A DJ IS NOT A MUSICIAN
I know, I said it; some of you probably want to kill me for opening this can of worms while the rest of you are probably like “Somebody had to say it”. Yes. We are in fact not musicians. People aren’t allowed to be qualified as musicians because they are playing other people’s music. You see, the issue is in the term DJ itself. A DJ is simply someone who plays pre-recorded music to an audience… that’s it. Just like a photographer is simply someone who takes still pictures with a camera. But that’s not to say that there aren’t photographers who are also artists… whether it’s a product of their photography or not.
DJs can be musicians; they are just not musicians inherently. You don’t need to be a musician to be a DJ, but some musicians are. Can it help? Certainly!! It’s just not a requirement.
A DJ does not have to be a musician to be a good DJ. But DJs who approach their sets with a sense of musicianship, will be more apt to put other people’s pieces together in a way that creates a standalone work of art. If you’re a DJ, you should be the best one that you can be. Whether or not you want to call yourself a “musician” is up to you.
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