There's More Than One Way to DJ
The night before Thanksgiving, The Blue Pit in Parkersburg was taken over by four local DJs who share a love of blending, layering and mixing up songs. Their skills brought a party full of danceable music-some of which was easily recognizable for a moment, and others that kept you listening while you moved to the beat, getting lost in the bass and forgetting you don't even know what's moving you.
Experiencing this party in person, the idea came to mind that there's more than one way to DJ, and we think maybe there's a bit of confusion. Local DJ Jay Storm has explored all of the different ways. Landing his first DJ job on the radio, he quickly discovered most radio DJs spend a lot of their time talking, and not much time actually playing music.
But this didn't stop gig offers from coming in to DJ at bars. It's a common conception that radio DJs could easily trade roles with party DJs (maybe the same job title is part of the issue), but besides their shared letters, the actual jobs are pretty different. Storm took the bar gigs for years, at least in part, because they ended up paying better than his radio job...and at one point, he added a mobile DJ service for weddings and parties. As he started a career and family, the mobile DJ part of his life faded away for a while, but never fully disappeared.
As Storm has gotten back into the DJ part of his life, his style has grown from crossfading one song to the next (so there's no breaks between the music), to mixing (which includes matching beats from different songs, overlapping lyrics from one song to blend with another tune, etc.) and feeding off the audience's interests and energy. When it comes to what types of music you can expect to hear, don't expect anything in particular. Each DJ has their own favorite style(s). For Storm, however, he says "I mainly play EDM now, but old Hip Hop and Rock makes some appearances."
"It's a performance" Storm shared, "I enjoy the wild energetic crowds and feed off the energy, just as a musician would."
Jay Storm is a part of a team that is on a mission to energize the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and DJ dance party scene in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Storm, along with DJ CAV3MAN (Mark Lambert), DJ Mixar (Alec Ortiz), and MG (Matthew Greathouse) collectively mix and crossfade different songs and styles of music-sometimes taking turns and sometimes mixing over and with one another- to create layers of art that keep you dancing all night.
"When I got the idea to start doing events in the MOV, I wanted to bring something that hadn't been offered in the area-both in performance and quality. With the huge EDM festivals now, I knew the interest was there... Plus I had excellent equipment and lighting, and when I start to combine forces with other guys who had similar interests and equipment, I knew we could do some really big, quality events that nobody else in the area could put on."
It's true. Check them out for yourself early 2017 (all local live music, including live mixing and crossfading parties are included in the weekly live music guide).
Photos by Michelle Waters