Professional DJ work has come a long way from the days of a pair of record players and some speakers. Evolving from a system that allowed DJs to quickly cue new songs, DJ Arts and Technology is now practically its own sort of musical performance. A DJ booth will now have not just turntables, but a switchboard and probably a computer or even a tablet. While in the past a record made the best tool for easily manipulation of sound, these days, most music is in digital formats that at highly suited to creative mixing and blending.
At its heart, a DJ must be able to sync music to a beat that moves the crowd and suits their mood. The turn tables that are a traditional tool provide a means of tactile feedback, although in the past record players provided a means to ply the work of a DJ completely manually. DJ Arts and Technology has evolved considerably since then, unmooring a DJ from a club setting, and has also set new standards for live broadcast on television (generally as a VJ or video Jockey) and radio. These days the may also mix music for recording and later popular consumption. A DJ can become as big a star as a regular musician.
Possible career paths for DJ Arts and Technology include:
- Venue DJ
- Freelance DJ and Announcer
- Studio Sound Designer
- Radio Broadcaster