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THE LGBTQ PRESENCE IN THE DISC JOCKEY PROFESSION
Disc Jockeys (DJs) have become high profile individuals in today's celebrity, communications, and entertainment scenes. On radio, they present and judge relevant music for public consumption, while in public they are called on to provide musical entertainment at parties ranging from private to mass public gatherings.
Radio personalities are the most common form of DJ in history. For example, bisexual DJ Alan Freeman of Great Britain is famous for having presented the weekly 'Top of the Pops' ranking of the singles charts on BBC1 for many decades beginning in 1960. The popularity of Disco music in the 1970s and the dance clubs spawned by that music genre created further momentum for the DJ profession. Today, popular DJs are active in many music genres, particularly hip hop, rave, and club music.
The popularity and celebrity culture of DJing led to the creation of a cadre of electronic professional artists who utilize multiple turntables and electronics to combine and interpret unique variations of recorded vinyl album music. There are several techniques used, such as phrasing, mash-up and beat matching, and an individual DJ often distinguishes themselves from others through the popularity of their unique mixing style. Today, the presence of digital music has furthered the techniques used in electronic DJ music utilizing mp3s for example.
The Disc Jockey profession is popular in LGBTQ culture, particularly through its participation in global mass dance events. These events emanated from local block parties in large urban areas. We have identified many LGBTQ individuals who are prominent in this profession. To see the complete list and read more commentary, CLICK HERE
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