Posted By mixtapepublicity on 26 May 2008 9:31 AM
There doesn't need to be a major craft to the dj set these days what with vinyl dying out and the laptop being omnipresent behind the decks, but it takes a good dj to hold the crowd.
Laptops mightn't require athletic turntablism these days, but theres major scope for creativity these days, with programs like Abelton, the distinction between DJ set and live performance is getting slightly fuzzier. A great DJs mains skill is like you say, an ability to read the crowd, to drop tracks at that right moment, to know how to build up tension and release within a set, but I don't think being a musician necessarily gives you that skill.
I'm not or never have been a DJ in any form, but I appreciate the craft. If anything, a bad DJ makes you appreciate it, a good one often makes it seem effortless.