There probably is a DJ called ‘DJ Speak’ but this article isn’t about her/him, it’s about the things DJ say and what they actually mean.
Not all DJs are ridiculous idiots constantly making bad decisions, blind to the trail of destruction and annoyance they leave behind; some are truly awful. And one of the many challenges that normal humans face when speaking with DJs is working out just what they mean when they’re speaking – deciphering ‘DJ Speak’.
Since the very early days of DJing, DJs have always used words in a confusing way – ‘bad’ meaning ‘good’, ‘wicked’ meaning ‘good’, ‘sick’ meaning ‘good’, ‘good’ never, ever meaning ‘good’. And the tradition has continued, with their social media pronouncements a collection of coded messages and double meanings, intended to portray a certain level of success, but often with a tragic truth just visible below the surface sheen.
It’s a strange world we are all living in now, where the vast, near-magical dream of human interconnectedness that is the internet is used to seek the validation of strangers for another re-edit of Love is the Message. But this is how we choose to use our technology, to tell each other how great we are. Luckily, Prinks has put together this handy cut-out-and-keep guide to decoding online DJ-speak, so read on and be forever enlightened in the language of the Disk Spinners and Slippers:
1. “The Lab”
2. “Spending the day in the studio”
3. “Great gig last night, now back to production grind!”
4. “Totally smashed it last night!”
5. ”Just finished two tracks and a remix in a hugely productive day.”
“Oh my God it’s six thirty in the evening which means I’ve been on Fortnite for nine hours straight.”