Here is just a few of the many different types of DJs out there.
Mobile DJs generally play a huge range of music at a wide range of events. One night they may be a wedding DJ playing classic wedding songs or providing background music. Another night they could be at a fireworks party working up the crowd, playing loud music and generally getting an exciting atmosphere going. Mobile DJs take all kinds of work from parties to receptions to dances to charity events or even private parties.
They tend to have a huge range of equipment from turntables to CDJs as well as a whole host of large speaker set ups and lighting rigs. A van is required to be a mobile DJ just to move everything about. A good mobile DJ will have lasers and different types of lights as well as smoke machines. Some mobile DJs even take up on other responsibilities such as emceeing, event coordination or setting up for an event.
HIP HOP DJ'S
Hip-Hop DJs create music on the fly (as in not pre recorded) using different mixers, turntables or CDJs. They may use pre recorded music but will mix tracks to create new parts to a tune or to change pace. Most DJs will use a pre recorded song and then have an effects disc that contains hundreds of different samples to overlay over the top.
The club DJ is normally an individual who plays songs within bars, clubs, discos or at raves. There are a couple of different types of club DJs. Some will have a pre-made set list of tracks that they will play through the night, hardly touching the decks whilst others will constantly change what they are playing to get the crowd moving, performing mixes, beat matches as well as controlling the speed and volume of the track. Most club DJs will use equipment provided to them by the bar or club they are performing in, so this can sometimes mean playing with knackered equipment or something you may not be as familiar with.
The radio DJ, everyone knows that this is. They’ll generally pick songs on a computer to play whilst also keeping the audience entertained with stories, news or just general chit chat. Radio DJs probably spend more time talking than actual DJing as they let the computer select the music and play it automatically with them controlling adverts, competitions, phone ins etc whilst the music plays.
1. Everyone has got to start somewhere and the bedroom is the perfect place. Bedroom DJs are generally new to DJing or work as a club DJ. They spend their free time playing with the decks, picking up new tunes and seeing what works well before showing off at the club what they have been practicing.
2. A person who owns DJing equipment (ie. turntables, mixer, CDJ, etc.) and has a passion for music, but doesn't play out to crowds at bars or special events (ie. raves). Instead, they opt to play their music at home for their friends or over the internet via audio broadcasting software, such as shoutcast.
3. An aspiring DJ who is still at the "hobby" stage, who creates/destroys/modifies music on home computers and whatever equipment they can afford, often from their bedroom. While bedroom DJ's may not be particularly skilled, they make up for this with enthusiasm and creativity.
There are tonnes of other types of DJs such as battle DJs, internet DJs and record label DJs.