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Video: Pioneer DJ History – The Evolution of the CDJ

Pioneer DJ has put out a new video celebrating 20 years of designing DJ technology – specifically focusing on the many iterations of the CDJ. Watch as Carl Cox, James Zabiela, Jazzy Jeff, Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold, and more all share their stories of encountering Pioneer’s early CDJ gear and how they feel like it changed the state of DJing. View the whole thing below – and continue scrolling down to start talking about the future of Pioneer.


This video is laden with hints about how there’s a second part to the story – perhaps just a second video about the history of mixers or Pioneer controllers – but it also could very well be a solid lead up to a product announcement in the next few months. Note what clip of Paul Oakenfold the editors choose to end the video with:

Who knows where we’re going to be in 20 years? But what I do know, and what I’ve seen, is that Pioneer are not scared to embrace it. They lead every step of the way.

At the same time, this all seems a bit contradictory considering that Pioneer’s current secret project under development is a vinyl DJ turntable – not exactly bleeding edge technology.

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  • Jake Bergeson

    My guess is pioneer has a CDJ in the works with a moving platter (Just like a turntable) instead of a stationary one like the CDJ currently has. So in essence, it’ll be like a vinyl turn table but without the needle, and you never need to switch out the record. That would be the next evolution of things in my mind.

    • LoopCat

      I think denon or numark already have that don’t they?

      • Jake Bergeson

        Yeah but they suck. I’m talking about being implemented well to the point that they become standard in the DJ booth.

  • Oddie O’Phyle

    i love my 900’s, can’t wait to upgrade to the nexus in a couple years, when the pricedrops a bit.

  • Kevin

    ….this was fuggin awesome

  • People seem to forget that vinyl djs used to say using cdjs was “not really djing.” Now CD DJs say that about computer djs. I also loved when Paul Oakenfold said, “it’s important to embrace new technology” and then later he says, ” I will never use a laptop.” In my opinion the CDJ 2000 is pretty much a laptop in itself.

  • DubluW

    We’ll probably have a video in the next 20 years documenting Digital DJing….

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  • ????????

    of course Jazzy Jeff is knowen for rocking the cdj