling that the first beats of a new song continue the earlier song without that the songs will play at the same time.
  • Radio fade: You fade the music that is going out at any place in the song. The fading music can be heard on the background when the new song starts.
The mixing style comes from knowing those tricks, combining them in a good way and practicing so that you can do whatever you do well.

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