DJing has become a very popular thing for music producers to do, and it’s not just for people who are making dance music.
For modern DJs, the software has become the most important thing, but you need a way to interact with it. You can use your mouse and computer keyboard, but that’s not much fun in a live setting. You should get a hardware controller.
If you are curious about how to DJ then check out the DJ2GO2 by Numark. It’s quite inexpensive, really compact, and comes with Serato DJ Lite, a version of the software that many professional DJs use.
It also has a built-in audio interface, so you just need to plug it into some speakers and cue up your tracks using the separate headphone socket.
We use the DJ2GO2 a lot for making minimalist music. The two decks let us mimic the way minimalist musicians used to have the same piece of music playing on two separate tape machines.
Since the tape machines were playing at slightly different speeds the music would go in and out of sync, producing all sorts of interesting effects.
You can do this with the DJ2GO2 by cuing up the same track on both decks and have the decks playing at very slightly different speeds. You get similar results to the old tape machines.
You just feed the audio output into the music production software and you are recording minimalist music for the 21st century.