DJs Without Speakers Are Like Ben & Jerry Without Ice Cream


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.

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.

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.

Today the essentials of DJing are simplified to a quality laptop computer and good speakers. Or so I thought.

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.

B&J

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.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
Advertisements

One thought on “DJs Without Speakers Are Like Ben & Jerry Without Ice Cream

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s