The Ten Rules of the DJ

These aren’t my rules. They are THE RULES.

(And, in the wake of iPod spinning, maybe this is slightly obsolete, but I know most of my DJ pals still work the vinyl and CDs, so I’ll give it a go anyhow.)

1. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It’s an attempt to embarrass. Are you trying to prove that the DJ DOESN’T have everything? Get out of the booth!

2. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It’s insulting. Are you saying your musical taste is better than the person working the gig? Beat it!

3. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It’s distracting. The DJ is busy making the night work. Having to make sure the collection isn’t walking away is a split focus that isn’t needed. Thanks for your interest.

4. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It makes YOU look bad. If you don’t have a song in your head that you want to hear, needing to look through the stacks means you aren’t music savvy yourself, and that just makes you lame. Nice try.

5. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It tends to block. Having someone flipping through CD wallets and/or vinyl is totally in the way. Move it.

6. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It disturbs the flow. Asking for a song at the wrong time in the set is a killer. Back off.

7. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? It eliminates “DJ Perrogative.” The DJ is in charge. If you look and find something you wanted to hear, it’s possible the rest of the crowd won’t. You’re being a buzzkill.

8. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? That’s MY secret. The collection is what makes a DJ. If you’re looking through it, you could be taking notes… and taking gigs. Don’t even think about it.

9. NEVER ASK TO SEE WHAT MUSIC THE DJ HAS.

Why not? See above.

10. TIPPING IS BOTH PERMITTED AND ENCOURAGED.

Hey, you pay the inanimate object jukebox to hear your favorite tunes! Give a little. Just reach in to your pocket and give… no matter how small the amount… just fold it up and put it in the DJ’s hand.

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