How to Start Your DJ Career from zero!

When starting anything new, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start – hence the reason for this blog post. We are on hand to provide you with 4 key questions to ask yourself at the beginning of your DJing career. These questions will help you visualise your direction and set you on your way to musical success.

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  1. What type of DJ do I want to be?

The first thing you need to decide is what type of DJ you would like to become. Below are the 5 different types of DJs and what their jobs entail:

  • Club DJ: A club DJ usually plays on a weekend and provides club-goers with sets of commercial music.
  • Mobile DJ: A mobile DJ will have their own equipment and usually get booked for personal events such as weddings.
  • DJ Producer: These artists create their own music, making this the most competitive and lucrative branch of DJing.
  • Technical DJ: DJing includes many different individual skills such as scratching. If you can master one of these niche skills you can make a living from this skill alone.
  • Radio DJ: These DJs focus on the selection of songs and other responsibilities such an interviewing, rather than mixing alone.

 2. What format do I want to use?

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Another decision you will have to make is the format you are going to commit to using.

You may be engrossed by the sound quality of vinyl but these remain a less popular choice because of the expense attached to, and the obstacle of, sourcing certain vinyl records.

The compromise for a lot of vinyl lovers is Digital Vinyl Systems (DVS). They are the ideal solution for those that want to connect their digital library with actual scratching. The only downside to this format is that all of the technology and wires involved mean more things can go wrong – at the wrong time!

Alike the old 5 pound note, the CD is still in circulation, but we question for how long. More popular alternatives include USBs but are warned, some venues may not have the correct decks for you to plug your USB into. An alternative is your laptop as it can store many more tunes than your USB stick.

3. What else do I need to do?

In the digital world of today, there is much more to do than having the talent and work ethic. You also need to practice your trade and seek out all the help you can get from more experienced DJs. You need to market yourself on social media platforms and even create your own pages and blogs to capture a following – remember, popular DJs often earn more than experienced ones! DJing is an art form that allows your creative juices to flow and while not everyone will hear you DJ before booking you, they will likely see visuals such as flyers and other promotional material. If you can get this right by being creative, it will improve people’s expectations of your abilities behind the decks.

4. What equipment will I need?

The equipment you need is an important consideration for the direction you have chosen, but also because it can get pricey if you make the wrong purchases.

Practising is important, and without the correct equipment, you will not be able to improve your abilities and develop as a DJ. Beginners should aim to acquire these items to ease them into the industry while being able to practice their skills well:

  • CdJs/XDJ
  • DJ Controller (if you use Serato or Traktor)
  • Mixer Setup
  • Turntables or DVS

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source: https://djtechtools.com/2018/09/24/what-is-the-best-pioneer-dj-cdj-xdj-for-you/

5. Away from the hardware, what software will I need?

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This software is ideal for storing your music collection, creating playlists, and preparing song sequences for clubs. If you chose the USB option above, then this is the ideal accompanying software for you. A paid version with additional features is available.

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Traktor

If you have a fast laptop and want to DJ from it then Traktor may be your ideal option. The simple layout and functions make it great for newbie DJs looking to develop their skills at home.

Virtual DJ

This wallet-friendly and easy to use software is aimed at bedroom DJs just starting out in their careers. If you aim to be a mobile DJ for weddings then this is the software that most of these DJs are using. Be warned, don’t enter the club with virtual DJ or you may get laughed out onto the street; its beginner’s tag has a bit of a stigma within the clubbing scene.

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The Most Important Thing

Of course, this blog post does not exhaust everything that you need to consider at the start of your DJing career. Most importantly, how will learn and develop your basic DJing skills and techniques.

Some people learn from home, some people choose a DJ course, the booth choices can be a good idea for beginners as many DJ schools in London offer a DJ set after finished the course, which is good for your networking and career.

By |2019-02-11T06:06:06+00:00December 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Author:

The DJ duo is made up of Kerol Garcia and Rodrigo Tancredi, already successful solo DJs in their own right in the vibrant Musical centre of London since 2011. With Passion for House Music, a lot of dedication, hard work and determination the duo is frequent in the London Scene Line UP since 2015; and providing the highest level of entertainment and bring the best of their unique talents to all audiences. The DJ Duo fell in Love with House Music during a trip to Ibiza in 2011, raving at the Space Club where they discovered the power of Carl Cox set! Since that time, they have never stopped learning about the House Music Culture, Mixing techniques and DJ new trends. Rodrigo is a percussionist and DJ. Music runs in his family, and he formed his first band at the tender age of twelve. He's now a key figure in the house music scene, who has previously performed sets at Ministry of Sound, Egg Club, Es Paradise, Ibiza Rocks and Pacha. Kerol left Brazil and moved to London in 2007 to study at the London School of Sound a give a better life to her son. In these days Kerol Garcia is a highly sought after DJ playing sets to thousands of club goers at respected venues: Ministry of Sound, Egg Club, Heaven and Lightbox. She is an accomplished DJ. In June 2017, with author and brand strategist Rhonda Swan, they started to develop a network platform to come up in 2019: The Musician’s League. A movement of music and digital marketing. With a mission to touch millions of talents around the world and to offer the chance to benefit from their experiences as DJs and brand creators. In October 2018, with the legendary Roger Sanchez and Danny Savage, they started a mentoring course at Get Booked Academy and are ready to go to the next level on their DJ career and becoming music producers and social media experts. "We can’t wait to share our love of House, beats, and marketing with our colleagues, fans, followers and new audiences. We both have a real passion for the music, people, and network we create. We will share a valuable experience to all." R&K Rodrigo Tancredi and Kerol Garcia R&K Rodrigo Tancredi and Kerol Garcia https://soundcloud.com/rodrigo-kerol https://www.instagram.com/rk_housemusic/ https://www.facebook.com/rkhousemusic/

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