Josh believes the fundamentals of what makes a truly great DJ are the ability to read and react to a crowd, knowing ones place appropriately, and being genuinely fun to be around.
The biggest mistakes of a beginning DJ usually lie in understanding the role of the DJ in a particular setting, i.e. an inappropriate song in a romantic setting. Sometimes all I think is ‘What are you nuts!?! DO NOT kill the atmosphere.’
I don’t mind getting on the mic – the truth is I rather enjoy it, as someone very comfortable in their own skin, and especially with a responsive crowd, BUT, I believe in the philosophy of shut-up-and-play-great-music more than talking, so I try to stick with exceptional and creative song choice mixed with a very musical presentation over getting on the mic when not needed. I like keeping dance parties alive by never letting the beat end when the dancing gets hot, but I stay away from cutting memorable songs off too early for the sake of ‘doing something’. Great music makes happy dancers, happy dancers make a great crowd and a happy night.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Josh has been an event DJ for over seven years, DJing his own senior prom, community events, and wedding receptions and ceremonies. When not actively working, he teaches a DJ masterclass out of Guitar Center Braintree.