Learn How To DJ…Like A Pro

How To DJ: Fake It 'Til You Make It!


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.

First, Get A Gig

Of course it would be awesome if your first gig was, you know, an actual gig where you’re inside the DJ booth mixing. But in lieu of that you can volunteer to help other DJs set up so you get a feel for the booth and you know what it takes to set up before a gig. Make yourself known to a DJ you admire and offer your skills putting up flyers, compiling an email list, sound & lighting or whatever it is you do.

Who knows, the next time you may finagle yourself a warm up gig.

Act Like A DJ

Just because you haven’t gotten your first paid gig yet doesn’t mean you should walk around looking like an intern for an overnight radio show. You don’t have to look like the Wolf of Wall St. but it would be nice if you didn’t look like the homeless guy in the park either. Whatever your style is; dress nice and be clean. Look like it matters to you how you look.

Look like you are in charge of making the night memorable and that you are capable of pulling it off. Be professional, act professional and people will treat you like a pro.

Build Y our Library

One of the best ways to learn how to DJ like a pro is, being a music aficionado. Spend the time now, while you have it, scouring the internet and the few music shops still standing for the best and most unique tracks around. Your music will become what sets you apart from the other DJs vying for the same gigs. Don’t expect to build up an incredible music library overnight. Most DJ spend their careers collecting music from around the world in a variety of genres. In fact they spend much of the time trying to figure out how to make the best tracks possible using their vast library.

Make building up your library a priority while you’re learning how to DJ. If you find something you like, snatch it up, and store it away for a later date.


Be Okay With Digital

No matter how young or old you are, learning how to DJ these days means being a digital DJ. Sure you can decide to make good use of your CD or vinyl collection, but be serious; carting around crates of music is just untenable. In the early days of your career it will be you loading and unloading gear into your vehicle and then the DJ booth. It is you who will have to dig through each crate to find the music you want…or better yet a special request.

Of course this doesn’t mean you need to discard your non-digital collection, but it does mean that you should be prepared or in the process of going digital. Transfer your current music to digital if you want to maintain that authentic sound that makes vinyl so awesome, instead of re-purchasing tracks in digital form.

Get Nervous Then Get It Together

One of the things you will have to learn about DJing—the hard way—is how to get your nerves under control. All performers have a certain level of anxiety before show time, but what separates the great ones from the rest is how they handle that anxiety. You have to realize that with any live performance that things can—and probably will—go wrong. But you’re prepared for pretty much any disaster so why have a major freak out?

You have back up cables, USBs with music and you’ve covered all foreseeable problems so all you can do is take a deep breath and perform like you’re meant to do it.

Be Healthy & Be Confident

You’re probably wondering what health and confidence have to do with one another, but if you’re learning how to DJ you’ll see they go hand in hand. If you take care of your body by getting enough sleep, exercise and eating properly then you will feel better every day. The better you feel the less likely you are to freak out before gigs, meetings and networking events.

You’ll be thinking clearly and making smarter decisions that will teach you how to DJ like the professional you hope to become.

I hope I helped you learn how to DJ like you’re already a pro. 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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