A DJ was traditionally known for standing behind a record player spinning records and making announcements between songs. However times have moved on and so has the brief for the modern DJ no longer does the DJ stand there and just line up the next song with a new style known as mixing he has to blend one track into another without loosing a beat he finds a track that has the same BPM (beats per minute) as the one currently playing and fades from one to the other in a seamless fashion, sometimes even mixing the two tracks together. Another part of this mixing is when a DJ might take two or three tracks and mix and blend them continuously as if they were one song. So basically what the modern DJ does is create a new song using recorded material from other artists.
With this in mind we spoke with Darragh Flemming from Youghal who is a new style DJ. Darragh started out DJ’ing at a young age, as he says himself his brothers used to babysit him when his mother was out. Being like all brothers they decided the only way to keep him quite was to let him play at being a DJ with their own equipment which was in the house, two turntables, a mixer and records. He spent hours in the room mixing and practicing his art. Nowadays he has moved on to using two vinyl turntables, two CD decks and a laptop and software which he mixes everything through to come up with his unique sound. He prefers using cd decks. The decks he uses are vinyl compatible which allows him to scratch, spin, speed up, slow down and reverse the CDs just like you would if you decided to scratch the old vinyl records. These days however CD’s which replaced tape and vinyl are now being replaced by Digital media from MP3′s to WAV files all stored on your IPod, laptop, phone or your personal MP3 Player.
Currently Darragh is one of the DJ’s involved in running gigs in the area where everything is a little different to what you would expect at a disco. If you think of the typical disco which has lots of bright lights etc in this case it’s called the UV disco, UV standing for Ultra Violet light. The kind of light which makes white shirts shine, your teeth sparkle and in some cases anything white that you would wear under darker clothing. In this case it’s a case of getting ready for the disco by face painting, bright color nail polish, bright clothing, and hair bands wherever you think it would be fun to have the color sparkle all using UV paint it brings out another element of fun at the disco. Under normal light the effect is hardly noticeable but under UV light it’s a whole new world.