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!
So I dispense a lot of advice here about how to DJ, how to become a DJ and what you need to do in order to maximize opportunities in your career, right. Well, I try. But many of you have wondered—sometimes aloud—what your options are when you feel as if your DJ career is going nowhere fast.
DJ gigs may not be rolling in as fast as you’d hoped they would and you’re spending more money working than you are making it. It can be a problem and at some point pretty much every DJ has been there. When you reach this point you probably think about giving up. Don’t. You need to make adjustments…if being a professional DJ is something you really want to do.
Keep reading to learn how to help your DJ career without giving it up. Continue reading “How To Help Your DJ Career” »
When you think of the DJs you idolize, what qualities most stand out to you? Is it their uncanny ability to mix the most unusual tracks to produce greatness? Is it the fact that no one mixes better than they do? Or is it something a bit more indefinable? There are plenty of DJs around the world who are technically solid with enviable DJ music collections yet they aren’t well-known and they aren’t booked solid. By that same token there are some very popular (read: famous) DJs who aren’t technically the best but there is something about them that pulls people in…what is it?
There are qualities that successful DJs possess that have nothing to do with DJing, per se. I’ve met DJs, producers, musicians and entrepreneurs who all possess these qualities for success. As you read, be honest with yourself about which of these qualities you have in spades and which ones you need to work on. Continue reading “6 Qualities That Will Make You A Better Pro DJ” »
Let’s face it; there is so much that new DJs don’t know about DJing that learning through trial by fire is pretty much guaranteed. But there are some mistakes that can be avoided or at the very best, mitigated so as to prevent a complete disaster. Being prepared for the unexpected isn’t just a rule for Scouts the world over…it is also a necessity in the life of a professional DJ.
Whether it is unruly partygoers, a ruthless promoter or a domineering partner DJ you will have things happen that test your patience, your resolve and your desire to be a working DJ. The good news is that you can get over most of this crap. The bad news is that most DJs wait until they’ve been screwed over a time or ten before taking proactive steps to avoid those same issues.
So here are a few DJ mistakes we’ve all made…and ways to avoid them! Continue reading “5 Common DJ Mistakes And How To Avoid Them” »
It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how many hours you spend in the DJ booth or how many times you’ve warmed up for a big name artist…if you don’t have a way for fans, promoters and festival organizers to reach out to you. When someone—promoter, club owner or event planner—is in need of a DJ they start shuffling through their mental Rolodex. First up are DJs they’ve used in the past, new and old, and then the interest for a dragnet approach.
It doesn’t matter which category you fall into, but what matters is that you have ways you can be reached. I know you have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed and every day more people are pinning your gig images. But what about people who are looking for more information about you as a DJ? This is your chance to talk about yourself, boast about your gigs and basically show off.
So, do you have the tools you need to highlight your skills and achievements? Continue reading “5 DJ Tools To Keep You Connected” »
You can DJ your entire adult life and still not become a well-known DJ, while others seem to become overnight sensations. We may not admit it to others, but admit it to yourself, that we’d all love to be celebrity DJs. The fact is that being a celebrity means that people actually know who you are and that can translate into all kinds of perks such as residencies at some of the hottest, coolest clubs on the planet, big paydays, endorsements and headlining tours.
Sounds good, right?
Yeah it sounds really good. But that kind of superstardom doesn’t come easily. It requires hard work—tons of it—and a determination to succeed. So let’s talk about what you need to do to push your status from unknown DJ to superstar! Continue reading “6 Things You Need To Do To Be A Celebrity DJ” »
When you first decided to learn how to DJ you wanted to do it fast. You wanted to order all of your DJ equipment one day and start booking gigs the next. What happened when that didn’t work out for you? You let your DJ gear gather dust, brushed off DJ lessons and decided it was just impossible to become a professional DJ in the digital age. Sound about right?
By now I’m sure you’ve learned that it takes a lot more than desire to learn how to DJ and become a professional DJ. Of course you will need to learn how to use your DJ software and hardware but that is where my DJ lessons come in handy. Today we’re talking about the everyday things you can do to learn how to DJ like you’re already a pro. Continue reading “Learn How To DJ…Like A Pro” »
You are a professional DJ. Congratulations! You have achieved the first step in realizing your career goals. You have a few regular gigs and now you are looking to capitalize on your growing popularity and become a full-fledged music pro. The problem is you feel as though you’re doing everything right and yet your DJ career seems to have stagnated.
The answer is…I dunno. There are many reasons DJs experience a setback in their move to the top and mostly it is due to complacency. You’ve found a recipe for success that has taken you from part-time DJ to full-time professional DJ so you stick to it. That makes sense, but it also does nothing to separate you from all the other DJs with a small but loyal following.
Now is the time to kick things up a notch! Do more and do it better if you want to see more changes in your career. Adopt these habits and you’ll not only become a better DJ but a more successful one as well. Continue reading “6 Habits That Will Teach You How To Be A Better DJ” »
Whether you have only recently decided to learn how to DJ or you have made the jump to digital DJing, you will need some help. Chances are good that you have already started looking into DJ schools, right? But my guess is that you’ve found the academies in the larger cities are time consuming and costly. That’s because they have all jumped on the bandwagon of the EDM wave that has swept the world this past decade and, you know, all that supply and demand crap…
But the good news for you enterprising DJs out there is that you can take DJ lessons right in the comfort of your own home. You won’t need some hipster tutor showing up at your house smelling like artisan cheese, because you can sign up online and learn what you need to know without leaving the house.
The bad news is that some of you are still stuck in that whole ‘traditional’ way of learning idea and you think there’s something wrong with learning online. Well let me put your dance music loving mind at ease with these straight up solid reasons you need to consider DJ lessons online. Continue reading “Why You Should Take DJ Lessons Online” »
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” »