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idinesh 12:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
Humble, dedicated, passionate, practice, practice and practice!
MADLOGIC the Selectah 12:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is made with experience, style, creativity, sense of experimentation, and constant practice.
DJ Fall Line 12:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to read and interact with the crowd.
dj geoffro 12:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
Music knowledge, well rounded all around solid skill set & the ability to rock any crowd.
m17ch 12:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to surprise the crowd. Take them where they weren't expecting to go.
DJ Majesty7 12:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to take those on a journey who already rock with you but then go elsewhere and are instantly forever changed in every aspect
red right hand 12:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion for the crowd to have a great time mixed with a passion for the music, with a touch of soul and a little bit of class.
m17ch 12:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to surprise the crowd. Take them where they weren't expecting to go.
Brian "DJ Chief" Baldwin 12:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
Simple: Music, Creativity and Turntables
Majestyy2k 12:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
having skill to not only play music but create music to make one's set his/her own
Nick_P 12:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a good or a great DJ in my opinion is this:
Its Disc Jockey man. I mean Discs, you know.. Real DJ that can manipulate the discs and the music that he is playing. That he knows How to do that and Why but the most important thing is Love. Without love at what you're doing you cant go far. Love what you do, practice a lot and keep your real skills. I hope this is the right path that leads someone to greatness as a DJ.
I hope good luck to all competitors. Have a nice day !
-Nick :)
ragman922 12:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
It's a practiced balance of impeccable technique and an ability to feel a crowd. Song choice is key.
DJKPVOV 12:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
That is simple...
SKILLS
...knowing that 'HIP' is the knowledge and 'HOP' is the movement, will take you very far in this Culture.

@DJKINGPINVOV
djrdv 12:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
A lot of practice and learning new things everyday! Never be afraid of going out of your comfort zone
DJ Drewski19 12:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ? I believe it's the passion you have in music and open to creativity. Also, we continue to improve our skills through failure and love to be out there and have fun creating music.
dj 2.0 12:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj a great dj. Is studying the art for and everyday learning living breathing the art for of being not just a dj but an entertainer. Being a producer on the fly and re eventing every momentry of an even. Touching that one person through the right mix, And creating fans every show you perform. That is a great dj.
AIRX ONE 12:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge of all genres of music past and present of course skills and must be humble
RickyStylesNY 12:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Humble, creative, has a strong knowledge of his/her music, is able to rock any setting, technique, passion, and the last but surly the most important is to have fun while your djing.
Zion-Prayz 12:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice...I'm talking about practice...

Realize you've never been in the business too long to learn anything new. When you lose the passion to learn you've stepped off the path to greatness on to the path to mediocrity.
DJ Fumo 12:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice, practice, practice, humility, passion.
Dave Anderson 12:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to go deep into multiple genres & keeping high energy on the dance floor.
DJ Sneaky Texas 12:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Do one thing and do it well! Feel the music that your sharing with others and make your crowds eyes pop out when you drop a beat they haven't heard in years. Bring in the old cuts once in a while, make em new again!
Dj Hype07 12:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
Simple,

Good DJ: One who practices to the point of knowing and being comfortable with his/her skill level and performance.

Great DJ: One who dares to go above and beyond in his practice and performance to try and out do previous work/performance. The one who isn't afraid to try something different and edgy, an innovator.
DJ_SAGE 12:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a DJ is about the music, the feel, the passion, that comes from the heart (or soul some would say). It's about working hard everyday as a musician to better yourself, so you can open new possibilities to those you have direct contact with when you spin. If you can't lose yourself in the beat, then there's something missing.
DJ Prashant 12:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice.
DjLimitless 12:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj a great dj is passion, without the bug you just can't have the talent.
LilSwann 12:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is combination of many things most importantly being able to read a crowd and take them on a proper journey. Not everybody is into the same music so a great DJ knows that and knows how to play for the crowd. That instinct combined with actually knowing how to mix between songs without messing up the flow and some ill scratching definitely never hurts if not overdone.
jxdog 12:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
Time. The more parties and events you do make you better and you can go from good to great if you learn from your events like what works and what doesn't work.
jayp1974 12:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
In my opinion as to what makes a good dj great, is practice, experience, open mindedness, being humble and a vast knowledge of all types of music. Always challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.
x to tha z 12:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great dj takes the crowd on an unforgettable journey through music and connects with the crowd and displays his passion for music through the decks.
djhydro 12:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a good Dj is more then just music selection and technical skills. A great Dj uses his music and skills to tell a story, bring back memories and create new memories that everyone in the crowd can relate to
Kaejae 12:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJ- an artist that is passionate on their own style and can play for any crowd or format.
Great DJ- an artist that can take a crowd on a rollercoaster of music while keeping the dance floor packed. "Shuffle an IPod" - Jazzy Jeff
Dj Whales 12:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
Alot a pratice and willingness to do more makes a good dj.
DJ Greg33 12:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
Blends, Flow, Crowd Control.
Hard work beats talent because talent don't work hard.

G
DJ Cello 12:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
You need to read the crowd or for the people you are playing for and play songs that would suit the crowd. You need to know how to properly mix 2 songs together and sound on beat. You always need to have a very good song selection and know when to play them. What makes a good DJ is also the ability to scratch and practice your craft
seanbush 12:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
mmmmm want the vinyl and could def use the suite
 6 12:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
Serato makes a good DJ a great DJ.


nm
Mix Man Mike 12:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
Consistantly practicing to be able to make themselves better. Always evolving. Being able to surprise the crowd with something out of the ordinary. And always staying humble.
RODRIGO HENRIQUEZ VIRAS 12:57 AM - 30 April, 2015
just go with the wonder that is borderless music
Fokus1 12:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice, patience, ability to read a crowd, timing, music knowledge, diversity and skills.
njp6000 12:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ must have a great music library, be able to select appropriate chunes at appropriate times, be able to read a crowd and of course be able to mix seemlessly. The DJ must also be different from the norm! Don't play the big chunes... Make them! Make the music tell a story!

A good DJ will just be able to select, mix and keep a crowd moving!
mr.doughstream 12:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
A long, sometimes complicated, frustrating, wonderful, open minded, passionate, lifelong love affair with music and people..And of course the Turntables.

/D
DeeJay Devil On Ice 12:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
Oh my god i would be so happy
Dj Goldy 12:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
SLIP MATS .

soundcloud.com/goldys-hifi-corner
DeeJay Devil On Ice 12:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj know when to play what and where it fits in the mix.
Dviious 12:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is creative innovating music to hit the soul. When I DJ I make sure I have an energy that people can relate to. By connecting with the crowd. I then creatively mix, scratch, and mash up certain genres of music.
da H.N.I.C. dj Twomp 1:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great dj? Inspiration.. whether it's inspiring a crowd, other djs, or them selves.. a great dj will inspire the crowd to feel a certain way. A great dj will inspire other djs to want to practice, immulate, and perfect their craft. A great dj will continue to be inspired by the possibility they can create with this thing called music

Salute the DJ
krazy k 1:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great dj to me is a dj who can adapt to any type of crowd and who's mixes are clean
Lou Burna 1:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
I believe what makes a great DJ is one who knows and loves music of any genre, knows how to read and rock a crowd, and has fun while doing it!
elmerc 1:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ should first be passionate about it and love to do it. They should also know 3 main things: How to read the crowd and respond to their flow, how to make a smooth transition that makes people go "wow that was good!!!", and - and this is a very important one that is sometimes forgotten - know how to use their equipment properly and troubleshoot, because there is no such thing as 100% reliable equipment.
kolejay 1:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
Gotta be able to be versatile with all genre of music, skill, soul and be able to make any crowd rock!!!
deejdave 1:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
Open minded yet keeping one's values. Willingness to change while understanding where you/others have come from.

Love for the music and the people who make it & appreciate it.

Above all fun...................... There are no rules. There are no guidelines. You are as good of a DJ as you want to be and whether you are playing for 1,000,000 people or by yourself in your bedroom it should be fun.
d.jwu 1:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is skilled in all aspects of DJing:

-technical skill, tablism as we know it
-reading and knowing your crowd
-song selection
-quality sound
-genuine passion for music and the art of DJing
-adaptability. Knowing how to react to adverse events like records skipping, equipment failing, etc.
-professional. Being fashionably late or rough on other people's equipment isn't cool.
DJ GRiD 1:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
Hard work, constant practice and learning to master your craft makes you a good DJ. What makes you a great DJ is taking that experience and knowing when to pick up the pace of crowd and when to slow it down, to get them energized and when to make them go crazy.
djmickriddleton 1:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ respects the art and the ones who came before him/her, are tireless with their craft, and listen to DJ Jazzy Jeff's Peter Piper routine while watching reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
Glenboarder 1:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice.
fotsbeats 1:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Innovation.
djlawone 1:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being from the city of Brotherly Love first off. Second would be the knowledge of how, when and where this art form started. If you don't know the history of it dj'ing how can you add to it?
styles only 1:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
Besides have the skils and love for entertaining through music... its all about personality because people can read your ora by the way you play. So for me its all about mixing your personality into your sets..
derbYstar 1:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
a (wo)man how nows music. how know the details.
and love the details – bit for bit.
Dj Tee801 1:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
in my oppinon what makes a good dj great . be humble , be original... djing is an art ( no 2 people create the same masterpiece )
allways pay it forward , share your experience & love for djing to new people , open the mind , rock your stage every chance you get
allways put on a good show ..... you never know when you will insipre the next dj .....
DJ INAP 1:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
Love of music. Appreciation of other's style. And the ability to rock any crowd with any style of music, anywhere.
theengineerlady 1:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
Willingness to learn. Listening to music digging back through the charts. Reading blogs. Understanding music. Composition. Style. Genre bending. Understanding people. The psychology of music. Keys notes and scales and how we interpret them mentally. The mind altering process that goes through your mind as you listen to nodes and notes as they intertwine with the rhythm and melody of a song. What makes people stand up and intimately what makes them sit down as you release from the climax of your set. When to let the music breathe and when to pack it as tight as a brick. Seeing each part of your set as a component in the mold. And most likely understanding that what you do changes lives literally at the end of the day and habit fun!
MixMasterMagic 1:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
You have to have the ability to read your crowd, engage your crowd, entertain your crowd with a great music mix, and incomparable energy
DJ WesFil 1:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to read the crowd, to play the right song at the right time in order to continue the musical journey you're taking the crowd on.
lyricalb26 1:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good hearing mad turntablism skills real djs
DjGoce D'Sauce (Raw N Wicked) 1:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
Music knowledge (don't limit yourself to couple of genres of music), technical skills (scratch-mix-juggle) and the love for DJing... Making people happy through good selection of music mixed with skills and some good sauce! 1!!!
DjScandal 1:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
Making a great DJ is knowing the music, growing your skills, and respecting ALL aspects of your craft. If you know music you can give the crowd what they want to hear. If you grow your skill you can make it special. If you respect all aspects of your craft you will never be limited In what you can use or do.
DJHALLMANN 1:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
a good DJ create fun$happyness for the people is instruments
exel 1:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion for the ART!! Respecting your crowd and the taking them on a journey. Knowing where this art came from and how it evolved and giving credit to those who came before. And most important just go out there and have fun!!!
WaylanGrin 1:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is able to accommodate guests request across multiple genres and BPMs with clean mixes and control the flow of an event with ease.
unsung hero 1:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
What I believe what makes a good dj great is devotion and determination. The willingness to get better and better by opening yourself up to new technics and criticism
DDJ Shem 1:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice, practice, practice. Try to find a creative thing to do every time you DJ to set you apart from other DJs.
TNT-DJS 1:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
Play for your audience.

Do what is necessary to entertain even if it requires that you deviate from your plans.

Have fun and so will everyone else.
VinnyBlanc 1:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
Focus on making the 99.9% of the people have a great night and don't worry about trying to impress the 1 other DJ in the room!
Flash550 1:11 AM - 30 April, 2015
I great DJ reads the crowd and DJ's for them and not for themselves.
palfelipe@yahoo.com 1:11 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion. The willingness to get better and better by opening yourself up to new technics and criticism
DJ Ment 1:11 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is made with heart, music, respect and love for all the djs no matter what type of genre...a good dj is a dj that can mix, transition, scratch, loop any type og genre...all together in one mix...r3spect
DaCreep 1:11 AM - 30 April, 2015
what he said ^^
maxc7 1:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
You must first and foremost know your music, know your equipment, and last but not least play for the crowd not yourself.
kilo-watt 1:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to read the crowd and adapt to what people want to hear. Too many DJ's play what they want to hear and not what the crowd wants.
siegfred30 1:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
Dedication, Hard work and and and learning the unlimited possibilities or knowledge of dj skills
siegfred30 1:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
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Dedication, Hard work and and learning the unlimited possibilities or knowledge of dj skills
DJ Ed X 1:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
Music knowledge, music selection during your set, timing, practice and being humble.
mikeskeezo 1:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
just to be a good dj its an art in itself, now if you can drop a record and set the tone for the night or rock any venue ,rock any genre of music and get the crowd on the dance floor and take them on musical journey. and play shit that they would never ever think they like but just sounded good the way you dropped it scratch it mixed it or blend it, then i say that would elevate you to a GREAT DJ,.!
SLyo 1:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
30% technique 50% musical taste 15% practice and 5% gear

But, you know, a great heart may as well make a great Dj.

Djs are like, alchemists and translators, but also, creators and writers...

God is a DJ.
eaugallie 1:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think it should be about the dj being true to them selves wether he or she was rockin it for 50 or 50,000 dont stay in the box alll the time you have to put yourself out there in order for people to feel you the real you and a not a just robot I feel these things are the main things I want to feel,hear, and see, and it's not hard to have these qualities if you're a great dj. And i want a dj to be a dj not a diva that is also a example
DJ-Decane.de 1:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think great DJ don´t take requests!!!

It´s not about what you´re playin - it´s about what you´re NOT playin!

You should be a thre3style King not only for 15 minutes! If you can play songs in a MIX from different styles for HOURS and you can enjoy yourself behind the 1´s & 2´s you have the best requirements to become a GREAT DJ!
djbvax 1:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
Having your style and letting your personality shine through your music. Being versatile and not just focusing on one type of music. Being open and flexible to older and newer music. Open to new tech and keep the audience on thier toes with unpredictable mixes and blends.
MooseJaw32 1:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Disc Jockey Is the backbone of hip-hop and a lot of people have forgot this. They keep the parties going with the newest and hottest tracks while also keeping it fresh with good old classics. They don't stick to one a style of music, they have a flavorful taste, they aim to keep the people moving and not dying of boredom. A Great DJ is a master of his craft and his instruments are an extension of his body. They can preform on anything from an analog turntable with real vinyl, or timecode vinyl, a pair of CDJs, to even the newer controllers they have been developing. They do no let anything hold them back from achieving their goals. They have studied the art and history of turntablim, from mixing with blends that are undetectable, preforming tight and clean scratches with good techniques, having style or tricks and of course being able to keep the party alive and jumping. An excellent DJ is the ultimate compliment and balance to and incredible Emcee. A DJ that can form a relationship with a Emcee and impact and improve the game is crucial, we have seen this from duos like DJ Premier & Guru, Eric B. & Rakim, The man of this contest DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith or even a group like Dialted People's with DJ Babu. All of these factors are what set apart DJs from Great DJs that will be remembered, and of course being a good human being hah.
Mr. 219 1:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
A lot of the stuff said above.

Plus a lot more like a group of people behind them to help bring them up - these could include a coach, graphic designer, social media rep, studio, producer, turntablist, mc...
christran47 1:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
Uniqueness, is what sets a dj apart from the rest.
djbone ireland 1:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
skills, music knowledge, humble and respectfull to other fellow djs..
DJ killa23 1:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Plain n simple!! Selection n timing!!
chayo506 1:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Poner todo tipo de música, aprender y crear nueva formas de hacer cambios o jugar con la música y actualizarse siempre.
DjKiddnova 1:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj becomes a great dj when they level up to that "phenom" level their scratch techniques are crisp their blends and cuts are beyond smooth. Creativity is through the roof. Not tied to one genre every genre of music is their kind of music. They not only rock a crowd of people who know em but make people who only hear them the first time become instant fans. Their not satisfied being "great djs" they won't stop till they become legendary.
G-Potts 1:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
to be a great dj I think it takes the ability to be able to make the crowd feel your passion for music while djing, and to be able to create, and change the music to make everything your own.
Siesta Soul 1:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice, dedication, and creativity are what makes a good dj become a great dj.
Jose_Rodriguez 1:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a Great Dj you must to stay tuned to the dance floor. It is the true essence of djing for many years.
Skills and passion are two very important ingredients but if you are not able to connect with the fundamental part of the party you'll NEVER NEVER NEVER be a Great Dj.
FunkFerret 1:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
It's about being yourself in your music. You gotta have your own flair. Don't try to copy others, you want your music to sound like you! Do your own thing and most of all have fun! If you're not enjoying playing music, then why are you doing it?

On top of that, getting technical, I think a great DJ is someone who knows their music back to front, knows which parts of tracks sound great, knows when to mix in or out of a particular song, not let tracks or mixes unnecessarily drag on. Keep it fast and interesting!

On the gear debate... The equipment you use doesn't matter. If you can do amazing stuff with controllers alone, then great! If turntables are your thing, great! It's 2015 after all, we should use all this amazing technology we have access to. The possibilities are endless.
Demonstr8 1:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
There are many good DJ's out there, but what makes a good DJ a GREAT DJ is having the talent to create something new and exciting out of the tools you have available. Today, a lot of people are quick to go purchase the exact same equipment that their favorite DJ uses. If they see that DJ with certain CDJ's, they think they need it also. If they see that same DJ the following week using the latest controller, they will go get that controller also. I am not saying that upgrading your gear is a bad thing, but the DJ is what makes the performance fun and exciting. In other words, CREATIVITY is what makes a good DJ a GREAT DJ. I love where technology has taken the DJ scene, but being able to create something new out of something old is what DJ'ing is all about.
DJ Structure 1:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
You have to stay true to the music and give 110% each performance. Whether it's 10 or 10,000 people because those 10 people still deserve a great time. Don't be afraid to take a risk and be vulnerable.
DJ Dain 1:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ can become a great DJ as long as he pursues the art of picking the right song, for the right moment, right now.
Dizzle the Dj 1:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good Dj = reads crowd, plays tunes they love
Great Dj = reads crowd, plays tunes they never new they loved before hearing tonight, puts their own flavor on the selection and playback of tunes.
Djtrey_ash 1:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great Dj justs needs to have a love of music. A love of music and a desire to share that with everyone.
DJ Dean C 1:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
It really is a matter of opinion....
But it all comes back to 3 basics

1. You have to be passionate about the music
2. You have to be able to read the crowd
3. You have to have the heart to experiment and do something to make the crowd remember you.

This is what makes a dj great!
DJSINQUE 1:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great Dj you have to know 1st it is an art form and a craft that is profected by one who is a disco jockey that understand the science of taking 2 turntables and 2 records and creating blends, mixes, scratches all these elements that becomes an instrument that allows you to controll a crowed and be able to have them in musical trans.
That's what makes a good DJ.
DJ Vala 1:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
Listen to new music, be prepared for the unexpected, read your audience, surprise them, always change your DJ sets, never stop practicing, get out of your comfort zone, always be creative, don't get stuck on proved formulas. Take risks. Only do it if it makes you happy and passionate about it. Have fun and enjoy.
CMOS 1:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes someone great is dedication. The daily grind of always improving.
sirsnaf 1:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
PERSONALITY - On the decks and in your music.

It's your style, no one else's.
Matias-cco 1:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ must love what is doing. It's about giving to the crowd a music journey that makes people have a wonderful time. Everything it's not just about technique and skill on mixing, a big part it's giving a great time to the crowd.
davmarti 1:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love of the music, sleepless hours spent day, night, when your alone or when your surrounded by a crowd.
Bocharn 1:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
Having fun when dJing and it will make great :)
djbennyblanco_ 1:23 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being passionate, relentless, staying humble and practice practice practice
Mamadafunk 1:24 AM - 30 April, 2015
LOVE of music and dance first and foremost, then hard work, calm determination and personality. On the night read the crowd and make the set a wondrous journey of foot stomping awesomeness. And last but not least be the artist that you are and don't try to be like another....love what you do and have fun...I know I do!!
#Pureskill 1:24 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ? This question can be elaborated on in so many different shapes and forms. In our ever growing technologically advanced world, you can cut & scratch vinyl with turntables or push buttons all day long with a controller but bottom line is, a "GOOD" DJ will not only present his/her technology skill to a crowd but will be able to read that said crowd and keep them dancing. A "GOOD" DJ will already posses the skills needed to give their crowd a smooth and clean mix from start to finish but a "GREAT" DJ will give their crowd exactly what they're ears are searching for with a memorable presence and positive out-come!
undersan32 1:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
I've been djing for 29 yrs. In my opinion a good dj feed off the crowd they are playing for,and thay are happy with what they do. A GREAT DJ is always a student listening,watching & learning and always reaching for more. There is never the best DJ because just like prize fighting, someone who is watching you want to go beyond you and if you're not a student you will be passed by. Just my opinion. I'm still a student!
eamon187 1:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
A unique sound and the right tools for the job
Dj Jigz 1:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ is the ability to perform I front of a crowd and have fun with what he doing. Not holding back into his mixes and enjoying the music What makes a great Dj is the ability to give the crowd a good time and enjoy the music with them but always been prepare always knowing that to expect and how to adjust to crowds and music. To be a great DJ you have to be the role model of your crowd.
DJRob73 1:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
Hands down being able to adjust to your crowd. They are there to have a good time and will make or break you. Also have fun! If you don't , your crowd won't either.
djToNghi 1:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
It take originality, every dj has his or her own style, we all have had people who inspire have own creativity and its our passion that transpires to the crowd. and practice is always good haha
Dj Kryp Tonite 1:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is a creator of music and not just a player of music. They also know how to connect with their audience and are able to adapt to take them on a musical journey. The heart beat of any event!!
dj headrush 1:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
a Good DJ is One who practices to the point of knowing and being comfortable with his/her skill level and performance. But a
Great DJ is One who dares to go above and beyond in his practice and performance to try and out do previous work/performance. The one who isn't afraid to try something different and edgy, an innovator.
Fuseamania 1:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj great is knowing the music. At the end of the day the music is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of being a dj.
dj dyslexia 1:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
Playing the music that thay like and not just what u want to play unless thay came for your specific music ie dj/producer. read the room
HenryChatfield 1:28 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj to me will always have an appreciation for vinyl, enjoys talking about the different parts of a 1200, and nerds out over different types of needles.

And when I say 'the smell of a record store' you immediately get a sensory overload of that musky, cardboardy dust aroma...and your stomach kind of piques with excitement that you're gonna find something good...

I'm not hating on the new age of digital -- some amazing stuff is coming out of it and gotta embrace it -- I just personally think it should be called something other than "DJ"
youngest Soca Dj 1:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
First LOVE MUSIC
YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR DJ SET
YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE HARD WORK & MONEY.
YOU ALSO HAVE TO READ THE CROWD & BE CREATIVE & BE PROFESIONAL .
You have to love what you do .
IAmDJBlayde 1:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ knows music and the technology to play it. A GREAT DJ knows how to combine the two while reading the crowd and keeping everyone on their feet for hours!
DJ GNO 1:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
Dedicated to the love of the art and how it can grow into any shape. Loves what they play and plays it well. Creative, innovative, and hungry for music in any form.
vonaudio 1:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great Dj? Being a dj isn't about self indulgence, and playing what every other generic DJs plays. Dj'ing is about selection, passion pouring your heart and soul into finding that music that no one els has heard, or knows where to gain access to. Dj'ing is about individuality.. Reading a crowd, and giving everything you've got, to make sure that the crowd enjoy what you do, as much as you do!
djalx. 1:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj a great is very simple. It's passion and love for the art and the music. Does not matter what he uses or skill set the dj is at.
DJ BabyBoy 1:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice practice practice!!! Learn to read the crowd and play music to get them going. Try to learn the songs you will be playing history i.e. their samples, lines from other songs and or songs that inspired the song You are playing. Stay humble and help those that are trying to get to your level. Remember where you came from.
jevo9 1:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good Dj = skills,music knowledge.
Great Dj = skills, music knowledge, and humble.
DJ KNKT 1:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge and respect for the history and foundations of the art form of DJing, turntablism; And a desire to learn new techniques as well as innovate new ways to push the art form forward. I.e.- NEVER stop learning, and don't ever get to a place where you feel as though you have mastered all there is.
GPAC 1:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ takes requests to please the crowd.
A great DJ plays his own style and rocks the crowd without requests.
KEONIattheclub 1:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
Digging through crates or scouring the internet for that track that no one will know, someone thats always trying to stand out from the norm. I believe that is what makes a good dj alongside humility and respect.
dj mick 1:34 AM - 30 April, 2015
Love of Music + Creativity + Dedication + Crowd Pleaser + SERATO = Great DJ. Nuff said.
czero 1:34 AM - 30 April, 2015
broad musical knowledge combined with good storytelling.
djgp225 1:34 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj is someone who can read the crowd while amazing them with techniques And skills. Someone who is able to rock any show, big or small. Has to be dedicated to his/her art of djing And humble at the Same time. It takes dedication, hard work, practice And a certain skill to be a good dj
okaytk 1:35 AM - 30 April, 2015
what makes a good dj great?

a great dj continues to push the art itself..

continues to take it to new levels..

to pass knowledge on to others and evolve the culture of djing..
DjMenorCT 1:35 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Good Dj Reads The Crowd And Knows What They Want With A Request!
DJ XSSY 1:35 AM - 30 April, 2015
Heart, passion, knowledge, respect & some good music.
DjMenorCT 1:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Good Dj Reads The Crowd And Knows What They Want Without A Request!
DJ Rome443 1:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJay is one who is passionate about his craft, versatile in music selection, ingenuity in the way songs are transition in and out, and looking like they are enjoying it.
Kaydeelac 1:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
Someone skilled who can take any crowd on a journey, who can make them appreciate the moment, make you enjoy the world of music.
jaymcneil 1:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is someone that first and foremost truly loves music. Next, they must be skilled at reading a crowd and technically able to put together a cohesive musical production that works with their audience.
Gjose 1:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
Choice of music makes a good DJ how he mixes it makes him a great DJ
Dj Isaias 1:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
The one thing I have learned about playing is you must love what you're doing. It's not always about the money when you Dj. It's about enjoying what you do, it's about having passion, the feel of the music. It's also about bringing down the house and making people feel what you're playing. Always remember it's about your music and people you are playing for.
G.E.Oh 1:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ follows the crowd, a great DJ takes the crowd where they weren't expecting to go.
DjFreskoe 1:39 AM - 30 April, 2015
In my humble opinion, a good Dj can blend and keep the crowd dancing. A great Dj will take you on a journey and will stay on your mind long after the party is over.
Double-0-zerO 1:39 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ is a genuine passion for the art of mixing music.

