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Its no secret, becoming a DJ can bring you a great DJ lifestyle. Most new DJs want to learn how to DJ so that they can get girls, get paid to party and share the music they love. This all does happen being a DJ but theres more to the DJ lifestyle than that. This section has all of your dj culture & dj lifestyle needs covered!
In order to make it as a DJ you need to get your music heard by someone other than those in your immediate social circle. I know, it is much easier said than done. But it is not impossible…if you think outside the box a little.
I’m sure that, like me, you got your first taste of DJ music and culture on late night radio. You popped in a cassette tape (for you young bucks out there, a cassette tape is the grandpa to the MP3) and recorded the late night dance mix that played live from some club you were far too young or simply not cool enough to enter. Being that very same DJ today requires a bit more than a friend at the radio station willing to play your music late into the night.
First of all, how many of you listen to the radio other than when you’re stuck in traffic, if then? Right, so of course you need to go where the action is—online—and put your name, your persona, your music and really, your life out there for the world to see and hear. Continue reading “Do You Have An Online DJ Presence?” »
If you’ve ever worked the DJ booth at a really cool club or festival then you already know how much civilians clamor to be your friend. Everyone wants to be friends with the guy (or girl) who can get them tickets, put them on “the list” and get them behind the scenes at the hottest music scene in town.
But what about you: do you need DJ’s in your life? I mean, plenty of DJs have big egos and often there’s no room for more than one of us in a relationship, right? WRONG! So wrong, on so many levels. There is a reason most actors are friends with other actors, lawyers with lawyers, doctors with doctors and roadies with other roadies. That reason is, understanding. As an artist you need someone you can relate to and who truly understands the devastation of rejection, losing a gig or a controller going out in the middle of a gig.
When you think of actually being a DJ, what do you imagine? Do you just think of being up in the DJ booth high above a crowd of revelers or do you imagine hearing your latest mix being played on radio stations worldwide? Is your focus on simply becoming a top DJ or the work it takes to be a top DJ?
Of course you don’t have to answer these questions right away but it is something all DJs must consider before they get their biggest wish. Being a DJ means a lot more than the few hours you spend at gigs and how you spend the rest of your time will determine what type of DJ you are destined to become. Just like movie stars and rock stars don’t spend most of their time doing the thing that defines them, so too are DJs expected to do a whole lot more than play a few cool tracks.
Figuring out what being a DJ means for you is only something you can do, but I’ve got a few pointers to help you find the answer.
These days when we think of an entourage we think of Vinnie Chase and Drama, Turtle and ‘E’. That’s what we view as the modern day entourage but the truth is for DJs and other high profile peeps the entourage is the group of people who make you successful. Maybe for some DJs like Tiesto and the like, having friends travel with you is part of success because they keep you company and grounded and all that jazz while you travel the globe.
But those of you out there dreaming of becoming one of the top DJs in the world need to think of your entourage more strategically. This tight-knit group of people will play an important role in helping you get gigs and promote your music as a DJ so…choose wisely.
As a DJ I am always on the lookout for more. More information, more music, more DJ equipment, more gigs and more festivals. Some may call it greedy, but I simply call it being informed. I know that forums have gotten a bad reputation since the early days of the internet, but that is just not the case when it comes to the DJ forum.
I have learned a lot by participating in, observing and starting new DJ forums. Sure, a lot of it is rubbish. DJs are just like many other people hiding behind the safety of the internet: they talk a lot of crap about things that don’t matter and disseminate misinformation. BUT there is also a lot of valuable information and I think new DJs in particular can learn a lot from a DJ forum.Continue reading “6 Good Reasons To Join A DJ Forum” »
This amazing documentary follows around Armin Van Buuren for a year. You get to see him in some very intimate moments including with his parents, at his old house, in the studio, driving and of course DJing! The video is in Dutch but even if you don’t speak the language, its still AMAZING to see how Armin handles his DJ business!
How many times have you been passed over for a gig in favor of the club owner’s nephew or the event promoter’s girlfriend who decided yesterday she wants to be a DJ? You cry and you scream about the unfairness of it all. And it is unfair, but you know what? It is also life.
That’s right it doesn’t matter if you can out-DJ Tiesto or Guetta or any of the most popular DJs on the planet. What matters a lot more is that you get the chance to prove you’re a more skilled DJ and doing that requires knowing the right people. How do you think so many actors, actresses and heiresses get high profile DJ gigs?
You need to be close and personal pals with the movers and shakers who make the DJ world go ‘round and ‘round. In that spirit we’ve come up with a list of contacts that you should make to help you get your foot in the door!Continue reading “5 Contacts Every DJ Should Make” »
This is an hour long video of Kaskade In The Studio! Kaskade is one of the world’s largest DJs and you get to go hang with him in the studio. Right of the bat you’ll see how humble Kaskade is. Think being a DJ means you have to have a huge ego? Think again! Kaskade shows you the right attitude to have as a new DJ!
Kaskade first walks you through his studio, he shows you his gold plated mixer and he walks you through how he made some of his tracks. Its a really open-door look at DJ Kaskade’s DJ and producing career.
Don’t listen to the DJ haters when they say “DJing is dead. Robots can do the same as DJs now”. While these tech nerds are right, electronic music systems can perform a lot of the same functions as DJs, people still keep piling in to see DJs play.
Take the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) for example. This year they passed 100,000 attendees> Ever wondered what its like to play to a dancefloor that big a DJ? This video takes you backstage before, during and after the gig with Kaskade.