Are DJ's Musicians?

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  1. waffnasty

    waffnasty C.E.O. of Boh

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    So we are having a huge debate right now about this subject.

    I say that DJ's are musicians because they perform music whether its theirs or not.

    Some other people in my office say that dj's just perform other peoples music and are un-original.

    so what do you say guys? Are DJ's "Musicians"
     
  2. Andy Dufresne

    Andy Dufresne salvation lies within

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    i recon djs are musicians!
    also if u produce an dj then ur playin ur own songs so yea!
     
  3. waffnasty

    waffnasty C.E.O. of Boh

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    what if you are not producing your own tunes? would you consider a dj a musician?
     
  4. Andy Dufresne

    Andy Dufresne salvation lies within

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    yea pretty much!
    especially djs who beat juggle an scratch an shit ya no turntablists.
     
  5. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    i don't agree with dj's being 'un-original' but then i don't quite agree with dj's being called musicans. if you produce tunes, then, yeah. sure, you're a musican, of sorts.

    decks are about the only 'instrument' where you don't need any musical theory/knowledge to be able to 'play' them, in most respects.
     
  6. Andy Dufresne

    Andy Dufresne salvation lies within

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    also a triangle doesnt need any musical knowledge!
     
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    But the user needs to have a reasonable amount of musical ability, and ear for the music. Making them a musician in my mind.

    Anybody can pick up a guitar and wack away at the strings, but only a musician could get a nice note from plucking them properly.

    Know what i mean?
     
  8. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    you'd need to be able to read music and keep time if you were playing in an orchestra.
     
  9. groelle

    groelle Well-Known Member

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    get a guitar and play it. if you do it long enough, youll be able to play nicely. without any theory and facts. fact. <- this makes it fact. fact.
     
  10. sam the dnb man

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    you have to be committed.
    You have to practice baaaaarrrre lol. just like playing a guitar
    you have to feed off of a crowd, entertain them with music. like a band does.

    Now im not saying Jimi Hendrix could mix like Andy C.
    Or that Andy C can play the guitar with his teeth, but thier proffesions require alot of skill if the are to become succesful.

    If you dont class DJ's as Musicians would you class Rob Swire as a musician?
     
  11. kenyon

    kenyon @ The Crack Spot

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    yep i think so
     
  12. Andy Dufresne

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    na u jus ding on time!easy!:D
     
  13. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    yeah, i totally agree.
    just don't think decks/djing are as black and white as other instruments where the 'musical' side of things is concerned.
     
  14. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    debatable. i'll say that much.
     
  15. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    why do i have the feeling i'm going to be all over this 17 page thread.
     
  16. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    i don't think you can lump one in with the other.

    you couldn't put a dj up against a classicly trained pianist.

    IT'S ALL RELATIVE.
     
  17. waffnasty

    waffnasty C.E.O. of Boh

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    seriously man. you should have heard the debate in my office! shit was getting intense.
     
  18. Riisu

    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    that's because i can actually play guitar, and i'm pretty shit hot like.
     
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    Very true.

    To a certain extent, DJ's could be classed as musicians, but like you say, its not as complex as reading/writing music and turning notes from a piece of paper into beautiful sounds :inlove:

    The thing about the guitar, yh you might get a few nice chords from trial and error, but if someone asked you play something from a sheet of music you'd be like errrrr :rinsed:
     
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    I say DJ's are musicians, ov course they are!

    oh and phats i can read music!