Almost any DJ has the tools to perform with video, especially with well-developed software like vjay, Serato Video, MixEmergency, and recently Cross all streamlining the process. But not that many take on the challenge of video DJing, and even fewer do it in a unique way, instead sticking to mixing from one music video to the next. DJ Woody, one of the most prolific visual turntablists, made the transition back in 2010. Learn about his switch from DJing to VJing, and read his tips for new visual jockeys in this interview.
So you’ve rocked your bedroom and the local bar, next stop superclub main room! A hefty sound system in a large space is an entirely different challenge, so what are the key technical aspects you should know before you step into the big league? Sankeys in the UK has hosted the biggest international DJs and was voted […]
Improvisation. For the DJ the knack of feeling a crowd and adjusting the music intuitively is one of the few things that elevates him above the status of an iTunes playlist. So while we still remain ahead of the machines in this respect at least, I wondered, is there anything to be learned from the improvisational musician? As the boundaries between DJ and musician become ever more blurred (turntablists, controllers, etc), can we find any parallels in the way they approach a performance?