Let’s start with the obvious. If you’re a DJ it involves playing music. You can’t really be a ‘disc jockey’ without that. Although I suppose you could make an argument that in modern times MJ, or music jockey, would probably be more accurate – that said there are still many DJ’s using vinyl and mixing with it and for good reason, but that’s a different discussion. But a moot point as DJ’s firmly entrenched in the vernacular and after all, we all know what a DJ is…providing we have context. I say this as the difference between skills needed can vary hugely, depending on where and when an event is held and exactly what’s expected. However, there are basic core skills that every DJ should have at any event.