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Becoming a DJ

If you want to learn how to rock the turntables, spin records and drop on the ones, then read on to find out how you can become a DJ!

DJs - DJs in Da Hiz-ouse!

If you've never stepped in front of a turntable before, then you'll need to get schooled in the basics of DJing. One of the best DJ schools in North America with some of the best DJs in the world is Scratch DJ Academy, which has locations in New York and LA. They'll teach you how to mix, blend, scratch and beat juggle, and tell you how to start or enhance your career as a DJ. If you already have the skills and just want to jump in, then visit radio stations and clubs to get your foot in the door. But before you do, pick out a cool DJ name for yourself that says something about who you are. Some great DJs with great names have included Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Kool DJ Red Alert.

DJs - Equipment You'll Need

If you wanna be a DJ, you've got to have the right mixing equipment.
  • The music (vinyl records, CDs, MP3s).
  • Two turntables (or decks).
  • A sound system for amplifying the music, like portable speakers.
  • A mixer to mix the sounds from the two decks.
  • Microphone.
  • Headphones to listen to one recording while the other is playing.
  • Other types of equipment can be added, like samplers, drum machines and laptop computers.
  • DJs - Techniques

    DJs use several techniques to manipulate their music, including cutting (originated by Grandmaster Flash to cue up duplicate copies of the same record in order to play the same passage, cutting back and forth between them), scratching (moving a vinyl record back and forth with your hand while it's playing on a turntable) and beatmatching (matching up the beats of two different songs).

    DJs - Types of Disc Jockeys

  • Radio DJs - A radio disc jockey selects and plays music that's broadcast on the radio.
  • Club DJs - A club disc jockey selects and plays music in clubs. The setting can range anywhere from a small club, a neighborhood party, a disco, a rave or even a stadium.
  • Hip Hop DJs - A hip hop disc jockey selects and plays music as a hip hop artist and/or performer, often backing up one or more MCs.
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  • More Job and Career 411!
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    What Type of DJ Do You Want to Be?

    • Radio DJ.
    • Club DJ.
    • Hip hop DJ.

    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
    reply about 22 hours
    liddielover
    i hate my little sister because i get introuble for her and lose my friends to her.is that wrong?
    reply about 23 hours
    skylar245
    skylar245 posted in Friends:
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help. ​No one listens to me anyway but my friends
    reply 3 days
    rainbowpoptart
    rainbowpoptart posted in Friends:
    "skylar245" wrote:Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help.
    reply 3 days
    skylar245
    skylar245 posted in Friends:
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: My bus driver does NOTHING about it EVEN IF HE SEE'S IT! he only wrote the two girls up but not the girl that hit me Then report them to a teacher or the school counselor. Behaviour like that is not acceptable in the slightest. ​Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible
    reply 3 days