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Disk Jockeys (DJs) have been keeping the music world alive for years. Originally an art form of Hip-Hop, it has now expanded across many genres, including Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Crowds haven’t seen anything wrong with this expansion.
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“My favorite DJ is Borgeous. His song Tsunami made me fall in love with EDM,” said high school math teacher, Savannah Williams. “A DJ is important because they set the atmosphere of the party or event. Whatever vibes they throw out are going to affect the audience’s reactions.”
Fun is what the crowd attends an event for. Fun is what the DJ’s are paid to achieve. In any atmosphere, the DJ is the icebreaker. If the people are having a good time, they feel more relaxed and are more inclined to socialize with others.
“I think it is important to have a DJ at any event because it creates a social environment,” said former University of Houston – Downtown student, William Johnson. “If it wasn’t for a DJ, we would be going home from the club at 10 o’clock.”
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Tory Bryant, better known as DJ AudiTory, has been DJing professionally for five years. He is known for his phenomenally chopped and screwed mixtape, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late and many others. However, his love for music started a long time ago. He was a saxophonist in Westfield High School’s band. This is when he learned just how much control music had over a crowd. He took this experience with him as he entered the college world.
“When I went to U of H for college, that’s when I really got exposed to DJing in the sense of me actually – or somebody controlling music for an entire party by themselves.”
The profession takes a lot of time and sacrifice to be successful. DJ equipment can run between $1200 and $5000 depending on which brands you prefer. Traveling to different events also costs money. So it not only takes time, but dedication financially.
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DJ Candlestick, DJ Mr. Rogers, and DJ Youngstreetz are noted as DJ AudiTory’s main influences when he first began his profession. Being welcomed into the community was a motivating factor to be a successful disc jockey.
“You know; we all help each other. If you miss a gig or something, you can always pass it to another DJ,” said DJ AudiTory. “We share music or whatever the case may be. It’s a community of helpful individuals all for the greater good of DJing.”
To find out more about DJ AudiTory and listen to his latest music, go to djauditory.com.