The skill and art of Johannesburg DJ’ing is far more intricate than many people appreciate. The Johannesburg DJ has to play a selection of music that runs nicely together and creates and experience, or journey, for his/her audience. In order to do this, the Johannesburg DJ has to do a lot of work behind the scenes. The DJ has to build a record collection that suits his or her chosen genre. Now, this is not an easy task. Consider how many house records are released every year. Hundreds! The DJ can’t simply collect them all. The DJ needs to find a style of music that fits well with his or her musical taste and collect music that fits into that style. To do this the Johannesburg DJ has to sift through all the releases, and scrutinize their sounds. The DJ has to be discerning and choose only those records that fit within his/her musical sensibilities. In this way the DJ develops his/her own distinct sound, which will be different than other DJs.
This is important because the DJ’s audience need to know what type of sound the Johannesburg DJ has to offer. People want to go out and listen to a DJ who they trust. People enjoy going out to a show knowing that they will like all of the songs the DJ plays. People know that the DJ has collected songs that they think are worthy. People enjoy getting to know a DJ’s style and feel safe in the knowledge that the music will be good. DJs become popular because of their musical tastes.
I believe this is the DJ’s goal. When people listen to one of my sets, I want them to think “yes, that’s Brent’s type of music. That’s Brent’s sound”. This is what a Johannesburg DJ does. The DJ sorts through available music and integrates the songs they like best into their collection. In this way, the Johannesburg DJ creates their own distinct sound.