I often hear tracks described as DJ tools. Hardwax does it pretty often, and I’ve even had someone compliment me on one of my tracks as being a good dj tool. I can’t find any useful information about this usage on the interenet. Here’s what I’m not talking about:
- Tracks of just samples you can overlay on other tracks or scratch with. This is how Beatport uses the term.
- A piece of audio equipment or software used by DJs.
I’m talking about a stand-alone piece of music. Here’s what I suspect people mean when they use it:
- A track that isn’t super special on it’s own but can be used by djs to link between more “featured” tracks in a set. A track that stands on it’s energy alone and doesn’t have any overwhelming themes. I sort of think of drum tracks this way. This doesn’t line up with some things described as DJ tools though.
- A track long enough to put on and go take a shit in the middle of a set?
I’m interested if anyone actually knows why this term is used.