All I can see is, “Oh my gosh!” This brought back so many memories. If you are an old head like me, you gotta check it out. Growing up during the inception of hip hop was probably the best thing I can remember. The rap battles and DJ battles were the shot back in the days. Being a DJ in the school talent show was the greatest feeling for me back then. You know what, I ending this piece right now. I’m going to watch it again.
I have been out of the DJ business for about seven years. For all that time, my family and friends have tried to encourage me to continue doing it. But finally, something has clicked inside me. I am looking to get back into it.
Let’s go back in time for a sec: I first started officially way back in ’85. In ’82 when Planet Rock hit the radio, I was hooked! I use to put my portable turntable next to my cassette player. I would mix Planet Rock and Numbers together. After that, I would use my parent’s record player and my aunt’s record player and put them beside each other. Notice, I didn’t say turntable but record player. I used one side of each speaker output as a cue and the other side as the main output. That is how I learned to mix. The players did not have tempo control, so I used my finger to slow down or speed up the record. After getting the hang of that, I saved any money that I got and bought my first DJ set. Of course, I could not afford the Technics SL-1200 turntable. I did not have that kind of money. My first set was two Gemini GL-101s and a Realistic 32-1100A Mixer. The turntables were belt drive, but I made them work. The mixer did not even have a fader, but that was okay too. I was nice with my set.
I did not know the difference between belt drive and direct drive until I snuck into the clubs. This one DJ, Gerald would let me on the ‘tables. He and the others used 1200s in the club; the real jawns. Not the cheap stuff I had. But because I was using belt drive, I mastered the Technics like it was nothing.
Alright, back to the present: Last year I finally upgraded my set to digital. I am currently using a Terminal Mix 4 controller with Serato DJ. For about twelve years, I have used CD Players. My last set included two Denon DN-S5000s CD players and an Electrix EDJ-6 mixer. Again, these too were belt drive. I still preferred them over the Pioneers CDJ-800s of the time. Basically, the same features, but less money. I have noticed that the Terminal Mix 4 definitely does not compare to the higher end controllers of today. But, as usual, I will master it, as if it were a Pioneer DDJ series controller.
Like I said, I am ready to get back into it. I was a hip-hop and RnB DJ then. I realize that I need to change with the times. I need to first start by working on expanding my music collection. Then I just need to hand out my old business cards (I still have the same number since ’02 by the way). Finally, I gotta get back out there. Hopefully, one day I will create a buzz, and you will say, “I have heard of this DJ KennyMan, in which you speak.”