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Killin' It: Photos From DJ Booths Around The World

This is where the magic happens.

David Garber

David Garber

El Row

The layout of the club is everything. From the coat room to bathroom, from the dancefloor to the balconies, tucked away alcoves, and of course—the bar, the success and longevity of a nightclub often depends not just on its music, but on a masterful design. While many of the spatial elements of a club pertain to areas beneath, aside, or in some cases, above the DJ, the area the selector him or herself occupies—the DJ booth—is pivotal to your clubbing experience.

The DJ booth is like the cockpit of the club: it's from here the captain controls her or his faithful minions, orchestrating their every move from opening hour all the way until the early morning when that final track gets cued up. Every DJ is different, and so is every club, so it only makes sense that every DJ booth you find a DJ spinning from withholds its own unique character and vibe. These are DJs booths from many of the world's most celebrated rooms to dance in, both old new, and in some cases, long gone into the annals of clubbing yore.

You can't always see what goes on inside the DJ booth, but rest assured, it's here that a lot of the magic happens.

THE CLASSICS

Sound Factory, NYC. Photo via thesound-factory.blogspot.com

Twilo, (1995-2001). Photo via discomusic.com

Crisco Disco, NYC. Photo via discomusic.com

Danceteria, NYC. Photo via djhistory.com

Studio 54, (1977-1981).Photo via The Strut.

The Warehouse, (1977-1982)

The Music Box.

Paradise Garage, 1977-1987

The Loft

IBIZA

Space Ibiza (Terrace). Photo via Pinterest.

DC-10. Photo via Pinterest.

Pacha. Photo via Pinterest.

Amnesia. Photo via Pinterest.

Space Ibiza, (Main Room)

Ushuaia

BCM, Mallorca. Photo via Pinterest.

Cafe Del Mar, San Antonio

MIAMI

Mansion. Photo via World Red Eye.

LIV. Photo via Menbar Photos.

BERLIN

Watergate. Photo via Pinterest.

Tresor. Photo via Pinterest.

Berghain (shhh!). Photo via Zacktravel.

BARCELONA

Moog. Photo via Dktripplanner.com

Razzmatazz (The Loft)

El Row

PARIS

Social Club

Showcase. Photo via Pinterest.

LONDON

Fabric. Photos via The Guardian.

Ministry of Sound (1991). Photo via Sourcewire.com

Plastic People. Photo via FACTmag.

NEW YORK

Marquee. Photo via Pearceyproperphotography.

Webster Hall

Verboten. Photo via Livedesignonline.com

Cielo. Photo via Terrygotham.com

ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD

Trouw (2009-2015), Amsterdam

Marquee, Las Vegas

Hakkasan, Las Vegas, Photo via Pinterest.

The Guverment (1996-2015), Toronto, Photo via VisualBass.

Kingdom, Austin, Texas. Photo via Pinterest.

Womb, Tokyo. Photo via Pinterest.

D-Edge, São Paolo, Brazil

U-Street Music Hall, Washington D.C

Guaba Beach Bar, Cyprus. Photo via Pinterest.