I did not enjoy DJ'ing on radio. I needed instantaneous feedback from the audience.
When I played a songs on the radio, there was no way to know if it is appreciated.
With a live audience, I know immediately how the song is doing. People filling the dance floor or sitting down.
I liked the attention from being on stage, entertaining party goers. I was a performance DJ, dancing around on stage imitating Mick Jagger and other active singers, toss inflatable musical instruments down from the stage and also play some air guitar solos. I made humorous comments, went out on the dance floor to teach or lead line dances and surprised the crowd with The Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey and other silly songs that baby boomers and older loved towards the end of the evening (was alcohol involved - certainly). In addition to playing prerecorded music, I also have been hired to MC events and function as an auctioneer.
I consider myself a "party motivator".
Any monkey can flip records. With the internet, one can download a list of the top current dance or country songs, burn them to the computer, rent PA equipment and play the same songs that DJ's play. Knowing what to play and when is where the experience comes in. Being able to say "no I'm not playing that song" to a guest making a request of an awful, inappropriate or a song that is hard to dance to is also where an experienced DJ becomes useful. Younger guests enjoy requesting songs that they know will shock the older people so knowing song content becomes important. The service that provided the top pop and country hits offered the choice of the original song or a clean version and I only ordered clean versions. Not because I am a prude. I considered each gig to be an opportunity to pick up new clients and did not do anything to diminish my appeal.
Last edited by syjos; 02-07-2019 at 09:01 PM.