2014. szept. 15.

Munkaköri leírás - What does a DJ do?

Ki az a "disc jockey", és mit csinál tulajdonképpen?
A válasz nem egyszerű, és nem egyértelmű!
Vagy be kell érni a legáltalánosabb definícióval: zenét játszik.
Ez viszont azért helytelen, mert nem különbözteti meg pl. a zenészektől vagy akár a zenehallgatóktól, akik ugyancsak "zenét játszanak".
Elkerülhetetlen tehát a részletesebb meghatározás, ami választ ad a mit, mivel, hogyan, hol, mikor, kinek... kérdésekre is.
Így az is kiderül, hogy kit NEM nevezhetünk DJ-nek!

Job Description for Disc Jockey (DJ)

Traditionally, a disc jockey (DJ) has been an on-air broadcaster who selected music to air on a radio station and chatted between songs. However, this job has changed substantially over the last 30 years. Radio stations now often use centralized network programming transmitted by satellite or the Internet, so most DJs work at music clubs, special events, and parties, especially for weddings and similar private occasions.
A good DJ needs to have professional equipment unless he or she exclusively works in venues that already provide it. This frequently consists of a PA (public address) system with speakers and microphones, as well as turntables and computers, tablets, and other digital media players. While versatile disc jockeys still perform hands-on work with vinyl records and professional turntables, in many situations, digital music solutions offer a more consistent and flexible set of options.

The other important skill for a DJ is the ability to communicate effectively. A good DJ needs to fully understand the expected audience at an event or party that he or she is hired to provide music for. This is of paramount importance with weddings; the bride and groom are likely to have a planned music list, and it is up to the DJ to make sure that it is executed to their expectations.

Most disc jockeys tend to work as self-employed freelancers, making themselves known and available to party and wedding planners. Music and dance clubs, as well as exhibition and party halls, may also hire dedicated disc jockeys to work for their establishments as well. Disc jockeys tend to work evenings and late nights during the week, with weekend nights being especially heavily booked.
Disc Jockey (DJ) Tasks
  • Maintain up-to-date musical inventory for a variety of categories such as classic top 40, dance oriented rock, Latin, classic disco, reggae, and classic rock.
  • Teach line dance lessons, perform backstage tours, and announce bands.
  • Create a fun, musical environment appropriate for each event.
  • Serve as disc jockey in various lounges or nightclubs.

Starting as little more than a talking jukebox, the DJ is now a premier entertainer, producer, businessman, and musician in his own right. 
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

disc jockey acts as the master of ceremonies at social events. Disc jockeys play the music, break the ice so guests dance and have a good time, and keep the party flowing. They work mostly on weekends, focusing on weddings, bar mitzvahs and birthdays.
Disc jockeys usually bring their own equipment and music library, working their banter and playlist into the specifications of the clients. Business ideas such as becoming an independent disc jockey can be a terrific part- or full-time home business for someone with a passion for music.

What does a DJ do?

Disc jockeys (DJs) present, mix and link recorded music for a live or radio audience. They use a wide variety of equipment varying in sophistication including turntables and mixers; tape decks; amplifiers and headphones; graphic equalisers; lighting effects; and multimedia and sound processors.
There are three main types of DJ:
Radio DJs are broadcast presenters that work at radio stations providing links between music tracks. Links are filled with, for example:
  • conversation, anecdotes or jokes
  • phone-ins
  • adverts
  • news, weather and traffic items
  • interviews.
Radio DJs usually present a programme that reflects their personality and musical interests. They use mixing techniques, improvisation and work to a tight timing schedule. For more detailed information on radio work see TV/Radio Presenter.
Club DJs mix music and use other techniques to create a performance for a dance audience. They need to be aware of the venue’s music policy and their clientele. Techniques they may use include:
  • pitch control
  • scratching
  • drop and MP3 mixing
  • cross fading
  • beat matching and juggling
  • effects processing
  • sampling and sequencing.
Mobile DJs provide musical entertainment at weddings, parties and other social events. They try to create a fun atmosphere by being the Master of Ceremonies (MC). They normally provide their own records (vinyl and CDs) and equipment.
Depending on the role, DJs may be required to market and promote themselves.


Job roles of a Disc Jockey

It will be considered wise to understand what it entails to be a Disc Jockey,
so below are a few roles you can expect to take on if you decide to become
a Disc Jockey.
1) Announces radio program of musical selections: Selects phonograph or
tape recording to be played based on program specialty, knowledge of
audience taste, or listening audience requests.
2) Comments on music and other matters of interest to audience, such as
weather, time, or traffic conditions.
3) May interview musical personalities.
4) May interview members of listening audience who telephone musical
5) May specialize in one type of music, such as classical, pop, rock, or
country and western.
6) May write entries onto log to provide information on all elements aired
during broadcast, such as musical selections and station promotions.
7) May be designated Combination Operator when operating transmitter or
control console.