Disk Jockeys(DJs) play music for audiences at live venues, or entertain radio audiences.
DJ may use various formats including vinyl, CD or MP3, and a range of equipment such as turntables, mixers, microphones and amplifiers.
- 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
- play and mix records in clubs or bars, to create atmosphere or keep people dancing
- choose music to suit your audience’s taste and the venue’s music policy
- work with an MC who raps or sings over the music.
Radio DJ or presenter:
- 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’)
- 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
- discuss ideas with the producer, write scripts and prepare playlists for future shows.
Many music radio DJs also perform live as club DJs.
As a mobile DJ you would provide music and atmosphere at social events such as weddings and parties. You would take your own equipment and music to each venue you played at.