Jargon buster for understanding DJ terms

Here is a simple guide to understanding the technical vocabulary of a DJ:

  • Drop (drp) n. A DJ drop is a motif or ident of the DJ’s name inserted into a song, similar to Barbara Streisand by Duck Sauce.
  • Drop (drp) v. When a DJ inserts a segment such as a spoken message in between songs or into a mix.
  • Drop (drp) n. and v. Also known as hyping as done by MCs such as Fatman Scoop when they mention the name of a DJ in their MCing.
  • Drop (drp) v. To miss a beat or beats to create momentum, anticipation, suspense and drama to the next piece of music.
  • Break (brk) n. A kind of drop, as in the previous drop. There is a gap in beat, during which there is silence, acapella singing or instrumental to create momentum, anticipation, suspense and drama to the next piece of music.
  • Drop (drp) v. or n. The point when a new track is introduced.
  • Kill switch [kil] [swich] n. and v. The moments when a song is dropped in the conventional sense of the word or the sound is switched off to allow people to sing along. To kill switch is to drop the sound to allow singing along.
  • Tune (tn, tyn) n. A form of acknowledgement when another DJ plays a good song, said with an unspoken hint to the DJ to not mess that song up.
Dropping a drop
Dropping a drop for a break or maybe doing a kill switch

In DJ terms, drop means to put in, not to let go of as you would do a fork onto the floor. Exceptions to this include the break, kill switch and tune.

N.B. No respect to anyone who DJs. The contents of this blog are designed for your entertainment and are [not] entirely fictional.

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