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Want to know how to be a DJ? Well look no further, as that’s exactly what we’re going to show you how to do in today’s guide!
Becoming a DJ requires technical expertise and a dedication to music as a whole. DJs come in all shapes and sizes, from music specialists who work for radio stations and clubs, to DJs that mix their own songs and publish full length albums.
The following steps are suggestions for aspiring Djs who want to learn the ropes. Though the use of this guide, hopefully you’ll get on track with a successful and entertaining career as the “life of the party”. So read on to learn how to become a DJ.
Note: This guide was contributed by Dave Dunne at Entertainment Solutions, a party DJ hire company. If you’ve a original guide to contribute, you can contact us via the contact page.
1. Decide What Kind Of DJ You Want To Be
Before you learn to DJ, you need to establish what kind of DJ you want to be. There are as many DJs types as there are types of music, and dozens of specialty occupations to go along with each genre. Do you like Top 40 songs and crowd pleasing anthems? Would you rather go into the eclectic electronic and underground circuit? The greatest distinction here is whether you want to be a party DJ for hire or a serious recording artist.
2. Buy Your DJ Equipment
The investment required for your future career as a DJ is modest, but it can still add up to a considerable amount depending on the type of gear that you need.
All DJs will need either CD decks, or a set of vinyl turntables to practice and perform. The discussion of which to buy has been going on for years, but at the end of the day you should just choose which one is best for you. Some will also benefit from having their own powered speakers, portable venue lighting and a laptop.
Depending on whether or not you will be traveling to several venues or based in a single location, you might find it more cost effective to rent gear while you are first starting out. This will allow you to test the various manufacturers and determine which brands you like the most. Things like ear plugs are also needed so you don’t damage your ears.
3. Budget Properly
As a beginner DJ, it’s way too easy to blow all your money on the shiniest new gear and sound equipment. Remember though, you’ll still also need money for other thing thought your career. Because of this, you may want to consider looking at second-hand markets for cheaper gear. Many bands and DJs offload their used equipment at a discounted price, which will allow you to save big. This will leave you money to spend on other things, such as a course on how to DJ, travel money, venue fees and the like.
4. Learn From Professional DJs
If you want to learn how to mix, you need to learn from the best mixers in the industry. Consider yourself an apprentice of the trade and try to learn from every DJ that you can listen to. Pay attention to the way the pros match tempos of different songs, the way they amp up the crowd between sets, and the way that they promote themselves and set themselves apart. Learn from a professional DJ, and one day you will be a professional DJ.
5. Learn About BPM When Learning How To DJ
This may sound like a no brainer, but the reality is some DJs just cannot get the hang of this.
“The job of a DJ boils down to seamlessly blending songs into a whole unit for uninterrupted musical entertainment.” – Click To Tweet This
The BPM (Which stands for Beats Per Minute) of songs are vital to DJs because it determines which songs can be matched with others. While it is possible to blend songs with radically different tempos, you also run the risk of creating a jarring effect that breaks people from their rhythm and makes it impossible to dance. This is also known as Clanging.
6. Practice Makes Perfect
Like any career, being a DJ will be hard at first but get easier with practice. Start out playing for friends and family, and try to get their honest feedback about your performance. Don’t expect to see your name headlining major clubs at first, but instead work your way up from ground level while you build fundamentals and make the connections you will need later in your career.
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