I have come to a few realizations lately and wanted to just flesh some thoughts out. It's basically the debate on what makes a "real Dj" and a "bedroom Dj." So I'll start with my own thoughts and I'm sure they will be up for debate. I used to be a bit of a snob when it came to which software you used. As someone who was an early adopter of Scratch Live I used to look at people that were using Virtual Dj or PC Dj as less of a Dj. I now realize that is not accurate. Listen the bottom line is what comes out of the speakers and if the crowd is having a good time. The real talent is playing the right song at the right time and making sure they sound like a "Per4mance" and not just playing a song then pushing play and train wrecking. I do believe that there is difference with a "sync button" though. That is taking away the art of djing. If there is a sync feature where does that leave our value as Djs? So I guess the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Here's a story that made me wake up a little bit. I had the opportunity to spin on Technic 1200s a few times in my career which I don't use on a daily basis. Some people would say that because I don't use 1200s that I'm not a "real" dj. That's fine too. I use Denon 3700 digital turn-tables with Serato and a Pioneer Djm-600 mixer. I know that most club djs use the Rane TT-57 mixer and 1200s. I have a lot of respect for them after using 1200s lately. I have a lot of reasons for not using 1200s and a 57 mixer. First of which is weight and second is they seem like a pain in the ass by having to replace vinyl and needles and calbrating. I feel they don't give me the flexibility that I'd like. Now some people might say that about controllers as opposed to digital or vinyl tables. My feeling on that is this... I do feel there needs to be some hands on to what we do. Button pushing and hitting sync buttons takes no skill what so ever.
On to my next topic which is scratching. I feel that this subject is also highly debateable. Here's my thought pretty simply. If you're not good at it, don't do it in a public setting!! Look the bottom line is this; the general public does not care if you can scratch or not. If you're not good at it, they will care! Scratching can be super annoying if not done right or over done. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a scratch dj by any means but I do respect the guys that are. Some of my biggest influences are "turntablists" it's just not an area that I personally focus on. There is a very limited audience for it (mostly other Djs) and very few venues you should scratch in. For the majority of my per4mances which are mobile it just doesn't fit. If it doesn't enhance the show then what's the point? I go back to my original point which is, the bottom line is what comes out of the speakers. I say that to say this.
Be a master at what you do best whether that is programming, beat matching, scratching, remixing, or just throwing a kick ass party with a awesome personality. As for the things you are not good at, challenge yourself and be a master at them as well with practice. Just please, don't practice to a packed house with people that came to have a good time. Those people are there to dance, drink, & have fun and not to hear you work out the kinks on your crab scratch. There is a time and a place for everything. Now if you'll excuse me I have to work on my beat juggling.