Thursday, December 11, 2003
Living It Up: How To Be A DJ
South Beach watch out... Tonight, cool is the rule. Jackie Johnson's taking a spin at being a DJ. She's Living It Up making music to your ears.
Jackie: "Well Radamus, how long have you been a DJ for?"
Radamus: "Probably abut 18 years."
Jackie: "What's it like?"
Radamus: "There's a lot of pressure of keeping the crowd in the club, and making sure everyone's happy."
Jackie: "What does it take to be good at it?"
Radamus: "First of all the love of music,you gotta love music"
Jackie: "So do you kind of have to read the crowd too, to see what music they like."
Radamus: "That's probably one of the hardest things about being a DJ you have to know what to play next to try and get them back into that vibe that you are doing."
Jackie: "And you can make good money doing this?"
Radamus: "Some of the top house DJ's in the world make $20,000 a night."
Jackie: "Alright well why don't we start."
Radamus: "Well first thing we gotta pick out your records."
Radamus: "If you want to really learn how to be a great DJ, start with Hip Hop and then that will translate into anything."
Jackie: "Well I like hip hop, so you can help me pick out some records."
Radamus: "This is a crossfader, very important."
Radamus: "When the crossfader's directly in the middle, both records are playing at the same volume."
Radamus: "If I'm going this way then this one's getting lower and this one's getting louder."
Jackie: "So it's fading into one or the other."
Radamus: "So now..."
Radamus: "There's a million different ways to mix a record, a lot of DJ's like to add a scratch."
Jackie: "I've always wanted to try that, ever since I liked the Beastie Boys."
Jackie: "Doesn't it hurt the record when you scratch it?"
Radamus: "You stay in the same spot for a long time, it will eventually wear down, but it takes a long time."
Radamus: "Look at the record as a clocknow when you mark a record, I know that at 12 o'clock, she's going to say, "Oh that scratch is making me itch."
Radamus: "You see now you are being creative with the record, you are actually remixing the record right in the club."
Radamus: "Most DJ's when they are feeling it you'll see them do a little DJ bounce, we call it the DJ bounce."
Jackie: "How do you do the DJ bounce?"
Jackie: "Is that bad?"
Radamus: "No, that's actually pretty good."
Jackie: "Well it's been a lot of fun today creating a vibe and scratching up the vinyl, if you want more information log onto wsvn.com I'm Jackie Johnson 7 News."
Next week, the bark is worse than the bite.
Jackie's Living It Up learning how to be a Vet.
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