When I was 13 years old I jammed a piece of metal into my parents stereo to lock the button between the cassette player and the vinyl player, giving the sound of each audio source in each speaker. I would use erasers and coins to weigh down on the needle to slow it down or speed it up and I would beatmix like this with the cassette deck. That was 23 years ago, we’ve come quite a long way since.
When I was 15, I played on a pair of Technics 1210 for the first time and since then I’ve been hooked on DJing. I was one of the first to transition to CD mixing when the first Pioneer CDJ’s came out and nobody took me seriously, 15 years later, it’s industry standard. Same thing happened when I transitioned to laptop and MIDI controllers, playing on a laptop was for nerds. Now I’m doing it all over again with an iPad and a wide range of MIDI controllers ranging from traditional DJ MIDI controllers to the more original and beautiful Midi Fighter 3D. Have a look if you’re curious about how it works.