DJs (disc jockeys) play recorded music for audiences on the radio, internet or at live venues. They often make original mixes of two or more tracks of music. DJs use vinyl records, CDs or MP3s and other digital music files to play the music.
There are three main types of DJ, although there is often an overlap in the types:
- Club DJs
- Radio DJs
- Mobile DJs.
Some DJs are skilled in playing an instrument, singing or rapping. DJs spend many hours listening to a wide variety of music. They often specialise in a particular type of music. DJs usually work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
Different types of DJs will have to perform slightly different functions. For example, club DJs:
- Play and mix records to encourage people to dance or to keep an atmosphere
- Use additional equipment such as drum machines, synthesisers and sound processors to produce their own unique sounds
- •Enhance their performance by creating their own mixes using short samples of music, or loops, and manipulating the beat.
Radio DJs have to perform some of the same tasks, but may also:
- Keep an entertaining flow of conversation within very tight time slots
- Provide links between records, which may involve audience participation through phone-ins, emails and text messages
- Conduct interviews with guests on a range of subjects.
- Work at parties and special events, such as weddings and birthday celebrations
- Provide music and conversation links for a wide range of tastes and age groups.