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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You’d entertain people and get them dancing by playing music at in clubs, at events, or on the radio.
You’d select music you think the audience will like. You’d use different formats including vinyl, CD or MP3, and a range of equipment such as turntables, mixers, microphones and amplifiers to play it.
You’d need to play the music, get the next tracks ready and perhaps respond to requests or chat with radio guests, while operating the equipment.
As a club DJ you would play and mix records in clubs or bars, to create a fun atmosphere or keep people dancing. You’d choose music to suit your audience’s taste and the venue’s music policy.
- Operate lighting and visual effects in time to the beat
- Create your own sounds by manipulating beats, using samples, adding extra music and sound effects
- Work with an MC who raps or sings over the music
As a radio DJ or presenter, you would present a radio programme in your own style.
- Choose the music to be played
- Keep up an entertaining and natural flow of chat
- Interact with the audience through phone-ins, emails, texts and social media
- Keep to a very tight timing schedule
- Interview studio guests
- Operate studio equipment to play music, pre-recorded news, jingles and advertisements - known as ‘driving the desk’
- Discuss ideas with the producer, write scripts and prepare playlists for future shows
Many radio DJs also perform live as club DJs.
As a mobile DJ you would play music at social events such as weddings and parties. You would take your own equipment and music to each venue you played at. You’d probably discuss the music choices with the people organising the event.
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