DJing is more than just music; it's a fusion of history, technology, and artistic expression.
From the early pioneers of hip-hop culture to the astronauts spinning tracks in the depths of space, the world of DJing is filled with intriguing tales that echo the rhythm of human creativity.
The act of DJing continues to evolve, adapt, and influence the music industry and popular culture, making it a truly intriguing art form.
Here are a few inspiring and intriguing quotes from some of the most well-known DJs and creators in the industry that I would like to share with you.
Quotes like these can be added to your affirmations, on t-shirts, on wall decor, and so much more if you feel like one or more of these stick to you.
"Let your heart beat for music. Don't be a DJ for the wrong reasons, do it because you have a passion for it." - Jennifer Lee
"The best DJs in the world know how to pull in music from all over the place and make it work as a cohesive whole." - David Bowie
"DJs are in incredible competition, musically. And they are the most musically creative and sensitive people in all the music charts. I am amazed how they are." - Yoko Ono
"Anyone can be a DJ but it's understanding how to read a crowd and keeping them on the floor is what takes years of experience." - Jonas Blue
"There are people who play records, and there are DJs who blow minds" - Joe Perry
“It’s about music! Not one music style is better than the other, not one music style is more truly than the other. The whole thing is based on respect. It’s all about respect, respect to the music, respect to the DJ’s, respect to the crowd and respect to each other. It’s all music, music never separates people!” - Carl Cox
"A DJ draws a connection between two seemingly disparate things and says, 'Look, they are alike. You can dance to them.'" - Kevin Young
"You never know: the next DJ Snake, the next Skrillex, the next big DJs might wait outside of the club. You gotta give back and listen to the next generation and show some love." - DJ Snake
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"Disco is the first technology music. And what I mean is that 'disco' music is named after discs, because when technology grew to where they didn't need a band in the clubs, the DJ played it on a disc." - will.i.am
"DJ culture always made us aware that the best records were going to come from the small shops." - Chuck D
"To be a DJ was to be God. To be a DJ at an alternative public radio station ? That was being God with a mission. It was thinking you were the first person to discover The Clash and you had to spread the word." - Carrie Vaughn
"Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture. DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it." - Chuck D
"To me, the whole thing with the roots of rap music was when the DJ had to supply all the music for the group with two turntables. And the whole criteria of what that DJ would use had nothing to do with what type of band made a record." - Mike D
"I'm one of the few DJs who uses turntables. I'm the only DJ that's scratching." - A-Trak
"I was lucky enough to grow up in an era when radio was less formatted. It was really special. You could hear a jazz song then a pop song then a show tune then some jazz. Basically, whatever the DJ felt like playing, he would play. He was educating you and exposing you to things you would never hear otherwise." - Todd Rundgren
"When I started, DJs weren't in the media, electronic music wasn't in the sales charts and a DJ was the freak in the corner who provided the music while other people had fun. So to do it, you must have been a freak and a music lover." - Paul van Dyk
Hip-hop is a competition culture. It's based around, "My DJ is better than you. My graffiti artist is better than you." - Ice T
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"The best thing about being a DJ is making people happy. There is nothing like seeing people get up from a table to dance or the expression on their face when they hear a song they love. I also love to educate people on music they have never heard." - Chelsea Leyland
"As a DJ, I'm really focused on the crowd. I never play the same set. I always look at the crowd, try to read what they want, and always look at the signs, point at people." - Hardwell
"Technology makes good DJ's better, but also allows your average person to think they're a DJ, and unfortunately there's no checks and balances about people making it a career." - Neil Armstrong
"As a DJ, you spend a lot of time on your own, in airports, away from friends, away from your home. That can have a big impact." - Bonobo
"Too many DJs today want to be the headline act without ever knowing what it takes to be the local DJ who’s busting his or her gut to perfect their craft." - Hardwell
"I never wanted to just press play on some DJ set and let the lights do all the work. I value old-fashioned performance a little more than that." - Washed Out
"I believe the biggest advancement in DJ culture is that DJs are being vocal and are a voice to raise the consciousness of the masses towards making our planet awaken from the hypnosis of the matrix." - DJ QBert
"My heart goes out to DJs who are governed entirely by playlists. Being allowed the freedom of choice, that - for me - is what makes radio special." - David Rodigan
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"I don't care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ...ever." - DJ Shadow
"When you go see a good DJ, you'll know it, man - you'll know it in your bones. Between the guy who's phoning it in and the guy who's obsessively working it to give you the best show of his life." - Kaskade
"I can't imagine doing a DJ set and playing all my own stuff; it'd just be awkward." - Jamie xx
"It's always important to me to play something other DJs aren't playing." - A-Trak
"I can be a badass DJ when I want, but I am also an insufferable music snob." - Rachel Cohn
"I didn't go to prom - I DJ'd all my proms." - Swizz Beatz
"DJs used to be American heroes. No more. Today, being a disk jockey is generally regarded as being slightly more respectable than snatching purses for a living, or robbing graves." - Larry Lujack
"I would love to DJ the royal wedding. Just so I could play Candle in the Wind non-stop." - Anthony Jeselnik
"Dance music is so interchangeable. There's not a lot of face to it. It's a bunch of Dutch DJs with the same haircut." - Diplo
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