The DJ from the 40s to Nowadays - He makes us dance and have fun, creating original music sequences and mixing different songs together. We are speaking about the DJ, and this is his history, in brief.
When you go to the disco or attend an electronic music
concert, much of your fun is due to the DJ who works at the console, who use a
Behringer mixer, for example, and who chooses the songs to mix and play trying
to make everybody dance and have fun.
Through the years the figure of DJ has definitely
changed: in the beginning DJs were “only” those who played the records, but
nowadays and especially when we speak about famous and appreciated DJs, we
speak about professionals that can be considered as real stars, exactly like
popstars and rock musicians. A popular DJ can fill arenas and squares like a
famous band, creating music events that can attract thousands of people, not to
speak about the sold records, which often compete against those of rock and
popstars for the top of the chart.
Although you might say that they look like ultramodern
figures born of the epoch we live in, actually they originated a long time ago.
Someone says that the first DJs were born along with the first radio
experiments, but it is with the opening of the first discotheques in France
that the first DJs are supposed to be born. The epoch we are speaking about is
the one of the German occupation of France, when the first discotheques began
to rise, places where people could dance and listen to blues and jazz music
coming from the States, in spite of the German prohibition to spread music
coming from the States. In these first discotheques there was need for someone
to choose and play records, and this is how the DJs were born. However, these
people began to be called DJ only later on: it was in the 1960s, in the States,
that the term disc jockey was coined, a term that we still use to refer to the
person that works at the console and mixing desk.
Through the years the tasks, as well as the importance
of DJs, have changed a lot, and while in the beginning the disc jockey was
simply the person in charge of playing the records that had been bought by the
club, with the passing of time he has turned into a more and more autonomous
figure, decisive for the success of the club or the event. Also the instruments
that have been used by DJs have obviously changed, and nowadays disc jockeys
use a number of accessories, from headphones to mixing console. A huge
contribution to the development of the figure of the DJ was certainly given in
the 70s by the huge popularity of disco music, but it was in the 90s, with the
development of dance, house and techno music, that the most popular DJs began
to be seen as real stars, capable of having a number of fans willing to follow
them wherever they went, exactly as happens to bands and musicians when they
are on tour.
Well, here are explained the origin of DJs and their
developments throughout history. Next time you go to the disco or you attend a
live event, you will probably look at the artist of the console in a different
way, thinking about the ancient origin of this figure and the changes that he
has gone through before he began to make us dance and have fun!
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