Art of the DJ

curating the playlist

"DJs select songs from infinite choices, skillfully mix them together, and maintain a certain relation / obligation to their audience." turntable lab

1

LISTEN

Great DJ's dig deep into our musical heritage to mix and match sounds. Instead of simply relying on one musical style or genre, they reach across musical styles and time periods to create a masterful mix of sounds. To do this, DJ's research broadly and listen carefully.

2

CONNECT

Based on your research, begin to identify different sounds/songs that work well together. Pay attention to any themes that come through in the songs you've chosen-- are there any connections you can make?

3

ASSEMBLE

Open Sans is a friendly font with open letters, that looks just as good on mobile as it does on desktop.

4

PLAY

Sounds are for listening! Now that your playlist is complete, share it.

FURTHER. . .

READ:

Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton AKA DJ Rupture

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey Punk by Bill Brewster

Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer edited by Antonio D'Ambrosi

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

Pretty in Punk: Girl's Gender Resistance in a Boy's Subculture by Lauraine LeBlanc

The Riot Grrrl Collection,edited by Lisa Darms

Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine by John Scanlon

Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982 by Phil Marcade