-consistent practice and dedication towards the use of diverse transitions, effects and scratching.

-Utilizing your personal emotions into your song selections and not just selecting tracks that match pitch and tempo.

-Most importantly the ability to create sounds that you yourself enjoy more than the listener because you're that damn proud of your own work.
djperv 1:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
reading and knowing your crowd
DJ SHLLSHCK 1:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice! Keeping your finger on the pulse of the crowd while keeping your ear to the beat. Practice! The ability to be original. Practice! Exposure to different types of music. Practice! Realizing that no matter how good you are today, you can be better tomorrow.....with practice!
Scizzorhands 1:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
A respect for the culture past and present .. And a skill set that represents both.. Also being able to have your own style and knowledge... But most of all... Enjoying what you do. Oh and using serato :P haha
DJ QUEEN DREAM 1:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ respects the culture and wants to expand and progress the DJ movement. They bleed their soul on the vinyl and unite people through the common connection of the world; Music.
djfreshness 1:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
Q: What you think makes a good DJ a great DJ?
A: "Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him a lifetime."

DJ legends we look up to aren't selfish with their talents. Some have classes, videos online, instructors at schools/universities, workshops, etcetera! Teaching others what you already know helps you learn more about what your sharing.

and that's what makes a good DJ a great DJ!!!
—Fresh(Ness)
George M 1:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ never gets tired of progressing their skill set and respects the art and culture of music. They know how to entertain and develop a set in any environment by dropping that track which took them hours to find.

Great Dj's can interact with all but are humble enough to respect where they started
Ppllikegrapes 1:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think a good dj can play music but a great dj makes music.
daws 1:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
Two things everyone missed are punctuality and communication. There is no point in being able to make your own edits, perfectly beat and keymatch on vinyl, tape decks or PUNCH CARDS, read, rotate, interact and adjust to the crowd, practicing, experimenting and learning new skills and techniques, spending the majority of your life time listening and learning if you arent even able to make it to the gig on time or contact them. A great DJ will have backup gear, backup music, backup transport - and even a backup DJ in case of emergency. The number one priority is to make sure everything runs smoothly and you need to be prepared for the worst. If you just bought the latest and greatest gear and spent all night learning how to use it and someone spills beer halfway through your gig or you have a heart attack - you have to have a backup plan. If I was in charge of the event I would rather have a DJ who can't mix at all that has backup gear instead of the most skilled DJ in the world whos gear breaks 10minutes in.
djbambino 1:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
Heart.
DJMTX 1:45 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a fan of music "all music".. Passion, dedication, your cup is never full. Staying humble and true. Stay organized. Try to practice at least 1hr. a day. When you reach a certain level it's all about a feeling.
djToNghi 1:45 AM - 30 April, 2015
to be a great dj it takes originality. everyone has his or her own unique sound. to take what you learned from others as well as yourself, creates your own style that transpires in to t he crowd. and practice always helps haha
mkushi 1:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
Constant work on your craft to become the greatest you can be. Then representing all of your abilities in sets that please any audience small or large.
Onagimi 1:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion for music, know what the crowd like, know music you are playing, know your beats for mixing or scratching. Do less talking on the mic.
Stretch7145 1:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJ's are able to play what they like. This is fundamental to being a good DJ.
DJ MAD MONK 1:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
Experience, music selection, breaking new music to a crowd within your mix. Staying humble and always being professional in tough situations.
Rickyboom 1:48 AM - 30 April, 2015
dedication, love, rhythm, time and effort.
Be real to yourself.
cry with the music, smile about it, dance with it, feel it, sleep with it, breath it, make love with music, Dream with it, do experience, learn with it, get lost on the music , believe in yourselfs and share a smile because we are able to listen to music.
MassAppeal 1:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
The passion of producing a set/night/environment that the crowd can enjoy; having the love, knowledge and ear to play not only what the people want, but songs that others need to hear. Being a GREAT DJ is knowing that you are there for them (the crowd); with a smile, being humble, a GREAT DJ can save lives (get it...LOL)
Brother Fred 1:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
Love what you do, and try your best to get others to Love what you do.
Poroufessor 1:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
For me a Good Dj knows his music, his audience & has done research through time, practise, mixing & blending skills, educated ones self on the past foundations, finally can go anywhere in the world & cold rock the party, have fun, unites the masses, is still willing to learn, shows love to new ones coming through, together we all make this planet rock! Long live the DJ! ...& our New Zealand Djs kick some ass Worldwide thankyou Serato for providing us with a platform we all love! Peace! DJ POROUFESSOR
The Freshness 1:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice and ambition. This is not an overnight fluke thing!
LABEANZ 1:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
Skill, dedication, practice... And the balls to try new things!
DJ Double M 1:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think what makes a good DJ a great DJ is knowing which song to play next.
The Spin Doctor 1:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
A love for what you do and the particular style of music you might play.
thomasteve9 1:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think being a good DJ is all about making people dance!
maxdout2006 1:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ will adapt to his crowd. Every crowd is different so you must know your music in order to be able to rock any event. You must be passionate and always keep an open mind. Stay up to date with the music as well as the technology and practice, practice, practice.
Dj NinEleven 1:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
A love for music and knowledge of how a song is made or recorded. Past and present time.
Kid-AzzMa 1:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
Originality is key when doing a live set from how you prepare to when you go live. Reading the crowd,the energy you put forward is a key way to communicate with your party. Over all its not about having the best gear in the industry but more importantly a great attitude and enjoying the crowd and time you spend while on the set.
Es Nass 1:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ stays true to the craft, understands their roots, respects the pioneers of this magnificent Art form, and is able to set the tone. The Dj is heartbeat that keeps the party going.
DJ MOSS 1:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
Anyone can DJ but to become a great DJ you must Practice and perfect the art form including the song selection, reading and catering to all types of crowds, practicing the basics of turntablism and beat matching, know your music and be creative in what you do but most importantly Have Fun with it!! ✌🏽️
dj lil moyo 1:57 AM - 30 April, 2015
It's not the equipment you use its how well you know music and how much passion you have for it.
DJ Revenge! 1:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is one who practices and practices and practices to the point where they are getting regular gigs and the crowd enjoys the music played.

A great DJ is one who like a good Dj practices and practices and practices on their skills but on off times searches for that track that no one knows about, tries and strives to find that cool music that the crowd is looking for and at the same time knows how to drop that track(s) at the right time so that the crowd simultaneously bobs their heads in rhythmic unison so that the people can't wait come back next time for more.
JonnyD'Lux 1:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
Jazzy has been nuts since I can remember. My cats name is "Jazz" aka Jazzy. Boom.
DJ TY NiTTY 1:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
It takes Love and Passion....A passion for the music and a love of all people to be able to connect with the music we play.
shadow G 1:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ loves the music more than anything else. Its all about making more out of what you have and making it better.
djc4scratch 1:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
Spidey sense of anticipating what the crowd wants and then giving it to them at the perfect moment with your own personal touch.
Tip Savage 2:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
Someone who is creative, energetic and is constantly looking on ways to improve.
djyoungreeg 2:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
You need dedication and passion for music in order to progress from a good dj to a great dj. You need to have a vast knowledge of the history of music even though you may not normally be into a particular type of music. You must have respect for the art and craftsmanship. Then everything else will fall into place. You must do research and practice every day. Practice your beat matching, blending and mixing one song into another with a perfect blend not just because the bpm matches up. Mastering crowd reaction and participation is very important. Keeping the people constantly interested and moving. Most importantly you must have a great attitude and not a cocky attitude.
deejaytomtom 2:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ ? , a great DJ ?
It's simple......knowing your music, and putting your talent to work !
#VIVASERATO #SCVCG
Taco Bello 2:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ makes people come back for more.
tnt 2:03 AM - 30 April, 2015
Besides the knowledge or djing skills... A good dj is; who respects the culture and other djs... Who is trying to make the industry better... Who is able to foresee what his/her actions could lead to... Who doesn't accept ridiculous offers from promoters or managers and play 6 hours of music to make only $200... Who can stand up for others...
jokerswild 2:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ great... His/Her ability to adapt and use whatever equipment or technology gives them to rock a party!
DJSCAR_412 2:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
Someone that takes the crowd on a musical journey and have a wide range of music knowledge.
must be able to read the crowd.
Practice alot and have technical skills on the turntables. also having respect for other DJs, keep an open mind.
Have love for all types of music
FURY 2:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
Depth in knowledge of good music and there own collection . Humble in the knowledge that there is always more to learn and improve . Practice , pract ice, practice .... back up your files..
Bobby Dijital 2:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
Playing what you feel, and feeling what you play.
Feeding off the energy from the crowd that creates a synergy that moves you and the crowd.

Being a 'Crowd Pleaser' is key to being a 'Great DJ'.
Trash Bag 2:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a DJ great is the ability to connect with your audience and act accordingly, pick the right music for the atmosphere. Also you gotta have a passion for music greater than anything. The last thing is to keep up to date with all the new tech and music. Make sure all your sets are full of brand new stuff and make sure to experiment with new gear to enhance your DJing experience
cincybran 2:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is true to their self. Respects the history, the art, and the individuality for other DJ's while adapting to continuous changes of music and style in an effort for continuous self improvement!
brad d 2:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowing what the dance floor want before they do by keeping one foot on the dance floor
emmitelliott 2:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
It has been said before but love for music and practice are what is needed for both. No one ever masters becoming good DJ but great DJs are masters because the are good and love what they do.
BlakKat206 2:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
Be yourself and do what sounds right to you!
roberto aguayo 2:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj is knowing the music n practice in what he plays on n a very good people person.
DJmakeUdance 2:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
Ok, being a good DJ is pretty simple now a days with all this new technology. Now a great DJ is taking the time to master all the new technology along with adding the old school touches and combining them in to a skill set that will not only take his audience for an unforgettable ride with ups and downs but also have them leaving and consistently wanting more. A great DJ is innovator willing to take a chances. He is a creator! He is a leader and will never be a follower!
benny b 2:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
Smile. When a DJ is clearly enjoying the music they're playing, it makes all the difference.
hersh20 2:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
Simple, a great dj rocks the party. Everyone has fun. A great dj just does his job. And the real recognize real.
Dj Rawkus 2:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
What make a "good dj" a "great dj"...well many factors but my personal favorites, to be able to play/mix/produce all genre of music together with no bounds and they should have a passion for the music of life.. nature!! and all its sounds to use in music production :)
roberto aguayo 2:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
N having a good idol(dj jazzy jeff) n a mentor.that know the way of djing.
lucatz 2:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
Music, Creativity and Turntables. Love the crowd
jamberjong 2:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
Transitions and song choice are the most important!
DJ Peer Pressure 2:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
When you take the time to learn the craft, as well as help others along the way.
Encourage and be an inspiration in all that you do.
Oscar928s4 2:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to read the crowd....and a love for music.
dj Newmark 2:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ knows their music (type). A great DJ can mix and remix a type of music that they don't really know and create something special on the fly. For example: Playing "Rap" then mixing in "soft rock" and the crowd can't even recognize what was just done to them.
Dj Cassarola 2:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
Respect, Practice, Creativity and having fun are all traits of a great DJ. As cliche as it sounds Respecting the art form for what it is and their fellow artists. Practicing their own techniques and creativity is key to making everything you touch unique.
DJ Helicon 2:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
Anyone can be a DJ. It doesn't take an advanced degree or any kind of innate knowledge. To be good at it though, one typically needs to buy equipment and dedicate time to practicing. It helps to have an ear for music, and like many endeavors that involve 'talent' (vs. just training or experience), not everyone can be good at it. To be great, like with anything, requires extraordinary dedication to all levels of the art, including: history, technicality, experience with a wide variety of gear/hardware, studying multiple genres, and never-ending practice. Of course, all great DJs have performed in virtually every environment and learned to adapt to a variety of situations. One thing that all people who are great at their craft share is the huge sacrifice they had to make to get there.
NOLA Stylez 2:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
Research, love, genuine interest, and a belief in your knowledge, skills, and abilities. No more simpler than that.
Dj Dom242 2:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
To advance from a good dj to a great dj, a dj must know his or her crowd. They must not play certain genres because it is their favorite instead they should play music that will rock their crowd. In addition, the best software and equipment makes all good Djs great. These Djs must also have knowledge on how to properly use the equipment.
DJChips 2:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
Managing the energy level of a crowd by using a combination of first song choice and second mixing techniques.
djdannyd 2:23 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledgeable of multiple genres of music, interact with the crowd and be able to read it. Also knowledgeable in the art form and its history, no Pauly D's....
dj_spinner_t 2:24 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ will play to the crowd and great Dj will control it.
OFI13 2:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love of the music for a good dj and a great dj but a great dj never stops eats drinks and lives music knows his music where the breaks are reads the crowd and can play mix scratch anything a great dj is the music!
chazz rockwell 2:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
Creativity, musical knowledge, and the desire to learn.

Combined with...

Skillz (with a Z), crowd control, and practice.
a1 2:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
A GREAT DJ is able to take a crowd into a ride. Like a roller coaster, it's going to have highs and lows. In the middle of the ride, you display creativity(scratching, blending, transitions) have the crowd leaving with something(wether it's scratching a record, a blend, etc.) they'll ALWAYS remember!
DjnuX 2:28 AM - 30 April, 2015
I love for not only your music, but all music.
An obsession with organizing and listening to your collection.
And the need to convey your love of that collection and all its parts to anyone who will listen!
djerif 2:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is one who works hard to master his technique, but is open to adapt to new styles. He has to be willing to work hard, and put a lot of time and effort into DJing. When behind the turntables he has to know how to adapt to how the crowd is reacting towards certain genres and styles, to keep them happy.
Mike Mitchell 2:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a good DJ, you must first have a passion for music. Secondly, know the crowd that you're playing for and lastly know how to beat match.
DjTasko 2:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
"What is a Dj if he can't scratch"
dj_rome 2:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ great?

Ask three people and you'll get five answers...but my opinion, in short: knowledge, ability, and passion.

Knowledge, as in intimately knowing the music you play -- the old-school and new-school, the beats and the lyrics, the history and the progression. But also, knowing your audience, your surroundings, and yourself.

Ability, as in one's technical chops behind the decks. Whether mixing, scratching, juggling, sampling, remixing, producing, or all of the above and more -- it's about perfecting your craft (which, much like getting to Carnegie Hall, takes practice, practice, and more practice!).

And finally and most importantly, passion. For without passion, one will never get close to mastering the knowledge and ability...and one's passion is what will shine through, make one stand out, and leave an impression.
syer16 2:35 AM - 30 April, 2015
1. Know your music inside and out
2. Feel and understand the crowd
3. Be prepared for anything

Everything else will fall into place.
flava 2:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Good Dj is Born with the innate ability to make people live through music. The equipment is second hand. The skills, passion, intuition and foresight into the minds and souls of people who want to party is what sets him or apart from anyone that touches two turntables.
OfficialBassick 2:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is a humble and genuine person, who knows how to have a good time, accompanied with technical skill and music knowledge to rock any party.
smash and grab 2:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj...
A dj that dj's because they love to dj...
Not for the fame
Not for the Money
Not for the Free bottles..

Someone can be a great dj that never leaves the house..
But just loves DJing...That's it
DJ NuMAN 2:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ becomes a great DJ when they learn how to read the crowd and keep them into party or event by playing the right song at just the right time. A good DJ also becomes great when they are able to rock a party or event playing music from multiple genres and eras.
DJ Ammunition 2:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love for music, determination for creativity, and respect of the craft! Do what you love n love what you do! Be the show!


- DJ Ammunition
djriches 2:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
The transition from a good dj to a great dj happens when you stop listening to the music and you begin to feel the music. When it becomes a part of you. When your equipment becomes an instrument and your set becomes a feeling
fergusonic 2:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
Seamless mixing!!! If you can't mix two tracks, without syncing, then you will never be an average DJ.
http://serato.com/user/id:7585753 2:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
The understanding of the culture.
Bring in the possibility to deliver the truth.

Let's get stronger together and explore ourselves to be a union as a DJ lover
djgshoc 2:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love for the art, the love for the music, the love for vinyl and the respect for other dj's
Andre78 2:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
Creativity,dedication,passion,love and knowledge for all music,i think dj'ing is an art form of skill that you either inherit on your own or develop from learning and practice to gain your knowledge and experience that with time can make you from a good to a great dj with time but it all depends on the individual and where their heart mind is set...
GoDJ Willz 2:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion and dedication for the art and the ability to read the crowd definitely make a good DJ great.
Odayer 2:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love of the music and having fun with it.
Serato, Moderator
Samuel S 2:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
I'm not allowed to enter but I want to add my 10c.

What makes a good DJ a great DJ in my opinion is someone who knows their music inside and out. Knows the history of it, knows how it relates to other music, know's how it fits in any situation.

It's also someone that isn't jealous, bitter or arrogant. They know they are good because they know what they are doing. They D G A F about what anyone else does or thinks. They carve their own lane.
philsart 2:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great dj has good dj skills, is unique in a certain way and he is living the music he is playing.
If you watch the kings of djing, you can always see that they're absolutely in this, what they're doing. The feeling which they're sending out when they play is always contagious.
This is the recipe for their success.
Dj Risky 2:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
Djing is in his life and his life is in djing....
El Connorz 2:45 AM - 30 April, 2015
Simply put: Living and breathing the music that you play. Yes you can have the skills that pay the bills ( cutting, beat juggling, etc,), but great DJ's know music intimately, almost like a spouse or special loved one. And like a spouse, you aren't ashamed to show the world how much you love it. That love makes you work harder to hone your craft, but the time seems like nothing to you because you love it so (music/DJing) much. just my 2 cents...
DJ Infamous_What 2:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
Hard work, dedication, a little luck and talent.
Professa DJ 2:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practise....practise...practise
and when you "think" your great......practise some more.
Along with your musical knowledge, have your own style and dont sell out for $. DJ'ing is a way of expression not adding to your bank balance....
Jazzy jeff for president!
Steve Snow 2:48 AM - 30 April, 2015
Dedication and ability to read/react to the crowd!
Dr. Gosh 2:48 AM - 30 April, 2015
Above all, beyond an impeccable taste in music, current and otherwise, one must have a spot on sense of rythym, charisma, and an unwavering love for music. I believe with these fundamentals, anyone can be a great DJ.
elesgee 2:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ spins for the love of music and stays true for the artform of djin. Also, always adds his or her own style to the art. A great dj always connects to the crowd he/she is playing for and makes people leave with something. Finally a great dj can rock out with any piece of equipment.
DJ Fiji Boy 2:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
A truly great DJ can for a moment, make a whole room fall in love.
Because DJing is not about choosing a few tunes. It is about generating shared moods; it's about understanding the feelings of a group of people and directing them to a better place.
In the hands of a master, records create spiritual communion that can be the most powerful event in people's lives.

-unknown

One of my favourite quotes and the inspiration behind my passion for becoming the best DJ I can be.
DJ Ron Domingo 2:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a great DJ is being humble. Also integrity. Know your music. Know your crowd. As DJ Jazzy Jeff has said, "you're taking them on a journey".
deejay N.D.M.A 2:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good Dj a great Dj?
A good Dj just plays music a great Dj takes you on a ride expressin music with his finger tips. Producing his version of how he sees people should be celebrating life.
Can adapt in any situation to make sure music is on point.
Play different music formats for differient gigs and always maintain a positive mindset
dmom 2:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a GOOD DJ,
you should have excellent music knowledge across all genres and know how to get crowds of all ages moving to your groove

To be a GREAT DJ,
you should use Serato and know the ins and outs of the program.
Cole Barnard 2:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJs get the crowd pumped and excited. They do what they want to do.
$HOKHER 2:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think that being able to transition smoothly a person that has great crowd control a person that makes there own music with what you have at the present time makes a good DJ a great DJ cause they give there heart through a left and right wire so the listner feals the Controller :)
GE 2:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
Well knowing your audience and finding a way to stretch them and play and choose your tracks live as it is happening. Go for broke every show
DJ Damien Paul 2:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to take an emotion, a thought, or a statement from inside and communicate that to the crowd through music so they can feel it as well.
Dj79 2:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
It's all about entertaining and knowing your audience. It's your energy and the attention to detail that takes your audience on he musical journey.
Deejay ALX 2:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
One word - PASSION.
matte1972 2:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
Know your crowd, understand your crowd. Know what works in the right Bar/Club. Go to the bars your booked in before your set, get a feel of each venue.

Preparation, keeping crates clean and well organized to help your music selection.

Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone, but keep it in context.

Don't be one of those DJs who bad mouths other DJs, especially ones who work in the same venue as you, you are all part of a team, work together, even if you work on separate nights.

Learn as much as you can about equipment, carry spares, of everything and be prepared for equipment malfunction - have a contingency plan for everything.

NEVER think you know it all. There is always more to learn, keep learning - and have a good time while doing it.

There are many ways of DJing - just because someone does it differently to you, for example, uses a controller, or vinyl only, it does not matter. What matters most, is how it sounds. If it sounds good, you are doing it correctly.
Pulak 2:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
All Dj's are great DJ's. Someone who is dedicated to feeling the music, and striving to let other people feel the same way, is a great DJ. Regardless if his gear is a copy of someone else, or if they do it for emotional or monetary reasons; at the end, it's our shared love of music that makes defines us as DJ's. We are great.
djsamsam 2:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
Know your music, timing (when to add effects or to change music or to style your set) and be rememberable by your crowed
Dj79 3:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
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It's all about entertaining and knowing your audience. It's your energy and the attention to detail that takes your audience on the musical journey.
dj j greezy 3:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
I what makes a great DJ is equipment that works for you but also create your own identity be comfortable in your craft and be willing to learn more. Always be willing to go outside the box.
dj chez 3:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
It starts off with practice. Knowing how to read your audience. Knowing what to play and when to play it. Learning what your favorite DJ's are doing and building off of them. Being ready for whatever comes your way. Winning the crowd over .
br33ze 3:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Only one answer I know for any question regarding a Dj....the willingness to learn. You can never know enough and your never the best you can be. Always expand your mind and your knowledge and the rest will come. Knowledge is the most powerful tool in a DJ's bag-o-tricks, so if your not willing to learn something new you will always be lacking.
kooldjdielekt 3:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice.
djsostcyr 3:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj great is the same thing that makes a good person great in any field, respect. Respect for yourself: knowing what you're about, how you choose to present, and what you wish to accomplish
Respect for your craft: having an understanding of your tools, and your music, and understanding that whoever you happen to meet and talk to, no matter there level of skill, knows something you don't.
Respect for the people: Your audience is everything.
Richard Bean 3:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ understands that nothing is given to you for free. Be your own boss.
thejibbilies 3:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
A deep and undying love for discovering, sharing, and playing with music, as well as good vibes and enthusiasm. Regardless of the tools used, a talented dj can excite a crowd, put smiles on faces, and get bodies movin' and groovin'. And have fun while doing it!
DJ Fully Auto 3:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think that what makes a good DJ Great is having a true passion for the art form. Having respect for and putting in the work involved in perfecting ones craft. One who finds ways to be original and isn't afraid to be different.
dave1200 3:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to play what people didn't know they wanted to hear.
DJMANNYSA 3:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
Love what you do and do what you love! You have to have a passion for music to be a great DJ!
Stephen Shiels 3:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a good DJ is to be one with the crowd. One who controls what the crowd wants to hear, at the same time as enjoying yourself with a few of your favorite tunes.
JamminDownJD 3:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ has the ability to bring the crowd on a fun, musical journey through masterful music programming and creative execution, eliciting the audience's emotional reactions ("Aw, yeah, this is my jam!) and the uncontrollable desire to move their bodies in rhythm... The great DJ know when and how to throw in the perfect record at any particular moment for a spectacular performance.
Terrence B 3:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
DJ Jazzy Jeff said it better himself.
And more than anything, I like the improvisation of jazz. That's the same thing with DJ-ing. There's so much improvisation you can do with cuttin' and scratchin' that's reminiscent of jazz music, because it's all about how you feel. You're capturing a vibe and just going with it.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJNEX 3:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Respect the music. Don't overdo it. Love everyone. Make it fun.
B.Smooth Entertainment 3:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love of music. The different genres and the ability to bring them together as the artist would want it done. A real dj can recognize the effort it has taken to make music. I believe that it is my duty as a Dj to tell the story so that the final content will be an experience that no other was able to read.
Dj Malous 3:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ, well there are lots of things, passion for your craft, patience- you won't become like the greats over night it takes practice and perseverance. Being able to accept failure and rejection and use it as motivation to continue to work harder. Knowing where you came from and the struggle you went through to get to where you are or where you are going. Respect for those that came before you and those who will come after you. Knowing who you are playing for and ability to read a crowd. Music selection, content of library and ability to have an open mind on music. All these are great examples.
atarirec 3:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
Adaptiveness, a willingness to learn new techniques and enhance one's knowledge of various music genres, and having a genuine interest in the culture and arts. Creativity comes natural to everyone, it's where one takes their individual creative endeavors which determines where they may go with it... I think one can find contentment with being a good dj if it's a true passion in which regardless of criticism, circumstance, etc. that comes your way, you never give in, and never give up. Let music be thy medicine, and medicine be thy music.
kalajj 3:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
Curate the right mix at the right time for the right crowd!
DJ Jonesy! 3:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
The combination of technique,confidence and musical knowledge as well as the passion for your craft make a great dj. Showcasing technical ability with various scratching techniques engages listeners. Anything a dj can do to make the crowd consistently engaged is important. Great djs achieve this with accurate and exciting song selection and incorporating current events into their sets. If a dj can take familiar music and present it in a creative way as well as taking unfamiliar music and turning it into the crowds new favorite song than he can set himself apart. Music has a way of triggering memories in people and elevating their moods a great dj can do that as each song, new or old is played.
prof Babacar 3:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
You know you have heard a Great DJ set when you think that it lasted only 45 mn when in fact it was 2h 30 and you are sure that you knew already all the tracks he played when actually it was no more than the fifth of them.
A Great DJ makes his public shine.
Jxfour 3:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
knowledge of music , ability to read the crowd , and having your own twist and style on top of it all
Dj Owtkass 3:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great Dj you have to passionate about your craft. It's a must to know the ins and outs of your set, music, equipment, software and any other thing that has to do with you as a Dj. ...
shaukd 3:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowing how to work the crowd, music selection and letting the music speak for itself!
DJ_Cookie 3:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
What turns a good DJ to a great DJ is going from having a few things that they are good at to a full well rounded skill set.
A good DJ does a few things well where as a great DJ does lots of things well.
A great DJ reads the crowd, controls the energy, ROCKS THE PARTY, mixes smoothly, has the technical skills to suit the genre that he/she plays and the two most important things: LOVES MUSIC & is CREATIVE!!
ntmoney 3:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ takes chances. Shows off what he practices and most all...does it for the love of the craft. Wether it's for $ or simply annoying your neighbors:)
djstrobek3 3:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
There is no good or great Djs every single Dj have their own unique style with different vibes. both good and great Dj practice and learns everyday something new, reading and knowing what crowds want and blending and mixing music beyond its Cue's point. all Djs have one thing in common and its the love and passion for music. dedication is the key.
Dj Ace 3:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good solid technical skill, love and knowledge of ALL music, rythym, crowd reading (should be changed reading crowd reaction), and practice. Also would not hurt to have a Rane mixer!
FLEX74 3:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good Dj a great Dj?

