October 3-5 Tampa will play host to a massive Computer DJing Summit, complete with training for DJs, VJs, and KJs. (KJ = karaoke; thanks, jachee. Too bad; I hoped it meant spinning Kraft Mac-and-Cheese.) There’s even certified credit for would-be computer DJs.

This isn’t an entirely new event; a Summit was held in my hometown Louisville, Kentucky in 2003. Here’s where things get a little strange, though — it sounds like Microsoft is trying to break into DJing: “Microsoft took a serious look into computer DJing during a Summit held at Microsoft’s Redmond-Seattle main compound attended by Grandmaster Flash, Roger Sanchez, Sandra Collins, Tony Touch, Dj Krush, Dj Cheb, I Sabbah, and others on February 9-11 2004.”

Microsoft and Grandmaster Flash? Strange. In the meantime, MS’ whole DJ “strategy” seems to center on their crossfader site, which hasn’t gotten any updates since it was launched. I think we’re safe. And for its part, this even caters to Mac and PC alike; there’s even a Mac-centric seminar.

Anyway, while the Microsoft connection is vague, computer DJing is hot as ever. Training for DJs and VJs and “water balloon volleyball”? Any chance these guys want to buy me a plane ticket out there?

  • jachee

    Well, think of me what you will, but I enjoy occasionally getting out and belting out a tune, so I'm fairly familiar with this one: a KJ is a Karaoke Jockey.

    I'm not sure how much of the content of the summit will apply to these guys, however more and more of them are choosing to rip their CD+Gs to their PCs to eliminate the potential for physical damage associated with handling discs in the dark.

    One can only handle the ever-popular David Allen Coe track You Never Even Call Me by My Name so many times before it starts skipping and angering drunken would-be caterwaulers. 😀

  • admin

    Looking again in context, that's exactly what it is. Shows what I know; I hadn't heard that term before.

    I was hoping for something more exotic . . . but computers for karaoke = no-brainer, for sure!


  • Guest

    Hello Guys,

    For the record I love Kraft Mac-and-Cheese :grin

    I'm the host of the 2005 Computer DJ Summit (Digital DJing as some call it) and if you would like to view a list of the seminars and evening parties here is the link: http://www.computerdjsummit.com/2005_seminars.htm

    Peter, your words are classic and writings you would like to submit for the official learning site would be displayed with honor… kudos and thank You…

    Professor JAM
    2005 Computer DJ Summit Director http://www.computerdjsummit.com

  • DJ Skilzzz

    I attended this event and thou it didn't have a large crowd, under 200, it was really a sweat event. I was able to chat with Professor Jam (well worth my time), DJ Marchello, Silvio from Denon (had a great new controller), Gary Leee (the singer of the Rodeo Song and a Digital DJ) and many others. The ability to sit in the seminars, workshops and networking made the Summit one of my favorite and I will attend this November 18. They are charting a tour bus to take guys over to the LDI Show – details are here http://www.computerdjsummit.com/welcome.html

    If you attend post here so I can meet you.

    DJ Skilzzz