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As an individual I was known as the DJ or the mixer.
– Grandmaster Flash
I go to a lot of rap shows and sometimes take what they do from a performer’s aspect, how they interact with the crowd. I always have a DJ with me on the road, as well as some dancers.
– Hannibal Buress
Suckle was the first West Indian DJ and he had this fantastic source of music.
– Georgie Fame
You have the core hip-hop, which would just be beats and breaks, more something like what you hear with DJ Premier. Then you get into the more highly produced hip-hop, which is something like what DJ Khaled does. But at some point, it starts to get kind of pop.
– Ice T
Then I just moved into being a DJ when that turned into the hottest thing.
– Jam Master Jay
I am amazed at radio DJ’s today. I am firmly convinced that AM on my radio stands for Absolute Moron. I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for.
– Jasper Carrott
I would DJ pool parties in Minneapolis, but I never swam there!
– Barkhad Abdi
I’m a DJ, but I’m also a ridiculously high-grossing musician due to doing productions.
I was a rapper and a DJ, and if you wanted to be involved in hip-hop, you had to be involved in the sonic, the kinetic and the visual aspects. The visual was graffiti.
– Adam Mansbach
I’m a DJ. I get the party started.
I traveled the world as a DJ, as a singer, as a songwriter, as a producer.
– Al Walser
I am one of the founders of Hip-Hop along with my brothers Kool DJ Herc and Grandmaster Flash.
– Afrika Bambaataa
My dad being a DJ, I heard all the hits, no matter what. My mom always had on the radio because my dad was on it.
– Chad Channing
As a DJ I am never 100 percent in charge of the sound. The sound levels are controlled by someone at the sound board of the venue.
– DJ Jazzy Jeff
Now, the DJ becomes a star in itself because of the way he programs the songs with lows and then highs and then slowing it down. The big DJs, like Tiesto and Deadmau5 and all those guys, they are very, very creative.
– Giorgio Moroder
Everything I make as a producer, I visualize it as a DJ first. And all those beats, I test them as a DJ.
– David Guetta
Even when I was a hip-hop DJ I always kept it classy. The motto is always ‘flashy but classy.’ You’ve got to be original and stand out from the crowd and take some chances. But you’ve always got to keep it classy.
– Mayer Hawthorne
It used to be that if you had a pretty good record, you could stop by a station in Little Rock or Atlanta and let the DJ listen to it. No way something like that can happen now.
– Charley Pride
The thing is that what you see on Snapchat, that’s DJ Khaled. That’s Khaled for real. That’s Khaled.
– DJ Khaled
When you DJ, you’re just on your own, which is nice because there’s no argument.
– Peter Hook
I’m more of an artist and a songwriter than I am a DJ. That word seems a little bit – well, it doesn’t really describe what I do.
I was called Kool Dj Kurt Walker… but they wanted tocall me Kurtis Blow.
– Kurtis Blow
As a radio DJ, I was on WRIN-WLQI. And even when I repeat it, it’s horrifying. My morning sign-on, because it was in Rensselaer, Indiana, it’d be, ‘You’re on the air with Jim O’Heir in Rensselaer.’ Ugh, oh my God, pathetic.
– Jim O’Heir
Pete Dj Jones was the first person that I saw with 2 turntables. This was 1972.
I consider myself more of a producer and a musician than a DJ.
I try to get the hip-hop aesthetic, most times without an MC. I don’t use a rapper or a DJ to give it the hip-hop style; it’s strictly the band that makes that music, which is a lot harder to do.
– Robert Glasper
I prefer to unwind by DJing. I learned that from Mike D from the Beastie Boys. After a show, he would DJ. Once I saw that, I wanted to do that. And now DJing is like my lifeline. I love the power it represents.
Before ‘Jersey Shore,’ I was a DJ struggling to promote, deejaying six nights a week and hustling to pack clubs.
– Pauly D
My brother makes beats, and I DJ.
– Slim Jimmy
A DJ can’t just play one song. It’s about playing a set, or how you connect songs in those two hours, and where you place them.