When you make the crowd forget where they're at....
deejay Combat 3:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
a good DJj can read the heart and mind of their guests and be able to interpret their moods and moves .
whoa-dee 3:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
Taste and technique
DJChazNYC 3:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ realizes that the craft is as much mastering the instrument as it is mastering the music you are delivering. You are the conductor of your audiences mood. You set the pace of the event. You are an entertainer for any sort of gathering. Like anything you have to have the heart for it.
iamdjmoneymike 3:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a Dj is simple first off it's being humble.. Second taking music to a whole different level.. Giving your audience a musical journey that will make them want to come see you any time you play.. Djs we create all moods in a night and make people forget their problems and worries.. That's to me is what being a Dj is all about
OGeeh 3:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
You must really love music, have passion for it and then just try be better and better by learning from others and also pratice alot!
The People's Choice DJ Jerry 3:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
what makes a good Dj is one that has good selection and good Technics.
SiRocket 3:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
Sticker sync, reliable software, and determination to succeed!

#jazzy
djleem 3:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
I' m an old school DJ I like vinyl and now I'm trying out the Numark NV and I think that you very hot but vinyl is still the way to go I have rock parties from the NYC to the LV
Dj Jamie Carter 3:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
Alway have an idol you look up to is good but being unique at the same time. Having years of experience is good but having the ability to learn something new is great even if it is off someone less experienced than yourself. Also reading a room and not being afraid to try something different if the usual isn't working. And what makes me feel great is having someone who looks up to me for inspiration because I'm doing a good job. Never gonna be as famous as jazzy Jeff but that doesn't stop you from trying. As long as you come back after a night and think I couldn't of done that any different but think next week I'm gonna try something else because being a great DJ is all about having your own style inspired by others.
ed funk 3:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
Technical Skills, ability to read crowds, an ear for great music
ADVSS 3:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is a passionate , a technician , and above all a giver of love !
Has succeed make you change of space -time , and share an intimate and unique world with many people,
this DJs work
crissneo 3:45 AM - 30 April, 2015
The secret recipe is simple... Be innovative, interact with the crowd .....practice and practice and practice...
fire929 3:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
Dj controllers are considered the new technology, but vinyl seperates the men from the boys. The ability to manipulate the control while changing a DJ into performer is the true DJ Battle.
DJ Spinsane 3:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a great DJ comes down to one thing. Knowing your music, being able to play the song no one is expecting but everyone loves. That is what makes a good DJ a great DJ.
Ken L Jones 3:48 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ successfully balances technical skill and delivery, has mastered the art of selection/reading crowds, and looks to push the DJ culture forward.
DJ Ron.E-O 3:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is one that dedicates themselves to the art of DJing but more so, to the music industry. A great DJ should have a very broad but well rounded knowledge of all types of genres of music, as he or she has to play to crowds with various tastes. Having the intuition in reading a crowd is quite challenging and requires discipline in feeling them out with a mix of music to get them up and dancing or, enjoying the music while sitting in their seats. This can be especially difficult to overcome when you follow a DJ who left the crowd with a poor performance and loss of energy. A great DJ can and will create a positive atmosphere, getting the crowd hyped and off their seats. No matter of what the obstacles are, being able to adapt and overcome is what makes a good DJ - GREAT! Here are my pearls of wisdom to being, “great DJ": Dedication, Perseverance, Professionalism, Passion & being Humbled. Never forgetting where you came from and paying homage to the one’s that laid the foundation i.e. DJ AM (R.I.P), DJ Hurricane (R.I.P.) & of course The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff; for WE, as a family of DJs, carry the torch of turntablism and pass it down onto our younger generations to come.
djkalygto 3:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Serato hace un buen dj con las inovaciones y actualizaciones en sus productos un dj excelente implementando la tecnologia con la creatividad personal que destaca por las habilidades y la practica que dia a dia se implementan en el set, club o la fiesta, teniendo en mente siempre ser mejor!! Saludos!!! viva la musica y la tecnologia.
chrisferrari 3:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think a DJ is great when they have their own unique sound. When they make music to express themselves rather than music made just for the publics ears. If a DJ isn't enjoying their own Sets/Music. Why the F*** should we?
ryeski 3:58 AM - 30 April, 2015
A genuine love of music and people. An open mind to all musical styles and the equipment and styles to deliver the music to the peoples ears. Some humbleness is a good trait as we play other peoples creations (most of the time) for the benefit of others. It ain't brain surgery so just have fun and get into the groove. Cheers.
the ill nino 4:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to easily adapt to any situation. Also by not being closed minded and stuck in your ways.
WORLD MUSIC DJ NICO 4:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
Pasion, mucho corazon, sentir la musica sin importar el genero que sea, entrega, dedicacion, saber leer a la gente, divertirse haciendo lo que mas le gusta, amar la musica, rodearse de las herramientas de trabajo adecuadas optimizando y utilizando la tecnologia a su favor !

Felices Mezclas !!!
DJ Paulie Paulooza 4:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great dj will be able to control a crowd by reading the crowd and making them do what the dj wants you to do. DJ can hold a crowd from lossing the crowd to a competive bar or even making the crowd clear the dance floor to buy drinks, than bring them back.
Red_Pharaoh_360 4:03 AM - 30 April, 2015
First and foremost, you have to LOVE THE MUSIC!
All the tricks and large playlist does not mean anything if a DJ doesn't love the music!
Next you have to know how to read you crowd and be creative in your set. If you don't know how to get out of a situation because you're stuck in your routine, you will never be more grow to the status of good or even great.
Lastly, you have to be open to all sorts of music. Learn and understand the different genres. The world is not built on 1 type of music.
Deejay Eko 4:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is not only understanding the values and techniques of mixing music, but also pleasing the crowd. If the crowd is having a good time, your setting good vibes and doing it right. If the crowd looks dull, then somethings wrong. Being able to mix properly with the proper techniques is a plus especially if the DJ is doing it live because it not only shows a unique style, but it also shows that the DJ is capable of pulling off those unique techniques that other DJ's may not. In the end, its about good music, good vibes, & good times with the people & the environment. That's what makes a good DJ great.
Ves120 4:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ great is knowledge of the music and the craft. Love of the art. Technical skill and being able to not only entertain but to connect with the crowd.
Anatoly Ice 4:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
Music taste
Dj MrAnderson 4:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice and a good selection are very necessary to become a great Dj. But we each need to have a fire within ourselves to want to practice the long hours to master that new scratch or continue listen to new music so our routine doesn't be come routine. It is said that an amateur practices until they get it right but a true Dj will practice till they can't get it wrong.

There are many types and forms of Djs around the world that use many different types of technology that's out today, but Dj Jazzy Jeff said it best that the selection is the most important tool. And understanding this really opened my eyes and ears to listen to music but also how to use it or create something that will help take the listener on a journey.
Cauby 4:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
Be Honest, and use the best Serato products .
Famous K 4:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
Its all about the music, you need to take your audience on a journey through time never be afraid.
DJ BULL BANGER 4:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj knows his or hers craft and knows how to move the crowd and always keep the floor packed and have ppl coming back for move every time....
Kevin Antoinette 4:11 AM - 30 April, 2015
I believe passion about music and a commitment to be bold are the best qualities of a DJ. This is about how the music puzzle for a set fits together in order to make an entire experience that begins gently and builds to ecstasy.
DJSpace76 4:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
This is what makes a great DJ, playing what makes you feel good. Playing all the hits on the radio or beatport makes you sound like every other dj in the market, but it takes creativity to make your sets sound personnel. Everyone has tracks that will be great fillers in between those hits.
triggerhappy 4:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ? Jazzy Jeff, A-trak, Qbert, Z-trip, FCZ, Just to name a few, these djs kept it real and true to their style.. Originality skills craftsmanship and creativity! Innovate don't recreate.
DJjVal303 4:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is someone that plays what you want to hear.
A Great DJ is someone that puts their time,dedication hard work ,effort ,soul and mind into a MIX and connects with the whole crowd the whole time. They put you on a music high. They live and love music always...
Gabtron 4:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
I believe it takes a person that is dedicated to listening to what it is people love, taking into account what has already been done, and most importantly recreating what is deemed old, into something beautiful, and heartfelt. You need to make sure you practice listening, and having patience, before even thinking about becomming a "great DJ". Also remember you need to be prepared to put out alot of quality tracks, at a rate that isn't sluggish, but still has people waiting on the edge of their seats to listen to them. What is needed is passion, patience, and proper mind set, think big.
DJ Pompey 4:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ has the technical chops to entertain. A great one has that plus ability to pick a song the room wants to hear next - even if it's a song they don't know yet. Two words: Party Rocker. Also is dependable and resourceful - rarely ever slips and knows what to do when equipment fails. Less than that is less than great.
Pablo Moreno S 4:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
I believe that what makes a good dj a great dj is not his/her success in the market, or where and how many times he/she has played.
i believe that what makes a dj a great dj is the originality and creativity of his/her work, that he/she is not afraid of trying new stuff and that he/she always gives his biggest effort when he/she is playing, either if it is just a small set at home or a great concert in front of thousands of people.
Djzayien805 4:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj is simply someone who is able to catch the vibe in the atmosphere. Someone who can be technical in their craft and yet still keep the song selection on point. A great dj is one who is always a student of the craft, practices, open genre , one who embraces the development of music and equipment by adapting to it. If you don't learn something new as you go in the dj world, you're just not doing it right.
djrandm 4:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to blend seamlessly with ease using an eclectic choice of genres that make people move uncontrollably even though they are hearing music selections for the first time...
craigmatic246 4:24 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great dj is born and not made.
Guto Loureiro 4:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj great is the feeling, a great dj have to feel the dancefloor and play thracks that better fit each moment of the crowd !!
DJ Transit 4:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a DJ great is his or her appreciation, love, and respect for all genres of music. A good DJ can be taught how to scratch, cut, and mix but a great DJ can be seen doing those things naturally in his or her peers' eyes. A great DJ is very versatile and can and will take his or her audience on a musical journey exploring various compositions. He or she is humble and carries lots of experience but still wants and keeps on improving his/her skills. Finally, a great DJ evolves with the music, culture, and technology as to mix the past, the present, and the future together in his/her music.
nfp 4:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
DJ needs to have the classics nailed down much more than a DJ who spins what he thinks is good and Have the technical aspects down feel the people and play music to keep the party rocking and consistently playing tunes that they have never heard before, but their dancing lets you know their loving it and familiar music in a creative way that and be felt like reading a novel and depth of knowledge of different genres and can flow through them effectively.and 1 and only move the crowd and make people have a good time and you have a good time doing it .
jojomctoy 4:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
a great DJ knows his responsibilities more than just playing music a great DJ performs he doesn't DJ I don't think I've ever DJ at a party I think I've always performed at parties a great DJ knows that he has the ability to take away frustrations heartache pain stress and with 11 perfect music selection can turn a person's heart that's full of negative enjoy. a great DJ knows his history he can name at least 10 DJs that he grew up listening to and idolized intimitatedthere's no such thing as an overnight sensation DJ trust any world famous DJ put in hours days years to perfect his craft there's no way you can just wake up and decide you want to be a DJ number one you had to have the talent number to you had to have to drive and number three there was that one special moment that you can remember that you said this is something that I want to do for the rest of my life
Ecstasy 4:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
What I think makes a good DJ is the passion of doing what you like. If there are people that just don't like what you do, it doesn't really matter if you love it. The best opinion is yours. Later with practice and the right set, you just nailed it!
Zane:Tee 4:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
Experience. Practice. Reading a crowd. Buying only the best music. Keeping mixes in key as well as beat match. A natural love for music.
karnhall 4:34 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowing that when they believe they are great that they can always be greater. A great DJ will never stop learning, never scoff at the talents of others and always seek to improve and develop their craft. Quiet confidance and humility with skills that do the talking.
R2.DJ 4:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
Jeff has said it many times, in many interviews..."Be yourself"

Everything you need to be great is ALREADY in you. Pursue your passion, put in the work and it will come out.
DJAShock 4:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj makes people dance and have fun. A great dj feels and loves the sound he's creating and makes the listeners feel it as well. It takes a combination of skill, passion and humility.
Kiko Aquino 4:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
The very special dj, can bring people to a special mental state. Connect with the audience. Make feel dancers like the best in the world.
Song after song, (no place for mistakes), the dj is seducing the crowd.
And you get the climax when all barriers are down. When all the people on the dance floor feel the empowerment.
you want to show your dance. you need it. no place for shyness. no insecurity. no more barriers. You have forgotten all your fears, and become the Special One. the feeling is amazing. Thats make a good DJ in a Great DJ!!




grandiosity rediscover them while dancing . Empower people to the dance floor
Kiko Aquino 4:39 AM - 30 April, 2015
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The very special dj, can bring people to a special mental state. Connect with the audience. Make feel dancers like the best in the world.
Song after song, (no place for mistakes), the dj is seducing the crowd.
And you get the climax when all barriers are down. When all the people on the dance floor feel the empowerment.
you want to show your dance. you need it. no place for shyness. no insecurity. no more barriers. You have forgotten all your fears, and become the Special One. the feeling is amazing. Thats make a good DJ in a Great DJ!!
DJ JUJU 4:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
Its simple, practice,watch the skills others have, learn and when on the Dec's know what fans want.
DJ Art Pumpin Payne 4:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
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Tell us what you think makes a good DJ great!
SYNC - just kidding...

What makes a good DJ GREAT???

The ability to PLAY MUSIC. Sounds simple but it is so much more complex.

I started dabbling this whole DJ thing over 30 years ago, I watched a couple of my DJ buddies from our sound crew create a genre called Techno. A few years later they connected with another DJ buddy of mines, he created a label and hired me to promote it.

In that position - I gave some of his records to some of the greatest DJs in the world, I heard many of them play live - from simple sweaty dark underground House clubs that were simply brick walls and a strobe light to rooftop parties or loft parties in NYC or beautiful Beach parties in Miami.

The amazing thing is that these best of the best knew they could control the room or a crowd with a song or a track - that is the thing - anybody can press play but it is HOW YOU PLAY that makes a GREAT DJ.

Program to perfection to reach the soul of the crowd!
koffeekan 4:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
talent and practice.
MobileDJSA 4:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Playing what people want to hear, not just what you want to play.
ninjagaijin 4:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
"The use of the turntable as a musical instrument has its roots dating back to the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s when musique concrète and other experimental composers (such as John Cage, Halim El-Dabh, and Pierre Schaeffer) used them to sample and create music that was entirely produced by the turntable. Cage's Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939) is composed for two variable speed turntables, frequency recordings, muted piano and cymbal."

While the above is referring to turntablism specifically , it was not just 'Cartridge music' that John Cage would compose. He was the first to say that to play a Mozart and a Beethoven record simultaneously was the creation of a new, third piece of music. So at the very least, a great DJ will be aware of their roots!

Like most art forms, there are a thousand little things between 'good' and 'great'. In my mind the most important thing will always be staying true to the original idea behind DJing. That is to create something new from two already existing pieces of music. The space between the two or in the combination of the two is a new, third piece of music according to this idea. For me, the main aspect of a great DJ is a journey through sounds that I do not necessarily know. A presenter of sounds I was unaware of, formed into a sonic pathway of juxtapositions between light and dark. All music is 'organised sound' so a great DJ recognises that they are creating music when mixing two records together (at least when using two music tracks which no one else thus far in musical history had utilised in a similar way before).

There are many thousands of things that make the difference between good and great art so I cannot list them all, however to know where the art originated is probably the greatest thing a DJ can do, in my humble opinion.
ninjagaijin 4:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
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Playing what people want to hear, not just what you want to play.


I'd say the opposite. A true musician creates the sounds in their heads they have not heard outside of them before. There is no requirement for external validation. As a form of entertainer, I agree with your comment. As an artist, I disagree..

In my opinion, those who I would proclaim as the 'best' DJs would probably know better than me what I want to hear. Likewise, being aware of tracks in genres I play that other punters/DJs are not means there is no way a crowd could prepare or plan to hear tunes they are not aware of.. it's the difference between DJing as an artform as an a type of entertainment.
dj_stylus 4:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being confident, yet humble, and truly caring about their audience.
Melvwong 4:57 AM - 30 April, 2015
1. Music selection
2. Ability to read the crowd
3. Creatively mixing of different genres
4. Initiate and create an environment where the crowd is able to feel comfortable to enjoy and follow the emotional journey the dj has set out
5. HAVE FUN on every gig, give it your 100% every time and HAVE FUN AND ENJOY WITH THE CROWD :)
DJ-SERKUS 5:02 AM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj or a great dj? i think the passion for the art of djing makes you both. Often many judge just by a genre, to me passion shows through your artform. There are great/good djs who dont do shows or battle.simply do it for the love. One may say, that dj is great, while others say oh that dj is good. The love of the artform makes us all great djs. May everyone's love take us all further into the art. Everyone is a great dj in there own way to me!! You all are great! Passion, and the love makes eveyone of you GREAT djs.
Piero Beraglia 5:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ plays music *with* the crowd, not at them.

A good DJ knows where the crowd wants to go before the crowd does.

A good DJ is in it first for the love of the music, everything else comes second.
RAWivy 5:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
A GREAT DJ IS WITHIN ITSELF. ITS THE BACKGROUND AND CULTURE THAT ONE HAS EXPERIENCED THROUGH OUT THERE LIFE AND PASS IT ON THROUGH MUSIC.

THE HEART , SOUL AND PASSION IS CREATED WITHIN....THEN RELEASEDON WHEELZ OF STEEL
Zili 5:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
It is all about the music and making people happy!
D. Original 5:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
S-uperior drive and passion
E-ar for music
R-eal love for the craft
A-bility to read the crowd
T-urntable techniques
O-riginality & creativity

...and it doesn't hurt to have the greatest DJ software on the market.
DJ TeeOh 5:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ? Practice.

What makes GREAT DJ is pushing the limits. Go beyond what you know about DJing, music culture, and DJing. Step out of your comfort zone.

Make your listeners LISTEN and make them love it. They can't learn to love it, if they never hear it.

Understand that you can't appease 100% of the crowd 100% of the time, but you can appease yourself. Until you start making your own style, people will never know what makes you unique. Once you do that, you'll gain a following that loves hear you do what you do best... BE YOU!
doogle26 5:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
I believe it is your song choice and attitude while djing that defines a great dj.
Pimpdaddysupreme 5:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ knows his audience. Just by looking at the basic age, gender, how they are dressed, they should know what group of songs to play to make them dance. If a DJ is good enough, they can point out a girl and pick a song to get her out on the floor. Then, pick a guy and find a song that will get him out on the floor without running her off. Finally, a great DJ can find that one song to bring that guy and girl together. It's the magic of the mix! Music is a powerful thing.
DJ Kouture 5:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion and Knowledge. Its not about a sync button and not about beat matching its the way you make people feel when they hear your mix. People may never remember your name, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Knowing the history of djing, where it came and how it has progressed. It is about the music, understand transitions, practicing techniques, just a natural passion and love for music.
Xuhl 5:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
In my oppinion a great DJ needs the ability to read the crowd and to iteract with the crowd.
It's also very important to show creativity and skill.
The goal of every perfect DJ should be to keep the listeners alive and entertained.
Everything is important and has to be perfect.

A GREAT DJ is someone who keeps the crowd feeling GREAT :)
djsun1 5:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
First and foremost having fun! Playing what you want and enjoy and not caring if anyone likes it or not! Always bring some positive energy with you to share!
Vincent beck 5:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
You have to be creative, you have to express your self in your music, you have to listen to other dj's skill, practice, create your stile and when you play your music you have to connect with the croud, and give them emotion, make them feel they are awesome and they forgot everything out of the music they are listening to.
IamDjFred 5:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
It simply takes being able to walk in a silent room, and make people want to relive the time they spent with you one to remember.
sirmo 5:23 AM - 30 April, 2015
taking yourself to the next level, showing always something new!
DjMvG 5:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj without reference to his skillz , the music he's playing ...
if he or her is a good dj , thyself show us love about that what they do.
DjTerror(SIS) 5:28 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think that to be a good DJ you have to practice whenever you can, gage the type of audience that you have so as to be able to deliver you're best set every time because without the audience enjoying themselves you are just having a mix. I also believe that you should not only regularly update you're music but also have a few tried & tested mixes up you're sleeve as the crowd will always notice a great mix. I've been a DJ since 1988 & have played lots of different genres so it's good to broaden you're music library so as to not just be stuck in one category which then leaves you more scope for gigs.
P.s... Loved the "Live In Union Square" album back in the day. The Transformer Scratch is what got me into Scratching & cutting up beats in whatever genre I might play, it brings diversity & gives you're audience a lot more to remember.
Big up Jazzy Jeff....
DJ Terror
TomasEss 5:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
Listen. Listen to the music, listen to your audience, listen to your own performance. It's all there in your ears.
De Jay Toyo 5:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
Song selection and learning the art of programing mixes. Free handing buy knowing atleast 2 songs that could go next
chokidj 5:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
The music is live. The live is jazzy Jeff
SUEKREY 5:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
When i had opened for LAIDBACK LUKE, he told me. Good DJs understand that no matter how good they are and how much they know there is always more to learn. one that looks comfortable behind the decks, passionate about music, in fact they are almost obsessive about their music.

to win this competition would mean alot to me because i look up to Jazzy Jeff. amazing talent and hardest working dj in my opinion in the market.
DjSmokeyNYC 5:34 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion, practice & a lot of hardwork! Making and mixing is an art, with music you can express your self in so many ways! Honestly (MIMS) music is my savior
dj Albert 5:34 AM - 30 April, 2015
para ser un gran dj primero hay que tener respeto por lo que se hace, practicar cada día como si fuera el ultimo y asi no dejar de aprender, conocer la musica, experimentar, y hacer del publico parte de ella,
Dj Mann 5:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great Dj you have to practice and focus on art and skill. Always believe in yourself, if you don't no one else will. You have to be innovative and bring new and fresh ideas to your set. Be humble and always respect other great Dj's and Dj's that were before you. Put God first in all you do and you will never go wrong! He gave it to us and he can take it away!!! Much love to one of the greatest Dj's that ever touched the tables Dj Jazzy Jeff!!!!
alexkress 5:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ, like Jeff, can take a track and turn it into a new experience. A great DJ's technical mastery transforms something familiar into something unique, something you've never heard anywhere but the decks of that DJ. A great DJ instills his love and passion on the vinyl - which, to the crowd, just looks like they're having fun.
DJ Compiler 5:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ has a love for a variety of music and the ability to show people the greatness in that music.
Dj M.A.R.K 5:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
Know your crowd, attitude and be original (stick to your stuff whatever the change).
stepping_dragon 5:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
I reckon it's hard working, humble and a passion for knowledge, music and experimentation with both. I hope I'll get there one day...
adidasboiy 5:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
What settles a good DJ from a great one is the amount of hours they put into there work, motivation they have for DJ'ing, always being humble, and never being afraid to try new things in their mixes
Flownn 5:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
The love and passion for music, creativity, can do other techniques not just mixing songs, open mind to keep learning new things.
Djfresh sandunguero 5:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
Been a great DJ is to do what you love to do! is love for the music, love to you talent, love to the the vinyl!!! Is seen that joy in people faces makes you wanna do better and a greater Dj ! We give it all for the TURN UP !! ((God bless all the DJ in the world))
[ Salud me familia]
Jude Martin 5:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
You have to stay true to what you like, that way you don't simply please the crowd by using obvious songs, you end up pleasing the crowd through your originality and passion for the music you love.
remo1 5:57 AM - 30 April, 2015
The transform scratch...nuff said
PopNFre$h 5:57 AM - 30 April, 2015
Take risks. Whether with your practice routines, live shows, demo mixes, approaches to gigs etc. If you arent taking risks you arent pushing the envelope which is what it takes to be one of the greats in my opinion.
the-real-djdna 6:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
It's the love and passion for the music and lots of pratice u must all so have the ear for music knowing how to Match the beats what beats to select and creating your own unquie style and u must also have the drive and the mentality to become a great DJ hard work and learning how to create different styles and how to move a crowed by obsevouring other DJs work and don't forget u must always now when it's time to mix your music hitting the right timing is the key and having your scratches on point mr jazzy Jeff
Sh4dow 6:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
His ability to learn and use the tools he has to bring true art to music.
DJ DennisJ 6:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion for the art and the undying dedication to practice and improve.
DJOD 6:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice and staying humble
DJKrazyKyd 6:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Sure to be a good DJ it requires talent, practice, hard work, determination, the ability to interact with your audience and to be able to take them on the journey of their lives with the right combination of songs of various genres, but what makes a good DJ great is a great DJ software with a user friendly interface, that offers the ability to remix on the fly, that allows for more interaction with your audience and that has the ability to cross convention DJing with contemporary DJing so all Dj's can enjoy and do what they do best. I'm sure Dj Jazzy Jeff and the thousands of other scratch Dj's would agree. #bestDjsoftware#seratodj
DJLockIT 6:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
Creativity, creativity, creativity
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That paired up with dedication, practice, and the ability to captivate a crowd. A great dj takes high risks when djing paired up with high rewards. Their creativity is what sets them apart from the rest. There are so many tools at our finger tips when djing digitally that were not around in the 90s, and DJs were still being super creative back then. A great DJ will take original songs and make them his or hers based on their creativity and mixing style.
hyroglifbeats 6:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
In my humble opinion, I would say it has to do with having fun with it, and making sure the crowd is having fun. Listen to what they like and play their jam. Be prepared to deliver a great night, knowing you gave your best, not for the money, but because you also have fun while doing it. It is not about being great, but more about leaving an impact on at least one person that night. And that is the "greatness" that contributes to a great DJ. Or at least I think so.
TigerDJ 6:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ loves the people and will do anything to support their quest to celebrate life in all its forms.

