The DJ market is rising. It’ll explode in the next 10 years. It’s already begun.
Why are people foregoing guitars and buying DJ starter kits?
Because it’s fun!
I was listening to Armand Van Helden’s New York: A Mix Odyssey, and it’s really incredible when you think about it. He starts off with Blondie, travels all the way to Felix Da Housecat, and ends his set with Yes’s Owner of a Lonely Heart, all without dropping a beat. It’s heavily 80s influenced, and for me that’s alot of fun.
What good DJs have to do is keep up with current music scenes as well as understanding music culture past. I don’t know many musicians that I went to school with that can do that, granted, if they were into that stuff they would’ve been in a band and not in college. They might be able to identify intervals and write typical 4-part progressions, but they cannot measure a room and play the right song at the right time to keep a party going.
I’ve always wanted to try doing a set with my laptop with Live (and with my own material, I wish there were people around here that could teach me this stuff). Some would say that that’s kind of lame, and granted it doesn’t take as much skill, but it’s just so convenient to have a whole library on a hard drive instead of bringing binders of CDs to gigs.
Which is kind of a moot point anyway. The Adirondacks don’t have much of a nightlife. The best thing I could do is a high school dance, and that wouldn’t allow me to play what I want. I’d just get teenagers who want to hear Hillary Duff or whatever bands are being pushed on the radio (which are necessary to play once in a while). It’s almost like there’s something about a beat that scares people…like they aren’t familiar with it, and therefore it isn’t musically valid.
I have no musical outlet right now other than myself.