January 20th

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Every year on January 20th, we proudly celebrate National DJ Day. This special day is dedicated to those skilled artists who perfectly mix and blend sounds to create a unique musical atmosphere or pulsating beats that energize the crowd.

Be it commanding the airwaves from a radio station or creating magic under the glow of nightclub lights, DJs are often the unseen forces powering countless unforgettable events and parties. From traditional vinyl records to cutting-edge digital platforms, these talented individuals craft memorable, continuous, and rhythm-filled playlists.

History of National DJ Day

This day is rooted in the era of the first disc record invention that happened in the 19th century. The role of DJs started to evolve with the increased popularity of the radio in the early parts of the 20th century. Disc jockeys in those early days were often referred to as “record men” who played music on radio stations.

Technology has drastically reshaped the role of DJs. They’ve moved from analogue records to digital platforms and software, opening up a world of possibilities for mixing and creating music.

The reason behind celebrating on January 20 is to remember the pioneering disc jockey Albert James Freed, widely known as Moondog. His death occurred on this very day in 1965. Freed is renowned for coining the term “rock ‘n roll,” and he played a crucial role in breaking racial barriers in the 1950s by promoting music from black artists on his radio shows.

The celebration of National DJ Day offers a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the work of all DJs. These range from those who entertain crowds at parties and clubs to radio station DJs who enlighten us with new music genres and keep us entertained with their playlists. DJs have not only heavily influenced music trends but also the music industry overall.

National DJ Day Timeline

Term 'Disc Jockey'

American radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term 'disc jockey'.

Inception of DJing

Jimmy Savile throws the world’s first DJ dance party, playing jazz records in England.

Creation of the first DJ mixer

The first DJ mixer was invented by a company called RCA.

Invention of CD

Compact Discs (CD) were introduced, changing DJing and music consumption forever.

Emergence of DJ Culture

DJ culture started to catch on in the United Recent States, particularly in hip-hop culture in cities like New York and Chicago.

Digital DJing Emerge

With the rise of digital music and software, DJs begin to transition away from Vinyl towards Digital DJ setups. This makes DJing more accessible to the mainstream.

Ideas to Celebrate National DJ Day

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Spin a Set

Why not try being a DJ for the whole day? Pick out your most lovely songs, mix and match them, add some fun sound effects, and have the time of your life. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even share your show with your loved ones.

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Appreciate Your Favorite DJs

Take this day to show your admiration for your preferred DJs. A gratitude letter, a shout-out on social media, or streaming their music can go a long way in showing your support.

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DJ Trivia Night

Arrange an evening of trivia about renowned DJs and DJing. It's an entertaining exercise to familiarize with the history and significance of DJing.

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Local DJ Showcase

Try to put together a DJ Show in your locality. It can serve as a worthwhile platform for neighborhood DJs to demonstrate their talents while also making for a participative celebration.

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Learn DJing Skills

In the digital age, you can effortlessly find online tutorials on basics of DJing. Celebrating National DJ Day by acquiring a new skill could be a great idea.

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Dance to DJ Music

A great way to celebrate National DJ Day would be to groove to the beats of your favorite DJ music. Why not add a touch of competition and have a mini dance-off?

6 Interesting Facts About DJs


The Youngest DJ

DJ Archie is the youngest DJ in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. He won the award when he was four.


Longest Marathon Club DJing

The longest DJ set according to the Guinness World Records lasted for 200 hours, equivalent to 10 days. This impressive feat was achieved Norbert Selmaj, also known as Norberto Loco, from Poland.


Birth of the term 'DJ'

Introduced in 1935, the term 'DJ' is an acronym for disc jockey. The term was derived from the era when music was played using gramophone discs, and the person operating these discs was said to 'ride' them, much like a jockey.


First Female DJ

In 1970, Annie Nightingale became the pioneering female DJ on BBC Radio 1. For a significant number of years she was the only female presenter on the station.


The birth of scratching

The DJ technique known as 'scratching' was pioneered in the 1970s by Bronx, New York's influential hip hop DJ, Grand Wizzard Theodore.


Most expensive DJ

Calvin Harris has been featured on the list of the highest paid DJs for several years, with an annual income consistently around $40 million.

National DJ Day FAQs

Next National DJ Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 January 20th Friday
2024 January 20th Saturday
2025 January 20th Monday
2026 January 20th Tuesday
2027 January 20th Wednesday
What is the pattern? Every January 20th

National DJ Day Word Search

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  • Mixer
  • Rhythm
  • Disco
  • Remix