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How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

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DJs have gone from being underpaid live jukeboxes to becoming premier entertainers, producers, businessmen, and musicians capable of commanding admiration from thousands and earning serious money. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the definitive history of the DJ. Now they gather their mastery of the artistic and technical aspects of bei ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 27th 2003 by Grove Press (first published September 2nd 2002)
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Brian
Useful descriptions of basic principles and techniques of mixing and the necessary gear. But a bit thin on examples of "how". Obviously, this takes a lot of practice and the subjectivie ear for melodies and rhythms, but the step-by-step lessons are pretty skimpy, particularly for the fundamentals of beatmatching and cueing. But there are lots of extra how-to suggestions along the lines of scratching, producing, remixing, and dealing with labels and promoters, as well as working the floor. Discus ...more
Calvin
Actually a really good read. A lot of great anecdotes about dj'ing and from some of the world's most famous djs. it really breaks down the science of DJ'ing. youtube wasnt as big at the time and i had no one to teach me DJ'ing so this book was a nice resource to teach myself with esp with a lot of the basics. It is, however, not a replacement of experience and practice.
Wells Crandall
Pretty light reading because, really, there isn't too much to deejaying. Those those that are good at it are simply obsessed, which is not something you can teach. Focused on house and other genres that mix pretty seamlessly. Not much on the new ableton/serrato/torq programs that nearly everyone uses nowadays. In case you don't know, you should expect everything to be seamless now in the club, EXCEPT when the RAM runs out on the computer or the computer crashes. This has happened EVERY TIME I've ...more
Matthew
Helped me expand on the concept of Djing
James Elliott
Although there was not too much which I found startling, this was a good-natured and thoughtful reflection on what really matters in creating a musical space for people to enjoy, with explorations of many different dimensions of the field. It also has interesting and insightful historical information shared by someone who lived and loved it. I expect I will be referring back to this from time to time, with a smile on my face.
AnitaDurt
this is a perty good introduction to djing that i read a few years ago...the chapter on beat matching is helpful if you don't know what the hell that entails...there's little blurbs from other famous dj's scattered throughout the book that i like reading. reading this book made me realize that being a dj is part of my identity as much as other things i do. thanks mom for buying it for me!
John
Has a little bit of everything. Good diagrams on how the different cuts & mixes work.

The stuff on mixing on computer is woefully out of date, but you can find that stuff all on youtube, and the fundamentals are still the same.
Daniel
A great book for anyone wishing to take up the craft of the mix. Non-DJs will appreciate the anecdotes within from some of the world's top turntablists. There is little here for those with no interest in the club scene.
Matt
The unofficial bible of correct DJ technique, championed by DJs worldwide. Full of witty metaphors and quite faced paced, this book can impress quality tips and tricks upon the most infantile of bedroom DJs.
Velanche
This book might be slightly dated, but still a must-read for any budding DJ. The authors know this world well. Lots of useful info, plenty of visuals, and written with a nice touch of humor.
Simon Sweetman
Seems a handy sort of a book - worth a look if the subject's of any interest; I loved their Last Night A DJ Saved Me Life - one of my favourite books...
Renny Constantine
Best guide i have read in my entire life. Practical yet funny and good for use as a reference once it has been read
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