National DJ Day might celebrate the work of our favorite disc jockeys, but it stems from the work of ONE famous jock: Alan Freed, whom you might know as ‘Moondog.’ This 1950s DJ, who coined the term ‘rock and roll,’ is the reason we honor DJs on January 20. On this day, we celebrate the talents of all the disc jockeys, from those playing the ‘Chicken Dance’ for the millionth time at a wedding to the radio personalities who help you get through the morning commute.
D.J.s play recorded music for an audience. The songs often suit the theme of the event and the process usually entails aligning the beats of the set of songs in a way the tempos and rhythms sync when played together. This allows for a smooth transition from one music to the other.
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