What Do Online DJs Do?

Do Online DJs Have Long Careers?


In this age of technology it seems as if there isn’t one job you can’t do online. Does that mean us DJs can say goodbye to large club events and sold out festivals? Not in the least.

What it does mean is that new and experienced DJs alike have another avenue through which to reach out to fans, music lovers and potential employers. Online DJs use the internet for a variety of reasons, the first of which is to further their DJ careers.

What does it take to become an online DJ? Is there a market for online DJs? What classifies someone as an online DJ? Keep reading to find out!

Mix Online

Many online DJs fell into their online jobs by learning to mix online. These DJs use the technology available to them—free and online—to create great mixes and get it out to the masses quickly.

You know those cool mixes you hear on YouTube or receive in an email from one of your music addicted pals? Well those are often the product of online DJs toiling away using online audio editors. If you’re low on cash and don’t yet have the equipment to make mixes on your own, online audio editors now come equipped with effects  and prepackaged beats to help you start mixing fast.

DJ Lessons

If you aspire to be a famous DJ but you don’t yet have the connections to get your foot in at a hot nightclub or you simply need to save up until you have a respectable DJ kit, many online DJs provide online DJ lessons to make ends meet.

Of course you didn’t spend hours learning the ins and outs of DJing simply to become a teacher, but it is an effective way to keep your skills sharp and make a little cash until DJing becomes a full-time gig for you.

In fact you don’t even have to simply provide online DJ lessons, you can set up in a local community center or any other free space. However to do this will require enough equipment for each student in your DJ class. Check out other online DJ courses to see what you’ll need to get started.

Social Networking

Nearly all DJs are into social networking. It’s a great way to stay in touch with fans, keep them updated on gigs and drop new tracks as fast as possible. Social networks allow all DJs—even online DJs—to develop a following that can help you pack a club for paid gigs.

One of the best ways for DJs to get repeat gigs is to pack the house. Social networking gets the word out quickly—via Facebook and Twitter, among others—where your gig is, when it is and how long you’ll be playing there. And trust me, the more people who pack in to hear you spin, the happier the venue owner will be to keep you coming back.



DJs the world over are taking up online DJing because it’s a great way to cross-promote what you do out in the world. Whether you’re hosting your own night at a club, promoting other DJs or selling your latest mix, online promotions is an inexpensive way to get the world out.

Getting Started

If your goal is to strictly become an online DJ your equipment needs aren’t quite as vast as a traditional digital DJ, but music is key. A vast digital library is essential to becoming a successful DJ so you have a variety of music to choose from when making mixes.

Of course you can take advantage of the effects and pre-made mixes online, but you can take a mix much further when you add in your own music as well. A good rule of thumb is that you can never have too much music when it comes to making your own mixes. Too much music might make it difficult to choose, but different genres and styles of music can help you create unique mixes.

Just because you are now an online DJ or you decide that is where you want to start your DJ career doesn’t mean that is where you have to remain. Online DJs often perform in clubs, concerts and festivals around the world and simply rely on online DJing to boost their careers. They use online websites, social networking and forums to let fans know where they will be.

More importantly if you don’t have access to a music studio or a way to sell your music, you can do it online. Sell digital versions of your mixes on iTunes or similar sites. This is an effective way to get new fans, sell mixes of your most recent gig and promote upcoming gigs.

Online DJs perform a whole host of duties that allow them to survive between paid gigs. It’s a smart and effective way to stay relevant to the DJ world while you make your name known. 

I hope I helped you figure out how to join the ranks of online DJs everywhere. 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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