It's about being a host, to take them on a musical journey to elevate their level of being.

Technical competence, tech saviness, great tools to work with--they are all important, but not as important as the soul.

Empathy. Love. Passion.

Without that, there is no DJ and no happy people dancing.
DeeJayFu 6:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
The passion and strive for doing what a DJ loves to do. Not being scared to get behind the decks and take chances with tracks and remixing them for a crowd. Being creative with the music and changing it up making it your own unique style. Always play like the room is full never be scared if the dance floors empty!
alby^2 6:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a dj isnt about flash and style. Its all about bringing your best every night and letting the crowd leave satisfied. Even if your underground or a big name, it doesnt matter. All that matters if if you made them all feel like a community dancing as one. Make them feel the music. Make them feel every transition. Make them happy. If you can do this every night you are on stage, regardless if 10 people or 100000 are watching, you have done your job. You have made it.
holler2me 6:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is able to mix, scratch, beat juggle and keep the crowd dancing. And have fun while doing it!
Deep House Mix 6:15 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being a good DJ is about taking the crowd on a journey. It's about letting them hear fresh, new music, that may not have heard before. But most importantly it's about practice. To be a good DJ it's must be and active part of your life. Even if it's for an hour a week, you practice because you want to improve.
Dj Ronfa 6:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great Dj is for me the ability to find the right balance between, Skills, Playlist, partyRocking, and Crowd Reading. If you master this balance you should be able to play the right track at the right moment with the technic that will allows you to do the best transition at that moment, either it is a simple mix or a complicated transition with loop scratch and effect, to make the crowd go crazy. Because at the bottom line the goal is to make the crowd turn crazy, it is just that you can make it though different ways and technic.
#realdjing #clubdjing
TeChMoNsTeR 6:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
Giving people the opportunity to come together and enjoy different types of music loved by many if not all and to love doing so as a DJ no matter what kind of DJ you are. Because after all Djing isn't a genre its an art. A million pictures blended together to form a bigger picture in the hearts of those who listen with their hearts and imagination.
stasvasilev 6:19 AM - 30 April, 2015
😎😎люблю serato
mistabobalina 6:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is good music, a quick judge of people's mood & a hearty dash of skill!
dj significance 6:24 AM - 30 April, 2015
Ego, charisma, confidence, true love and knowledge of the music, unique style.
dj skid 6:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
Its CONTROL, make the crowd love what you are doing, you dont have to guve them what they want, make them love what you are doing. Be in control
MarkyMMP 6:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a DJ a great DJ.

Listen and learn from others and never assume you know everything. Drop the Ego and share you're passion of music in your delivery. Listen to the crowd and if there movin and grovin you've got it right. If you drop a track and the floor clears , take a breath and say to yourself next tracks a banger.
Oh and finally from me be happy. You're sunshine will shine through and a happy DJ has a happy crowd. Positivity and belief in yourself is the key.
Titaniack 6:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think what makes a great DJ is the ability to innovate; to take what people have done before and do something completely different with it.
Mangee Audio 6:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
Flawless execution of your set (playlist) through song selection mixed to illustrate technical transparency while having showmanship.
Tmoney67 6:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is 1. The love of music. 2. Understanding what the crowd you are playing to wants to here. 3. Knowledge of your equipment & songs selections
DJ JOMO 6:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is a love of music and the ability to express and transfer that love to others for that moment in their lives when the need to feel good is satisfied.
razcal_ger 6:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
Humility, and the insight that it's not about you.
dj diggedydave 6:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is a music lover! He or she should have some talent and rhytmic timing. Experience and practicing over years makes a great DJ. A good choice of the tracks you play and technical knowledge about your equipment is necessary.
Alexander Tuliao 6:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
A DJ is an excellent listener. Not only to their critics, but to their music including the silence and how to fill it. A DJ will also listen to their self on how best to employ their skills for their crowd whether it be 1, 10,000 or 100,000 people.

A DJ is a constant learner forever honing their craft. There is always something new and different be it music, equipment, venue or style of expression and a DJ has the skills, perseverance and knowhow to become proficient towards anything put in front of them always obliterating the learning curve to better than they were yesterday.

A DJ is a provider. Aside from their personal life, a DJ gives to the people they are enlisted to play to and for. A beat, a groove, a mix are just a few of the tools that a DJ employs in their deep arsenal of music, equipment and knowledge of creating an unforgettable aural experience to their listener.
KiDOBy 6:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
Appearance, pushing the boundaries and mixing it up.. There are no genres!
Dj DigiJaxx 6:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
A passion for Music, to understand how to change and manipulate tracks to create something new. Continually practicing and learning new things everyday to improve your skills.
bishop 6:48 AM - 30 April, 2015
A DJ must be attentive to whats going on in his/her area. Are the people feeling you? Are u in the right place to play the right kind of music? Are u BLENDING and keeping the transitions smooth and the floor occupied? Are you introducing new music and expanding minds instead of playing "safe" songs? Is this a job or a gift?
D-Kay 6:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
Keep on learning new skills. Keep updating your gear. Don't get stuck in playing the same music over and over using the same mixing skills in your comfort zone. Don't be afraid now and then to fail to deliver for a particular audience and ask for help (have a network)
DJ LorenzoTria 6:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
I believe that a good dj addition to technology, the skill and the constant musical experimentation, to be good at choosing the right music at every opportunity, so you always have the right success during his DJ sets. For me, the strength of a good DJ is his mind.
Kojo118335 6:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good ear, confidence, a good personality, they have to love music, they have to know how to use their equipment. But most of all they need to put in hour of practice, a dj can't play a gig if they havent practice their set.
Matt Likes To Mix 6:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
Simply Passion and the risk factor to try new things live, a DJ who doesn't take risk every so often will never be considered great.
djhadl 7:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
being humble, practice, and the number one thing must love the music. without love for the music you got nothing.
MistahE 7:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
Who said Jazzy Jeff can't DJ? Check out his latest routine and get schooled, you wackass flapturds! ;P
Dj Blee 7:04 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think John Coltrane said it best when he said "All of the technique doesn't matter... only if the feeling is right." I fell that making the step from a good Dj to a great Dj is when you start doing things because it feels right for the moment and time your in. Sometimes what you just did you'll never do again but for that one moment you put technique behind you bc you knew something else would work and it did. But then go back to the technique that you have practiced and been so passionate about mastering.
dj infamous styles 7:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj is proactive and reactive not only to programming to the crowd and song selection, but also to his equipment,wealth of music knowledge, and his quest to strive for the best entertainment performance he or she can do.

A great dj has everything a good dj can do,but also strives to push the djing envelope and innovate to djing by leaving a mark on history and by letting his or her passion lead them into a future and life long career.

Dj legacy can't be purchase...
Dj Teddy parkinson 7:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
A lot of work and thinking goes into my DJing. I want the entire night to progress seamlessly and when I have to adapt the energy on the fly for the crowd on any given night, I can do so with harmonic mixes that I've practiced over and over again. I am far from the only DJ that does this and it's something I take pride in being able to do.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.
DJ Antenna 7:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is in short love for music and love for the people on the dance floor.

How deep we get into skills is just a matter of how well you can appreciate the craft, so for people who are not familiar with the craft of DJ-ing the main thing is to have an entertaining and eclectic figure in booth.

All the Best from Bucharest!
Arcalon 7:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Jockey mind, fantasy And listen all kind of music.
erik_p 7:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
Music selection makes a great DJ. Plenty of people can learn the skills, but having the ability to read a crowd and pick the music to keep the party hype is not something you can learn
DJChizzle 7:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Making sure everybody is having a good time is what makes a DJ great. Whether it being, house music, country, hip-hop, a DJ should know how to please every crowd and keep everybody happy. A DJ could change a persons life. A lot of people find their husbands and future wife at a club, and it all starts with dancing a music. A DJ has a huge impact each and every song, each and every night. We are impacting thousands of others lives. Its all about playing the right music at the right time and making sure everybody is having fun.
RE:PERCUSSION re:cords 7:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
I feel it's a simple answer. A Great Dj must have knowledge of the equipment and, although has a preference to a certain set up, must be able to hop on anything and rip a set. Also must have knowledge of songs both new and old and stay up to date. Last but not least a great dj should have the ability to read the crowd making the dj be able to asses the crowd giving the dj the power to know what to play and when to play it. Thanks and good luck to everyone. Big ups to Jazzy Jeff Bohhhh
tkotl 7:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
The work and the humanitiy
mario69hr 7:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
There is a great set of skills needed to become a great DJ. But the main skill you need to learn is Selection - selecting tracks and putting them into a music story.
All other skills (beatmatching, scratching etc) come in second.
Guerrilla Stoemp 7:28 AM - 30 April, 2015
Passion and track selection
Yes Andres 7:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
Pleasing the crowd and adding some sauce (creativity).
Brent Cox 7:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
Swag-factor.
Mi5taClean 7:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
You gotta have a passion for the music and love what you do when you do it. Being able to interact and take the crowd to a different level. Should also have knowledge of new and old music reading the crowd to keep to the party going. Lastly playing on vinyl is big thing for me whether it's playing on serato or real wax that's the diffrence to me between a real dj then just pressing buttons on a controller.
Wéé Tonton 7:31 AM - 30 April, 2015
Un bon De se doit d'avoir du temps pour travailler, ainsi que de l'inspiration et de la motivation le résultat voulu par ce dernier n'est que fruit de son ttravail dans lequel il aura placé une parcelle de lui et du coeur
Ce qui régie donc sur la bonté et la motivation pour cette personne a faire du son !
Il se doit aussi de pensé au public ce qui va définir en quelques mots, la qualité ainsi que l'appréciation de la par se ces derniers.
Wéé Tonton 7:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
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DJNikno-C 7:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ feels the Ritme, Feels the Music, Feels the Passion. A great DJ doesn't play music for money. He or She plays music for the love of music.
tommy toome 7:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
is who dig , find , looking for the track that no one already played;
is who teaches the crowd , a filter between music and radio & commercial bullshit.

is who has skills , flavor and a well know struggle.
is who felt the hard way to play music, when was hard find records , when was necessary make friends ,when you did 100miles to play 15minutes of music , when was necessary share and be jealous at the same time.
when money , fame and pussy wasn't the first goal.

a real dj have a real background built with passion, struggle and devotion .
a real dj is a MUSIC LOVER at first.
DirtyRoachie 7:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
Someone not only dedicated enough to try to perfect the craft/artform of DJ'ing, but also confident enough to use their own intuition and take the listeners on a journey of emotion and feelings through music.
BIVify 7:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ plays a great set. That's it.
Nik Muzka 7:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ great is what makes a good meal great or what makes a good sportsman great. Its taking the basic ingredients or traits of what makes a good DJ and adding that something extra, the magic or the icing on the cake.

A good DJ has skills, love of music, ability to read crowds, knowledge of equipment, confidence and an ability to mix. A great DJ has all of those traits but I believe what makes a great DJ is two more ingredients and they are an unbridled passion for the craft and originality.

Jazzy Jeff has those in abundance, you can see the passion in the music he plays and how he performs and there's nothing more original than creating scratches and pioneering the art form. Look at the other greats, q Bert, raida, craze, kool herc, bambaataa, noize, mixmaster mike, they are excellent in those two areas beyond other DJs. Of course there are many other greats I didn't mention but think about it, they all have a passion and originality to stand out above the rest. The live, breath and eat it.

Serato is the perfect medium to embrace your passion and originality as it evolves with the DJ. I guess that's why so many 'great' DJs use it.

Passion and originality, two things that can't be taught.
djressiecups 7:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
It takes practice, persistence, and passion.
KTi 7:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
Mostly, passion to his/her music and originality.

But mostly passion. :)
DJ OGC 8:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
Great DJs know that they are there for the dancers, not for showing off themselves. 
The focus is on how the dancers feel, not on how cool the DJ is. 
Therefore the best DJs are primarily concerned with what the dancers want.
datti naiz 8:03 AM - 30 April, 2015
The more fun you have, the greater dj you are.
The greatest Dj is the one with the most fun!
DJ Eight80 8:03 AM - 30 April, 2015
Someone that is not only Humble but enjoys what they do. That Love for music flows and once the crowd see your having a good time they will have a memorable time. A great DJ leaves behind an impression. No matter if your a Turntablist or a Controller DJ.
Brotha Onaci 8:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
Intuition when dealing with people, dedication to the craft, and deep reverence for the music.
a2b 8:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
ME AND MY LOVE FOR MAKING PEOPLE DANCE AND BRING OUT FEELINGS
MacLeod 8:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ Is someone that has great product knowledge, ie knows the genre he/she is playing, reherses so they are playing to the best of their abilities, not wasted on stage, a positive influence to their fans, technically competent but also utilises new and old to create a vibe and sound which is entertaining to the crowd and leaves them wanting more! A true great party DJ will be able to keep the dancefloor rocking all night long and maintain enthusiasm! If they are not exhausted by the time they finish they haven't worked hard enough!! :)
bollochs 8:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
Impassion with your music,
because rich has nothing to to with money!
Tonno.g 8:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
To become a great DJ you have to listen a lot of music, of all kinds, and a lot of practice.
You don't need professional tools, just the passion and love for music, trying to learn something from every composer or musician or dj, without prejudice.
phunkyP 8:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Everyone can be a good DJ with enough practice and persistence. But a GREAT DJ is one that finds new ways to stimulate his/her own senses and transfers the enthousiasm to the audience.

Music technology has come a long way ever since the time of the vinyl. Respect to all the DJ's that pioneered the art of mixing music and showed us the way forward!

Accessibility to mixing tools is now easier than ever before though.

A Great DJ is a Good DJ that LOVES every moment, the crowd, the music and harnesses technology in an inspiring way!
dubski 8:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ becomes great with skills, taste and passion.
DJ Moebedda 8:25 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think Always being as creative as you possibly can be as well as studying and understanding the craft and art of DJing is what makes you become a good DJ. Being a fan of DJing and always pushing yourself past your comfort zone, and challanging yourself is also what helps you set new levels of accomplishments as well as become a good DJ !
rickyduck 8:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
His hair
rickyduck 8:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
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His hair

Or hers. My bad.
Jay Jack 8:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
creativity, practice, practice and a lot of practice, also interact with the crowd and passion
Yevrashka 8:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
sense of the music, tons of practice
Dj Zyon 8:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj must have vast knowledge about the genres of music in the world.Must have passion and love for the job regardless the hardships.A good dj must know the difference between radio style of play and parties, club or outdoor style of play.A good dj must be able to control the crowd with the smallest time given him or her.A good dj must play good songs and do good mixes..Must finally have good ears for good music
RMAN 8:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
My english is not perfect but in few words...

A man who truly love music and share this love with people.

What is needed to be a great dj ? Humility, a bit of knowledges, a bit of techniques, a bit of social intelligence and a lot of spicy.
With all these ingredients people may have a good time.

Peace.
Luke673 8:38 AM - 30 April, 2015
Life is not a simple record. It is one with so many ups and downs it is impossible to count them all. A DJ with the ability to recognise this is a great DJ.
RaymondPistola 8:41 AM - 30 April, 2015
10% skill, 90% music choice.
Rimas 8:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be a good DJ - means being able to feel the crowd, to know what exactly they want at the right time. You need to have a big music collection, to understand the genres, hits and Classics. you need to keep pace with the times and do not forget about the immortal artists. You need to be creative, smart, work on your technical skills. DJing is a profession in which there are no restrictions and no limits. The moment when you can say - "I know and can do everything" - will never come. Every day comes out new styles, new equipment, new standards. To keep up with all of this and try all - MAKES A GOOD DJ GREAT!
BNKRPT 8:45 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ changes people's nights. A great DJ changes people's lives.

I still remember where I was the first time my brother and I heard Parents Just Don't Understand.
tymon 8:48 AM - 30 April, 2015
HEART!!
bujubec 8:52 AM - 30 April, 2015
The important is: it's not how you do it, but why you do it!! For the love of music!
dj hoopa 8:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
enjoying being on either side of the decks :) playing or dancing
L.P. aka Rev Bates 8:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
An understanding and appreciation of the original art-form, then allowing your own passion and vision to manifest through the music, whilst retaining respect from your peers ... along with a lot of practice.
aSiNe 8:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
Scratching Mr. Banks' record:

Watchwww.youtube.com
Dj David Soto 9:03 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ?

Well, besides using Serato ;)

Loving what you do,

Doing what you love,

and Doing it for the people,

because without them, there would be no one to play to. Music has great healing powers, and a DJ can spread the positive vibrations that can go on to affect those in the world around them. Most people underestimate that, until it hits them, and thats when they know, you are a great DJ.
The Mada 9:03 AM - 30 April, 2015
You are a Great DJ, when you beginn to speak with the beat and you get the power in your fingers to scratch really clean and nice.
M808 9:06 AM - 30 April, 2015
Heart, humility and commitment. Stay true to your style but never be afraid to grow!
cmaxDJ 9:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
The only thing that makes you a great DJ is the love for the music you play.
Dee James 9:07 AM - 30 April, 2015
a genuine love for whatever music you play, practice and above all else enjoy it!
Rawland 9:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge in music history, passion and practice.
jamiehartley 9:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
Someone who can spark emotion, create a journey, a memory, or just take people away from their daily lives with the touch of 2 players (turntables/cdjs) and a mixer. Being able to use music in a way that excites and touches people.
Trabbi 9:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Don't copy - be unique!
bsells 9:17 AM - 30 April, 2015
practice, passion, creativity, and willing to play anywhere
YAZULU 9:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge, passion, dedication, curiosity, love

Simple techniques are enough
dj riLey 9:18 AM - 30 April, 2015
a great DJ feels the music, feels the crowd, feels his/her surroundings...with all these feelings the creativity begins...
FooManChu 9:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
Having understanding of the techniques and skill required. yet also having an appreciation of the art form and understanding how to play to the crowd. DJs should never become outdated, it is good to focus on a certain genre but they should be able to please all types of music lover.
DJ DUGI 9:20 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think that details turns good dj to great dj.

Things that great dj doing all the time, a good dj don't even think about it.

Details. You can achieve it by practice, practice, practiece and persuite to express what You've got deep inside.
wavyfeelings 9:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good show has a taste in music and can mix with effects a great show can put together something that maybe not well liked for their peers with little or no effects possible all you need is a vibe that and a great dj show is one that never kills the vibe the crowd wants
Hannie G 9:23 AM - 30 April, 2015
Understanding and keeping up-to-date with music trends; regular practicing and learning from other DJs; and reading /managing the crowd's musical journey.
djnyce1970 9:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
I always say when you play music play for the crowd and not yourself. So connect with the crowd you play for and your skills will shine...
PartyPa 9:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
20% talent + 80% practice = 100% DJ
Dj 1Glove 9:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
Knowing the music and having ears
DJLaniakea 9:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
Great DJ must know how to entertain people, so they fully enjoy what he does, what he's trying to pass to the people.
He must know what his skills are, what he can dare to do, he must know his gear, he must dedicate his life to music and spend time to improve him self.
There are a lot of things, that make good DJ a great one (we can discuss that for hours), this is just a short list of them.
And I almost forgot! Great DJ must enjoy what he does!
Fenze 9:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think being a god dj is not about how you mix its about expresing yourself into the músic. Its to take risk and put new songs.
Kiko Aguas 9:44 AM - 30 April, 2015
The basis and principles of a D.J. They are, above all, have musical knowledge, and resources available. Knowing interpreters, styles, producers, musical trends are something absolutely necessary and are essential. While it is true that a good team facilitates the technical work, it is a complete mistake to think that without it we will not play our private function. Having the latest technology, we will not do anything at all, if we have not proven previmente our needs and our musical culture is limited. Our work is focused on creating a certain atmosphere or environment at a local, this detail it indicates the public and response depends on our musical selection (which must be at like them) but have a style and a preference, do not forget that each location is characterized by a particular type of sound and music determined by the type of audience that attends to him. To think that our meetings should have a homogenous sound and do not differ too the issues, it is something we throwing away. This makes our sound falls into monotony. People go to one place to have fun, not to hear a song that lasts infinitely. "No one will congratulate the technique used, but by the good or bad music you put".
Res-Q 9:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
Experience, practise, and love for all genres of music
alsuser 9:47 AM - 30 April, 2015
Its all about doing what you love and the fact that everybody else loves what you do
NilsNils 9:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
LOVE
DJ MixMaster 9:50 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj must know their music and their audience. Through his music he must be able to find a medium between him and his audience, something that can connect them together. He has to have a passion for music and really understand the true emotional feeling behind every song. This comes from lots of experience a DJ must have. A DJ shouldn't play just any song after a random song, but a song that they know is right for the audience.
Chapowski 9:53 AM - 30 April, 2015
Originality, flexibility, love for their work, connection with their audience, a broad range of music, and most of all.... PRACTICE!
Rendy 9:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
Sadly, nowadays it seems, that a good DJ becomes great thanks to right connections in the industry, shadow producers and bought listener numbers.

However no shortcuts can beat the dedication, creativity and passion... so if you want to have sustainable great DJ career you should never stop working on yourself and should not rely only on any kind of shortcuts.
Disco Punks 10:00 AM - 30 April, 2015
Practice, practice, practice..
DJ Vek 10:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Good DJ will Break New Music in Their Set, A Good DJ will Play to themselves and connect with the Audience they are Playing to.

If you are not enjoying your own Set then you are not really going to be enjoying the Music you are Playing.

A Good DJ will know how to Mix Blend and Double Up on Vinyl, Serato Time codes, CDJ's.

The Main Key is you have to have a Passion for all Genres of Music.

A Good DJ will put a Smile on everyones Face :-)
StrafeinBacon 10:09 AM - 30 April, 2015
To be able to read a crowd, react to what the people like, make sure everyone is enjoying themselves, and be friendly.
Mr. Leenknecht 10:10 AM - 30 April, 2015
One thing is sure, the greatest DJs aren't those that put most of their time into producing and remixing music. A couple of big tracks on Soundcloud doesn't necessarily make great producers great DJs. At least not when it comes to interaction with the crowd, a great selection, creativity behind the decks, … 

The greatest DJs are experienced in DJing.
Eleet 10:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ has the ability meld music across genres and get people of walks of life moving together as one!
Zephirnl 10:14 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ?

It can be summed up in a very open door: "sharing is caring".

>> A great DJ has a dedication to spread the love for music using his skills, knowledge and passion.

All the rest is arbitrary and in support of this basic principle. Without this basic principle, it is just someone in control of the music at a certain place. Like that annoying friend at your house party. ;-)

If a DJ follows this principle, he or she can ALWAYS be PROUD of the art & stay HUMBLE by paying tribute to all legends of the past & future.
JhAy Hart 10:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is one who can share their knowledge of the art form and pass it on to others who thirst for the creative skill. Much respect to all my turntable brethren.
azenk 10:22 AM - 30 April, 2015
The greatest DJs turn wack musics to main stream.
mrdee 10:27 AM - 30 April, 2015
The music. It's all about the music. Skills and practice help with the delivery of the music but pick the wrong tunes for the crowd and you are getting the early bus home :D
Crazy Steef 10:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
In my opinion mixing music is something great and only great people do. The DJ makes the party happen. A great DJ is one that interacts with the crowd, plays great music , knows what they're doing, and has a passion for it. But what makes a great DJ is one that's doesn't just mix music but they go on to produce their own music and make a true living with the art of music.
ThaEditorDJ 10:32 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is one who has an understanding of music across all genres that will enable them to take a crowd on a true journey. In addition, said DJ must be passionate about music and give each performance 110% no matter how big or small.
Freeman3 10:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ should have a good ear, dexterity, creativity to mix at best.
DJ should know everything (see dj fly): mix, scratch, play in a band, producing ...

DJ should above all have fun...
4 DJ LOW-KEY 10:36 AM - 30 April, 2015
Dedication, practice and loyalty staying true to the game.
Anusz 10:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
Being open-minded and always focused on the progress. Peace.
DJ Spirit London 10:46 AM - 30 April, 2015
What's make a good dj a great dj? There are many different answers to this, but in my opinion from seeing and listening to many different djs from around the world.

- Not afraid to do something different
- Working with your fellow djs, meeting and sharing ideas.
- Always learning new things, knowing you start from the bottom and work your way up, practice makes perfect
- Understanding your music and be able to mix different styles and genres in a set and works with the crowd
- keeping it real and staying humble
emilio_dec 10:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj is someone who can read the crowds musical mindset and play a set that fits that mindset and includes the musical taste of the dj.

A great Dj is someone who can do the same as a good dj but adds a lot of trics etc. to bring a set that is like no-one elses
KLab 10:49 AM - 30 April, 2015
you're one of the Best DJs out there, when you're able to Rock the Crowd, just with Turntables, and not a Fucking Prgramm who counts your BPM..., so every little Bitch with BigTits is a DJane (i hate this word)..but they don't know anything, about Beat Jugglin..Scratchin..,all this are very important skills for a DJ, but not today... :-(
Groby DJ 10:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj playing his music. a great DJ playing any music with any set
Tariq Salem 10:55 AM - 30 April, 2015
To me it's the ability to read the crowd and make that connection with them that can transform just a night out at the bar/club whatever the venue into a night that they truly enjoy. Also for me it's about being able to introduce the crowd to new songs that will be appreciated not because of who you are but because it goes with the tone of the event. A great DJ is always learning and never will believe I know it all
MikePulse 10:56 AM - 30 April, 2015
50% Professional Tool resr ist Beatunderstanding, phrasing, KeyMatching, and Practise Practise Practise

A tool is nothing about a dj but also today the dj is nothing without its ProTools!

