The the influence and importance of the DJs

Thesocial aspect of the college life is a prominent factor in the community ofstudents. College students not only spend countless hours in librariesstudying, but they also enjoy a rich social life.

Whether it be taking part insocial gatherings, hanging out with friends or attending weekend parties, agreat deal of student interactions take place in these away-from-classsettings. Music plays a large role in these social settings; more specifically,for many, music played by a disc jockey (DJ) is a key factor in thesegatherings. Controlling the crowd with his fingertips, a DJ delivers a mesh ofdifferent music that can accommodate tastes of various moods and vibes.

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Considering UCSB is arguably home to one of America’s most lively studentcommunities – Isla Vista, where the party-life is ever-present, music bringsstudents together thus highlighting the influence and importance of the DJs onthe social spectrum of college life.             I chose to study how a DJ is aunifier in communities because of my love for music and my love for socialgatherings where I share good vibes with good friends. I’m a firm believer thatyou are who you surround yourself with and, with that, the one controlling thoseyou are surrounded with is a very important person. In my many years ofattending parties and gatherings, I have yet to know a DJ better at playinggreat music and keeping the event lively than my friend Rufus, also known as DJChoppa. He makes those who attend his sets lose track of time by hisconsistency of interest, leaving his audience no room to check the time. Nordoes he grant interest in knowing what time it is because nobody wants to gohome. There was no better person I could’ve interviewed on this subject thanRufus because of how well he does what he loves. Based on a combination of first-hand experiences andmy research interviewing my friend Rufus and some of his followers, I’velearned how music plays a significant role in the social aspect of college lifeat UCSB.

In the academic journal Brain,past professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, Oliver Sacks, sharedthat “…in all societies, a primary function of music is collective andcommunal, to bring and bind people together. People sing together, dancetogether, in every culture, and one can imagine them doing so, around the firstfires, a hundred thousand years ago.” Music represents unity. All forms ofmusic are essentially a united harmony of different instruments, voices andsounds, creating music: music which a DJ controls. Music, as presented by a DJ,unites and connects thousands of college students regardless of theirsocioeconomic, ethnic, gender or religious groups. They are all broughttogether to indulge in a common sound.Before someone can become a DJ and gain the skill andpower to control the movements and moods of those listening, there is a processtaken to get there.

As glamorous, fun and easy as many DJs’ lives may appear tobe, such as the lives of acclaimed DJ Khaled and DJ Mustard, it is not all thateasy to reach that skill level and it is harder to remain at the top of theirprofessions. Late nights working on music mix combinations to keep partiesalive and long hours honing their craft in studios are required to become a DJof the highest status. I have seen this work firsthand with DJ Choppa as he isone of the top DJs in IV. His grind is even more difficult with the additionalworkload and responsibilities of being a track athlete as well as a student. DJChoppa said “the reason I chose to become a DJ came from my love for music.When I was with my friends I would often have the aux cord because they allloved my music selection.” This sparked his mind to the possibility of becominga DJ and when he tried, he loved it.

He finds it rewarding to look out at thecrowd and see people at his gigs, smiling and laughing with one and other andmoving to the rhythm of the music…some on beat and some way off beat. Itdoesn’t matter. What matters is that this job is his passion: a passion that isexperienced and shared with the people in his audience. He feels that musicabsolutely brings people together.

What DJ Choppa finds most interesting is that althoughhe plays a variety of music genres: Hip Hop, R&B, Popular, Dance,Reggaetón, Bachata, etc., when the music begins to play, everyone is sharing amoment together as one. He affectionately calls this phenomenon “OneLove.”  There are many different peopleof all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and backgrounds moving together as one,engaging in a shared activity and not necessarily realizing that they havebecome connected. In this setting, it is not about race, religion or anythingelse that may divide or categorize people in other scenarios, rather it is moreabout the common feeling and joy that exist within the music that connects us.It is a common love that people share and that brings them together for thatmoment in unity. In the book Groove Music,the author, Katz, states in his intro that he wants to thank DJs for their”artistry, for sweeping dancers onto their feet and for transfixing audienceswith your virtuosity.” This demonstrates the universal appreciation that manypeople have for DJs and what they do for communities of people.

