How to Start Spinning in Clubs

DJ performing at a clubYou have always been drawn to club music. You get a real thrill out of combing rhythms and beats from existing music to create your own, fresh, new music.

You have been dabbling in spinning on your own for a long time. You’ve practices in your house, you’ve played for your friends, and you’ve really gotten the crowd moving. Now you are comfortable enough to take your spinning to the next level and start playing in clubs, in front of big crowds. You’re ready to make your dream become a reality!

While you have always dreamed of becoming a professional DJ and spinning tunes at clubs, you have no idea how to pitch yourself and make your dream become a reality. Here are some tips that will help you get your first gig spinning.  Notice how I don’t start talking about equipment to use until later as that is pretty much the easiest part.

Promote Yourself

As with any other industry, you have to promote yourself as a DJ in order to land the job that you want. You have to get your name out there and make it familiar and recognizable to a large crowd in order to show that you have DJing chops.
How can you do that? Here are some ideas:

  • Create a DJ name that is catchy and some really incredible promo mixes. Distribute those promo mixes, complete with a label that features your name and an eye-catching image. Don’t forget to include your contact information somewhere on the sample; on the back or on the inside of the cover, for example.
  • Get some business cards. Make sure the card includes all of your contact info, some information on what you can do, and that it is visually appealing.
  • Upload your mix to the Internet. Spread the word about your spinning abilities on dance music forums. Tweet about it. Share it on Facebook. Make a blog.

Meet the Right People

The old saying goes, “It’s not what you know; it’s who know.” Having the right connections can make all the difference in the world with your DJing success.

Get yourself in the loop. Head out and meet people. Hang out at clubs and other spots where house music is played – and where you would like to play. Make friends with people in the industry; bartenders, club managers and other DJs. The more people you know in the industry, the better your chances of landing a gig. Don’t forget to share your promos and your information with these people.

Be Unique

You have to have a unique selling proposition in order to land the spinning gig of your dreams. Sure, you could be great at spinning; but if you’re just like every other DJ out there, you aren’t going to stand out – and that’s going to make it even more difficult for you to land a gig.

What makes you unique? What makes you different from the other DJs out there? What will you offer the club and the audience that no one else will?  Figure this out and you’ll be well on your way.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to landing your first spinning gig in no time!