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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (20 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593058119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593058114
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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"A truly comprehensive tome, aimed at both beginners and inermediates: in other words, a truly vast international market... Young musicians, as well as aspiring DJs, could learn a trick or two" (Jah Wobble Independent on Sunday)

"I love this book - it's helped me set many guidelines for my longterm dream of starting a DJ Academy" (Danny Tenaglia)

"With so many books and courses available to the beginner now, it's great to find one that gets it spot on. In future isf anyone asks me for tips on DJing, I'll simply tell them to read this" (Rocky, X-Press 2)

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A new edition of the definitive guide to becoming a DJ and improving your DJ skills.

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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2005
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Right. Just bought some decks and don't know what to do with them? This is the book. I was in that position, and worried about a) being patronised (I play a number of instruments quite well), or b) bored to death by a squillion obscure labels for music I don't like (happy euro trance etc.). Having looked about, this was the only DJ book on Amazon with no negative feedback, and it's for a reason; it really is very very good, for anybody at practically any level (unless you're Cash Money or somebody). Tells you literally everything (technique, technical stuff, business, music industry), doesn't talk down to you, doesn't obsess about style. The authors tell you again and again that it's all about the music, so if that's how you're looking at it as well, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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This book has everything you need to know about DJing. It has everything from starting out, to getting gigs, keeping people on the dance floor, turntablism, harmonic mixing, plus background info on the industry, what websites to visit - it even recommends my website!! A joy to read and essential for any aspiring DJ!
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this is THE best book ive read on the art of djing. humorously written and straightforward.
not only does it hav the basics on technical ability, but the gem of the book is about actually being a dj and rightly points out you can only hav it good if ur heart is in the right place.
ive recommended it to everyone i know who is either a bedroom or professional dj.
run, go buy this book and put its experienced knowledge to good use, please!
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I stumbled across this book, back at what can only be described as the most amazing session gaff that we have ever found ourselves in, this was after a 6 hour set of banging techno, high on yokes. At first my brain was unable to take in the immense information overload, mainly due to the large amount of k that was on offer around the table. However once I got started, the pages started to flow as quickly as you have seen coke flow between between the messed up crew sat round the gaff.
It only took me 2 hours to complete the book, however if you add on the k experience, it felt like a lifetime.
Once the information was complement digestied, I took my turn on the decks and played the best set of my life.
This book made me a hero that night. It could do the same for you.
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I would have to agree like other reviewers that this is proabably one of the best, its probably the Dj bible. As expalined it starts from the very basic shape of the whole dj way down from past masters to tips from the pros in the dj world, pete tong, oakenfold, tall paul etc. It is helpful because it is clear and whilst balancing a level of honesty with the fact its not that starightforward to dj and to become a superstar! It punches out all the fills and blips and compacts them into 280pages of enjoyable read of tricks and tips. I fully recommened anyone who feels like messing with some records! (it even has tips on cd mixing too this book really is the bible for the next several years to come)
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I read all 290 pages of this little beauty in just 3 days, it was so good I had trouble putting it down, I am sure I will be refering back to the sheer avalanche of information contained therein for many years to come. It is very well constructed and the guys who wrote this book have a great sense of humour, they had me laughing aloud more times than your average simpsons episode!!!

Each main chapter has several extremely concise sub-chapters that give you the collective experience of the authors and every other page is adorned with quotes from the biggest DJ's in the business dispensing their piceless pearls of wisdom. Not one stone is left unturned, as they conspire to educate you in every concievable way, into potentialy becoming the next big thing.

Simply put, if you are thinking of becoming a DJ you need this book.
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I never knew you could learn practical skills from literature but this book changed my life. I was struggling with beatmatching (the basic principle of DJ'ing) and after reading this book i was spinning records like a clown and a plate. Theres around 20 pages on simply where to purchase records and no stone goes left unturned. No matter if you're mixing Drum amd Bass, Trance, Soul, Dubstep, Rock or Hip Hop, this book will have you ready for the clubs in no time
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This book supplies everything a beginner to advance DJ will ever need to know about DJing. It provides useful hints and tips on all subjects from 'beat matching' to 'becoming a mobile DJ' in a easy to understand friendly way without burdening you with too many technical words that will make the book hard to read. Instead it explains the words in an easy manner for the reader to understand. If you are just starting out in your DJ career or have a few years of experience under your belt this is the book that will help you to progress!BUY IT!!!
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