How To Be a DIY Party-Starter

With headphones, speakers, an iPad and an app, you can be a DJ. This is how we (you) do it

SPEAKERS: These might not work at Zee Bar or Fluid, but they’re definitely good enough for your house party. Harmon Kardon SoundSticks III, $169 at Springboard Media, 2212 Walnut Street, 215-988-7777,

TABLET: While most pros still use Technics’s shiniest turntables or thumb-drive-equipped CDJs, novice digital DJs can download MP3-mixing, scratching, pitch-controlling and otherwise re-imagining apps like Algoriddim’s “djay” (pictured), to transform an iPad into an über-modern hi-fi. App, $19.99 at; iPad, $499, if you have to ask …

PHONES: Pioneer is industry standard. (But Urban sells some retro models that work fairly well and look pretty awesome.) Urbanears headphones, $60 at Urban Outfitters, multiple locations;

STORAGE: DJ Lee Jones relies on LaCie’s “rugged” mobile hard disc and USB drives, so tunes reach audiences safely, soundly and stylishly. $99 at Springboard Media.

ACCESSORIES: The bag is key. 611 Lifestyle’s top seller, 12 years running, is its banana bicycle-seat glitter model, available to accommodate either old-school (records) or new-school (iPad, etc.) DJs. Zodiac glitter vinyl shoulder bag, $45 to $55 at