Keep the art alive - Stop auto-Syncing
QueC 10:59 AM - 30 April, 2015
First and foremost you need the Passion to put in the work to keep improving, an ear for good music and the ability to read a crowd.
acole 11:01 AM - 30 April, 2015
An individual that can fluently blend multiple genres and incorporate unique transitions and tricks, all while entertaining people of all ages and musical influences
aDy J 11:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
play
DuyTuan 11:05 AM - 30 April, 2015
for me: HUMBLE - SKILLS - KNOWLEDGE
richie p 11:08 AM - 30 April, 2015
It takes a willingness to adapt to the crowd that's dancing and the people who just want to listen to music and be in the atmosphere of fun. Some people will request music that will stop the dancing, but the people that are paying are the one's that are the priority, so a great dj can balance between the dancers, the listeners, and the customer to make everyone happy. Especially if it is a wedding. If the bride is happy everyone is happy.
Niko H 11:12 AM - 30 April, 2015
PASSION, WORKING HARD, LOVE PEOPLE, LOVE MUSIC...repeat!
PASSION, WORKING HARD, LOVE PEOPLE, LOVE MUSIC...repeat!
PASSION, WORKING HARD, LOVE PEOPLE, LOVE MUSIC...repeat!
PASSION, WORKING HARD, LOVE PEOPLE, LOVE MUSIC...repeat!
PASSION, WORKING HARD, LOVE PEOPLE, LOVE MUSIC...repeat!
Bruce_Van 11:13 AM - 30 April, 2015
remember why you are doing it.

are you at a wedding?

are you at a club?

are you showing people what DJs listen to?
dj__stevo 11:16 AM - 30 April, 2015
Discipline Good advice from great djs and constantly beating on your craft make a great dj. When you in that groove it's like a feeling like none other. Winning!!!
dj stroudy 11:21 AM - 30 April, 2015
To learn the true art of Djing, and be able to match track after track and keeping the listeners happy !!!!!
JAYVIBES 11:24 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ? A DJ is someone who play music by mixing one song with another to make the audience feels good and comfortable... What makkes a good dj are as follows... You must be able to deliver and carry your audience along... You must be able to study the kind of event you are and the kind of music style that suite such event... You must be able to study the reaction of pple you are playing for.. what are their age ranges are they kids or elders... You must be able to read their respond when u play a certain kind of song call it pop, rnb, etc then u will be able to deliver cos Avnt knws what they want where u are, u can deliver... This makes you a good DJ
J.Zealous 11:26 AM - 30 April, 2015
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PATCH 11:29 AM - 30 April, 2015
Sunglasses
djBrianCox 11:30 AM - 30 April, 2015
Experience, practice, strong fundamentals.....sure. But being open minded and flexible enough to dig into many genres and rock a crowd, that makes the good DJ's great!
DJ. K~LIL {T.Y.P} 11:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
Its funny you guys say "great"... We as DJ's never become great we just get better... Its a never ending art that constantly needs updating to keep up with the past, train to stay present, and help mold the future of our ever growning passion (the love of music). Going from good to great is only determined by what you put out. When you can change that game of DJing like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grand Master Flash, Fatboy Slim, and many other who have taken the way we listin to music and have turned it into an art so vast that its no longer just pleasure to the ears but, toward all the senses, thats when you have become a great DJ.
JAYVIBES 11:33 AM - 30 April, 2015
Good
DJ TONEY B. (PHILLY) 11:37 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a Great DJ is someone who knows how to read his crowd- a DJ who can incorporate requests from guests or lingers into his own live set- the ability to freestyle and not drag out mixing or scratching a track he's good on- knowing when to let up a little to let the track breathe as they say - A great DJ's job is to satisfy his entries crowd- that may not happen always but he knows he attempted to- GREAT DJ's acknowledge other Great DJ's And even Up & Coming DJ's And too ones that are on the right path- it is a brotherhood regardless if you think so or not- what Makes a good DJ a Great DJ KNOWING THE MUSIC- genres and the knowledge of what's a dance floor banger and what's a popular tune & how to marry tunes together to keep his floor covered with party goers & too the difference between a warm up set & time to go in or get the party started-WHAT MAKES A GOOD DJ A GREAT DJ- a DJ that find out what his client's favorite genre/artist/group is and has plenty on hand for a private function ( for a mobile DJ).
Knowing that what you play can sometimes control the mood(s) of a group of people good/bad
A great DJ knows that sometimes what the crowd wants to hear may not be what you wanna play but he/she plays for the entertainment of the people they serve.
DJ_Boles 11:39 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think I am a great DJ because I try to make sure my clientele is always happy and I will do everything in my power to make sure that they are.
djmixology 11:40 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ? Being able to read a crowd, being unique with your performance, using skills and techniques, being knowledgeable of many music genres, practicing and keeping your abilities up to date, knowing what songs to play and when to play them, making use of tools and software (like Serato!) in order to create an electrifying atmosphere.
DJ_Boles 11:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
I think I am a great DJ because I try to make sure my clientele is always happy and I will do everything in my power to make sure that they are. I started doing this at a young age and from the start my number 1 rule is to make the client happy.
shamlin 11:42 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ?
THE PEOPLE !!!
Jonathan_ 11:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
A Good DJ has experience and DJs for fun and the money is just extra.
DJ WhoDis 11:43 AM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ? In my opinion that is musical knowledge, the ability to read a crowd, passion to drive to be better with each and every practice and knowing where to make improvements. It also means knowing which gear is the right gear for yourself as a DJ as not every equipment is right for each individual DJ to perform at their best.
FunkyVs 11:51 AM - 30 April, 2015
Apparently, virtual dj makes someone a great dj, since that seems to be the only way I can use a library management system that doesn't crash every computer once I load in all my files. Yeah, yeah, I know, "you're working on it". Oh, and if you can be about 1/15 as good as Jazzy Jeff, you'd be a great dj!
DJ Fade Lefever 11:54 AM - 30 April, 2015
Simple: A good DJ can mix and beat match. A great DJ, such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, can not only mix, scratch, use modern effects and integrated modern gear, but most importantly, can do all this while at the same time using a WIDE variety of music genres making him or her highly capable of pleasing ANY crowd.
seabefore 12:02 PM - 30 April, 2015
The obvious thing is practice. Creativity is next. But the thing that I feel gets lost is Individuality. To many folks out there trying to be someone else and not creating their own identity. Be creative, innovative & try to change the game rather than just be a player.
Dustin Fresh 12:07 PM - 30 April, 2015
What make's a good DJ a great DJ is the ability to love and appreciate all forms of music while taking the audience your playing for on a musical journey. A great DJ has the ear for the music and the eye for the crowd. A great DJ is always willing to listen to the crowd, but most importantly listen to the heart as this what separates the good from great. A great DJ has the passion, fire, and desire to strive to be great, stay late, and never procrastinate....to be on the "A Game" of course...Much Peace and Love!
Dandada Sounds 12:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
Simple! His/Her unique style of Djing that differs them from every one else, that's what makes a good Dj
DJ dVO 12:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ must have the following personal and behaviour traits:

Passionate - Love every genre of music and able to make something out of nothing.

Dedication - Practice and continuously improve self's skills in order to be innovative.

Professional - Act with integrity and respect towards peers and those in the field.

Ambassador - Promote the music, promote the craft and further educate new comers of the craft.
Barta 12:11 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj becomes a great Dj when he/she masters his instrument so that he can move a crowd the way the wants. And most importantly can improvise when things aren't going as planned. Important is that he/she has as much fun as the crowd is having!
James01 12:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
A Dj should have P.E.R.F.E.C.T

P- is for Passionate.(being passionate about all music)
E- is for Energy(keeping the crowds energy going)
R- is Read.(know how to read the crowd)
F- is for Fun(show and have fun)
E- is for enjoy(should enjoy djing)
C- is for Crowd(interact with the crowd)
T- is for Timing(know when to play the big songs at the right time)
Buie 12:17 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ plays what the people want how and when the want it. A great DJ breaks records, curates an experience and plays what the crowd needs and wants before they conciously desire it.
A DJ is a conductor, psycologist, entertainer and a doctor. Moving the crowd, reading their minds, keeping them hype and leaving them feeling better than they did be for he/she stepped behind the decks.
KENEKENEK 12:23 PM - 30 April, 2015
A GOOD dj SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE THE AUDIENCE CRAZY ABOUT THE MUSIC (IN GOOD WAY)
DJ Expression 12:30 PM - 30 April, 2015
PRACTICE
STAY HUMBLE
LISTEN
TALK LESS
AND MORE PRACTICE
KUBIKOLOR 12:31 PM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJ is a bit like being a great chef: you get your ingredients, get seasonal stuff, make something with it. searching the perfect beat .
Monopoli 12:35 PM - 30 April, 2015
Music is the universal language. A great DJ is someone who speaks this language, and all of its dialects, in a way that allows them to take their audience on a musical journey.
MORRIS0625 12:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj can read the crowd -show originality - create an atmosphere - all djs' have basic skills which include mixing, music knowledge, scratching ...etc. but all the skills in the world doesn't make a good dj
Serginho Paschoal 12:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
loves music, is more about the good feelings and vibrations that we can share thru the music, than anything else. how much more you understand this, more great you are..
DJ-JEAN-MARON 12:40 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great dj must own a record signed by Jazzy Jeff and if course some Serato control disc too :-)
DJ Mr Chips 12:40 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is one who seamlessly takes the listener somewhere he/she didn't know they wanted to go - in a way that seems like it was naturally meant to be.
NAUTIC 12:40 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think being yourself and playing what influenced you to become a dj helps evolve you to standout from your peers. Having a nice selection and keeping the crowd into ur presentation is the balance that can make you great!!
DJ Locdwn 12:41 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ Great is a person that studies his/her craft. Knows the ins and outs of their craft. The person that wants to try to take Djing to the next level. Someone who is not scared to think out of the box, and to take the crowd on a journey through time, and music. They will not only play music that they know everyone will like, but play from their soul and let the crowd see and feel the music that they play. DJ's talk to people through their hands. We control the crowd with the music like a singer with the words they sing, or a pastor with the words they preach. Anyone can be a DJ, but to be a great DJ you need to want to put in the work, know the history, teach people the art, work with the old, and create the new.
Peydunn 12:45 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj great?
Flexibility and passion. You can be a good dj in any genre all you want. But if you don't make changes and improve you'll never make it. The entire DJ world is a competition, and if you stick to one genre and never branch out and become more flexible.. you'll always be the same dj. Get out of your comfort zone and take the risks. Build the bridge from good DJ to great DJ.
djbeezwax 12:46 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a good dj u must know ur music n the crowd ur playing for. Music selection is key.
DJ O'ryien 12:46 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to perform for your crowd, putting together
A great list of tracks. Keeping the wanting more.
Ashley Riggs 12:48 PM - 30 April, 2015
Love, passion, practice, more practice, even more practice, dedication and sheer blind determination to be the very best they can be.
djnez 12:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
Good to great...it's a matter of how bad you want to succeed. Like there's a lot of good DJs but only a select GREAT DJs. So the question is how do we want to be remembered?
KRS9TH 1:01 PM - 30 April, 2015
Be yourself, be honest, and learned a lot from all the things in life's.
djpresz 1:04 PM - 30 April, 2015
A dj weather is a great one or not is not measured by their skills of mixing or scratching.what makes a great dj is being able to create long lasting memories on those people that book you for your services. Making that girl that only turns 15 or 16 feel like the whole world is watching her making her feel special, making her be that princess in the eyes of her guest or at that prom you are djing making those students forget for a second that most of them will no longer see each other in their future lives, making their prom night a night that will take with them forever, or that wedding party your djing making that special sacrate moment in those two lives that are forever going to remember that night something amazing. That to me is something that us DJs take for granted. This is what separate us from being a regular dj from a great dj.
#djpresz
Mr. W. 1:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
The right combination of crowd, atmosphere and energy has the ability to elevate a good DJ to greatness on any night. It's the DJ who's honed his craft and has a sufficient level of music knowledge and has the ability to recognize what he has before him. He then takes his audience on a memorable evenings journey through his eyes, ears and hands! Early in my career I was frequently asked why no DJ Name or mic crowd hype and I always responded the same "When I want them to make noise, scream or get hyped, I did it with the music not the mic and to me that's the difference between good and great!
Krass T 1:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
For me its simple, first love for the music, good dj doesn't plays for money but because he van to share this passion for music, and want to make a smile on your face :)
Tech Jone$ 1:17 PM - 30 April, 2015
One who has a legit passion for the craft. Willing to teach and take constructive criticism. Know how to read a crowd and ride that wave all night. Paints a picture through mixes and inciting memories of when you first heard the track playing on the system. Take any person, no mater how bad the day and make it great. That's a great DJ.
djbizz 1:17 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ must read a crowd, be creative with the mixing, and surprise their audience to generate a "wow" moment or two throughout their performance.
Robejz 1:25 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ has the balance of musical knowledge and skill, to be able to play tracks that people want to hear but play them in a way that makes it sound original.
VASILIS 1:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
Someone to be a gret dj must first of all be one with his gear and one with the crowd. Also he needs to practice a lot and be informed with the latest tracks.
Eazy EL Dee 1:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
Passion / Drive / Song Selector / Crowd Reader / Humble / Party Rocker

IMO these qualities make a good DJ!!!

Eazy EL Dee
djphazenpnz 1:36 PM - 30 April, 2015
Be one with the crowd & know how to pick them up if they're down, bar rotation... song selection... Anyone can smash a peak hour set but can you nail a dope warm up set? If you can master the above, you indeed, will be be great!
sbrodd 1:40 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ has to bear a very professional approach and deliver what the crowd or customer is anticipating. Thus their product should be delivered and displayed in such a way, it will leave the guest begging for more when the lights get turned up at the end of the night. A very important aspect of producing a great set is the flow of song choice to pace the energy swings throught the night. Blend it smooth like the transitions between songs. A roller coaster wouldn't have adrenaline drops without the slow Hillclimb's.
billcore7 1:40 PM - 30 April, 2015
Know your crowd and keep the dance floor full and flowing.
TAVO 1:41 PM - 30 April, 2015
I personally think that there are very few great djs. There might be many good, but greatness it's achieved after years of experience, constant love for what you do, endless research for inspiration and a born disposition to creative thinking. Great Djs make those everyday tools that everybody use, magical because they are poets, musicians, surgeons and scientists of beats, all at the same time!
Rickjaay 1:42 PM - 30 April, 2015
Humility first of all!...
lmboyer04 1:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
An artist who enjoys his work. That's all you need to be.
POKK 1:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ knows it's about the crowd and not themselves. I good DJ is selfless...he takes the crowd on a ride the want to go on but takes the scenic route.
DJ TwoCities 1:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ comes from dedication to developing your craft. The ability to present music in a fresh way that allows people to cross genre's and embrace music they may have never embraced before. The ability to break and introduce new music, being a trend setter and not a trend follower. The ability to work well with others and remain humble. The ability to energize the crowd as you take them on a journey into sound. Last but not least learning all you can about as many techniques and styles of mixing and finding a way to incorporate them into your own personal style of mixing. The learning never stops!
PMYSKO 1:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
Mesmerizing the crowd.
joaquinm99 1:53 PM - 30 April, 2015
Always remember where you came from... The humble beginnings, the hard work, dedication, and genuine effort it took to get where you wanted to be as an artist. Respect the craft and learn its history, so you dont disrespect it... Encourage growth and embrace evolution.

Peace-jom
kmueller62 1:57 PM - 30 April, 2015
Humility, stage presence, a great ear, and a desire to please people.
DJNoKlipz 2:00 PM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to read a crowd, then act on that reading with precision mixing.
nixie26 2:02 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think that to go from being a good DJ to a great DJ means that:

1) you stay humble, grounded and greatful for every gig you get. It just means that there are people out there that want you to play so you must be doing something right.

2) You expand your knowledge of music so that your audience can learn and experience new music through you

3) You aren't afraid to try something new, whether it's technology or music style: even if you don't like it, you can still say that you tried it at least.

4) You genuinely love every single minute and moment you play! :)
IAMDJDK 2:02 PM - 30 April, 2015
Style, Knowledge, Skill, & Creativity will turn a Good DJ into a Great DJ.

Style - Your style of of play is like no one else. You do you!
Knowledge - Not just playing the records you found in the latest record pool, you actually done some research and digging and found some jewels to drop in your set. Knowing the right record to play at the precise moment.
Skill - You Mix? You Scratch? You Teach? You Do It All?
Creativity - Produce your own redrums create your very own edits. Do what is not expected and not of the norm.
PLasmaPL 2:03 PM - 30 April, 2015
Skills, funky vibes, technique, No Alcohol, Makes a good DJ!!!
El-DJ 2:03 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ can make his crowd fall in love, perhaps for just a moment.

It can be any music genre and any kind of people. But it is necessary for a good DJ to be able to read this.
JandroSantos 2:04 PM - 30 April, 2015
A Real DJ is made with dedication, humbleness and the hability to improve your style and skills, Finally only need to love what you are doing
pf512 2:04 PM - 30 April, 2015
Jeff's longevity, growth and commitment to excellence.
djratedrde 2:05 PM - 30 April, 2015
Everyone has made some excellent posts, and someone may have already mentioned this but I think believing in the records you are playing believing in your set is very important too if you aren't confident about what you are doing it will show in your performance, making your audience a believer will allow them to share the vision of the ride you as the DJ are taking them on.
R1zla 2:05 PM - 30 April, 2015
Do Not overcomplicate , Good tunes are the most essential , doesnt matter if you are the best mixer/scratcher/turntabalist etc , if you play whack music ye gonna sink.

If you can combine them all then you have the attributes to be a great DJ ... Like that guy off Fresh Prince .. :)_
Leo EDIT 2:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
scratch ist my passion ;) and you are my example!!
Or Gilad 2:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
skills, wide musical knowledge and the abillity to tell a story/take the crowd with him on a journey through music
Junior Goodfellaz 2:10 PM - 30 April, 2015
LIVING LEGEND ! JAZZY JEFF ! WHAT A PLEASUR !
it2kuayl2 2:11 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is someone who strives to gain perfection to their craft and continually works on this. In order to become a great DJ you have to listen to the people around you that you're performing your craft for and give them your best each and every time. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!! Create your own style based on what you and your listeners love. The crowd is what can truly make a good DJ into a great one.
Pedro Henrique Ramos 2:12 PM - 30 April, 2015
Heart beats in sync.
Soul in the music.
And love for the faders.
Pepehouse 2:13 PM - 30 April, 2015
Musical selection above all, a taste for music and musical knowdledge ...and that only comes with passion for music.
Brant Randall 2:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJ's put on a musical performance which creates a memorable and valuable experience for the audience.
Great DJ's enhance that experience leaving the audience awestruck, wondering how they did that, and inspired to learn more about the art of DJ'ing. They inspire new generations to evolve the art form.
Slopoke1 2:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
A true DJ knows his audience. He feels the emotions of the crowd and takes them on a journey. He uses music to create a moment where everyone can escape the real world.
JamesDC 2:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is someone who can read the crowd, you need to know how to make people dance and smile. It's not about playing the bangers all night either, it's about educating the audience while giving them something to remember. Coupled with the knowledge of music to play classics, rare tracks, new songs and remixes of songs that fit your genre styles. Making people on the dance floor want to know what songs you're playing. Surely the greatest DJs are the ones who create an atmosphere that is happy, fun and inviting to people to enjoy themselves, that's what makes a DJ and great one.
Passo 2:16 PM - 30 April, 2015
Technically good but most of all passionate and annihilated with that awesome groove
MK 12 2:16 PM - 30 April, 2015
Great music x
AUGUSTINO JAY 2:18 PM - 30 April, 2015
I believe that hard work and self diclipline make a good deejay, You have to deligently and practise very day and be creative. Deejaying is an art just like drawing. You have to understand your audience and be flexible to fit their needs and requests
Zeno DJ 2:19 PM - 30 April, 2015
S..... Smile! don't be serious while mix!!
E..... Energy! believe in yourself!
R..... Rate! yourself! sometimes you made a good job, sometimes no!! but don't panic.... move on!
A..... Atmoshpere! don't play only hits.... use your brain.... look and feel!
T.... Training... every day how much do you spend in djing?
O..... Optimistic! Let's go you can do it!!

Be positive! you're playing probably the best work around the world!
Uncle El 2:21 PM - 30 April, 2015
Technical skills, years of practice, a good ear, soul, timing and the ability to read a crowd.
Pedro Henrique Ramos 2:22 PM - 30 April, 2015
Music in the soul.

Heart beats in sync.

And love for the faders.
J Spade 2:22 PM - 30 April, 2015
A love and knowledge of many types of music, Being able to read a crowd, and following the mood, but also being able to set the tone by introducing new or unknown things to get people open to new undiscovered tastes.
DJ Breakdown SD 2:22 PM - 30 April, 2015
Djing to me is three parts, one part technical skills, one part knowledge of what great music is out there in any genre, and lastly the ability to put together music that feeds the crowd, understanding your venue, the time of your slot, and the crowd to get tha dance floor moving!
Getright84 2:22 PM - 30 April, 2015
A perfect mix of showmanship technical skills a great selection of music add the willingness to please the crowd this is what's needed to be a great dj/entertainer
thedjstylz 2:22 PM - 30 April, 2015
A GOOD DJ knows how to read a crowd, put songs together, and can make people dance


A GREAT DJ takes a crowd on a journey. Making people remember you for the way you made them feel or remember a time in their lives that brings that smile to their face just because of your risk-taking / exquisite song selection and vast genre knowledge.


always keep 'em movin'
stylz
Swn 2:23 PM - 30 April, 2015
Constant evolution... looking backwards and forwards through the musical timeline to push boundaries and take people on a journey they never would take themselves!
Bobby63 2:24 PM - 30 April, 2015
First off you have to love music,second love how music affects others,and last enjoy what you do,cause how you respond reflects to others,God bless,n stay humble.
?uest 2:24 PM - 30 April, 2015
selection and knowledge first, then skills
Dj-Earthquake268 2:26 PM - 30 April, 2015
There are many things that make a dj good. It all comes down To what makes it work for that one person .. every dj has their own style every dj has their own signature, but I know the main things that make a dj good are ... not being selfish and playing music for him or her self. Dedication to the art practicing staying up to date with music and technology. being versatile and not limiting yourself to only one genre. And knowing your crowd knowing what they want playing for them .. not everybody in the club Or party will like all hip hop or pop or reggae or soca .. so play them all give them a taste of all unless the event only calls for one specific genre. I really hope I win because I am now learning my self and now starting to get out there and do events and promote myself .. I don't have money right now to buy this new software serato dj but I need iT. I love music and I love to use music to make people have fun and enjoy them selves.
dj_pauly 2:27 PM - 30 April, 2015
Track selection is key, then obviously skills and real love of djin, not just love of money
DJ G-WON 2:30 PM - 30 April, 2015
Love of music, great timing, great selection of music old and new and a sharp knowledge of music and the history of beats and samples to create new beats on the fly.
ampli5d 2:31 PM - 30 April, 2015
If you already have the skill and know-how, then what you really need is… Diversity
Skilpin 2:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
What separates the good DJ's from the bad is the ability to read people on the dance floor and take them on a journey through the set. You should also be a humble and dedicated to your craft.
djfeedme 2:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
It takes balance. (in regards to skill set, music/diversity, an ability to read the venue/people, and willingness to experiment) Balance and a genuine passion.
MrL 2:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great Dj is some one who can read their crowd giving the crowd what they want in addition to introducing new music to the crowd. A Dj that can play with nonstop energy leaving you speechless at the end of the Dj set wanting more
Chris Swift 2:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
Ultimately a great DJ plays for the crowd, connecting with them, and taking them on a musical journey. I've been fortunate to see DJ Jazzy Jeff and Grandmaster Flash live multiple times, and they always give 110% to the audience, no matter the size. Would be honored to have signed vinyl from the Magnificent!
Jamesblend 2:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
Personally I feel that a "good dj" and a "great dj" are one of the same… It depends on the opinion of the person judging.
A "great DJ" is such an individual point of view nowadays because there's so many of us…

Also depending on the level of the booking or gig it is… is it a tiny side street bar? Is it a festival? Is it a brand new venue? A brand new crowd?

It's really hard to please every single punter, let alone the promoter, the owner, the bar staff. For example… U could smash your set one night… everyone leaves happy… except one of the barman who thinks your performance was "mediocre"…
Or the group of girls who asked for some Beyonce song that you actually you forgot to play… They would leave happy and think you were good… but playing that 1 Beyonce track would've made you "great"

Obviously music knowledge, patience, experience, technical ability, and LOVE for the job/career/hobby are important to DJs…

But at the end of the day do the people paying the tickets and buying the drinks really care about how long you spent learning to scratch, or how much you saved to get the newest controller or how many people have closed you out or how much you pay for your dj mailing/promo lists (if you do)?

Probably not.
Bri72 2:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
Leaving the ego at the door.
AlaskaDJ 2:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
All-around skills on a range of different equipment along with the ability to adapt to any audience and music genre.
two two 2:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to sense the vibe, take control of it and push it to the next level makes a DJ great. To achieve this means the DJ must have a great understanding of their music, solid skills and a burning passion to make people feel good. Take the crowd on a journey!
Payamazadi 2:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ can read his audience and reach deep into them to compel their soul.
A great DJ can compel his audience's soul while compelling his own; aligning everyone's spirits.
DJM² 2:41 PM - 30 April, 2015
Love and Determination. You gotta love what you do and need to be determined to work hard to be the best you can be. Only then can you truly succeed.
Justin Colbert 2:42 PM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge of Music, Creativity, Passion, and not being afraid to step outside of the box....
Qdos 2:42 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think a great dj feels and knows the music and the audience more and better, whereas a good one is just playing good tracks.
DJ Phatfingers 2:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to read a crowd and being open to all types of music!
DJ DYNASTY80 2:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
Creativity, versatility, move the crowd with happiness, understanding your surroundings. The dj is a key player for spreading the music to the world .Salute to all those real djs stay sharp.
Who Is DJ Red 2:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to set the tone. A DJ provides the soundtrack. Reading the crowd and playing any genre of music to rock the party. A great DJ can get the party going in any type of situation.
eastcoldspring 2:44 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj great to me would be knowing his crowd, and a vast knowledge of music and not just one genre. One who excites and electrifies.
doubleC the Dj 2:44 PM - 30 April, 2015
1. By transitioning from being a good dj who plays good songs into being the music itself like jazzy Jeff once said... 'I'M NOT JUST A DJ, I AM THE MUSIC'.

