5 Tips For DJs Who Want To Work As A Duo

Tips For DJs Looking To Team Up


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So you and your best bud both love music but neither of you have any real vocal skills and play NO traditional instruments…how do you get the music career you’ve always wanted? One way in which many budding DJs have found to improve their skills without the stress of doing it alone is to DJ as a twosome.

Maybe it’s the success of groups like Swedish House Mafia or maybe because it presents a marketable oddity to get your collective feet in the door of the DJ biz, but more and more DJs are working toward a team effort.

So if you’re one of these DJs looking to duo, are there any special skills or DJ equipment you need to know when working with another DJ (or 2 or 3)? Probably, which is why I’ve put together a few tips for DJs looking to team up.

Play Your Strengths

This is perhaps one of the most important tips for DJs who duo because many a band and musical team have broken up by hurt feelings and egos. There are many different aspects to being a DJ team.

For instance if you excel at putting together a cohesive set, with the perfect song placement at the right point in the night to match the energy of the crowd and your partner is a technically better DJ than you, then your roles are pretty much set. This of course does not mean that you can never step outside of your pre-defined roles, but it does mean that you should play to your strengths while you build a name for yourselves as a team.

There are many ways for DJs to work as a team; the key is to find the right fit that satisfies your technical and creative cravings as a DJ.

Tag Team or Doubles?

For DJs who want to work as a team, you have to make the all-important decision about how you’re going to play. You may decide on the tag team style of DJing where you both work in a battle royale style of DJing, taking 3 or 4 songs and switching back and forth throughout the gig.

This method of DJing as a duo presents a unique way of blending your DJ styles and songs in a different way, and you both will be better as you battle to out-DJ one another all night long.

You may also choose to work together as components of one smooth unit. This style of duo DJing relies on one DJ doing the mixing and the other working on effects, loops and samples and even crowd control. This works well if one of you is shy about getting on the mic and pumping up the crowd. But it also gives you both the chance to improve as you go because you always have back up.

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Practice

Just because you and your buddy are both skilled DJs doesn’t mean you can simply set up before a gig and work together seamlessly. The only way to find out if you’re compatible as a DJ duo is to practice. It will not only help you get better at working with another DJ, but it will help you figure out your individual strengths and weaknesses so you can define your main roles.

Of course practicing with another DJ requires a certain degree of humility because sometimes the things we think are our strengths are…not. But having someone else with you while you practice can help you suss out where you excel as a DJ and where you could use a little improvement.

Practice for DJs who want to work together is essential and a great way to improve your overall DJ skills.

Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment

Simply being a DJ duo isn’t necessarily enough to get you regular gigs, especially if a venue owner has to pay the rate for a team so you need to find another way to stand out. Most DJs know that the best way to make yourself a highly sought commodity is a unique sound that gets people inside the club.

The benefit for DJs who work together, either as a duo or a collaborating team, is that you have two creative DJ brains coming up with awesome set lists. This means you can combine music genres and styles to create great tracks that blow the audience away. Combine your creativity and see what kind of magic happens, you never know what type of music you’ll create together.

Get Your Equipment Right

Depending on how you decide to DJ as a duo, you may need special equipment like a splitter or two individual DJ kits. Either way you need to make sure your DJ equipment is set up properly and compatible if you decide you want to blend your music.

This will come with practice, but your first practice should include making sure your equipment works as well together as you do.

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