When I was a lad a number of my friends made a few extra bucks DJing parties. These guys actually jockeyed discs; being a DJ then required a large record collection, a turntable (perhaps two) and good speakers.
The job entailed loading numerous ‘borrowed’ milk bottle crates packed with LPs (these fit perfectly in the milk crates) and the turntable and speakers into a car or van, setting up things at the venue and playing music, then taking it all down. I once worked with a guy who grew up in Liverpool in the sixties and had rigged a cart with all his gear, including speakers, that he could push from place to place.
The key to being a successful DJ was playing good music over good speakers. No flashing lights, no smoke machines and no inane banter. A good DJ was never heard.
I have been seeking the services of a DJ recently. With our ‘connected’ world the need for records and turntables no longer exists. Music is downloaded from various sites and the payment of SOCAN fees ensures artists get a cut. Today the essentials of DJing are simplified to a quality laptop computer and good speakers. Or so I thought. The first two people who initially told me they were equipped DJs and were available for hire, looked at me quizzically when the question of speakers came up. They both subsequently informed me that they would need to rent various items (speakers) and transport them, or have me do so, to the venue. All at additional cost to me.
Kind of like having a plumber show up at your house only to tell you he needs you to go rent him a pipe wrench. A DJ without speakers is like McDonald’s without hamburgers, or Ben & Jerry without ice cream, or Playboy without nudity, or … OK, maybe not that last one.
So if these guys say they are equipped DJs but don’t have speakers – an essential piece of the DJ puzzle – that means they have laptops. Ergo a huge portion of the general public can claim to be DJs, because almost everyone I know has a laptop.