Press Release: DJ Styles

Not all DJs are created equal. With different goals and functions, different clientele, and different musical and performance styles, every DJ’s secret recipe for success is unique. Finding the right equipment for your particular style is crucial. From enhancing your performance to polishing your stage presence, quality DJ equipment can take you from total zero to beatbox hero. Check out your DJ genre to find out how to pull off a professional appearance and sophisticated performance.
Club DJs Club DJs have one thing on their mind: Creating seamless transitions between songs that keep the dancers bumping all night. If you’re lucky enough to have a regular gig at a club, you’re probably already familiar with the clientele’s music preferences and can make your playlists in advance. A good club will have a lighting system and PA system for you to use. If you’re not that lucky, or if you’re a club owner starting your business, the right DJ equipment is a basic necessity to keep the club-goers happy. What you’ll need: • A good amp with a minimum of 350 watts. • A high-channel mixer with a minimum of 12 channels and inputs for mp3 and CD players. • A high-quality PA system with at least four microphones. • A couple of 15 to18-inch full-range speakers. The amount and size of speakers you need depends on the size of the room. • A professional DJ workstation and stool (for when you need to take a break). • Durable cases for all of your equipment. Again, your needs will depend on the existing equipment the club has available. Everything else – the energy level, beatmixing, and music selection – is up to you.
Hip Hop DJs Born out of the hip hop movement in the 70s and encompassing the likes of Grandmaster Flash and DJ Jazzy Jeff, hip hop DJs are some of the most inventive, in-demand DJs. As a modern art form, “turntablism” refers to the stylish hip-hop sensation created by scratching, beatmixing, and beat juggling. Working mainly on turntables, a hip hop DJ’s equipment must accommodate these sophisticated sound effects. What you’ll need: • Two industry-grade turntables and a vinyl music library. • Some extra record needles. • A two-channel mixer for mixing different audio elements. • A set of headphones for beatmixing, especially if you’re going to be in a club or loud environment. That’s it! A hip hop DJ’s tools may be simple compared to the flashier equipment of other types of DJs, but the finesse for mixing a cool urban beat can’t be bought except through constant practice.
Mobile DJs From wedding receptions to school dances to corporate events, mobile DJs have to be masters in flexibility. Often serving as the MC, lighting director, sound engineer, and coordinator for each event, the job of a mobile DJ is all-encompassing. Aside from having an extensive library of pre-recorded, crowd-pleasing music, mobile DJs need to have their own high-grade equipment that is compact and easy to transport from site to site. What you’ll need: • A laptop with music files, CD player, or turntables with your own music library. • A professional-looking DJ workstation. • A minimum two- or four-channel mixer; the smaller the mixer, the more portable it is. • Your own 100 watt amp and at least two 10-inch speakers may be ok for weddings, but some school dances require a larger sound system than a night club. Just imagine 1,000 kids in a high school gym! That’s a bigger crowd than most night clubs ever see. • A mic system with stands – a wireless system eliminates extraneous electrical cords. • Your own lighting effects; try something small and portable to beef up your performance, like a police beacon or the ultra-versatile Stage Ape FABFOUR-F chasing lights package.
Remember, weight and ease-of use should be your priority. Look for equipment that allows you to get in and get out quickly without sacrificing quality.