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 EndShadow
Joined: 9/20/2011
Msg: 120
Is a DJ a musician?Page 9 of 9    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
I'd have to agree with most people on here who say that a DJ is not a musician, but more so an entertainer even though I'm struggling to try and become one myself. I'm what you call "musically dangerous". I know just enough to pick apart what I think is wrong and piss you off to no end. LOL. I do have a great deal of respect for those that can play an instrument both unplugged and amped however, mostly because as someone said before, I can't play an instrument to save my life.

However on the flip side, I will argue (yes long sentence coming up) that it takes a good portion of talent and patience to be able to find a song in the playlist, put it on a deck, and then while that song is playing, find another song you can play next, program a stutter marker, match speeds while making sure the pitch isn't too far off, look up sound bits and effects to overlay in deck one, time the scratches right (if any), time the use of effects, play with the EQ so that no one frequency is too overpowering, and making sure you're ready to cross fade to the next song all while a dude off to the side is screaming at you over the music to play something he has on his iPod that you have no control over which is probably 50+ bpm slower or faster than the song you're playing because his girlfriend’s friend’s cousin likes it and wants to hear it RIGHT NOW. Then do all that in the space of about a minute.

Is a shorter answer, weather you're spinning vinyl or plucking steel, it takes talent

 DJ Bones
Joined: 3/6/2006
Msg: 122
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Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 10/23/2011 1:43:24 AM
I'm a dj and I just do it for the cash as I just don't care about the question if a dj is a musician or not but without a dj who will play the tunes in a club where there are no bands hmmmmm just a thought
 Hippiekinkster
Joined: 1/7/2010
Msg: 123
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 11/1/2011 4:28:27 PM
"I suppose a "professional" is anyone that gets paid to do something. A lot of musicians don't have basic skills though. It's like a chef that has no basics but gets paid to deep fry things. So, he's a professional chef, but he doesn't have basic culinary skills."

No, he's a cook. He's merely a technician, just like a DJ.

ALL Musicians have basic skills, by definition. Not being able to read or transcribe doesn't prevent a musician from playing an instrument.
 THEKidWicked
Joined: 8/9/2010
Msg: 124
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 11/1/2011 5:14:32 PM

A lot of musicians don't have basic skills though.

ALL Musicians have basic skills, by definition.


so..........ya wanna make up your mind?
 Hippiekinkster
Joined: 1/7/2010
Msg: 125
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 11/3/2011 4:05:30 PM
Make up my mind? About what?
 THEKidWicked
Joined: 8/9/2010
Msg: 128
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 12/8/2011 6:26:46 PM
i'm a musician AND a producer. YOU haven't got a clue what a producer does. you're talking about programers.
"Producers are traditionally responsible for making sure that everything that needs to happen for the project to be finished is accomplished. Generally during the negotiation process a producer will come up with an estimated cost for producing the project, which includes an itemized budget for things like studio time, paying session players, any royalties or licensing fees, renting a glockenspiel, and removing the green M&Ms from the candy jars. If that budget is approved by whomever is supplying the funds (which can be the producer, the artist, or a label), then any costs that go over are usually the producer’s responsibility. If the project comes in under budget, then usually the producer can pocket the difference. The producer chooses what studios are right for the budget and needs of the session (a large open space with a pool in the middle of an enchanted forest or a no-frills nose-to-the-grind basement in the middle of Manhattan?), what musicians are appropriate, how long to spend on the project, what engineer would get the best result, etc. Some experienced and successful producers will actually front the entire cost of the project, effectively acting as a temporary record label. Others will not invest any of their own money in the project – only their reputation will be on the line."
 RedElectric
Joined: 11/8/2011
Msg: 129
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 12/21/2011 12:42:12 PM
i think if they're using turn tables, or some sort of mixer then yes, but a computer or playlist dj, mmm nah
 kevin4you1
Joined: 5/15/2005
Msg: 130
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 3/8/2012 9:46:20 PM
Yes its more than a talent its difficult talent especially when you r a karaoke and DJ owner you have to know music and know how to sing and have a voice know how to read a crowd so yes we r musicians DJ kick it
 THEKidWicked
Joined: 8/9/2010
Msg: 131
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 3/9/2012 7:46:33 PM

Yes its more than a talent its difficult talent especially when you r a karaoke and DJ owner you have to know music and know how to sing and have a voice know how to read a crowd so yes we r musicians DJ kick it


that made me stupid just by trying to understand it.


k.w.
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 UKTom2
Joined: 8/24/2010
Msg: 132
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Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 5/8/2012 4:06:28 PM
A good DJ will have musical appreciation, yes. That's not the same as being a musician though.
 playfulpete
Joined: 2/23/2007
Msg: 133
Is a DJ a musician?
Posted: 5/18/2012 11:45:52 AM
Drummer,s are musicians,a DJ isn,t.Example of a drummer being a musician...Neil Peart of Rush.He writes most of their song and music .
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