Get Your DJ Career Off The Ground…On A Budget

Tools In Every DJ's Arsenal


Starting out as a DJ is no easy task. You need to secure essential DJ equipment and then you need to learn how to use said equipment so you feel comfortable enough navigating it inside a dark DJ booth. You need to get a website up and running so you can not only promote your DJ skills but so that promoters and bookers have a way to contact you. Needless to say there are a lot of things you need to get done in order to get your career going.

The problem is most of us don’t start out with a heap of cash to toss out at various contractors and vendors. We have bills to pay, probably a day job, and very little disposable income. What is a new DJ to do? Well for starters, he isn’t going to break the bank to get going, he is going to be smart and strategic. And I’m going to tell you how!


A lot of DJs will tell you, you get what you pay for but I happen to think those guys have forgotten what it’s like to be a poor fledgling DJ. Using trade to get things you need is a perfectly acceptable way to get your business off the ground, and build a stable of contacts you can use and recommend as your career progresses.

You will need a website, which you can get a designer who’s just starting out to do, in exchange for using your website in his/her portfolio. This is a win-win situation for you both because people will visit your site to check out the designer’s work and the bigger name you become, the more business you are likely to throw his way.

You can also use trade to get a vocalist to help on some of your tracks. No matter what city you live in chances are good there are tons of wannabe singers, and a few of them will actually be hella talented. Offer to help out with a demo (if you have the equipment capability) if the vocalist lays a few tracks for you.

You see where I’m going with this? Using trade with other up and coming artists will allow you to get everything you need to get your business going, while doing something for someone in your same position. Plus you save a ton of money that you can use later, when you can afford to spend it.


Of course you can’t do everything on your own, especially if you have a day job, but there are some things you can learn to do until you can afford to hire a professional. Small tasks like press kits, which need to be concise yet informative require a unique skill set, but one that you can easily learn by looking at other press kits and reading up on it.

If you have free time and you need to make progress on getting your DJ career up and going, learning another trade can be beneficial as an additional source of income. Designing websites, flyers, banners or any other type of signage is a great way to get your own digital media presence going while also making a little cash on the side.

Get a few books and read all the advice dispensed online to help you learn, and give yourself an hour each day to learn. It won’t happen overnight and you may not become some great digital artist, but you will be able to get the job done.


Cheap Help

I know as artists we’re not supposed to admit to using someone’s services mostly because they are cheap. After all, we’re supposed to have some type of artists’ solidarity, right? That’s all well and good, until you need something done by someone who knows what they’re doing but you can’t afford the pricier bids.

This is where you use the service of someone who isn’t charging a lot but is eager to do a good job. You may feel like you’re taking advantage but you aren’t because they need your business as much as you need their skills. If the end result isn’t as you want it they will re-do it because they want repeat business and because it will help them learn for future gigs. Besides I have met some truly talented contractors this way, some of which I still use today.

The point I’m trying to make here is that your options are that limited by your bank balance; the only thing holding you back is lack of imagination. You are just starting your career as a DJ and therefore you are willing to work for less than bigger names so why shouldn’t other artists do the same?

Get out there and interact with other struggling artists who need your help and who can help you. This is your dream job we’re talking about after all…right?

I hope I helped you get your DJ career off the ground without going broke. Email in the box below to get access to Free video DJ lessons that will answer all of your questions on how to become a disk jockey!

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