"Anyone can be a DJ."
That's what I get a lot. Whenever the typical drunken bar crawler approaches me at the booth and I tell them I can't play their song, that's the #1 response.
People will sometimes ask me what it's like being a DJ, either at a bar or one of the gigs that I have. I honestly love it. Putting it in the easiest way possible, you can control the mood of the room by playing whatever song you want (or whatever song is requested). A DJ has to read a crowd, figuring out what they want to hear, if they want to dance or sing, whatever it may be. There's a lot of pressure to the job too.
DJs don't let it on as a difficult, high pressure job, but it can be. If you misread a crowd by playing the wrong song, cutting it off early, missing a cue, people could just leave. You don't want that to happen.
I'm not sitting here saying that DJ-ing is the most difficult job in the world, but I'm not saying it's the easiest job in the world. Like I said earlier, I love it. I look forward to my Thursday and Saturday nights where I'm going to the bar to DJ. I enjoy the fundraisers I work, school dances I DJ for, and the radio station where I play music. It's a rewarding experience.
DJ-ing is also a curse. No matter where I am, people will ask me to play the songs I've already played multiple times before that. Whether it's the latest from Justin Beiber, Fetty Wap or just a throwback tune that you are annoyed with. Not only that, but the songs you ask DJs to play, end up getting stuck in our heads. I will purposely avoid listening to music during the week, just because most of the songs being played on Apple Music, Pandora or my playlists are ones that I will be playing at the bars or events at the time.
Requests can be too much sometimes though. Yes, I know, you and you're friends are leaving in five minutes and you want me to play "Mambo Number Five". Yes, I am familiar with the song you want me to play. No, I will not play Adele's "Hello" while I'm at the bar (because I'm trying to get people into the bar, not have them leave). If a DJ tells you that they're going to get to your song, don't worry, WE WILL! Do you want to know why it takes so long sometimes? It's because twenty people are on a list in front of you to hear their songs.
I talk to DJs all the time, two of my roommates are DJs. We all say the same thing; if we don't have the song, we'll get it next time. If we already played a song, maybe I'll play it again later. We'll get to your request as soon as possible. No, DJ-ing is not an easy job. It's not a hard job, but it's not a walk in the park.
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