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                       Life as a DJ                    

By Nabiha Ariff
He has always loved music and believes that music can match every mood of a person. “When you’re happy you can listen to music and even when you’re sad you can do that,” he says. He appreciates the value of music so much so that he has made music his profession by becoming a Disc Jokey (DJ).

Gerard Sanjaya Fonseka reveals to The Nation about his life as a DJ.
Initially he was in a team called Dam Jam DJ’s in 2003. This was a team of 10, of which five were DJ’s. He then became a solo DJ and received the opportunity to be the resident DJ at the Lords Club and is now a DJ for the ABC radio network. He finds his job enjoyable, pressurising and also exciting.

“Being a DJ is not easy, for you have to be able to please all the listeners at once and know your music well,” he says and adds that this is the toughest part of the job.

Playing Hip Hop music and House are among his favourites but he usually plays according to the crowd.
Sometimes there is a mixture in the crowd, it would include elderly people as well as young adults, he says, and it is then difficult to cater to the both. At parties too he first observes the crowd and accordingly coordinates his music.
In clubs, most of the time, the music he plays is either Trance or House.

DJ Gerard has something interesting to tell all those who are aspiring to be a professional DJ. He asserts that every DJ should know what he is doing and should have a thorough knowledge about the music he is playing. “He should know songs dating back to even the 1970’s and onwards,” Gerard explains. He adds that having knowledge of the entire selection of songs is essential for every DJ.

In addition, one should try to be more practical when playing music instead of simply using technology such as computers to help in playing music.

Lately, the types of music have expanded, especially with Rock music in the scene. Gerard says that the Sri Lankan Rock music is definitely reaching higher standards and it can even be said that Sri Lankan Rock music is much better than the Indians’. There seems to be genuine interest in Rock music and that is definitely a good sign, the DJ says.
DJ Gerard is currently interested in remixing as well as composing music.

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