Wednesday, 24th April 2019


DJs play and mix recorded music for audiences on the radio, internet or at live music events. They choose different tracks of music and create new mixes that they then perform for an audience. Some DJs create their own original records and songs, either using samples of other tracks or creating fresh material.

DJs use vinyl records, CDs or MP3s and other digital music files to play their music and some are skilled in playing an instrument, singing or rapping. DJs spend a lot of their time listening to music to find new material and inspiration. DJs usually work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.

Radio DJs have slightly different roles compared to club DJs who record and sell music and gigs.

For example, club DJs will usually be involved in the following:

  • Play and mix records at an event to encourage people to dance
  • Use electronic musical instruments such as drum machines and synthesisers
  • Using short samples of other music, and manipulating the beat
  • Travelling to different clubs and events
  • Entertain the crowd

Radio DJs may also travel round performing at live events, but mainly work in the studio of the radio station. They will normally have to:

  • Talk in between records and present an entire show
  • Provide entertainment links which may involve audience participation through phone-ins, emails and text messages
  • Conduct interviews with guests on a range of subjects
  • Operate radio broadcast equipment
  • Work alongside a radio producer who helps to write each show

Some normal DJs will work travelling around to different private parties and events, such as weddings, birthdays and work dos. Other DJs may become famous in the pop music scene and start making their own records and performing on their own tours.