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!
Every DJ has a process. The ways in which he or she sets about performing basic DJ tasks. Anyone that has ever had a DJ mentor knows just how easy it is to adopt someone else’s process as your own. Whether or not it is the most efficient or easiest way for you, we often do what we see first. But the truth is that among many of the DJ lessons you’ll learn throughout your career, figuring out your own process will be the most difficult.
Many of the things you’ll do as a DJ will become second nature to you, but until that time you will make a lot of mistakes which means correcting a lot of mistakes. Don’t worry because today I’m going to give you a quick rundown of some of processes you need to perfect in order make your work day more efficient.
Just because you’re dealing with music doesn’t mean you aren’t working. When you have a set way to do things you’ll find you have more time to dedicate to the more important parts of being a DJ. Continue reading “DJ Lessons Part IV: The Process” »
Whenever the year on the calendar changes we all scramble about making goals and plans for the year. But since you’ve already decided on your resolutions it is time to start talking about how to be a better DJ this year. This is a “this year” goal but rather a ‘forever’ goal that you should always be working towards. Being a better DJ is about more than playing the hottest tracks from the charts; it is about making moves that will make you the best DJ you can be.
Instead of focusing on dropping those last few pounds or giving up cigarettes and soda, dedicate more time to things that will make you a stellar DJ. I’ve got a few ideas to help you get the list started. Continue reading “5 Tips To Help You Be A Better DJ” »
Now that you’ve had time to recover from New Year’s Eve and settle into 2015, it is time to talk about how to DJ better this year. Last year you learned a lot about being a DJ and getting more gigs so this year your goals will have to be bigger.
Steady progress is good but in order to maintain it you will have to work even harder. Last year you were the new DJ on the block but now you’ve had some experience and you want to get DJ gigs at bigger venues, perhaps a slot in a festival or two. What will you do to make it happen? Continue reading “DJ Goals for 2015 – How To DJ Better This Year” »
You don’t just want to be a DJ; you want to be the best DJ possible if not ever. But you’re young and inexperienced and you think there’s no way you’ll end up like well-known DJs topping the charts and raking in the big bucks. Why? Because you’re nothing like them, of course.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure every field is made up of certain groups that define it—usually male and white—but that doesn’t mean you have to fit that mold to be a major success. Continue reading “4 Things That Don’t Determine DJ Success” »
As much as we DJs would love to live the life of world-famous musicians and movie stars, the fact is that most of us will never have an entourage of people at our beck and call. What’s my point, you wonder, other than making you feel bad for your life choices? My point is that as DJs we have to be both the creative and the business sides of our careers. Unless you have an agent, manager, webmaster and a whole host of other professionals in the family…these tasks will all fall to you.
As daunting a task as this seems, it is actually very doable.
DJs for the most part work at home except when we’re performing and that means your home and your office are virtually the same space. How you set up your work space and living space will help you make the transition from working to chillin’ easily. Continue reading “How To DJ – From Artist to Businessman” »
If you ask 50 different DJs whether or not they recommend attending some type of DJ training, you will probably get a split jury. There are tons of digital DJs who will tell you they learned a lot by attending online DJ courses while others will tell you it was an overpriced waste of time. But then, there are vinyl or CD-based DJs who will tell you that digital courses helped them make the leap from old school to new school.
So…who do you listen to?
Like with most major life decisions the choice ultimately is yours. Do you have all the necessary artistic and equipment know-how? Do you already have a foot in the door inside the DJ world? If so you may think that you can bypass DJ school and jump straight into the world of professional DJing, right? Maybe, but I’m going to tell you why you should get proper DJ training. Continue reading “Why You Should Go To DJ School” »
As you struggle to get your DJ legs under you and on solid footing you have probably been wondering if a DJ course is the right path for you. You feel pretty comfortable with your skills on your DJ equipment and your stylistic skills are improving every single day, right? So why should you shell out money you may need to hold you over when gigs are few and far between?
Well for starters you will learn how to DJ to the best of your ability rather than the best self-taught DJ. The truth is that while you may feel more than comfortable with the so-called nuts & bolts of the art of DJing, you still have so much to learn. In fact years later I’m still learning more and more about new tricks and skills I can apply to my own DJ career.
A friend of mine who is a female DJ likened learning how to DJ to being a parent; you can learn the basics before the time comes but most of what you need to know is learned on the job.
Continue reading “6 DJ Courses To Make You A Better DJ” »
If you haven’t learned yet that DJing is hard work, then you will learn it soon enough. Whether it is the late hours, long gigs, unruly clubbers or shifty club owners there is a lot more to being a DJ than simply spinning tracks and set lists. It is your job as a DJ to figure out how to deal with the bad parts without letting the good parts suffer.
The good news is that the world of DJing is a lot more open than it used to be and comes with many more opportunities than DJs before us had. The bad news is that these opportunities may overwhelm you to the point of giving up. But if you stick it out and learn to navigate the right gigs and play nice with the right people you’ll find that the best DJ advice you’ve received is the simplest.
Take this advice and let it help you become the best DJ you can be.
Continue reading “The Best DJ Advice To Take To Heart” »
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” »