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Veteran Michael Toast tips us off on the cheats of phony DJs

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Is your favorite DJ actually mixing it—or faking it?
Deanna Rilling

There are house DJs. There are hip-hop DJs. And then there’s NYC-to-Strip veteran Michael Toast, who both spins darn near anything and teaches others how to do the same. But what if you’re just a fan who wants to know if what’s happening in the booth is legit ... or someone is just pressing play? Toast gave us a few tips:

Listen to hear if the tracks are being mixed together right as the DJ is distracted with putting his hands in the air or jumping around and/or taking selfies.

Similarly, watch for a sneaky little man coming up from below the booth to turn knobs at the same time the “DJ” is interacting with the crowd.

The dead giveaway: Are the cords connected to the DJ gear dangling and unplugged? If you’re going to fake it, at least try harder.

To inquire about DJ lessons, email [email protected]

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