2. Going with you audience as well.

3. The way positioning yourself as a brand.
DJQ123 2:45 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ is someone that can spin a record. A great DJ is someone that can adapt to the crowd, the vide. It's a love and passion for the art. It's a feeling of adrenaline you get from the crowd when you look out and see them enjoying what your putting down. It's being humble and knowing their is so much room to learn and grow.
PaseBigBellySound 2:46 PM - 30 April, 2015
Read the crowd, teach the crowd, not only good playing at maintime, good warmup, practice, passion, knowledge!
Mintal 2:46 PM - 30 April, 2015
The dj is the person between both worlds of producers and public, therefor he/she should understand both worlds, listen to them, practise on them and collect all sources of data such as which songs to play, what can i use as sample and so on. The dj should be creative, responsive to others and help others get there.
DJPax 2:48 PM - 30 April, 2015
Per me un buon dj non è quel dj che suona solo per suonare,un dj la musica la sente nel cuore.
Un vero Dj è quella persona che pur di imparare sta sveglia fino alle 4 di notte,no quel dj che viene pagato migliaia di euro e che lavora due ore al giorno,quelli non sono veri dj,sono solo dj immagine.
Un dj non deve per forza avere i CDJ 2000;bastano anche due semplici lettori cd.
Un vero dj è una persona che lotta pur di poter continuare a suonare,che da la sua vita per la musica.
Tutto deve partire dal suo cuore.E quando non avrà più la musica nel cuore non sarà più un vero Dj.è questo quello che fa la differenza.
non si diventa ottimi dj da un giorno all'altro.ottimi dj si scopre di esserlo dopo 10 anni in cui si sono passati le notti sui giradischi.le notti sui mixer pur di riuscire a fare quella cosa che tanto si desidera.fare una canzone propria.una cosa che ci rappresenti.

quando una persona ha queste caratteristiche per passare da dj a bravo DJ è un attimo,non ha bisogno di altro.
DJPax 2:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
English translation:

To me that is not a good dj dj playing just to play, a DJ music feels in his heart.
Dj is a real person who in order to learn is awake until 4 am, that no DJ who is paid thousands of euro and working two hours a day, those are not real dj, dj are just image.
A DJ does not have to have the CDJ 2000; enough even two simple CD players.
A real dj is a person who struggles just to be able to continue to play, that of his life to music.
Everything must start from his cuore.E when no longer have the music in the heart is no longer a true Dj.è's what makes the difference.
It does not become a good dj dj all'altro.ottimi day it turns out to be after 10 years that have passed the nights on giradischi.le nights on mixer just to be able to do that thing that so much desidera.fare a song propria.una what it represents.

when a person has these features to switch from DJ to DJ is a good moment, it does not need another.
DJ JiSM 2:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ can play any type of music and be good at it not just their preferred type.
dj_tpc 2:52 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good dj great the ability to implement change into a routine and adapt to the crowd and their every movement as well as being true to them selves let it be through turntablism, beat mixing, key mixing etc.
CTQ 2:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
Strong fundamentals, e.g. knowing how to use your gear to flawlessly execute your ideas, are required.
The practice, research, etc. required to master your set up must be continuously honed.
Constant listening to new musical sources and supplementing or refining your repertoire are also key.
However, to truly excel, you need to use your ears and musicality. You have to hear/read/feel the moment, have a musical/vibe destination, be unafraid to alter directions (i.e. the "energy" of your arc) if you are inspired to do so.
Learning from others is useful, but we each have a unique voice and we should be true to that sonic signature.
DJ JSlide 2:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
Humility and the mindset to dare to do anything outside of the norm. As DJ's we are supposed to push the limit and take the venue we are in front of on a journey. Change their mood and make them forget about all the problems they have. To do all of that is the real meaning a DJ.
angelodjlo 2:57 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being a great DJ means being able to rock a crowd of 5 or 5000. Putting in the work to be able to cater to the people creatively
VicB 2:57 PM - 30 April, 2015
Be humble, stay focused, know your music, know your equipment, but most importantly, know your audience. Love what you do.
FatherTime 2:58 PM - 30 April, 2015
Dj is the soul force of Hip Hop and were it began. A good dj knows his/her history of music and respects those before him/her. A good dj knows their library, knowing and playing music is not the same. Finally a good dj is a trend setter and should be creative in their craft (mixing, Scratching, Ect). Being innovative, creative, and just plain DOPE!
Respect+Records+Dopeness= Dj
Adam Hegedus 3:02 PM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJs have the technical knowledge and good selection skills. Great DJs add their personalities to their sets. They stand out of the circle of average DJs.
Ash B 3:06 PM - 30 April, 2015
ORIGINALITY! You get good DJ's but to be great you got to bring something original. Something know one else could have possibly thought of but you.
Dark Apple 3:06 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think what makes a great DJ is somebody who knows all style's of music and can adjust to their crowd. But at the same time take them somewhere they didn't even know they wanted to go.

I also think a great DJ is somebody who takes their skills and shares with somebody new who wants to learn. Some DJ"s start thinking their the S%#$*t and above everybody else and won't even look at you when you just want to say Hi and meet them.
Tha real Dj Smoke1 3:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj is someone who knows how to go into any venue or event, and have a good idea what the crowd wants. Haves a huge selection of music. Interact with the crowd making them dance. Transitions songs so clean,they didnt even know the next song was just dropped. Just taking every one on a journey. Thats real djing. Dj Smoke1
Tha real Dj Smoke1 3:10 PM - 30 April, 2015
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A good dj is someone who knows how to go into any venue or event, and have a good idea what the crowd wants. Haves a huge selection of music. Interact with the crowd making them dance. Transitions songs so clean,they didnt even know the next song was just dropped. Just taking every one on a journey. Thats real djing. Dj Smoke1
Husketti 3:12 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj needs knowledge, passion, and a funky attitude
DJAdverb 3:13 PM - 30 April, 2015
As the magnificent said, "love what you do, and do what you love" Jazzy Jeff was the reason I bought my first set of 1200's at the age of 17 and I still dj today. Musical knowledge, experience, ability to read the crowd, the skills to dj on ANYTHING, and the love of the game
DJ Vin 3:13 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ never stops perfecting his/her craft and has the main goal to entertain.
Man Cave 3:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
When it is about the music and not the Ego A good DJ Will listen to all types of of music Looking for that one thing that Separate him from the rest like a lot of people listen to DJ sets Really don't understand They just Moving and grooving But that's okay because that's what they are therefore but I have listen to DJs Like jazzy Jeff And so many others And the set Actually tell a story You just have to listen That is definitely not an easy task
jaeyk 3:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
inspired by jazzy jeff but ambition is to be better than jazzy. originality and creativity is the key to my sets and my crowd tells me what i need to do to be better and better. the crowds reaction is what tells how good a dj is and how extraordinary you play your set determines if you can win over the crowd. humility in this game is also a key component but also one needs to be confident enough to take out giants in this game. and last but not least they are jazzy jeff signed vinyls, everyone would like a copy but not as bad as i do.
Rees Morgan 3:16 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is super dedicated and super creative and in it for the fun, not anything else. One also has to practice a lot to be great.
DjNicole 3:18 PM - 30 April, 2015
Appreciation for the roots! A lot of new DJs have no idea what Turntablism even is, with new technology you may not need to but it's an important culture that brought everybody together and it is what helped music and the community grow. Passion is also a definite must since many people can lose sight of it. It's also important for a great DJ to keep true to themselves and bring their own style and originality to their line of work. Of course one of the most important elements would be having knowledge in various types of music and being able to feel the crowd and entertain them with the right tracks. Lastly, you just gotta LOVE what you do!
Reinier 3:20 PM - 30 April, 2015
It's not about the hit's you play, it's about what you play in between the hits.
dj l.o.p. 3:25 PM - 30 April, 2015
to play the right at the right time
DJ SOURMNKY 3:27 PM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge, Creativity, Flexibility, and Diversity
Lago 3:27 PM - 30 April, 2015
The DJ who can take the crowd on a journey during his set.
Crumbzo 3:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj can rock and know the basics of the craft along with song selection and blend techniques. To be a great dj, take the above, look the crowd in their faces with a smile and take them on a soulful journey, prepared set or off the top. That's what I think makes a good dj a great dj.
Also Starring 3:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
First, knowledge of music and that means knowing every single track.
Second, being able to read a crowd.
Third, skills -> mixing, scratching, juggling,... The first 2 are what makes a DJ good and the 3rd is what makes a great DJ.
Forth, creativity. I feel as though there a many great DJs out there and it's creativity that really make a DJ stand out and push the craft.
DJMJ0992 3:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is one who controls the crowd. One who is very knowledgeable and always committed to practicing. One who loves music and has patience. A great DJ is also someone who is full of creativity and makes art in the form of music.
Marcecubos 3:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
For me a good Dj is dedicated, humble, creative and put his heart on what he's doing so the crowd can percive that emotion. Dj Cubos
DJ ShoNuf 3:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
Patience, practice and above all passion! If you don't love what you do in life, you will never become a great.
weiler5280 3:35 PM - 30 April, 2015
The time, passion, dedication, love, sweat, blood, and tears that go into each set.
B rock 3:36 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a GREAT DJ is the ability to take the crowd on a journey they didn't know they wanted to go on until they were already on it.
Dj Manzo 3:37 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great dj you need to dedicate your life to music... You need to love music...

Read the crowd don't play for you but for the people that listen to your dj set....

And learn form Jazzy jeff...
TDFJ 3:38 PM - 30 April, 2015
Anybody can become a good DJ through hard work, dedication and a certain set of skills. However becoming a great DJ is not a thing you can learn it is a matter of who you are. For example a good DJ never looks down on Peers and becomes stuck up he will help them be their best A great DJ puts the fame aside to find some time for his friend. No matter how known he is, a great DJ never forgets were he came from. If you know your music by heart or if you can beatjuggle with 4 Decks at the same time only shows your GOOD but to be great you must also be an asset to your community. This is what I strive for and I think this makes a good DJ a great DJ
dj jesster 3:41 PM - 30 April, 2015
difference between a good dj and a great dj is the attention to the details, plain and simple.
DJ Phunk Lexx 3:41 PM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to feel your audience and cause them to feel you back. That's the difference between being good and being the best.
Guestdj 3:42 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great dj you need a cool sneakers!
DJ7ity 3:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ can rock a crowd with their set. A great DJ can tell a story with their set.
Djeazt 3:53 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be able to make the crow happy and be able to get them to enjoy the music you play.
jibe115 4:00 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ takes you on a musical journey. And you can tell just by watching the DJ, that they are enjoying the ride just as much as you.
Sand 4:01 PM - 30 April, 2015
Originality.
patrickhylton 4:02 PM - 30 April, 2015
technical skills coupled with ability to understand the crowd coupled with a good ear for music
DJ Livin' Large 4:03 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great dj is one who can move the crowd & do it on a consistant basis with not only music selection but personality & finess
dj jhit 4:04 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great dj you have to first of all know your music! Having a massive library, without knowing the songs is useless. Secondly, be creative and never think your skills are perfected. Push yourself to new boundries. But never, ever play records just because they are on some kind of chart! You are the dj! Not your crowd, you! You're the one that should be like "yo this song is hot, i want you to hear and love it". Be a dj that the crowd remembers when they leave a party. Not just another dj that played their favourite song. Sad to see that so many djs are currently playing the same songs. And something to not be forgotten is, to know the culture of your music! Music, be it hiphop, reggae or edm, know the culture and the life behind the music and lyrics, connect the dots, put pieces together as if you were solving a puzzle! Real recognise real.
jimmy jamz 4:04 PM - 30 April, 2015
The Build!!! Use the technology available to us to work the music, feel the crowd and take them on a journey into musical bliss!!!!
clerk 4:07 PM - 30 April, 2015
I believe the greatest tool you can have is something technology will never be able to duplicate. It is the one thing that separates us all...YOUR MIND...you can the latest and the greatest gear but its yout knowledge and ability to experience the music on a deeper level and share that with others in a way that effects lives!!! That is why I am here, It gives me purpose.
DjChachi PR 4:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
Consistency & Determination.

Is what takes you from beginner to Pro. From knowing nothing to understanding the art form.
Gl0bal 4:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great DJ i always believe first its to be able to read to the crowd anyone can play the "hits" but I always its how fast you can make the ladies take their heels off and go nuts. I always believe having a wide variety of music is very key and always having good energy while behind the decks, people int he crowd sometimes rely on your energy to keep the night moving. Anyone can mix but playing different kinds of music and catering to any crowd while keep the night fresh I think its important makes the club happy makes the crowd happy and of course you're happy since the dance floor is packed! Lastly its not always about the hits you play I think its about the tracks you play inbetween the hits that really set you apart from others!
Deejaymie 4:10 PM - 30 April, 2015
Know your music, know your equipment, read the crowd action and react. And first of all: practice, practice, practice...
Kai-Ya! 4:13 PM - 30 April, 2015
i've seen good djs. many of them. i've been a good dj.. and for a couple of sets i was a great dj. the difference isn't in the technicalities.

it's not the mix you played
it's not the scratching
it's not being in synch with the crowd
it's not having the best tracks
it's not the years of dedication
it's not the equipment you play on
it's not the respect of your peers
it's not your musical talent

these are the fundamentals. these are what every dj aspires to the same way a car aspires to have wheels and a motor and a steering wheel.

the difference between good and great is the magic. it's got nothing to do with the stuff you can write down in a manual "how to be great". it doesn't work like that. being great is being present, having zero ego, being grateful, not angry. being great means not desiring to be better, or to win. being great isn't arguing, controlling, angry... being great is being an instrument of the moment rather than desiring to be the player.

a good dj controls the music, a great dj is the instrument of the moment and plays the best possible music that the moment requires.

a good dj tells you the story they want to tell you
a great dj translates the moment into music.
KingKai27 4:15 PM - 30 April, 2015
For a good DJ to become great , he/she must have the drive(passion) to improve, be humble, know how to play for the crowd and not themselves and last but not least have a love for this line of work.
sdz 4:16 PM - 30 April, 2015
persistence in practice
Dj Alexandre Queiroz 4:17 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think the feeling and the sensitivity to understand the environment, will make you reach to all this. Thus causing a wonderful environment for everyone regardless of style or age of the audience.
Chris G PL 4:26 PM - 30 April, 2015
First of all - besides of skills, originality, his own style, years of practice, etc. - the great DJ must be a good guy...

It's just impossible to be a great DJ, if you don't love the music and don't respect the people, who listen to it - and conversely.
N00basaurus 4:27 PM - 30 April, 2015
The feel of brushed metal and plastic on your fingers. The rush of twisting knobs, the righteous fury of pounding away at buttons, and the heart bounding excitement from slipping slider bars from one end to another. Cables, wires, and the occasional oscilloscope... But most of all, the love for the craft.
UKSwagger 4:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
Creativity, connectedness to the crowd, dedication and love.
funkdealer 4:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
deep crates and love of multiple genres, ability to read the crowd, and deep passion for the music you play.....
Pagan 4:38 PM - 30 April, 2015
Having an understanding of the current crowd you see. Know their interests and what makes them tick. Play a song like a trick. Find their flow and keep them rolllin.
--
" But don't make them wait too long
'cause I'm a move on the dance floor
when they put something smooth on
So turn up the bass,
it's better when it's loud
'Cause I like to move the crowd' "..
~Eric B. & Rakim

Pagan-
Joey M. 4:46 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is a DJ who make people dancing, knows the best songs of the moment, is cultivated, can use every existed software and hardware.
DJCueT 5:04 PM - 30 April, 2015
a great dj can mix, scratch and have great music selection and be able to read a crowd...
mandino 5:05 PM - 30 April, 2015
Knowing your history of your craft Peace -M
dj1609 5:07 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good dj is always busy trying to get better. Practice your routine as well as your skills, and know your music!!
dj.insomnia 5:11 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ is one who is willing to learn, evolve, innovate, inspire, entertain, work hard and stay humble. Lose any one of those things and the rest become irrelevant.
DJ Mozo 5:12 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being well rounded, being able to read a crowd, mix, blend, react and adapt, making a crowd dance in the right setting, or even enjoy the atmosphere they're in. Good music selection. One who shows their passion for music by what they do.
DJ Milian 5:15 PM - 30 April, 2015
Passion and creativity!
ErinS 5:21 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being humble. *Fingers crossed*
joeyyspinz 5:30 PM - 30 April, 2015
in order to achieve success you must have passion for what you do. The way you can tell you have passion is by receiving a feeling within yourself that makes you want to do what ever task is at hand. Having passion towards something, you don't consider it work you consider it life, its something you need to do in order to feel alive. Being a dj is my passion, not a phase, i love it and everyday i try to be the best of my ability, that is why i do what i do.
Jakaricat1 5:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
LOVE
Jo Iaveris 5:38 PM - 30 April, 2015
Inspired mixes!
Use your imagination!
Read the people and give them the best every time...
djskeezo 5:41 PM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj can read the crowd, he must know his music well and constantly grow his musical knowledge and should know how to mix smoothly or at least with good transitions
RobbBreakz 5:42 PM - 30 April, 2015
Quite simply the ability to keep the dance floor packed and/or the crowd in motion, due to the skills and selection!
DJ BOBBY B 5:46 PM - 30 April, 2015
What I think that makes a great DJ is one who has a passion for the Art first. it will keep them wanting to practice, learn and experiment. Second is to create your own Identity. As Djs' we all learn and take from each other, but be creative in a way that you leave your "Mark"and own sound. Third is make sure your Sets or Mixes make Sense. the art of Djing is like being an MC, but we talk with our hands instead. Develop a flow to as if you are telling a story.
EPV 5:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
Good taste & Good judgement!!! Technical skills are a huge benefit too but skills can't make up for taste or judgement!
TMski 5:51 PM - 30 April, 2015
A Great DJ knows how to read their crowd, researches their venue, knows and continually grows their musical and lyrical knowledge bases, continually masters their craft knowing how to mix smoothly, consistently and with seamless transitions and knows their equipment inside and out. A great DJ is only limited by their imagination.
Air Jo3 5:58 PM - 30 April, 2015
Is something that it can't been explained.... Is the feeling created by the dj that put the music and those who dance...
It doesn't matter if it use sync or if it use vinyl, but a good dj know how to do, in every single moment, when is the time to put a certain song, when turn down music, when make the crowd jumping and when turn everybody with the hands in the air...
It is the best job in the world, but it isn't a job that everybody can do.... To do it you need passion for the music, you have to be determinate and you don't have to think to money, but how to make people happy...
It start like a game... And then it become your life...

P.s.: sorry for my English, I'm Italian
dirtyposse 6:13 PM - 30 April, 2015
Quality Programming, Versatility, and a desire to control the moment through sound makes a great DJ.
Shane Hand 6:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a good dj is to read your crowd and keep them happy and dancing. Song selection and knowledge is up there too. And you gotta work hard and be busy whilst playing mixing and scratching to the punter. Make them want more. Most of all "Keep it real" to yourself and the music will do the rest.
Shane
Alinan 6:23 PM - 30 April, 2015
Practice gets you from a good dj to a great dj! You also have to try out new things. In DJ industry you can never learn everything. There's always something new coming up. Plus you can't just stick with one thing or technique, or skill. You gotta be able to stand out. Make sure you listen to a lot of music genres because they're a big factor and reason to as how you can be different and stand out from others. With practice and then events that you do you learn how to read the crowd. Once you learn how to read a crowd you will later on know exactly what kind of music to put next, what kind of music will get those people going and give them energy as well as you. Being a good DJ is playing good music and having good transitions, etc. And most important is getting the people to have fun and enjoy any music you play. Being a great DJ has one advantage to it. You gotta have as much fun as the crowd you're playing for. You gotta practice and enjoy what you're doing. If you're in this just for the money you're probably one of those "good" DJs that just stands still like a statue when playing music instead of getting in the vibe with the crowd like a great DJ does! Peace and love to all!
DJ PIDO 6:28 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ plays music to the crowd...
A GREAT DJ touches the crowd through the music!

Just like Jazzy Jeff does! ;)
lazy soul 6:30 PM - 30 April, 2015
Knowing the music, feeling the dancefloor, skillz, having fun, giving fun.
djsforlovers 6:31 PM - 30 April, 2015
Experience. Nothing makes up for building a comfort level through years of experience rocking every type of club and party. That's what makes Jazzy Jeff one of the best to ever do it.
TRAVIS W 6:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
A dj is one who plays for the people has a structure of sound and keys along with blending mixing scratching efx andhave the ability to just create something out of nothing with sounds. Being able to utilize and equipment at anytime but a have a extensive understanding of the culture of the DJS and alway remain humble , must always be willing to strive and innovative pushing boundaries and open minded for criticism to grow and become better DJ because at the ends of the day your playing to express your emotions and tell your story through your music in a way that people can feel it and hear it and vibe to it.
djnickels 6:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj becomes a great Dj by practice, practice, practice. Then when you get the opportunity to play in front of a crowd, pay attention to your crowd. Don't be afraid to play a record that's not on your "safe" list. A Good Dj can play music and take people on a musical journey. Make sure that your in tune to what your playing. Some Dj's say they feed off of the crowds energy however, the crowd needs to feed off of your energy. Remember, your the Conductor the turntables are the Train, and the people are your passengers. Let's ride!!!
vantawave 6:35 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being a good dj means keeping tracks fresh, reading a crowd, and not fucking up. Prioritize
ILL FIGR 6:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj has learned to mix by ear on vinyl and can use his skill with all new technologies ! and is able to read the crowd set the mood and keep the groove :)
SDASU DJ 6:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
In my opinion, a good dj is someone who has a good feeling with the crowd. He must to be able to enjoy every people who listen his set. He must to touch the crowd with his sound and create the better feeling with the crowd. i know that my english is not perfect, but i hope that you can understand what i want to say, and i hope i win, because i love so much Jazzy Jeff !
djcrossfade1979 6:50 PM - 30 April, 2015
Humble, adapt to all kinds of ways to dj from vinyl to cdjs to midi . be open to all kinds of music and mix them together if you can . but your soul in to the mix your doing . feel with the crowd and have fun
BIG404 6:51 PM - 30 April, 2015
TASTEMAKING - Practice - A sense of Humour - and actually love music and enjoy collecting. Otherwise why DJ??
Peace
Punchkickcry 6:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
I believe that a great DJ chooses nothing for him/herself, but all for his/her audience. The DJ's job is described in two words: Sentence and Solas, meaning to teach and to entertain. A good DJ can learn to beatmatch and mix effectively, but what seperates a good DJ from a great DJ will know what the audience likes, what to play, and when to play it. At the end of the day, it's not what the DJ thinks how well he/she played, it's what the crowd, the audience believes.
Djbarty 6:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
In my opinion, just use SERATO DJ like I do.
panosgreece 6:56 PM - 30 April, 2015
My opinion on what makes a good dj is to have a wide variety of songs and to have spent a lot of time practicing with an audience so u can gain the experience to not be agitated or worried about your performance. A great dj is the ability to feel the crowd and to be able to make them react to your music so in turn you can get the party pumping :D also its the abillity to play a variety of music so when you mix it can have more of a 'wow' reaction from your audience another factor that makes a great dj is how your audience sees you , it matters a lot when you enjoy the party too.
Gil A. 6:58 PM - 30 April, 2015
Passion for music, all genres. Finding your creativity via music and mixing eclectic styles into one, unique sound. DJs are not the life of the party but they bring the party to life. It's similar to performing a guitar solo at a rock concert or making a free throw to win a basketball game--you feed off the energy of the crowd, and leaving them begging for more.

Great DJs don't rely on sound effects or light shows--they understand music, the nuances of finding a great beat, and creating a sound that is appealing and mind-shattering.
djmethod 7:01 PM - 30 April, 2015
Talent, Dedication, Desire, Determination, and The Love Of Music
Hee S. Lee 7:05 PM - 30 April, 2015
total control, manipulations, building up suspense, ability to interact with crowds with your selections, harmonic key mixing, crate digger...
Flipsta 7:08 PM - 30 April, 2015
To me the difference between a good dj and a great one is the ability to read the crowd and adjust on the fly. A good dj can get a dance floor going with a hot track, but a great dj can sustain that energy.
b Scratch 7:10 PM - 30 April, 2015
skills on the turntables,scratching,juggling,blending,mixing,re mixing etc.... using any style any time,using serato signed jazzy jeff timecoded vinyls....
dj.sycs 7:14 PM - 30 April, 2015
a good dj or producer needs to find that perfect sound in a track that attacks the brain and heart and once the dj has conquered this tasks then the people are his to control
MRKY 7:23 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being absolutely fearless and willing to try new things. Nothing better than a DJ that isn't scared to fail IMO
ghostproductionz 7:28 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think a good DJ can feel the crowds reaction and predict which song will fit the mood or how they want to change it. I also think its important to be able to make those turntables talk or sing. A good DJ has to know when its too much scratching in a dance environment and when to drop the beat back in.
B. Whyte 7:28 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to adjust to the crowd, knowing what and where your tracks are that you'll need and to have the energy and communication to make the crowd feel like your on the same page as them.
Dj Jio 7:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
Just like having your own style of spinning, every DJ has there own way of showing what sets them apart from good to GREAT, whether it be hard work and dedication to personality and talent. For me its my Personality. Sure i work my ass off to get better at finding my own style and i dedicate myself to being more and more creative with music but if i don't have that personality I don't feel like I'm great. So for all my Disc Jockeys out there, find what sets you apart and don't worry, you'll be GREAT.
DJ Respo 7:33 PM - 30 April, 2015
Good DJ work, great DJ works harder.
Vinsun 7:47 PM - 30 April, 2015
WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE MUSIC IS LIFE:it inspires helps you to evolve and gives reference to the soul
axel_marini 7:53 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good beat and creativity in the mixing of music to make music new, alive, and just plain amazing!
DJ Em Nice 7:53 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ!
Learning the craft, this means looking at videos, reading articles, going to clubs and events and listening to the music and how the crowd reacts to it. See if you can shadow another well known DJ to one of their events. Once this is done, create your own style and develop a following. Make certain you take advantage of free publicity: fb, twitter, youTube, instagram, free radio stations (VirtualDJRadio), etc. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Pick your poison on your equipment, make certain you know the ins and outs of what you use and how that translates to events. Realize that most events either use CDJs and some still use Turntables. Become an expert in both. Technology is always changing how DJs can perform but the game is still the same, meaning your end customer has to be satisfied with the end results, dancing their asses off and enjoying themselves. Keep them wanting more and more of you and you will go from Good to Great (G2G).

