Have you recently made the decision to become a DJ or have you always toyed with the idea and now you’re ready to get serious but don’t know where to begin? Before freak out you should know that everyone has to start out somewhere. The key is finding the information you need to get your DJ career off the ground.
Sure there is a lot of DJ information available on the web, but many of those sites cater to people who already have put their foot into the DJ world. The key for those of you who have just started out, is to answer a few basic questions and then you can worry about getting music and buying DJ equipment.
Keep reading to find out what you need to do to get your DJ career off the ground.
Where Do You Want To Go?
Before you answer any other question you should sit down and take a look at where you want to be in five years’ time. Do you want to DJ at weddings and bar mitzvahs and school dances? Do you want to DJ at nightclubs around the globe? Do you just want to perfect your DJ skills for your own parties?
You need to answer this question first because it will help you figure out what you need to do in terms of getting music, equipment and building a fan base. This is a pretty heavy question to answer on the spot, I know, but when you have an idea of how you want to grow as a DJ then you’ve made the first step in becoming a DJ.
Once you’ve decided what you want from your DJ career, you need to think about what type of format you want to use when you perform. Contrary to popular belief, the world of DJing does not start and end with being a digital DJ. There are other formats that you might want to try out before settling on one.
This doesn’t mean that you should run out and buy tens of thousands of dollars in DJ equipment, but hit up an equipment store and see which format with which you feel most comfortable. You can go digital or old school with records, but there’s always the in-between of CD and MP3s. Do you want to learn to mix or scratch or both?
Figure out what format you want to DJ in and this will help you figure out where to turn for help. If you’re interested in DJ lessons, it will help you figure out what classes to take if you know what format you want to learn.
Choosing Your DJ Name
Of course choosing your DJ name isn’t crucial to helping you get started, but thinking of yourself as a DJ will help you feel like a DJ. Picking or creating your DJ name will help you shape your DJ persona, which will help you decide which music to play, DJ venues to play and everything else you need to learn how to be a DJ.
There are many things that you can use to choose your DJ name, use your last name, middle name or nickname. Look up different DJs online to help you figure out how to find your DJ moniker.
One of the most important things any new DJ must do is determine what style of music he or she will play. This will help you choose the type of music you’ll play so you can begin to build a large library of music. Your style may even help you figure out what your DJ name will be.
The other aspect of figuring out your DJ style, is your performance style. You may want to be a laid back DJ who simply keeps the party going with good music, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If that’s the style you choose you will simply want to learn the basics of transitioning between tunes.
If however you decide you want to be an all-out DJ performer, getting the crowd involved and helping to enhance the party, then you have a lot more practicing to do before you start performing. Choose your style and make sure everything about your DJ persona is spot on when you get your first gig.
Getting DJ Equipment
Finally, you can’t be a DJ with proper DJ equipment. This is one of the last things you do because there are many other factors that determine which equipment you’ll purchase. If you want to simply create awesome mixes for your own backyard barbecues or house parties, then you may not need the same type of equipment for the person who wants to DJ large venues.
The market for DJ equipment is flooded, making it difficult to decide what kind of equipment you should purchase. But once you figure out where you want your DJ career to go and what type of DJ you want to be, finding the right equipment will come down to price and aesthetics.
Good luck as you start on your DJ career and let these questions guide you to figure out how to get started.
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