If you caught our first interview in the ’10 Questions With…’ series, you’ll have seen that we sat down (virtually) with NADJ South Central Chairman Dave Mills to chat about his time as a DJ through a series of quickfire questions. For this next instalment, we’re heading further east to visit DJ Karl Buzby, famous for his epic Sessions and for being the Chairman of our highly successful Essex Branch.
Essex Branch was founded in January 2017 and since forming the membership in the area has grown rapidly. DJs can see the huge benefits of belonging to a local branch of a National Association, with a lot to offer in the way of valuable networking, education and visits/calls from industry contacts.
Let’s dive right in with DJ Karl Buzby…
1. We’re all in the business of music and often have fond recollections of the first time we browsed records at Woolworths, or the cassette that your Dad played in the car on every journey. What’s your earliest memory of music?
Yes, my first ‘record shop’ was Woolworths, before moving on to other specialist DJ record stores when I got into Djing! As my sister always reminds me, when I first started my record collection, I did have her collection on a permanent loan basis.
2. What is the first record or single that you bought?
Although I used to play my parents’ single Millie – My Boy Lollipop to death, I think my first single brought with my own pocket money was The Drifters – There Goes My First Love in 1975.
3. Fast-forwarding a few years, what made you take the step into DJing?
I have always loved music and knew I was never going to make it as a musician, so went into DJing as an alternative.
4. What is your go-to gear these days?
Lately, I love the ChavetDJ lighting, sound varies from time to time. I’m sure everyone would like to know which controller takes your fancy. Always loved FBT, then changed to dB Technologies and I just recently brought a smaller 10” powerful active cab. Over the years I have used Pioneer Controllers, then Denon MC6000 mk2 for several years and currently using Roland DJ 505.
5. Do you have any rituals before a set?
No rituals – I just prepare well for all of my gigs well in advance.
6. Do you have a funny tale from your time behind the decks?
Like most of us, I have quite a few, but I’m not sure that they are legal these days – so best stay quiet here. But, yes, some really great memories over the years.
7. If you had to give one piece of advice to someone wanting to take up DJing, what would it be?
I see so many new DJs expecting everything to happen overnight and become a millionaire. Quite simply, unless you are really lucky, it takes time and I have had many fun and fulfilling gigs.
8. What do you think the future of the DJ and the art of DJing looks like?
When I started there were ‘personality DJ’ and ‘mix DJs’. Depending on the events of course, I like what I have seen from young DJs with the cutting and mixing of music. Intricate skills and technique look to be the way forward!
9. Is there something that you wish existed to make your job as a DJ even easier or better?
I guess after so many gigs, a good and trustworthy (and cheap) roadcrew, so I can turn up, equipment already set up. I can do my DJing and leave before the removal of the equipment! Wouldn’t that be nice…
10. What’s your favourite thing about being a member of the NADJ?
Being a member of NADJ has been great to network and widen my circle of DJs with sessions and events (even virtually during the pandemic!). There are so many other benefits as well that have not only saved me money, but pointed me in the direction of trusted suppliers.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the UK’s leading DJ Association, or need to renew your membership, you can visit our dedicated page to find out more about our membership options. Otherwise, visit us again soon to check out even more quickfire interviews with our members.