What do DJs actually do on stage with that record player type machine of theirs?


What do DJs actually do on stage with that record player type machine of theirs?

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They choose what to play next, get it ready while another song is playing, and make it play at the same time as the other song, briefly, creating a fairly seamless transition. The blending of the songs involves adjusting the tempo and pitch (nowadays that can be done separately), and other fancy tricks.

Depends on the type of DJ, but basically they mix music tracks together harmoniously so that all of the tracks flow into each other smoothly and there is never a lull in the party where the speakers go silent. DJs also judge the crowd and choose their music carefully so as to manipulate the energy in the room and keep everyone feeling in tune with the music.

DJs also do light remixing of the songs that are playing, sometimes adding samples, scratches or effects to the songs to liven up music that people have already heard before.


Also sometimes… DJs are [fake](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b-VvAkH8xE). They make the mix of music ahead of time and just play it, pretending to be mixing the songs live.

DJs generally use two or more players (CD, USB, or record players) and a mixer.

You can use the mixer to change the volume coming from each player. The mixer can usually also provide adjustable EQ and other effects (reverb, delay, etc). The mixer also allows you to listen to the different players on headphones without the audience being able to hear them so you can get them ready behind the scenes.

if we’re talking about the modern style players, you can put a song on each player (from a CD or from a USB drive if it is a more modern player). Then the player allows you to play and stop the song like a normal CD player would. It also has special features such as you can also slow the song down or speed it up (aka pitch adjustment) and you can shift the position of the song forward and backward in time (aka jogging the song).

You use these functions to get the two songs to have the same tempo (by using the pitch adjustment) and to be synchronized (by jogging the song). Then you use the mixer to blend the volume of the two songs or apply filters and other effects to make them sound good together for a moment before moving on to the next song.

The quintessential thing is to play song 1 out loud from player 1. Then put song 2 on player 2 and listen to it on the headphones. Get it lined up to song 1. Then bring up the volume of song 2 so the audience can hear both songs. Then lower the volume of song 1 until you can only hear song 2. Then you’d do it again, with a new song. This way there’s music going constantly so people can dance continuously the entire time. **This is a simplification, there are many styles to mixing songs and making transitions between songs, but this is generally considered the most basic and essential style. **

Modern “DJs” (mDJs) who mix digital music tracks together aren’t really DJs (DJs), since they don’t jockey disks.

Instead, mDJs mimic a motif that resembles the actions and movements of real DJs whose performances required the selection, ordering, beatmatching, cueing, and seamless mixing — in real-time — of music on vinyl records.

Electronic music tracks on vinyl were usually only a few minutes in length. An hour-long set might require a DJ to mix in 5 or more songs, each on their own records. While adding artistic EQ flourishes and transitions, the DJ also had to remove the old record from the platter, put it away, take out the new album and mount it, set the needle, listen to the new song’s beat and adjust platter speed to *perfectly* synchronize it with the currently playing track, then cue up the record to the beginning of the song and wait for the right (and only right) instant to drop the beat and begin mixing in the new song, before the currently playing song ends! Vinyl DJing was a busy job.

Machines that help mDJs manipulate and mix together digital tracks using physical devices such as spinning encoder plates and beat speed sliders exist only to let the mDJ’s movements resemble the performative flourishes traditional DJ’s would add while performing tasks needed to run their set.