In this introduction to DJ’ing, PlayPlay will go over various techniques DJs use to create a seamless musical journey and to keep the dance floor going. They will also discuss the history behind DJ technology & artistry, as well as common considerations when performing a DJ set. The second part of the workshop will involve PlayPlay performing a short DJ set on turntables, and then inviting attendees to try it out for themselves.
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PlayPlay is a NYC-based DJ, producer, party organizer, professor, and all around music nerd. As both a DJ and producer, PlayPlay combines brand new percussion-forward club sounds with nostalgic classics. Their music is inspired by what they grew up listening to: acid house, industrial, jungle, breakbeat hardcore, Baltimore club, jock jams, 90s club anthems and 80s new wave. In their hardware sets, PlayPlay uses Moog synthesizers to create everything from unearthly drones to high-energy acid/industrial sounds.
PlayPlay has been teaching DJ’ing and music production through the music department at UNC-Chapel Hill. They are especially invested in mentoring women and gender non-conforming DJs & producers, and have hosted multiple workshops with this aim – most recently at Moogfest. They have recently moved to NYC to join a 6 month artist-residency at Flux Factory. Here, they will be creating an interactive soundscape installation using synthesizers, recorded samples, and other sonic tools.