In 1935, the term DJ was coined. Referring to the disc and the jockey or the operator of the machine that the disc or record was played on. It didn't gain popularity until the mid 1960s when beat matching was introduced and then the 70s when turntablism started to form, breaking was invented, and the infamous Tech 12 started being produced.
In 2013, a DJ can pretty much be anybody who stands close enough to loud enough music with some form of technology. iPad, iPhone, hell even a cd that is playing while they "ghost mix" counts as deejaying. Yes, David Guetta, I'm looking at you.
Therefore, I call upon Webster. We need a term to call these producers that are now "deejays" I can honestly say that looking at the list of America's Best DJs of 2013 makes me sick.
Not because they're bad, artists, or the music they play sucks, or they jesus pose, and fake it to make it through a successful show. Not all that, (which is valid at times) but because they're NOT DEEJAYS DAMN'T.
I didn't start deejaying on vinyl. I'm not going to front and say that I was there, I never carried crates, I didn't deal with records warping, needles jumping and crate carrying. I started on CDs, right at the end of the vinyl era, and before deejaying on a laptop became as easy as pirating the latest version of Virtual DJ. HOWEVER, when I first really got into deejaying, I mean really started getting it. The first thing that I did, was I studied where it came from, who were the pioneers of many major DJ tools today, and how things came to evolve to a sync button on an iPad.
Nowadays, the guy playing music at the bowling alley is a "dj" We need a new term, we need a term for the real DJs (spinning control vinyl, scratch heads, guys/girls who can cut on the one & two), we need a term for producers who perform (anybody who "DJs" using Ableton live, anybody who plays only their own tracks and maybe a few others), and we need a term for everybody else. By that, I mean, the people on the iPads, the iPhones, the guys not in the club playing music. It's ridiculous, if you look at so many of the legends they are starting to dislike the term "DJ" more and more. My generation thinks of deejaying, as getting on CDJs or Ableton and playing songs for hours and hours at 128 bpm. Personally, I love to scratch, growing up to me, a DJ was a person who scratch and mix songs together. Today, when I tell people I DJ, they instantly assume I play all dance (128 bpm) music, and honestly it gets annoying. I look up to guys who are more than pressing the sync button to mix songs, who are more than posing in front of thousands of people pretending to play, who are more than in it just to get wasted, do drugs and stand on stage, and who are more than in it just to "make bangers"
I fear my generation (guys in the young 20s) won't have any really good DJs. Who are my generations Z-Trip, Jazzy Jeff, & A-Trak? Will people even know the term "hamster gang" in 10 years? Is anybody my age getting down on the cut?
Big ups to all the real djs holding it down out there, rocking on control vinyl, mixing, scratching, and putting in work.