DJs are everywhere bands used to be: school dances, wedding receptions, birthday parties, bars, clubs, and lately in championships where turntablists battle each other with their beat-juggling and mixing skills which often encompass acrobatics, lol. In 2004, for the first time, a DJ even played the opening ceremony of the Olympics held in Athens. As sales of DJ equipment (turntables, CDJs, mixers, midi controllers) have grown to rival those of guitars and drum sets, books now talk about the emergence of the DJ as full-fledged musicians have emerged, too.
Here are the Top 5 Books For DJs
Author: Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
The title says it all; inspired by the name of a 1982 r&b song by Indeep, no doubt millions of dance floor habitues have woken up after a magical night of dancing and thought just that thought. “A truly great DJ, just for a moment, can make a whole room fall in love,” say the authors in this entertaining biography of the DJ, with club charts from the mid-50s through the end of the ’90s. Their How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records, is even more fun.
Author: Stephen Webber
DJ Skills: The Essential Guide to Mixing & Scratching is the most comprehensive, up to date approach to DJing ever produced. With insights from top club, mobile, and scratch DJs, the book includes many teaching strategies developed in the Berklee College of Music prototype DJ lab. This book is perfect for intermediate and advanced DJs looking to improve their skills in both the analogue and digital domain.
Author: Kurt B. Reighley.
An enjoyable read with lots of quotes by popular DJ’s. Says the author, “If [my book] spares one neophyte DJ a little frustration, prompts a single pro to examine his or her art from a new angle, or just makes the reader think differently about how [musical] ideas can be presented and combined, then I won’t feel like such a jackass when I tell people I’m a DJ.”
Author: Kurt B. Reighley
A valuable historical record of the Disco phenomenon describing, from over 300 interviews with influential scene players including legendary DJ’s, its transformation from gay and urban subculture to mainstream popular culture, including a fascinating selected discography of the music of the era.
The inspiration for countless DJ dreams, the legendary Bronx native (aka Joseph Saddler) sets the record straight in his new autobiography, including how he originated techniques that revolutionized DJ’ing from just playing records to reinventing the turntable as a musical instrument.