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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