How To Become A DJ
Want to know how to become a DJ? This section is for you! Getting started with figuring out how to become a DJ can be very confusing. How and where do you start? If you’re just starting out and want to learn how to be a good DJ you’ll find everything you need right here: all of the key points for becoming a DJ! This section will show you how to become a DJ as quick as possible!
When I first started out as a DJ I was—good or bad—willing to listen to any and every person dispensing advice. Unfortunately after about 18 months as a DJ I learned that none of that so-called advice was actually helpful.
Sure it’s great advice to “never give up” and “stand out” but none of that really helps you when doors are getting slammed in your face and you’re getting passed over for gig after gig. I made a ton of mistakes along the way and a few missteps that actually lead to success for which I am eternally grateful. But those pat answers that other DJs, producers and promoters doled out when I sought advice was, to put it mildly, pure crap.
So today I’d like to give you some advice that I think will actually help you make better choices as you try to forge your own path as a professional DJ.
Continue reading “DJ Tips You’ll Wish Someone Had Told You Sooner” »
With the new year right around the corner, now is the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions both personal and professional. Since working as a DJ is as much about your music as it is about your image and brand, today is the perfect time to take a seat and plan what you want to achieve in 2014.
Don’t worry about meaningless resolutions like eating better and spending more time with your nearest and dearest. I mean, those are great things to aspire to, but let’s be honest if they really mattered to you there would be no need to put it on a list of items to tick off.
To work on your DJ training and career you’ll need to prioritize what’s important and focus on how to achieving each goal one at a time. Continue reading “7 Ways To Improve Your DJ Training In 2014” »
One of the hardest things for new DJs to do is learn how to promote themselves. Newbies often operate under the mistaken belief that if they are simply good enough, they will get gigs, recognition and then make it big. If only it were so simple.
The truth is that unless you have a reserve of cash to hire a manager or agent or promoter, you will have to get out there and promote yourself. And therein lies the problem: you are a Facebook and Twitter expert but have no idea how to translate that into marketing yourself as a DJ and music celebrity.
The good news is that I have a few tips to help you get started. The bad news is that you will not get that recognition overnight so…here we go! Continue reading “How to Promote Yourself as A DJ Online” »
One of the most important DJ names you must consider—in addition to your actual DJ name—is the name of your business. For those of you who will spend the majority of your career performing at clubs, bars and festivals you may decide that your stage name will double as your business name.
The rest of you looking to produce music and score films or whatever other musical endeavor you’d like to take up…will be asking what are good names for a DJ business? I’m not going to tell you what you should name your business but I am going to help you figure some tips for a memorable yet professional name. Continue reading “What Are Good Names For A DJ Business?” »
When the gigs are slow to come and you start to wonder if all the hard work you’re putting in is worth it, think of those DJs out there who have “made it”. These guys have put in the hard work and, with an entrepreneurial spirit, thrived in an industry where success is elusive. Continue reading “DJ Cha-Ching: Highest Earning DJ$ in the World” »
When you set out to be a DJ the only thing you’re thinking of is what equipment a DJ needs, how to use that equipment, and getting gigs. While that is a big part of learning how to be a disc jockey, there are all kinds of things—unwritten rules—that can make or break a DJ career. Okay maybe not rules but definitely things that can help a budding DJ get his career on track.
The reason I’m talking about this today is because recently I’ve spoken to quite a few new DJs and they simply want to walk into the shoes of Tiësto, Afrojack and all the other big names out there. The problem is that they only know part of the story, because there is no such thing as an overnight success, so they end up missing out on a lot of important life lessons.
Unfortunately some of these lessons can only be learned the ‘hard way’, but that’s part of the learning process. Continue reading “How To Be A Disc Jockey – 5 Rules To Live By” »
Your goal is to be more than a DJ; it is to be a brand, a name, a DJ with tons of followers. That’s a tall order for someone with fresh DJ skills and almost no business experience, but it is not impossible. If you know what it takes to make it in the world of DJing then the world can be your oyster, but you have to start where everyone else does: the beginning.
The moment you’ve settled on your DJ name you should also be creating your brand, and living it on stage. Are you a well-dressed DJ who looks like he or she always knows where the best parties are? Or are you the laid back DJ in casual clothing who’s ‘all about the music’? It doesn’t matter what your brand, your persona is, all that matters is that you work hard to brand it.
There are some things about DJing that a DJ class can’t teach you, but nevertheless are important to reaching the level of success you desire. Continue reading “Beginners Guide To DJing – Creating Your Brand” »
Aside from actually learning how to DJ, choosing a good DJ name fills even the strongest new DJ with dread. There seems to be so much thought and creativity that has to go into picking the right name that many DJs just go with something simple like “DJ Mike Jones” or default to teenage years with a name like “DJ Kickass”.
While these aren’t necessarily bad DJ names, you want a good name that is more than “not bad”. After all, if things go well this name will follow you throughout your career. And of course you can change your name at a later date but let’s say you have a big track with radio play; it will always be a reminder that you took a shortcut choosing your name.
So instead of asking your friends or trying to channel your musical genius into that of a wordsmith, get creative in finding a good name for your DJ career.
Continue reading “Creative Ways To Choose A Good DJ Name” »
So you don’t want to go to college and your parents have been totally cool about it, because you’ve impressed them with your passion to succeed as a DJ. You were certain that there was absolutely nothing you can learn from any type of formal education, so how are you going to learn all the important aspects of being a DJ? There is one simple answer you may not like: DJ courses.
That’s right; DJ courses can actually teach you quite a lot about becoming an accomplished performer, a seasoned producer and advancing your career. Passion is only part of what you need to become a successful DJ; determination and a willingness to succeed are parts as well but then there is learning how to DJ. DJ courses can give you great insight into what you need to succeed as a DJ. Continue reading “How DJ Courses Can Help Your Career” »
When it comes to making your DJ career a success, no one can define what that means for you, but you. Of course it requires the mundane but necessary things such as networking, promotions and auditioning for the biggest gigs in town. Then there are the other more…intrinsic things that you need to focus on as an artist and a business owner.
It is these things that will take you from performing at frat parties and dive bars to the best underground and mainstream nightclubs in the biggest cities on the planet. It doesn’t matter where you are now in your career; all that matters is what you do to get your DJ career where you want it to be. Continue reading “Giving Your DJ Career A Boost” »