You are an aspiring DJ. You have been playing in your bedroom for as long as you can remember and now you are ready to take the leap and get your music out there so that you can start playing in a club.
But, how do you do that? Well, there is no set of specific rules that you need to follow in order to make the leap and become a professional DJ. Every professional DJ has used different tactics in order to launch their career. With that said, here is a look at some tips that could help you launch your career as a professional DJ.
Make Sure You’re DJing or the Right Reasons
It can take a long time for things to really start taking off. If you aren’t DJing for the right reasons, you could end up becoming frustrated and throwing the towel when the going gets tough (and the going will get tough at times.)
Make sure that you are DJing because you love it and because you are passionate about it. That love and passion will give you the drive to keep on going when the going does get tough.
Perfect Reading the Crowd
One of the coolest things about being a DJ is that every gig is different than the next. Even if you work in the same club on a regular basis, the crowds are going to be different each night. That’s one of the most exciting things about this gig. However, in order to ensure that each and every crowd you play for is amped up and having a good time, you want to make sure that you are playing or each and every crowd. This is particularly important when you are just getting started.
How do you learn how to read people? Ask for and take suggestions. Get a feeling for the crowd and the type of music that gets them moving. If you are playing a certain mix that really gets them going, play similar mixes. If you are playing something that they don’t seem to respond to, move onto the next sound.
Get Involved in Competitions
DJ competitions can be an awesome way to hone your skills and get your name and sound out there. Tons of people attend these competitions, including club owners. Even if you don’t win the competition, you will have an excellent opportunity to get yourself hear and to get in some practice playing in front of a crowd. With each competition you enter, your skills will advance as well as giving you an opportunity to win some great DJ equipment you can put to use.
Every Gig Matters
Each and every gig you play is important, no matter how small it is. You never know who will be there listening to you. By treating every gig important as the next, you will be sure that you are performing your absolute best, which will make a great impression on the crowd – and on any potential important connections that may be in the crowd.
Keep these tips in mind and you will be able to successfully launch your career as a DJ.