You can usually tell a lot about about a DJ by looking at the equipment they use- genre of music, experience level, mixing style, etc. But you can also gain perspective on the DJ's more personal characteristics like socioeconomic status, social anxieties and IQ. One quick glance at a DJ's set up can be more revealing than hacking their twitter account.
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So take a look at the equipment thumbnails below, and learn some valuable insight on your favorite DJs.
1. DJ Not So Much
Turntables and an old beat up battle mixer are this DJ's weapon of choice. He thought he was going to be the next Q-Bert until he discovered medical marijuana and drum & bass. He’s over thirty, has no idea who Avicii is, and weeps at Bassnectar shows.
2. DJ Blackdevil Thumbdrive
Simplicity and minimalism are this DJ's themes. He wears a black leather motorcycle jacket, dates models, and remixes Lana Del Rey all day. His regimen is rigid- surf in the morning; Pilates in the afternoon. He drinks precisely one vodka soda per month and visits bondage clubs to let off some steam. Bed-wetting is an issue and gray hair is mandatory.
3. DJ This Guy
Don't let the color coordination trick you into thinking this DJ is African-American. He's either Persian or Orange County white. He learned how to DJ on iTunes. Virtual DJ is now his life, but when he was a teenager he was Eminem's number one Stan.
4. DJ Seratoholic
Genre jumping, party rockin' and mash ups are this DJs specialty. Every party is closed out with Journey or Sinatra's "New York, New York." They have a slight drinking problem, but chalk it up to being 'part of the scene'. January 1, 2012 was the last time they gigged.
5. DJ Rich Dad
He’s got every piece of modern DJ equipment in his rig and his residency is his fraternity. His Dad doesn’t buy him tickets to festivals, he buys him set times. After the EDM bubble bursts, he’ll invest his gig money in Halliburton and start a war in a small third world country. Hip hop terrifies him.
6. DJ Not A DJ
This laptop exclusive DJ type first discovered music in biology class trying to figure out how human cheek cells react to noise. He looks like he’s crying during his DJ sets because he's struggling with the concept of rhythm. His dream is to rescue the Krewella sisters from an evil dragon.
7. DJ Supreme Redundancee
These DJs put CDJ-2000s, a DJM-900 nexus, and a SL4 on their talent rider but really only need 2 channels and their laptop. Expect to hear A LOT of filter effects, the one feature they know how to operate. Midi controllers are a no-no because one USB port is dedicated to charging their iPhone so they can facebook and take selfies. Electro was their first genre; now they say they play tech-house, meaning they still play electro.