"Light Up The Darkness" keep the music flowing. Don't limit yourself to one genre of music. Start producing your own beats and learn how to incorporate them into your set.

Practice, Practice, Practice...
DJ OLF 7:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
If you want to be a great DJ you should be very Creative, have to know bowl to beatmatch and you have to have Serato DJ with some Control vinyls :D
Carlo_Dj 7:56 PM - 30 April, 2015
Experience !
DJ zErp 8:09 PM - 30 April, 2015
Knowledge of the craft. Knowledge of the music they are spinning so they are ready to call the appropriate song for a special event or the ability to create a set of varied tunes to be original but also appeal to public song interests. Beat matching and basic scratching skills. A good ear. :-)

- zErp
ThaCoach 8:11 PM - 30 April, 2015
I truly believe patience makes you great. I've been at it for 16 years and I practice and fail every damn day until I get it right or to the point I feel comfortable enough to try it on a stage or in a club. Nothing happens over night. Learning your craft and aways opening your mind to learning more, trying new things, and experimenting with different styles, techniques, genres, loops, samples, cuts, scratches, and being able to adapt every piece of knowledge to any crowd or venue you set foot in. Selection of what to do/use musically and when to do/use it can also draw or kill energy in the room if not timed right.
Keenan Moore 8:13 PM - 30 April, 2015
i'd say to become a great DJ you have to appreciate, listen to and own all forms of music. when you can do that your mixes will have infinitely more incredible possibilities
heidalicious 8:30 PM - 30 April, 2015
110% passion for music and djing. and being able to read your crowd.
Captivate 8:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ is the ability to gauge the energy and mood in a room and manipulate (or maintain) those levels through careful, fitting selections throughout the set.

What makes a GREAT DJ is the ability to do the above while

1: Educating the audience through use of underground music they might not dance to under normal circumstances... Opening the minds of a closed minded, mainstream-fixated crowd can take some serious skill.

2: Successfully incorporating techniques such as scratching, beat juggling and other turntable techniques, as well as seamless tempo/genre changes, riding the pitch, and creative use of technology such as cues, loops and effects.

3: A great DJ recognizes and appreciates the skills and importance of the DJ before technology made it possible for everyone to mix. He or she attempts to perpetuate that craft in some way or another in this age of digital music, sync buttons and accessibly priced equipment.

A good DJ gives the crowd a great night. A great DJ takes them on a journey, while displaying technical prowess and staying true to the craft.
jungling_jay 8:32 PM - 30 April, 2015
He loves music and DJs to express not to impress.
Johnny García 8:34 PM - 30 April, 2015
Lot of friends who supports, family who loves, practice every day... and a lot of vinyls! Peace!
Ignition 808 8:40 PM - 30 April, 2015
Crowd interaction skills makes for a great DJ. You can learn all the DJ skills, but you simply can't fake crowd interaction.
Evillincoln 8:47 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a Good DJ... dedication.
What makes a Great DJ... Artistry.
Sanjiv 8:48 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is when he/she is able to connect with the audience in a subliminal level... and alter their state of mind... that results in a pleasurable sensory experience.
TTA|ONE 8:49 PM - 30 April, 2015
80% intuition
20% skills

that makes a good DJ!

If you can't read your audience, then your skills won't take you anywhere..
Dj-Up'NGone! 8:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a DJ a great DJ isn't just about how he/she scratches, mixes ,drops songs. A DJ becomes a great DJ when he becomes passionate with what he does. When a DJ is mixing in front of a crowd, you know by how he/she is playing that he/ she loves what they do. A great DJ knows how to mix music together and have you standing there thinking that he/she is playing one song. Knowing all the new hit songs before they even touch the publics ears. Knowing how to spin according to the type of crowd youre dealing with! Its about literally feeling the vibe of the crowd knowing what hit song to drop next and dropping it in away that makes the crows lose their minds! A great Dj humbles and respects him/herself as well as others! You know a DJ is great by how he/she carries themselves and that level of integrity they carry. Where and when ever they have a gig to go to they perform in a way that makes you think then party has just started but actually its 3am and time to go home! And then all the fun stuff comes in after. His/her ability to scratch,mix,drop,fade in/out etc etc. And lastly what makes a Dj a great DJ, is that he/she is always on their toes learning from others constantly improving!!
versastyllez 8:57 PM - 30 April, 2015
A Great DJ begins with never forgetting how it all started (2 record turntables, beatmatching, slip-cuing, breaks, scratching (turntabalism) ); and continuing to reinvent yourself through dj technology (serato, drum machine, etc.) to remain relevant, and of course practice. Passion!
kevin t 9:05 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great DJ is very simple... First he or she must be fully versed in ALL Genres of music to be able to play to whatever crowd walks thru that door. Never EVER play for yourself, you have to play for your audience because essentially you are there to entertain them. A great DJ must also know his or her equipment and be fully ready to play on any other equipment that a venue might provide. Basically and finally a GREAT DJ must enjoy what he or she is doing but still go about it like a JOB and not a hobby.
Chile01 9:10 PM - 30 April, 2015
you can be a good DJ if you've got some talent and skills.
to be a Great DJ, you've got to hone those skills through practice and hard work.
DJRAWSKILLZ101 9:18 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj will practice and continue to learn his craft... A Great DJ will not only learn and improve one's skill but also study the art and know the history of the selectors roots and beginnings.... Pay Homage to the originators
Phil Roberts 9:20 PM - 30 April, 2015
Practice as much as you can, know the fundamentals, do your research, dont be afraid to get creative or be different, know how to read the crowd and dont think your the greatest! Never stop learning.
Splend 9:21 PM - 30 April, 2015
As you are passionate about it and truly love doing it, you are it.

I personally really dig people who have respect for the true art and culture and are creative in their own way, no matter what their setup is.

I stick to the classical setup - pair of SL-1200

But yeah, Dj is a person, who`s connected with music in a unexplainable way.
DJ Madfingaz 9:21 PM - 30 April, 2015
A great DJ should dare to take risks...

A great DJ should play 50/50 for the crowd and himself/herself...

A great DJ should be able to read the crowd by their movements and face expressions...

A great DJ should know when to play a track at the right time...

A great DJ should be humble in every way possible...

A great DJ should know when to play a warmup, headline or closing set...

A great DJ should be ORIGINAL in the way he/she delivers the music to the crowd and not follow the pack... Just be yourself...
AleX Leitters Dj 9:24 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj just pitch a good music, but a great Dj can: Understand, feel the music and the wishes of another people that listen to him.
Galcas 9:28 PM - 30 April, 2015
Dedication, Passion and to feel the beat, to feel music and to enjoy every moment of your life.

Practice, Practice and Talent.
DJ BASTA 9:28 PM - 30 April, 2015
selection

timing

knowledge of records

awareness of the community you are engaging

ability to leverage available technology

being a student and a teacher
bloo 9:35 PM - 30 April, 2015
beyond all else, ultimately, song selection.
Skyhook44108 9:36 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good Dj Keeps the Dance Floor packed the Audeance entertained nothing worse than a empty Dance floor very simple.
Dj William Christopher 9:38 PM - 30 April, 2015
Dedication
|DJSIGMA| 9:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a great dj is , being original, having your own style when mixing music, being creative, expressing yourself in music, being unique as you can be when rocking a crowd with the music, great song selection and just being who you are and having good vibes.
shampoodelux 9:45 PM - 30 April, 2015
Crowd interaction and humblism.
djhidef 9:48 PM - 30 April, 2015
For me a great DJ is someone who can bring different types of music into a masterpiece and being able to take your crowd on a journey. Being passoinate and open minded about music is key!
shampoodelux 9:54 PM - 30 April, 2015
but if you want more detail answered
A good dj is creative and knows how to read his crowd. A great dj is a humble dj also romodel what being a dj is all about. Remeber it ain't legit until it's on brick's.
DJ Loren M. 9:55 PM - 30 April, 2015
PASSION FOR THE MUSIC YOU PLAY AND USING ACTUAL VINYL TO PLAY IT. (BE MINDFULL OF ALL GENRES) ONE.
lordbayor 10:06 PM - 30 April, 2015
I think what makes a good dj is when he or she can understand the ARTS and SCIENCE of djing either in private or public.
Now i said arts and science in this terms because the arts of djing is a reasoning applied without limits, geared towards an ideal and guided by the practical of the music or situation on which he is djing on, so this mean that a good dj will have to understand what kind of music he will have to play at a particular occassion either in an organized rythm or not while the SCIENCE of djing is a reasoning applied within a framework, geared towards the practical and guided by an ideal. so that means the dj most be able to work within a framework and have a total chemistry with his or her audience because u one way or the other control the atmosphere why the audience one way or the other control the turntable. so what makes
lordbayor 10:06 PM - 30 April, 2015
Quote:
I think what makes a good dj is when he or she can understand the ARTS and SCIENCE of djing either in private or public.
Now i said arts and science in this terms because the arts of djing is a reasoning applied without limits, geared towards an ideal and guided by the practical of the music or situation on which he is djing on, so this mean that a good dj will have to understand what kind of music he will have to play at a particular occassion either in an organized rythm or not while the SCIENCE of djing is a reasoning applied within a framework, geared towards the practical and guided by an ideal. so that means the dj most be able to work within a framework and have a total chemistry with his or her audience because u one way or the other control the atmosphere why the audience one way or the other control the turntable. so what makes
Crenshaw 10:29 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ is a bunch of butter and great aged cheese.
What makes a great DJ is ramen noodles, snickers, a stuffed moose-with or without a tail-, a signed picture of "THE HOFF", a comfy bed in parents basement, a super secret slurpee hook up, and a pair of mismatched animal print house shoes worn out.
RafaDiaz 10:31 PM - 30 April, 2015
If you want to be a great dj you must control the turntables as well as the music, be creative, love what you're doing, enjoy with other people and be unpredictable.
DjFrescoFresh 10:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
The ability to speak without saying a word. Telling a story and taking someone on a journey with the music you play. A respect and appreciation for music. A DJ usually doesn't have an off button. Its usually whats the name of this record? Or Did you hear that break? ETC
DJ B2S 10:43 PM - 30 April, 2015
To be a great DJ there a lot that goes into it. From controlling the music, having attitude, watching your crowd and getting the crowd going, be creative and unpredictable, setting the pace and tempo for the night, interacting with the music world, and setting the trends and styles that people follow. But I say the 2 most important aspects is 1 being able love and enjoy being up in front of everyone and leaving it all on stage. 2 to always remember who you are and where your from because no matter what happens whether the set was great or bad as long as u are true to u and keep the reasons y your there and your love ones then every night is a magical and phenomenal night. Chase the dream not the competition!
DJ POOCHIE PARKER 10:51 PM - 30 April, 2015
1st..give God praise for your talent or skills..even if your a beginner..start thanking HIM now for your skills to increase..2nd let to other djs styles and you will find where you fit in as a dj..the whole don't need every dj sounding like jazzy jeff..be different & create your brand & style..listen to your audience & take request ..3rd find the right type of equipment that works for you..everybody is no meant to be a turntablist..(sorry) the whole need different djs for different types of events..SALUTE TO ALL MY DJS..Amen
DJC.Peoria 10:53 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being able to take your love of music and inspire people to love music all over again. It doesn't matter what equipment you use, or if your tracks are new or old, it just matters that you leave people feeling better than before they heard you. Sending people out into the world in a better mood. Making the world a better place, one song at a time.
DJ RESIN 10:56 PM - 30 April, 2015
Diggin in the crates, finding old music putting your spice on it and making it new again. Being Creative & not following what radio and billboard thinks thats hot, that is what makes a great dj.
GILLIRIOT 10:57 PM - 30 April, 2015
PASSION - For the Music
PASSION - For the Craft
PASSION - For the Crowd
Be Humble and always willing to learn (you never know it all), don't be an Ass and Treat others as you would like to be treated.......
Peace - Love - Unity
frandisco 10:58 PM - 30 April, 2015
What is a dj if he can't scratch?
A good dj has to
1 to know how, to move the crowd.
2 no mistakes aloud.
3 drop a hot track, baby just like that.
4 cutting & scratching are the assets of his game.
What makes a good dj a great dj is all the above. Plus when he looks up head nods & smiles with the crowd, because he has them dancing & rocking to his selection of favorite tunes.
It's a 1 for the treble 2 for the bass come on Jazzy Jeff let's rock this place. :)
Philip Ray 11:19 PM - 30 April, 2015
Connecting with the crowd! I think it is that simple.
DJ A-Love 11:21 PM - 30 April, 2015
I believe great DJ's are able to transition between songs well, keep the beat going, connect with the crowd and have an excellent knowledge of music.
DJ Matrox 11:23 PM - 30 April, 2015
What makes a good DJ, great!

Being able to adapt and overcome is a must.
Love for music and the art of DJing.
Respect and appreciation of DJ history.
Uplifting the DJ culture.
Inspiring future generations.
Never giving up.
MixMasterMAt 11:36 PM - 30 April, 2015
A good DJ. The ability to know music, to mix music and feel music. A great DJ. The read the crowd, to move the crowd and get down.
acidshell 11:38 PM - 30 April, 2015
More working, less posing! Doesnt matter the genre.
reccie 11:39 PM - 30 April, 2015
Being spot on
MixMasterMAt 11:42 PM - 30 April, 2015
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A good DJ. The ability to know music, to mix music and feel music. A great DJ. To read the crowd, to move the crowd and gets down.
l-train 11:48 PM - 30 April, 2015
having a large variety of music and know how to read a crowd and also have great knowledge of music. plus knowing how to mix and scratch is a bonus. a real good dj should have all the bases covered period.
meetcause 11:49 PM - 30 April, 2015
Just feel the rythm
Jack the Lad 11:59 PM - 30 April, 2015
You need the swag a being able to drop a beat on the spot.
CoolRobtheAllstar 12:01 AM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ becomes a great Dj when he learns to listen to music instead of just playing it.
DJ Spinz1200 12:05 AM - 1 May, 2015
Definitely reading and responding to the crowd!
Morrison 12:14 AM - 1 May, 2015
Que el dj' más allá de la experiencia y la técnica siempre piense en dar una buena y nueva experiencia al publico. Eso lo hace un gran DJ'
dewani 12:22 AM - 1 May, 2015
Listening to a varied range of music
Dj NewCent 12:31 AM - 1 May, 2015
What makes a good Dj, a Great Dj....? To me it really comes down to the love of music and moving the crowd. With the ability to learn and teach each other the next cool trick. Puts a smile on my face " to make a legacy it takes hard work and to be remembered it takes passion." (NewCent)
djnes Peru 12:45 AM - 1 May, 2015
Ser DJ es expresarle a todo el mundo los sentimientos que te despierta cada ritmo, cada cancion, ser DJ es hacer feliz a la gente con tu arte, eso y tu dedicacion te hace un gran DJ!!!!
Dj Flame KE 1:08 AM - 1 May, 2015
A great dj has a heart, ready to learn new things and passionate
H11hsldlr 1:10 AM - 1 May, 2015
Being a DJ must have effects that align with your core vallues. If it does not align with them, you will sooner or later quit when things get complicated. You have to be patient and make sure you chose the right thing This will ensure consistentcy. After you have calibrated your core it's upto working. Cosistent amount of hours per day researching the game and becoming better at your art. This will lead to momentum later on and you will be much better at your art and more confident. This will ensure your relationship with your crowd. After doing al these things it's upto taking action when opportunities occur. For the rest it's important to take care of other primary needs like health, fitness, spirituality etc. these will make Your performances and life much better. And like any other action STAY HUMBLE but HUNGRY.
axj 1:16 AM - 1 May, 2015
the ability to mix without a computer, or software.
djlupu 1:18 AM - 1 May, 2015
Music tones of music , everyday Practice, instant Creativity, and a good Gear.....
Dj L-Biz 1:24 AM - 1 May, 2015
It's not about what you use but how you use it!

Ability to move a crowd, staying humble and not be afraid to make mistakes.

Offer encouragement to those coming up and respect those who went before!
Cisco El Nino 1:33 AM - 1 May, 2015
"what you think makes a good DJ a great DJ"?

Engaging a crowd with your own flair = your own signature style
Andrew Stuart 1:35 AM - 1 May, 2015
You must know your audience and play for them not for you.
bigdre112 1:53 AM - 1 May, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ? From an audience perspective, a great DJ plays the crowd movers. The tried and true favorites, as well as, break the new hits. Amongst your peers, a great DJ is impressive. A master of the classic techniques ( or, technics!) as well as having a few tricks that the next DJ wants to copy!
marvilles 2:07 AM - 1 May, 2015
A great DJ should know and appreciate different genres of music. They should have a genuine passion for music and the art of DJing, they should also have skills and know how to move and rock a party.
Asmitty512 2:14 AM - 1 May, 2015
A mother smart enough to name you Jeff Townes. Access to the best equipment. And PRACTICE.
dj xrai 2:51 AM - 1 May, 2015
Djs bring people together as one from every culture
the dj is like a god once he start to spin our job is took take you on a journey after a hard week at work rule number one no how to read the crowd and always have and open mind on your music if that mix is going the crowd will love you and respect you leave them with something to talk about and you will be the great one.
Socamonarch 2:52 AM - 1 May, 2015
LOVE, DEDICATION, SWEAT, TEARS
Tigger9 3:27 AM - 1 May, 2015
Nothing but passion for the music....
Learning your music genres to be able to rock any crowd while mix mastering the craft in so many ways...
Nothing beats creativity...
Nothing is wrong with being adventurous...
Looking on and picking up as you go along...
We are all teachers that are still able to learn from one another....
Perfect practice always makes perfect...
Keeping up with technology....
Keeping unity in the Dj fraternity...


Finally ask jazzy Jeff!!!! That's my two cents!!! Ya heard!!!
dj jovelie 3:40 AM - 1 May, 2015
Practice, dedication and the love of music.
DJ RECYCLE 3:51 AM - 1 May, 2015
good DJ needs SERATO to be a great DJ!

SERATO upgrade the DJ skills....

it's like be "HE-MAN" with his sword
DJ Marris 3:56 AM - 1 May, 2015
Never taking requests!
djkalygto 4:00 AM - 1 May, 2015
que hace un buen dj un gran dj? un dj se hace con trabajo constante, esfuerzo al máximo mucha pasión que se demuestra en el escenario, en el set, en el club etc, y lo que te hace ser en excelente dj es cuando el publico, la multitud o los colegas te demuestran con buena vibra lo que realizaste de tras de las tornamesas es feeling que les dejas cuando ases una actuación excepcional. y en la tecnología un buen dj necesita de lo mejor que hay en actualización profesional ya sea SERATO DJ!! HAY ALGO MEJOR? YO CREO QUE NO!! Y LA TECNOLOGÍA EN TUS MANOS, ESO TE HACE UN MEJOR DJ.
Zj MiliTant 4:03 AM - 1 May, 2015
There are many things that make a good Dj, passion, to be able to interact with any crowd. Know your music, lots of practice, know your tools well, creativity and always trying push through the norm and be original!!
DjT1 4:21 AM - 1 May, 2015
What makes a good dj great, is having an eclectic love of music, love what you do, the ability to read your audience, not be selfish and listen to your guests when they make requests because they sometimes requests songs you may have forgotten about. And finally, don't be afraid to experiment with your music sets, this keeps you on your toes and shows your versatility....
Godfatheroflove 4:21 AM - 1 May, 2015
A good Dj know the music and knows his audience, A Great Dj knows the above and spins for his audience and not him self plus he's humble, accessable and has to love what he does 200%
SpinAudio 4:49 AM - 1 May, 2015
Dedication and modesty. There'll always be someone better and there'll always someone who's just starting out. We need to embrace both so that we all can grow.
djmarkg 4:51 AM - 1 May, 2015
Hmm ... As read all the comments that have being left on this blog, I realize what makes me great Dj.

Yes it's true we all have to please the audience and play the music that's required on the night, but one thing the we all need to be good at is we need to know every style of music which maybe rock/r&b/jazz/dance/pop and the list goes on. If you know you music you will know what to play, this also comes with practice and how long you have being djing for, but that’s not all

I also spend a lot of time listening to other Dj like Jazzy/Dj Am (rest in peace) and others like them who inspire me to be better at what I do.

The most important thing of being a Dj is to pass the knowledge onto others and be proud that you have shared your knowledge, this is what makes us better.
Watching the next generation sore with inspiration from us to carry on djing.

MG
kevinphu 4:57 AM - 1 May, 2015
Originality and musicality. Choosing what's relavent to a crowd and adding the factor which makes an impact on the crowd
dj kiss 5:00 AM - 1 May, 2015
The ability to have fun wit it! Crowd, venue and control you have it all at the tip of your fingers. your presence of having a good time, will continue to draw the crowd closer to you and your style of djing.
deejay-motiv 5:06 AM - 1 May, 2015
You have to love people. Sure there are DJs who shy away from the crowds and wont let anyone near the booth ... But you can't become great without caring about the people you are playing for. You have to love making them move, getting them to dance, manipulating their energy and you do have to love being around people ... DJing is a partnership of DJ and crowd feeding off each other, its not someone playing to be famous or just for free drinks. Its not just the guy who has every song ever released on mp3 and its not the Paris Hilton type DJs. When you love the people, you love how you present yourself and how you want them to recognise you. When you love people you push yourself to do a better job for them, improving your skill and ability. People is why we do this because you can love music and be passionate about music in your own bedroom.
dj_zam_efx@hotmail.com 5:13 AM - 1 May, 2015
DJ IS JUST A FEELING
DJ IS AN UNCONTROLLABLE DESIRE
TwoDollarCuts 5:20 AM - 1 May, 2015
They take chances often and can make the listener go on a journey throughout the set. They're passionate about all music and can understand a song's appeal without necessarily liking the song, but are always true to themselves when they gig out.
imthrowedasaball 5:31 AM - 1 May, 2015
for one to go from good to great you must have a name for yourself. Also you must be a live performer because that is your credit which is how you get your name. no one wants to see some one fake it in front of hundreds or thousands of people. you must be original and true to yourself. it is ok to follow in someones footsteps or have certain characteristics as long as you put your own sauce on it(flavor). you must be able to read the crowd and be diverse with song selection. you have to know what to play and when to play it also. you must be able to have some showman ship like beat juggling and things of that nature ,if you can do body tricks that is a plus. last but not least you must be able to take people on a journey ans show people that the music of today is the music of yesterday. meaning that music is like a circle it gets reused at some point.
Dj scratchmaster jeff 5:31 AM - 1 May, 2015
Use your knowledge of music and skill to entertain and capture your crowd with versatility and being unique.
Misterdrummond 5:35 AM - 1 May, 2015
Passion, soul, knowledge, taste..first and foremost then grind and skills, period end of story.
Inspiring DJs wifey 5:51 AM - 1 May, 2015
I'm a wifey of a very talented, passionate, and hard working DJ. I am entering as a surprise for this amazing man and watching him as a third party, here are my definitions of a Great DJ:

A great DJ needs to have a lot of love and passion for music and art. They are creative and precise. What I love about a great DJ is their style, and every DJ out there has their own style, which makes them unique and stand out. You got the ones who transition through scratch, transition through samples, transition through words, or through song meaning / artist/ label, the list goes on! A great DJ digs for music all over the world and takes risks.
So in a nut shell, I think a great DJ is an awesome creative artist.
DJ vest 6:05 AM - 1 May, 2015
Sure, technique and practice are important, BUT, that makes you a GOOD DJ and not a GREAT DJ ;)

A great DJ Comes to the Club/Venue and gives everyone a smile on the face, 'cause he's a damn great master of ceremony. He even gets the attention of the People who don't have any clue or knowledge about DJing. If even those People say: "Damn son, you see what he just did?" THEN, you can call yourself a great DJ!

And another important Point is, you rock with everything you find. Complaining about shitty turntables is not a sign of knowledge, it's a sign of fear to loose. If you step up, take the Equipment you find and still rock the whole gig, then and only then my friend, you can call yourself a great DJ!

Never Forget Folks: We are one big Family!!
IZE! 6:23 AM - 1 May, 2015
Taste, skill and rocking the crowd. There's a lot of DJs nowadays and one way you can standout is just being yourself!
Sikwidityo 6:24 AM - 1 May, 2015
Making the music played show adaptability to the culture of the local audience.

Also, timing with the crowd to always elevate their senses. Even without playing the same uptempo, genre, and language. While bringing and keeping them together.
Psykhomantus 6:30 AM - 1 May, 2015
Feel comfortable

Focus

Watch the crowd

Entertain with your sound
Jones Capone 6:32 AM - 1 May, 2015
A great dj will know the culture of djing where did it start who invented certain scratches and equipment we use now to further our craft not just hip hop but all genres of music nothing can be taboo or off limits
Gaz Williams 6:45 AM - 1 May, 2015
Be true to yourself your abilities and your love of the music you make & play .peace:-)
DJ_FeelGood 7:17 AM - 1 May, 2015
The essence of Dj-ing is by far to feel the crowd, have variety of music to play to the crowd, even if you don't like all the genre.

A dj is an Artist, we may not compose the songs, but we are the medium of making musician's work attractive, because it's us the DJ who slots the right track at the right time exposing the musician's talent with the sick mixing up and mash ups we do.

NB. I so much more respect for the dj on the fly, live in the mix, more so than in studio mixes just played out with no fuss later.
Respect ;-)
Rolls Noyce 7:43 AM - 1 May, 2015
Got a Copy of "Parents Just Don't Understand" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince back in the day. The A Side never really had me, but the Flipside..Buoooy: "Live At Union Square, November 1986"?!, was and is so inspiring for me, I still can't tell...maybe today, I'll try this Skills of Jazzy once again.."...Jazzy, now transform...".and just imagine this: there was no Serato back then
Eddie-T 8:30 AM - 1 May, 2015
In my opinion being a music fan first love the music you play popular or not... then create your own interpretation of it if your good people are feel ya, if not... well it felt good to you.
DEVIoX 8:46 AM - 1 May, 2015
Any DJ can be a good DJ, but a great DJ is one who can take an audience on a journey through music and sound. And through that essence to even have one member of the audience thanking you (The DJ) for a memorable night is satisfaction knowing what you have created through djing will be remembered forever.
AshleyMc 9:12 AM - 1 May, 2015
Believe in yourself and continuously push yourself to the next level, allow nothing and no one to stand in your way of becoming great at what you love doing.
Dj Ol'Groovist 9:32 AM - 1 May, 2015
S electing good tunes
E nergise and color of the set
R eworking your favorite song
A lways grooving
T rying new tricks and finding the good samples
O ptimize you faculties....

