A DJ Is a Musician by Multiple Definitions

Many people think that disk jockeys (DJs) are musicians, and many think that they are not musicians. That DJs are or are not musicians is most of the time opinion based. However, it is possible to see that DJs are officially musicians.

Is a disk jockey (DJ) a musician? Yes, if we combine the definitions of disk jockey, musician, and perform, then we can see that a DJ is a musician. Here follow these definitions:

  • Disk jockey: one who plays recorded music for dancing at a nightclub or party.
  • Musician: a composer, conductor, or performer of music.
  • Perform: to entertain people by dancing, singing, acting, or playing music.

The first section of this post explains why a DJ is a musician, and the second section gives a second view about it. After that, there follow some misunderstandings about why some people see DJs not as musicians, with some possible causes. Furthermore, there are three related questions and some closing words.

Explanation about Why a DJ Is a Musician

The definitions of the first two words disk jockey and musician come from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. Plus, the definition of the word perform comes from the Cambridge online dictionary.

We can find those words in multiple dictionaries, and the definitions of those words vary a bit, which can be confusing. The more definitions there are of a word, the looser the meaning is of that word. Furthermore, the reason why I choose these definitions from those dictionaries is that they are the most correct, in my opinion.

When we have read the three definitions, then we can see why a DJ is a musician, which I explain here a bit more. A musician is a performer of music, and a form of performing is to entertain people by playing music. So, a DJ is a musician because he or she plays recorded music for dancing at a nightclub or party.

There is still a chance that you think that the information given here is false or something like that. If you think like that, then I suggest also to read the next section, which gives s second view about that fact that a DJ is a musician.

A Second View

Here I show another view of the fact that DJs are musicians. The main reason for this second view is that it is easy to think that the three words with definitions above are just some lucky picks or incorrect.

There are three words with definitions that make the second view. These definitions come from the online Oxford Dictionaries, and are:

  • Disc jockey: a person who introduces and plays recorded popular music, especially on radio or at a disco.
  • Musician: a person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented.
  • Instrument: an object or device for producing musical sounds.

Also here, with the three definitions we can see two reasons why a DJ is a musician:

  1. A typical instrument of a DJ is a turntable that he or she can use to produce musical sounds, and these sounds can be hearable on speakers.
  2. If a DJ is musically talented is opinion based, but everyone can name him talented, including the DJ himself.
A Pioneer turntable

Misunderstandings about Why DJs Are Not Musicians

This section is maybe a bit strange since I tried to find and remember things why people think DJ is not a musician. However, this section can help to understand better the fact why a DJ is a musician, and why many people think that fact is not true.

I have heard and read many strange statements about why DJs are not musicians, and I can remember only a few of those. Those statements are listed here, and I tried to explain each of them with why they are strange:

  • “DJing is not a musically skillful/talented, because it is just pressing some knobs to play music.” Very strange to answer since it is the same as saying, “Playing the violin is easy because it is just rubbing a bow on strings.” Plus, we can be a musician without being musically talented.
  • “He or she creates bad/too simple music.” A DJ doesn’t create music, but a producer does create music. A person can have both roles as a DJ and as a producer, but not all DJs are also producers.
  • “He or she doesn’t play an instrument.” A typical instrument of a DJ is a turntable. Plus, we can be a musician without playing an instrument.
  • “He or she doesn’t compose or conduct music.” A DJ doesn’t also fly a plane (sorry with a wink). We can be a musician without composing or conducting music.

Possible Causes for the Misunderstandings

I don’t know if it is possible to understand precisely why a person doesn’t understand something. However, here I tried to list some possible causes for the strange statements above, which are that some people:

  • Don’t know what a DJ or a musician is.
  • Don’t like DJs or musicians, so it becomes for some people fun to say not right things about them.
  • Not reading the definitions of DJ or musician good enough, or confusing the words in the definitions. For example, “A musician is a conductor or performer of music.” is not the same as “A musician is a conductor and performer of music.”. The difference between these two sentences is the “or” and the “and.”

Related Questions

How to know if a DJ is a musician? Not possible to answer, because when someone is a DJ, then he or she is also directly a musician. So, we only have to find out if someone is a DJ. If we combine the definitions of disk jockey, musician, and instrument, then we can see that this answer is correct.

When is a DJ a musician? Always. When someone is a DJ, then he or she is also directly a musician. If we combine the definitions of disk jockey, musician, and instrument, then we can see that this answer is correct.

Is a DJ a performer? Yes, because a form of performing is to entertain people by playing music, and a DJ plays recorded music for dancing. If we combine the definitions of disk jockey, musician, and perform, then we can see that this answer is correct.

Closing Words

We can combine the definitions of the words disc jockey and musician with the definitions of other words, to see that a DJ is a musician. Furthermore, there are some misunderstandings about why some people think that DJs are not musicians, with some possible causes. At last, there are some related questions to the topic of this post.

If you like this post, then you may want to look at some posts in the lifestyle part, since this post is also part of it.

Hopefully, you have learned something about the fact that a DJ is a musician. Also, when you know someone who likes to know more about the fact that a DJ is a musician, then feel free to share this post. Additionally, do you have an own explanation about why a DJ is a musician?

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