Disc Jockey (DJ) is a performer who plays recorded music in front of the live audience. DJ should have a taste for music and also knowledgeable database of music. DJ selects and plays music for people to dance to and enjoy, in clubs, pubs, restaurants, discos, events, celebratory events such as parties & weddings and wherever there is a need for music. The job of a DJ is to entertain audience and keep them in the party mood.
The demand and popularity of DJs is huge on the international circuit. Though, still in a very primitive stage, Djing is getting extremely popular and growing at a rapid pace in our country Nepal. The Djing will continue to get popular as everyone loves music and it is a very important aspect of our culture and has been present in our lives for centuries. Djing complements our cultural celebrations hence it is here to stay.
Like in any other profession, experience is a plus point to the DJ. Understanding the nature and mood of the crowd is most important. It is also important for a DJ to be able to use wide range of different equipments in different venues (sound systems, audio devices, mixers and so on) with confidence. DJing requires a wide range of skills like a good ear for rhythm, a sense of timing, technical ability, good inter-personal skills and creative talent for mixing music. DJ should have bundle of energy to motivate crowd.
Some of the noted names in this profession are DJ Paul Van DYK, DJ Enferno, DJ Skribble, DJ David Guetta, and DJ Armin Van Burren in America and DJ TAVO, DJ NYK, DJ ICE and DJ Naren in India. Some of the popular names in Nepal are DJ Raju, DJ Ankit, DJ Tantrik ,DJ Bijay etc.
Formal educational is not necessary to become a DJ. But DJ must have sound knowledge of music and be able to operate gadgets. Most importantly, he should have passion and taste for music. Any background in music will be a plus point. In addition, a DJ must keep himself updated with the latest in music.