My french vision...
Rekkon 9:34 AM - 1 May, 2015
++++++THE A-Z OF A GREAT DJ+++++++

A- ALWAYS learning never stop
B- being prepared for anything, anycrowd,any venue, any time
C- crossfader skills cuting and scratching(not too much)
D- devotion to the craft
E- energy, if u are not feeling it why would they?
F- fun - having fun, its music and supposed to be
G - gain - red is not good OK,
H- having a good attitude.... no one will want to book u with a bad attitude
I- imagination...... take them on a journey
J- just BE YOURSELF...... have your own style n steez
K- keeping it real... dont be something you are not
L- letting
M-making the best out of the worst...... turning a wack party into the bomb is no easy task
N- NEVER STOP PRACTICING
O- openess to try new things and meet new people and share your craft
P- pushing the envelope---- bieng creative with your craft only inspires others
Q- bieng quiet and letting your love and skill show, not ur ego
R- rockin any party for any crown
S- spending time with you tables...learning them backwerds and fowards
T- taking it to the next level, trying something new...not playing it safe
U- understanding beats, phrases and so songs dont clash
V- very versatile** one of the most important
W- watching your levels--- a good set can sound crap if ur levels are off
X - X gonna give it to ya
Y- younger generation, accepting new things and learning from them
Z- zzzz losing sleep to bring joy to others
DJ SirL 9:48 AM - 1 May, 2015
Show some DJ skills, that people know you don't use sync, Put some scratch in it, backspin. Change your style when people don't like it, and always search a connection with your crowd. And make a heck of a party.
Goosetronics 9:54 AM - 1 May, 2015
great dj is someone who can read the crowd... too many preset DJs spinning linear sets
Reuben Savage 10:17 AM - 1 May, 2015
A great passionate about music, in fact they are almost obsessive about their music. They look high and low for the next big tune before it becomes the next big tune. They don’t worry about what others are playing and buying they only care about what they are collecting – they believe in their own musical taste and style and are not scared to take calculated risks.
Carolina Trav 10:35 AM - 1 May, 2015
Good DJ's have the gift of blending tracks together seamlessly; the mix is generally flawless & requires little or no special effects (scratching, reverb, echo, etc.) to put listeners in a great vibe. Typically, people listening to mixes by good DJ's feel great during & the mix & will be driven to dance when their favorite song(s) are played.

Just like good DJ's, great also DJ's have the unique gift of blending music flawlessly. The mix is also flawless & these DJ's will often use special effects to make the mix sound unbelievable. Generally, listeners are dancing & rocking for the entire mix & because it sounds so great, will dance & "let it all go" for the entire mix regardless of which track is currently playing.
DJMoNoTunes 11:04 AM - 1 May, 2015
What makes a good DJ Great? I think its a DJ that never stops creating and evolving their sound. Where he or she takes their skill set to a whole different level and keeps amazing people around them. Greatness can always be surpassed, just depends on how far that DJ wants to take it his or herself.
djsmileyinthemix 11:05 AM - 1 May, 2015
Practice , practice, practice and more practice
Niftydnb 11:13 AM - 1 May, 2015
A great DJ is able to rock a crowd for any period of time, providing a balance of what the crowd desires and the DJ's own personal flavours. It's a relationship built on a combination of elated recognition and respectful education.
ThePhoenix 11:14 AM - 1 May, 2015
A lot of practice, creativity, standing open for ideas from the outside and enjoy what you are doing
young snake 11:21 AM - 1 May, 2015
Dedication, practice, musical knowledge, crowd control, and skill and are make ups of a great DJ.... Oh and I forgot owning at least on pair of technics 1200!! 😂😂
JoDie 11:27 AM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ plays his set seriously and its really nice to hear and you can party.......A great DJ read the Crowd and passed the Music on so it will be thrilling....
Mr. Throwback Thursday 11:35 AM - 1 May, 2015
The ability to connect with the crowd. The DJ, the music choice, and the crowd should be one entity.
TJ-Soundz 11:38 AM - 1 May, 2015
A GOOD DJ is passionate about music and lives to share that passion with you! A GREAT DJ shows you a passion you never knew you had and makes you not want to live without it! 🎶
DJ KingWil 11:48 AM - 1 May, 2015
The Love of music and Art of DJing. Interacting with the crowd, providing a fun, enjoyable, and professional service. It's all about the experience, want to leave the crowd with great memories.

DJ KingWil
#DaProfessional
DJ ART-DOG 12:36 PM - 1 May, 2015
You must love this first then study, study, study, Stay on top of your music. Keep the crowd going with your music. You can have all the different types of players turntables, CD's, Phone, Computer, USB Drives, etc....
This dose not matter if you can not PLAY the right music for the CROWD then you will not get GIGS, Thus you are NOT A REAL DJ. A good DJ will study (PRACTICE) for his or her next GIG EXAMPLE: know the age group, prepare song list, always have back up songs bec your song list might not rock the crowd, NEVER TAKE A JOB THAT YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T DO.
DJ "TJ" Tchaikovsky 12:47 PM - 1 May, 2015
The difference between a GOOD DJ and a GREAT DJ, is that a GOOD DJ can give you a enjoyable vibe, but the GREAT DJ leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction which shall be remembered by the people. To become a GREAT DJ one shall be prepared. Know your music, know your audience, know the materials you use. To leave the GOOD DJ behind and become the GREAT DJ you should be able tot do this. Hand over the music to the crowd as well as possible and keep them going never leave the vibes of fortunate feelings. If you can do this, you are the GREAT DJ, which gives the crowd a feeling of ecstasy to draw on for days. That's how the GREAT ones roll.
DJUniq1 1:31 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ is forgotten, a great DJ is remembered. A great DJ doesn't hear music, they FEEL music, it is perfecting your craft, not just playing music. A great DJ is an artist.
SF ACE5 1:33 PM - 1 May, 2015
It takes a love for the craft and dedication.
dj-jackson 2:12 PM - 1 May, 2015
Moving the crowd into a magical world where nothing else exists except the music and dance...
azlatindj 2:20 PM - 1 May, 2015
His love to DJ, his dedication of 10, 20, 30 Or more years perfecting his/her craft, a Great dj is imitated and a role model for starting DJs, a Great dj has developed his own signature and style. I'll become a great DJ someday 😊
kori dj 2:34 PM - 1 May, 2015
The most important things for a dj there are the aptittude to work and the mood for doing it i love it i love serato is fantastic nothing best. 😀😀😀
kori dj 2:35 PM - 1 May, 2015
Seeing the people claping the hands for you is fantastic the muisc
niel savvy 3:15 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good dj gets the dance floor moving. A great dj gets the whole room moving!
TEC21 3:24 PM - 1 May, 2015
Ein guter DJ bringt den Drop zum richtigen Zeitpunkt und merkt was die Leute hören wollen!
Bei einem guten DJ kann man nicht mehr
aufhören zu tanzen!
Florian Renneke 4:01 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ will know what the crowd really wants to hear. Well actually he doesn't know it, he feels it. DJing is all about the passion a DJ has.
Asu 4:10 PM - 1 May, 2015
What makes a good DJ great,is the ability to Learn from others,know what a particular group's needs are and the ability to adapt new techniques & Technology.
DDJ OXZY 4:37 PM - 1 May, 2015
Humble, dedicated, passionate, practice & Good Dj Equipment with Serato Dj.
spiders 5:16 PM - 1 May, 2015
Sharing the emotions with the people, touch the music like a sculptor that modelling the clay! The records are the tools! Never stop loving the unique sensation of make dancing the people!
DJ BOOGIE CORLEONE 5:22 PM - 1 May, 2015
being able to remain humble, read your crowd/environment, & be able to adapt & play to that crowd. rock, & know when to & not to scratch,blend, smash, yet at the same time keeping the crowd connected to what you are doing & how you are playing what you are playing when you are playing it. the dj is the most important part... the dj is the life of every party.. he controls everyone in the room emotions....
HalBoogieTV 5:45 PM - 1 May, 2015
A great DJ has 2 know music. Not just the music he thinks people like 2 hear at the party. U have 2 grab your audience and keep them moving. U have 2 be able 2 mix and not lose people when doing so. U have 2 go hard at all times and keep the party live
Dj Cobalt 5:47 PM - 1 May, 2015
I think a great dj is first someone who feel the music. Able to interact with music in order to enjoy, have fun, and make people enjoy. Deejaying is not a hobby it is a way of life.
k2684669 5:51 PM - 1 May, 2015
what makes a good dj great is being able to play any type of music for wheter young old middle age and they all enjoy themselves not only that but being able to play for any culture creed and race and being able to adjust to any environment quickly and absorb your atmosphere for ur listeners too reminis any which way they so like
DJ_MECCA 5:53 PM - 1 May, 2015
As much as I am a hip-hop DJ, I'm soul & Blues. As much as I am soul, I'm a turntablist who gives countless hours of time to perfect the Craft. Jazzy Jeff being my role Model, Im sure Ill never get this, but hey, its worth a try.. But As much as I'm a DJ, I love jazz and rock. and what makes a Great DJ is their knowledge of Music and Music Genres.. Anybody can play the top 20 but only a good DJ can put songs together and mesh them like a symphony. Only a good Dj can make your worst day feel like the BEST day of your Life.. A Good DJ is somebody that can make you just forget all the problems in the world and just go back into memories of good music good fun and just transport you back in time and make you say Damn I havent heard that in years! that was my ish!! And Only a good Solid base of Music can do that... --DJ MECCA
DJ Rem 6:01 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ is someone how mix songs very well together. But if you want to be a great DJ, you need to be able to do more than just mi songs together. You need to able to read the crowd, that way you know what song to should play. You should care about your audience, you should not only care about the money, you should care about the question "Can I give my audience the music they want?" If you want to be a great DJ you should be an example for your fans, don't act stupid because you have money, just be a normal person and be someone your fans can look up to, without the fear they are also going to do the same stupid thing you do.
That’s what a great DJ should look like for me.
DJRoyLT 6:42 PM - 1 May, 2015
All those hours in the basement. Cold nights in a luke warm club. Saturday afternoons at the record shop, Sunday's in the studio. Making it choice. Making it perfect. Each scratch, each mix, every loop and cue - planned, plotted and precise until one day it just happens. Bus trips downtown and cabs back home. They love you in the club. The Cloud is blowing up, Twitter on blast. "How did you get so good?" they'll ask.

And then you start all over again.
Mr Neilly 7:08 PM - 1 May, 2015
From being a good DJ, to a Great DJ, just believe in yourself and anything is possible. Practice as much as you can, be very open minded to all music because it will come in handy one day, don't copy anyone else because you think its the right thing to do, just be yourself no matter what and enjoy yourself, if you get butterflies in the stomach before you go on the decks, then your in the right place...:)
Sicox 7:14 PM - 1 May, 2015
A great DJ is someone who can demonstrate that perfect sweet spot between technical performance and musical selection. A curator of crowd-pleasing tunes and a scholar of mixing skills and DJ technology.
Floss B 7:18 PM - 1 May, 2015
I think a great DJ is someone who can connect with the crowd. Not just with mic work but by being able to feel the crowd and communicate with them through music. With that connection a DJ knows what songs or types of mixes can be played and how. In addition to be great it takes knowledge and practice. Being eclectic within your range of interest/comfort level will expand your audience and diversify your sets.
Mr. Murdock 7:25 PM - 1 May, 2015
Style, selection, cuts, doubles, perfect mixes, history.....Jeff has it all. Hands down my favorite DJ!
DJ ST 7:27 PM - 1 May, 2015
A great DJ has good knowledge and selection of music, past and present. A great DJ knows how to read the crowd and build the set for that night, space and crowd. A great DJ is also open for new ideas, genres and equipment.

A great DJ knows, how to combine his skills, selection and equipment to entertain the crowd, that they will have the time of their lives.
Karl Gavero 7:54 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ needs skill and knowledge. A great DJ needs to be ARTICULATE...

*expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness

*made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts
DJ Tesh 9:01 PM - 1 May, 2015
Always understanding that you are the producer of an experience. It's not just putting music together and getting beats to mix....it is so much more. Music is good for the soul and as a DJ, you're responsible for feeding the hungry. Always take notes from the greats who have lead the way.
JRBailey763 9:09 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ becomes great by paying homage to what has been done and then building on it to create something that no one has done! A great DJ is seamless throughout his or her set. A great DJ does more than move the crowd, but they become the conductor of an orchestra! Ultimately, to become great, you have to amaze the audience with what you do and then leave them begging for more!
Lyrique 9:47 PM - 1 May, 2015
For me a great DJ inspires you to go beyond what you think you can do, not only with technical skill but with passion you can feel when you hear them jam. They have imagination to travel the way those before us have pioneered and then search for new paths. They have the guts to pull it all together without the fear that would make alot of people freeze and then play it safe. A great DJ lets you hear and feel not only the music but their heart and soul.
Nando316 10:01 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ will please the crowd while playing the music he loves.
eric jackson 10:59 PM - 1 May, 2015
What make a good dj a great dj really listening to your music finding hits breaking records to your crowd choice of music knowing how to run new music and keep your crowd in it with your mixing people has a tend to leave your floor with new music they never heard so when you incorporate that in your mix that's what makes a good dj a great dj
djwillfx 11:06 PM - 1 May, 2015
The ability to adapt on the fly.
Mick Moore 11:06 PM - 1 May, 2015
A good DJ becomes a great DJ when he is a Music lover. He doesn't need special hardware or software. He needs to know which song he can play in the right moment. 99 % of the crowd in front of him don't know what he is doing and they don't mind. Good music and good people is what they want. - in a club djs life - a great dj has to party with the people around him and not just hanging on the phone or watching his Mac. Skills are not everything or do they dance because you are scratching? A great Dj is the boy/man up there in the Dj booth who plays the Music that i like!
Greetings from Germany!
on-da-go 11:22 PM - 1 May, 2015
DJ Jazzy Jeff or DJ Jazzy Freshhhhhhh!
jonathan villarroel 11:35 PM - 1 May, 2015
exelenteeeee no hay palabras
habla con las manos
djlayz666 11:52 PM - 1 May, 2015
What makes a good DJ great? Song selection. Being able to play something you and the crowd both enjoy to keep them partying all night long and wanting more at the end. But, still keeping it original by not playing the entire Billboard top 100 or Beatport Top 100. Occasionally throwing in a gem from the past that everyone knows and grew up listening too. I believe this can't be taught like beat matching and scratching, It is something you just know by being a dedicated music fan not just a Hip Hop Fan or EDM Fan or what ever type of music you're into. Open your mind to all music I think this is the most important thing that makes a good DJ a great DJ.
ECC1968 12:13 AM - 2 May, 2015
What makes a Good DJ a Great DJ, read the crowds input and be user-friendly. Be yourself, don't impersonate or copy others. Creativity plays an important role with remixing....
Dj skitz420 12:53 AM - 2 May, 2015
Simple: Love of music and practice non stop.

If win Contact via email.
Mitz 1:50 AM - 2 May, 2015
Riddim in your blood + turntables
Dj Goldy 3:28 AM - 2 May, 2015
THE JACKSON 5IVE

" I WANT YOU BACK ( PHIL HARDING VERSION ) "


SEPARATES DA WOMB-MENZ FROM DA BILLBOARD TOP FORTY D.L'ERS .
Dj Goldy 3:29 AM - 2 May, 2015
SHIA LABEOUF .





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ITS POSSIBLE . ;-)
Dj Goldy 3:31 AM - 2 May, 2015
A TOUCH OF JAZZ .


( SEE WHAT I JUS DID THERE ???? )

YO JEFF HELP A BROTHER OUT ..................
musicoholic 4:04 AM - 2 May, 2015
Besides music knowledge and mixing techniques, what makes a good DJ a Great DJ is to know how to use that psychic sense that picks the right next tune that will keep the crowd dancing
kido el unico 6:31 AM - 2 May, 2015
studying the greats, always staying positive, loving what you do - doing what you love.


peace.
ill verses 7:12 AM - 2 May, 2015
a passion for and knowledge of music. a true desire to be selfless and please the people. a true DJ has an innate ability to move the crowd!
AEI KEI 8:29 AM - 2 May, 2015
Eternal reflection for his own work on the turntables...one love for one music!!!
DJ elkbrew 8:40 AM - 2 May, 2015
A good DJ is a great Dj when he/she got the ability to read the crowd. Ofc practise is the key as well.
Melshow 9:06 AM - 2 May, 2015
Creativity-obstinacy-open-passion
Thank's to all the DJ's World !
DJ OLF 9:15 AM - 2 May, 2015
If you want to be a great DJ you should be very Creative, have to know how to beatmatch and you have to have Serato DJ with some Control vinyls :D
Jon Glover 9:55 AM - 2 May, 2015
A good DJ can be a great DJ with practice, passion, playing for the audience and using reliable DJ equipment.
JotaT 10:05 AM - 2 May, 2015
a good dj is achieved with experience, be able to connect with the public and have a musical ear . and if you add tricks and skills in the mix ...
DJ Ark 10:39 AM - 2 May, 2015
Humbleness, versatility and musicality is about to have good taste and try to give people a good moment :)
DJ Mike - C 10:47 AM - 2 May, 2015
What makes a good dj a great dj? The reasons will vary with each individual dj as no two are alike. Also, if hip hop culture is inside of you, and you know its history, then you know that originality is paramount. A good dj becomes great when. within whatever skill level, music genre, or any lane that you might be in as a dj, whenever you go out to perform the people who come to hear you play come because THEY know that whenever you show up you are going to do something at this performance that you haven't done any other time that they have heard you play. They look for that from you. They expect it. They are USED to it. I call it that "Oh Shit!" moment. It doesn't take a lot for this to happen if you love what you do. If you are into your. craft, most times it just happens, no practice or planning required. For those who don't know it's called DJing. You can talk the talk, but can you rock the spot? A great DJ doesn't have to be the best tech or skill wise, but he should be the best at rocking the house. That's what it's all about....or at least it used to be...smh
Jay S 10:57 AM - 2 May, 2015
passion, loving and feeling the music you play, a feeling for your crowd, technique and last but not least the time you spend improving yourself!
skinny d 11:02 AM - 2 May, 2015
A great Dj must have "soul", the rest will follow
damage410e 12:28 PM - 2 May, 2015
for me what make a good DJ great DJ is that moment when leave his practice domain, visits different type of crowd, realize that he not the only one who want to be the best DJ, learn that it more than just skills to make the crowd pump, enter computation just for them to know who you are. all those things i bet many great DJ can tell you that they face but what i think the most is that the day your fans stop calling you by your real name and only call you by your DJ name and see you as an entertainer than just a DJ is the day you can call yourself a great DJ. i know cause i want to be a great DJ. keep spinning!
Dj Mellow Ed 12:34 PM - 2 May, 2015
LOVE FOR MUSIC, THAT'S IT!

Bronx dj for 32 years, seen it all. It's always the guys that enjoy the music that it seems to come easy. There love for the music and art always reflects in their sets and transfers to the crowd. they might not be technically great but when the crowd leaves happy, your the greatest that night! Needles Down!
djkev8118@gmail.com 1:33 PM - 2 May, 2015
Jeff and serato have made me take the technology and djing to the next level. I like new fresh ideas and tricks to make the musical experience a great journey.
DJKrazyKyd 2:50 PM - 2 May, 2015
Good DJ's play good music, great DJ's play good music, are creative, innovative, inventive, interactive and articulate, all skills and trait DJ Jazz Jeff possesses which makes him a genius at what he does and thanks to Serato for making it easier for this genius to do what he do best and for other DJ's Like myself.
dj Frixel 3:36 PM - 2 May, 2015
What I see in a Dj is compassion and someone who loves what they do they don't have to have the greatest skills the don't even really have to sound that great but as long as the are having fun playing some good music and making a connection with the crowed that's what makes a good dj
Dj Dbs 4:48 PM - 2 May, 2015
When the dj is using his skills and knowledge of music to tell a story more than just playing music.
dj Frixel 5:15 PM - 2 May, 2015
your right thanks for correcting me :)
X-ACT0 5:30 PM - 2 May, 2015
A good DJ delivers a good party and entertains the crowd. A great DJ does all that and also surprises the crowd with his own style, creativity and skills
DjWillKill 6:08 PM - 2 May, 2015
Practice. Knowledge. Passion.
haker 6:55 PM - 2 May, 2015
Good practical, good knowledge, good music... He is real number one Serato Icon!
Dj S7 7:22 PM - 2 May, 2015
Style, Creativity, Practice, Practice, Practice and than Show! :-)
jonathan villarroel 7:27 PM - 2 May, 2015
genial
Dj Dord 8:45 PM - 2 May, 2015
A great Dj can make a crowd of people raise their hands and not their phones.
PeterLF 9:02 PM - 2 May, 2015
A great DJ can make people happy, no matter of worries or sadness...just playing the music and feeling it
A-to-the-O 9:04 PM - 2 May, 2015
Look what Jazzy does at every party, the music and skillz say it all
Deejay Rudeboi 9:22 PM - 2 May, 2015
Individuality. A DJ who brings their own flavors and personality to a mix. These days anybody can match a beat or cut a record. What sets one DJ apart from the sea of others is their ability to control a sound space with confidence and style.
YØCØ 10:42 PM - 2 May, 2015
A good DJ is able to read the crowd and brings them in the right mood to party. A great DJ is able to create his set as an individual journey and to totally blow the crowd away with any equipment. For this he needs experience, knowledge, a decent taste of music and a little bit of talent!
Jazzy is in my opinion one good example of a great DJ.
E-TRANE 10:49 PM - 2 May, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ is the attention to the music and what makes people feel good! They don't just play good music with technique and tricks, they take a person on a musical journey...allowing the listener to go through the all the emotions that the music gives them. They use the techniques and tricks to manipulate the great musical selections they choose to bring the listener in on the story that the tell. It's like watching a great movie with your ears!
The Sound Tracker 11:35 PM - 2 May, 2015
Passion for what you do / Discipline and practice to reach your best / Communication with people around you / Background of your origin / Up to date in music and equipment.
mashinka 12:18 AM - 3 May, 2015
to be fucking normal when he is dj-ing, damn good with his equipment and technical good in mixing while he is playing staff that he likes and dancefloor can dance with his choice of selected music.
Dj Trickx 12:29 AM - 3 May, 2015
A GOOD DJ is a DJ who can mix the best selection of music that relates to his or her audience, mixing it seamlessly in key and blending it to the correct transients of the beat flawlessly without errors.

What would make this GOOD DJ a GREAT DJ is LIVE EXPERIENCE, consistent and constant practice, always outdoing his/her previous set, inventing new methods through experimenting and passing that knowledge on. Having well researched knowledge of music and music genres. Understanding all DJ techniques, understanding all DJ platforms from turntablism to controllerism and knowledge of new and old technology in the DJ business. A great DJ always follows world music trends and is in touch with his/her fans and followers, has his/her own unique personality and above all a deep understanding of the audience one is jocking discs for…

A great DJ can DJ for anyone, anytime anywhere and impress them without any complaints leaving them wanting more… take note, a great DJ leaves the audience and not the other way round.
DJ Nexus2000 1:27 AM - 3 May, 2015
What makes a good DJ a great DJ is dedicating his or her life to the DJ world and they know that doesn't matter if they are #1 DJ In the world it matters that you love what you do.
Mar10 McFly 5:34 AM - 3 May, 2015
First, I believe what makes a good DJ a great DJ is to never stop learning. Second, be authentic. Lastly, always have passion.

Cheers
DJ Satch 6:31 AM - 3 May, 2015
In addition to being passionate about DJ'ing, the ability to read the crowd and dedication to practice are key attributes that make a good DJ great. When you love what you do it shows. You make time to practice your sets and know the music, but reading the crowd is essential to entertaining and that's what a great DJ does, entertain.
Daniel Troha 10:11 AM - 3 May, 2015
A good DJ is a musician who is able to make the audience become his fan - at the very first moment ;)
This should be every DJs goal - like it was always Jeff´s! ... Musically Regrads, Daniel
thompsonn 11:27 AM - 3 May, 2015
what makes a good dj a great dj is musical knowledge.
A dj that not only uses songs that are brand new and very hyped, but also has a wide assortiment of music consisting of forgotten classics that are timeless!

-Thompson
Mutasem 1:32 PM - 3 May, 2015
hard work and imagination
Van de Vliet 1:41 PM - 3 May, 2015
When a DJ becomes your favorite DJ's favorite DJ. That is what makes a GREAT DJ.
Historii 3:18 PM - 3 May, 2015
A dj is a great dj when he has the ear for music and the eye for the people. You have to be experienced with younger and older people. You have to listen around you and ask yourself "what are the kids listening and dancing to now a days, what songs use to get us up and moving." A great dj is skilled, much practice, creativity (old school to new school), and most of all a great dj has a special character.
djitl 5:11 PM - 3 May, 2015
To me, the 4 D's, is is what makes a good dj:

1. DRIVE
2. DESIRE
3. DEDICATION
4. DISCIPLINE
The Big Ben 7:24 PM - 3 May, 2015
Dedication, passion, skills, respect, experience and the most important of all practice, practice and practice.
DJ_Spot 8:22 PM - 3 May, 2015
The great DJ this is a DJ who knows how can as to drive any public, skillz, individuality. Passion and practice.
earnestdotcom 9:13 PM - 3 May, 2015
Good DJs love all kinds of music. There's value in every genre.

Good DJs know their equipment and practice their craft.

Good DJs know that at any event, they're on a team working to make that event happen.

Great DJs respect the crowd, read the crowd, and that lets them move the crowd.
DJ Sonny D 10:30 PM - 3 May, 2015
I think having an understanding of the technical aspect that goes into the art of DJing is as important as having a genuine passion for the music you play. That being said: the qualities that makes a good wedding DJ may not translate to being a good rave DJ or to a good resident club DJ.
crosby 10:34 PM - 3 May, 2015
You find a song which might sound like nothing special to you. But take the same song put it into correct time of your set, make a good transition and the same song becomes a bomb. Skills, playlist and style are tools, not the goal. The goal is what you can give to people with those tools and good DJ knows that.
Luis Santiago 12:16 AM - 4 May, 2015
Be original,respect for others DJ, and be happy with what you do
Luis Santiago 12:37 AM - 4 May, 2015
inspiration in what you do is the most important, and love to your audience and music and respect.