Dance floors, big crowds, head bobbing, and laser beams are just some of the components this is a minor part of college students’ weekends.
What you wouldn’t think was one of the eight Ivy League schools to have some really cool DJs in HARVARD!!
With technology updating every other week, DJs are coming out of nowhere and taking full advantage of the technology. Although some “disc jockeys” are willing to learn the art of DJing through turntables many are learning through CDJs, devices that DJs can play digital music on.
Get to know some Harvard DJs you may see you in your future!!
Daniel Um, 18, co-president of the Harvard College Electronic Music Collective (HCEMC, which provides workshops for people interested in learning to DJ) says some of today’s DJ is using software like Serato or Traktor, instead of carrying around vinyl like the legendary DJs had to do. Um’ talked to Crimson and said “Recently, in terms of production, I’ve been trying to play this new genre called ‘Tropical Trap.’ It’s basically like combining tropical house, because I’m from the Philippines and I like tropical music, and then also trap music, because the percussion in trap music is really cool,” Um said. “So I’m taking the instruments and vibes in tropical music and adding the track and the bass and percussion, and writing these two together.”
Harvard’s own DJ, Timothy D Haehl, 18, had no musical history, just an interest to discovery new EDM music while hanging out in the football locker room.
“I used to make playlists every Friday night before a game,” Haehl said. “As a sophomore, especially, I would just put together music and share them with the other guys.”
Having no music training, doesn’t know how to read music, and can’t play a musical instrument to save his life but Haehl still gigs at many Harvard campus events, fraternity events, and much more.
For another DJ it’s different, Luke A. Martinez, 19, a music concentrator was trained in classical piano, guitar, bass, singing, producer and more. According to Crimson, Luke A Martinez says “Everyone can DJ, it’s not hard, per se, because it’s not like learning to play an instrument,” Martinez said. “Anyone can theoretically pick it up, which is cool, because it makes it more accessible.”
19 year old DJ Mati Carlos G. Reed says YouTube helped him learn to DJ right before his summer internship at a San Antonio radio station.
This Crimson article opened up my eyes to DJs some would ignore and put off as being bitter DJs. These DJs say that the DJs now-a-days aren’t really learning the lost art of DJ’ing, they want things fast so they resort to pushing buttons.
To learn more about these Harvard DJs and their stories, click here.