DJ or Disc Jockey is a person who jocks vinyl records or discs. DJ-ing is a hot profession today and one can find DJs in varied types – Radio DJs, Mobile DJs who serve in weddings and private parties, Club DJs and more. You can find various DJs using varied techniques, but there is something in common between them – the language that they use. If you want to be a professional DJ, you have to know about some of the common DJ terms used in DJ lingo.
DJ – Beats, Bars & Phrases
It is also known as Spinning or Mixing, and is the crux of DJ music making – creating 2 songs at a similar speed. This is done to make the two tracks play in a seamless fashion. You do not experience any mish mash or stopping of the beats.
The DJ really rinsed tonight – the phrase means that the DJ did a fantastic job and everyone was on his / her foot on hearing his mixes. The term can be attributed to the archaic English language when people used phrases such as “A rinsing good time!” The term is used most often in Bass, Drum, House and Techno.
It is an abbreviation for “Beats Per Minute”, and indicates the speed of the song. Similar to the cardiac rhythm, it is measured by counting the total number of beats every minute. It is very useful when you have to determine whether you can mix two tracks together, given that the two need to be of the same speed. For instance a song with 80 BPM cannot be mixed with one with 150 BPM.
It refers to when a DJ is unable to match the beats properly. When two tracks fade into one another, there is no matching of beats and the results are terrible. Due to the sound that is produced, it is also referred to as “Shoes in the dryer”.
It is a technique of DJing that is commonly used in Hip Hop. It refers to the sound produced once a vinyl record or disc is moved back and forth. This makes the sounds cut in different patterns. The skill that is needed is a lot varied from beat matching. This is similar to arithmetical patterns being used in music beats.
DJ Z-Trip made this kind of music famous. It involves layering of a track over another. Most commonly, the vocals of a track are layered over another track’s beat.