Keep Your DJ Calendar Booked

What's In Your DJ Calendar?


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One of the best things about being a full time DJ is calendar flexibility. You can work early in the morning, late at night or smack in the middle of the day if the creative urges strike. You are not confined by punching a clock at a day job, so you have time to dedicate to being the best DJ you can be. You set aside a few hours each week to look for new music, you spend your evenings listening to other DJs and chatting up promoters, club owners and seasoned DJs.

But are you doing everything you could be doing to put your name out into the DJ world? Think about it and be honest; is there more you could be doing to further your DJ career? Of course some DJs are content with 2 or 3 gigs each week, but if you want to do more than pay your bills—you want to make a name for yourself—there’s a lot more to do than pack your kit and update your DJ set.

Keep reading to find out what else you should be doing to be THE DJ you want to be.

Plan Your Days

I know you didn’t become a DJ just to be beholden to a schedule…neither did I. But the fact of the matter is that as an artist I can literally spend hours on my music and I have. With a schedule, you know what you have to get done each day and if you commit yourself to completing those tasks every day you will get them done before your day is over.

You don’t need to document every hour, but you should spend an hour attending to social media, blogs and any guest blogging or podcasting that you committed do. Spend time looking up new music, reaching out to promoters and venue owners.

Make a list of what you need to accomplish each week and divide it into each day and work like hell to get every item ticked off. This will make sure you are meeting your career goals.

Attend Festivals & Shows

Just like doctors, educators and lawyers attend conferences to stay aware of changes in their fields; it is your job as a DJ to stay on top of what is happening in your industry. This means you should be signed up for tons of newsletters so you know what events are coming up, how to get invited and how to be involved.

You want to attend, no doubt, but you also want to get involved if you can. So what if wearing a volunteer badge isn’t the most glamorous way to be seen by your peers; it gets you into these shows early and gives you a perfect opportunity to interact with promoters, well-known DJs, sound engineers and producers. This is a chance to make sure people know your name as an upcoming DJ and as someone willing to offer a helping hand.

Put these events on your calendar, read about them and make plans to attend whenever possible.

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DJ Equipment Expos

Gadget lovers descent on Vegas every year for CES while DJs flock from all over the world to see the latest DJ equipment, upcoming releases for DJ software and to hear the best DJs spin on the new equipment at expos like BPM, DJ Expo and Musikmesse.

You can’t be an effective DJ, never mind a good one, without the proper DJ equipment. Many old school DJs made the transition to digital after attending these DJ trade shows and seeing for themselves just how much easier life could be for them. Now that we are in the thick of the digital age we are starting to think of things in terms of interactivity and with minimal DJ hardware.

These DJ trade shows occur all over the world throughout every year and while you can always get information on them online, it will help your DJ career to attend a few.

Pound The Pavement

In the digital age we don’t ever think of things like literally pounding the pavement to look for gigs or music. In fact most of us would be hard pressed to point to the nearest record store…but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. In fact if you don’t know here it is you should definitely be out there pounding the pavement to find one. There are plenty of musical purists out there who only put out vinyl or CDs and you might never hear about them if you don’t hit an actual store once in a while.

This also applies to getting gigs. As tempting as it is to just send out emails and Facebook messages to promoters and club owners saying “hey gimme a gig,” you should always get out there and put in a bit of face time. Let them see you, press the flesh and have an actual conversation with the people you want to give you a gig.

This is the digital age but some things are best when done old school.

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