National DiscJockey Day

National Disc Jockey Day

Raising a Hoorah to the “DJs” or Disc Jockeys out there making those boring parties bearable, National Disc Jockey Day is celebrated every year on the 20th of January.

DJs are the best yet most under-admired blessings given to humankind. Making an audience of hundreds and thousands tap their feet ain’t easy. Just one wrong track and the mass goes from wow to boo—sensing the audience’s mood and playing tracks that go with the flow is a cumbersome task. But these SUPERHUMANS make this strenuous task look as simple as gulping onto a piece of cake.

DJing is an art that takes years, practice, and a lot of hard work to master. A person needs more than passion and a wide musical taste and sense to master this version of what the general public would call rocket science. And when an individual makes the transition glide as smoothly as ice, the universe has found a new master!

DJing came into existence in the 20th century, years before the term Disc Jockey was even invented. Over time, DJ has taken many forms: from radio DJ, where it began, to live club DJ, to DJ Soundclash, to Turntablist, to mobile DJ, to Music Productions, which uses the same technologies and techniques as any other DJ. All of these DJ forms have never failed to amuse us and leave us thunderstruck and our feet tapping when the beat drops.

Now, let us talk about the very beginning—how it all started.

It all started as an experiment. Sounds compelling, right? A student at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless by the name of Ray Newby, under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold, experimented on the airwaves. The event took place in 1909 when Newby, who generally broadcasted live news, entertainment, and music, played records for the first time in radio history on the airwaves.

This trend soon followed across the world, starting with its roots in California and becoming a radio sensation. Though radio DJ was the first form of DJ, DJing didn’t confine itself to just making and mixing tracks over the radio. Instead, it expanded its branches to include live platforms and modified its forms in terms of technology. From gigantic vinyl to digital turntables, DJing has come a long way.

The 1950s witnessed the peak of radio DJs and the start of club DJs when local DJs came out throwing parties known as sock hops and made people groove to their beats.

DJs became a sensation because they induced a uniqueness that travelled and took beautiful forms with every DJ. The day is dedicated to these angles, saving us from tonnes of boredom sabotage.

Let’s know the facts surrounding Disc Jockey!

  • The term “rock & roll” was introduced and set in trend by the DJ “Alen Freed” or “Moondog” himself.
  • Disc Jockey was invented or innovated as a term by the famous radio commentator Walter Winchell in 1934 and first came into print in a 1941 Variety Magazine.
  • DJ Soundclash began to gain people’s attention in the ’70s. You would generally encounter two DJs in a party clashing with each other on the track floor.
  • Radio DJ started as an experiment in the late 1900s.
  • A fun activity for a live DJ’s audience would be to identify the records of the tracks being played.
  • Alan Freed was the first DJ to play music on-air on a big radio station at WJW in Cleveland.
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