We Like To Move It Move It - Body Language For DJs

June 25, 2018
Written by
Jacob Casselden
We Like To Move It Move It - Body Language For DJs

Want to maximise the connection between you and the crowd? We have asked our body language expert, JAGS, for his knowledge on the visual aspect of DJs.

You may think that being an entertaining DJ is not as important as being a technically skilled one. Making sure your tunes sound great and that your beatmatching is on point is essential, but oh boy, what a difference being entertaining makes! That became apparent to me even from the first ever event I attended at the sweet age of 15, at an amazing nightclub on a boat in Bristol called Thekla!

The music you use might be a winner but if you're standing there like a workhouse owner from Oliver Twist then you will struggle to get the crowds going. Now, I’m not suggesting you should put on your ballet shoes and wear a pink tutu, you are there to enjoy the party as well as everyone else. You aren’t booked to simply mash up some tracks, you’re booked to interpret the mood of the crowd and lead them to higher highs.

Why Body Language Is Important

Body language is FIVE times as powerful than verbal word. It’s a crucial mode of communication and it oozes with confidence. It’s a universal language understood by all regardless of the language you speak. Facial expressions are great too as they can support the motivation throughout your set. Ever watched a couple of deaf people signing away with their amazing British Sign Language? It may seem confusing to start with, but if you stay for five minutes, you will start to understand bit by bit. I wouldn’t recommend for you to stare at them like a psycho though!

If you're not naturally expressive in body language take some tips from the pros. Some of the most successful DJs are great communicators, not just in music but also their presence on stage. Watch these videos for prime examples of expressive body language while performing. Anyone can move like these DJs, you just need to feel the music and dance like no ones watching. If you do it authentically the audience will feel your passion for the music and reciprocate with their own enthusiasm. If you want to get the crowd to go mental, you have to lead the way.

JOE CLAUSSELL DJ Body Language
‍JOE CLAUSSELL

Born in Brooklyn NYC of Puerto Rican decent Jow Claussell oozes sex appeal and latin passion when DJing. You can't help but watch him move and feel the music authentically. It's like he's making love to the music!

Watch the video here

Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz

Russian ambassador of techno Nina Kraviz is a natural peacock and she likes to strut her stuff while she's in the groove! Check the video out for inspiration!

Watch the video here

CARL COX DJ Body Language
‍CARL COX

At Ultra Miami Festival 2018, I witnessed Carl Cox pull the most ridiculous faces in the middle of the big stage and it was a delight to watch. It got me moving, swinging side to side and left me wanting more. Dancing behind the turntables with grace, clapping and connecting with the audience - that’s how you woo the crowds!

Watch the video here

DENNIS FERRER DJ Body Language
‍DENNIS FERRER

Now this is another example of a good entertainer and whadda you know, he’s even singing one of his tracks with some mighty passion. Watch him drop some moves and damn, Ferrer is the new kind of cool.

Watch the video here

JAYDA G dj body language
‍JAYDA G

There has been a lot of chatter questioning Jayda’s DJ skill. Here’s mine - she’s a proper entertainer and her fans are absolutely loving it. It’s no wonder why she’s such an international superstar. Look at that flow and that awesome passion.

Watch the video here

HONEY DIJON DJ body language
‍HONEY DIJON

A serious facial expression but a fluid groover. She cannot help but dance to her selections and it seriously moulds the atmosphere. Nothing patronising nor fake, but serious mojo movements.

Watch the video here

DAMIAN LAZARUS dj body language
‍DAMIAN LAZARUS

Crosstown Rebels’ head honcho, Damian, knows how to put ‘Fun’ in the game. He’s not your run of the mill kind of DJ and knows how to laugh and get his crowds going. He’s channelling occult funky vibes into this moves on stage and that’s turned him into a worldwide famous DJ. Check out his …unique.. performance here.

Watch the video here

Inigo Kennedy
Inigo Kennedy

AND NOW, one of the worst DJ/entertainer I have EVER witnessed live. Notice how the crowd’s energy doesn’t exceed his? (yawn!) Give a dog a bone though, he makes pretty good music.

Watch the video here

So, don’t be a slumping, awkward gait, be yourself!

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