In the past few weeks, I attended several of DJChoppa’s sets in IV where I met some of his followers. Celine is a freshman atUCSB majoring in Business. She was born and raised in Las Vegas. She comes froma family that has struggled economically and both parents stressed education asthe means to a successful future. When I asked Celine about her favorite music,she didn’t hesitate to rattle off names of well-known rappers such as Jay Z,Kanye West and Tupac Shakur. She mentioned that she was surprised when shefirst heard DJ Choppa play as she was not expecting to find such a talented DJon the campus of UCSB.

What she likes most about DJ Choppa is that heentertains her. She adds that “DJ Choppa seamlessly transitions from song tosong. He is an expert at engaging his audience.” Her explanation oversimplifieswhat is a complicated execution for a DJ: the art of mixing tracks by matchingbeats per minute (BPMs) while simultaneously twisting and adjusting knobsbetween songs to maintain sound level and quality.   At another one of DJ Choppa’s event, I met Jarriesse.He is a junior from Northern California who plans to major in English. He liveson campus but frequently hangs out in IV with friends. He has an eclectic tastein music.

He likes artists that range from the Beatles to Lil Wayne andeverything in between. He said that he comes to DJ Choppa’s events because heloves the music and the vibe of the people who attend. He was introduced to DJChoppa by one of his roommates and has been going to his sets wheneverpossible. Jarriesse said that when he attends DJ Choppa’s events, he “justfeels good” and believes that listening to music on a loud sound system is funand a great release from the rigors of academic life.

The dynamic is differentthan playing and listening to the same music on a mobile device or car stereo. I also spoke with Viranda, a gregarious young studentfrom Bakersfield. I had seen her around campus and at DJ Choppa’s events onnumerous occasions but had not had the pleasure of speaking with her.

Virandagrew up near downtown Bako but had many friends that lived in rural areas ofBako. Viranda’s favorite genre of music is Country as she says “it is what Igrew up on,” but she also likes popular music and rap. It was easy to spotViranda at DJ Choppa’s event because she is usually in the middle of the dancefloor. She can really dance. I learned that her years of ballet and cheer havehelped her in this regard. Her reason for coming to DJ Choppa’s events wasevident, but I asked anyway, and her response was as expected… “I love todance!”  To her, it feels like DJ Choppais playing songs just for her. The adrenaline rush is palpable and addictive.

For Viranda and many others, there’s nothing like the interaction between a greatDJ like DJ Choppa and the crowd.There are many rewards that come along with being aDJ. Financially, as a college student, it’s difficult to balance a job withschool work and social life. However, with being a DJ, you can combine two ofthose into one. If a DJ has become popular and desirable, he or she can begincharging those who wish to attend his or her sets. Starting from $1 to as highas $10 a person, a DJ can easily make $500 a night. DJ Choppa said that “beingable to make money off DJing has been a huge help in my life because it opensup room for me to practice and study.

It also gives me a sort of high statusaround campus.” As cool as it feels to be the man on campus, he also wants thefocus to be on the music. In Marc Fisher’s book Something in the Air, he says “the focus would always be on themusic, not the deejay.” For a music lover like Rufus, I couldn’t imagine abetter job than this as a high school or college student. According to DJ Choppa, there is no better feelingthan doing something he loves and enjoys, and seeing a crowd of people have anabsolute blast as a result is one of the most gratifying aspects of being aDJ.  What is ironic is that a DJ’s effecton their audience, or the feeling they impart to their audience, is equally asimpactful. A DJ and the music he or she shares with the world unites, inspiresand connects people.

A DJ seems to bring us closer together and help us cometogether as one. We forget about our differences. Music is a part of everythingwe do: we hear it at retail stores, driving on the street and playing indwellings all over campus. It’s been said that music is the soundtrack of ourlives and the soundtrack to my college life is the music played by DJ Choppa.


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