How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

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by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster
     
 

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DJs have gone from being underpaid live jukeboxes to becoming premier entertainers, producers, businessmen, and musicians capable of commanding admiration from thousands and earning serious money. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the definitive history of the DJ. Now they gather their mastery of the artistic and technical aspects…  See more details below

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DJs have gone from being underpaid live jukeboxes to becoming premier entertainers, producers, businessmen, and musicians capable of commanding admiration from thousands and earning serious money. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the definitive history of the DJ. Now they gather their mastery of the artistic and technical aspects of being a DJ into a clear, accessible, and entertaining guide. How to DJ is the perfect guide -- from the most basic keys to establishing a music collection and a distinctive sound, to elementary record-spinning, to the complex skills of scratching, hot-mixing, and beat-juggling, as well as the inimitable art of creating an evening of sound that is perfectly timed, balanced, and unforgettable. Diagrams throughout illustrate phrases, beat timing, and song structure with no reliance on music theory, and resource lists recommend everything from which songs are best (and most fun) to learn with, to good sources for building a library of disks, CDs, and MP3s. For those who want to turn pro, the authors give sage advice on the vagaries of the club and music business. Short quotes, anecdotes, and photos of famous DJs such as Grandmaster Flash and Derrick Carter are featured.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802199744
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
316,054
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton are authors of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life. Individually, Bill Brewster ran Mixmag's New York bureau for two years and was editor of Mixmag USA. His writing appears regularly in Muzik, The Face, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday. Frank Broughton has been deputy editor of Mixmag USA and i-D, and also writes for Details, Rolling Stone, The Face, NME, Hip Hop Connection, and Time Out New York, where he was the founding clubs editor.

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DJ_BigReg More than 1 year ago
I've been DJing off and on for years and I must admit that I learned some new ideas from this book. I appreciate how the author emphasizes the fact the djing is more than scratching, mixing, and beat matching. It is an art an expression of ones creativity that makes everybody on the dance floor have a good time. From Hip Hop and R&B to Trance and Reggae, the book explains the art behind the deck. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Diabolique More than 1 year ago
This book is very detailed and helps you to get started in a DJ career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thorough and witty book details the art practiced by the person behind the decks. It's a lot harder than it looks from the dancefloor! I gained a new respect for everyone who works at clubs and radio stations (although the book deals with the former). Even if you don't intend to take up the calling, you will enjoy this look into the music world.