“Re-re-wind, when the crowd say Bo-Selecta!”, warbled Craig David from somewhere between his designer-stubbled cheekbones back in 1999, whilst fending off amorous advances from hordes of tweens.
‘Selecta’ was, back in the UK, a slang term for a deejay. Sure, there are plenty of terms for the bouncing, headphone-clad fist-pumping figure behind the decks (plus a few I’m not at liberty to repeat in public), but where does the inferred celebrity status of these individuals stem from?
How did the DJ become a performer in their own right?
Back in the early 80’s, a little-known DJ with the phenomenally awesome name of ‘Grand Wizzard Theodore’, (time for a rethink, David Guetta? DJ Dumbledore is still available), was playing tracks on two decks using the ‘needle drop’ method. This involved physically dropping the stylus on a vinyl record at the exact point the beat or sample starts, and is still seen today by vinyl-playing DJ’S that mark ‘drop-in’ points on their tracks with colored dots. The only problem with this method was the few seconds of silence between each drop, and as any current DJ knows, silence in the middle of a set is not exactly a huge crowd pleaser.