How Much Does a DJ Event Cost?

 

How Much Does A DJ Event Cost?

Unless you are a fully operational nightclub, the question of how much a DJ costs will probably leave you scratching your head. Even if you are a club owner, you might be confused by the drastic changes in quotes between DJs. That £25 DJ might have had you dancing around your office, even if your dancefloor was empty, but that £25,000 quote might have had you going from scratching your head to scratching your own records.

There must be a reason why DJ fees can vary so much?

Let us help iron out some of the details so you understand the noise behind the costs of a DJ, and even help aspiring DJs know how to market and conduct themselves in the future. Here are 6 of the most influential factors behind a DJ’s pricing:

Travel

A Dj might be able to spin records, but they certainly can’t spin the laws of physics. Traveling takes time and money. While a lot of DJs expect to go a little out their way to get booked on some occasions, if you are requesting a DJ to travel to your venue and therefore spend money on fuel, public transport, parking and even accommodation, you should be prepared to pay these additional costs. On some occasions, travel costs may come under expenses in the client’s final invoice and for that reason, these details should be negotiated beforehand to avoid shock bills.

Minimum Fees

Sme DJs and their management may have minimum fees in place which usually does not reflect their skill level, but rather their personal narcissism or greed. You know something does not add up if your entry level DJ has a £1000 ‘’call out charge”. Unfortunately, this also occurs in the celebrity world where famous people who have never DJ’ed since their drunken 30th birthday cocktail party then go on to charge venues colossal fees to simply stand behind some decks and ‘’DJ’’ for 30 minutes.

Equipment Hire

A shock to many of you, but a DJ does not come complete with a full sound system and lighting. These are additional costs that the DJ or their management may add to the overall costs. Hiring such equipment is not cheap but the costs may vary as much a as the costs of a DJ do.

Set Length

Just like you get paid in time at most other jobs i.e. hourly rates, the same applies to DJing. The length of time behind the decks will determine the overall cost of the DJ. Most sets will last anywhere in the region from 1 to 3 hours, and any time after that will be charged at an increased rate – a sort of overtime if you wish. It is essential that you iron out the DJ’s set length before you make a payment.

DJ Popularity

This may appear to be the most glaringly obvious reasons, but sometimes it can be overlooked when booking DJs without celebrity status.

Naturally, booking one of the most prestigious and popular DJs in the world is going to set you back quite a bit, and I’m sure the organisers of Tomorrowland and other world-renowned festivals have banks sweating over moving large sums of money. Yet, the popularity of a DJ without some type of online fame often goes unconsidered by those seeking a good DJ for their events.

Aspiring DJs take note! It is not uncommon for companies to stump up extra cash for a DJ with a big social media following and hype around them, while rejecting negotiations with a very good DJ with plenty of experience but no “popularity points”.  In fact, companies have been known to pay popular DJs double what their more experienced, but lesser popular, counterparts are paid.

Communication

When looking for a DJ, it is not unexpected that you want to be in contact with them to discuss your preferences and any special requests and information you would like to share with them. A full service on the DJ’s part is not just about performing a great set. It is about conducting yourself professionally and liaising with clients – or getting your agent to. We recommend avoiding DJs who are reluctant to listen to your wishes or gives the impression that they only care about the pay cheque at the end of the evening. DJs who do offer a full service usually cost more because they offer a better service; this is something that should not be sniffed at.

 

Whatever your budget, we are sure there is the right DJ out there for your event. Please remember to consider the above points when breaking down your DJ’s quote, to make sure you pick wisely!

International Music Summit | The importance of recognising and treating the early signs of anxiety and depression for performing artists

A study to explore the effects of music on the mental health of musicians reveals that music affects your mental health. The study involved interviewing 2,211 musicians, with 71.1% of them confessing of having suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. Also, 68.5% of the interviewees admitted to struggling with depression.

The study, commissioned by Help Musicians UK and completed by the University of Westminster, cited money as the main issue. Most musicians attributed their hectic schedules, juggling between jobs, dealing with unpredictable pay, and poor working conditions as the causes of their mental challenges. Additionally, musicians were also susceptible to bullying, sexual abuse and discrimination as some of the challenges they face in their jobs.

Mental Health Crisis Debate

In this year’s IMS Ibiza, Klas Bergling, Avicii‘s father, will share his thoughts on avoiding unnecessary loss of life in the industry. Klas Bergling will also discuss the role of the Tim Bergling Foundation in supporting people and organisations working in the fields of suicide prevention and mental health.

The keynote topic of this year’s summit is MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS DEBATE, and it will have Professor Green, music artist and mental health campaigner, and distinguished DJ and producer Luciano as critical speakers. They will get some backing from mental health experts who have been treating some of the most prosperous talents in music.
IMS Ibiza, as a premier platform for culture, business and education in the electronic music industry, will unite the most influential figures in the music industry to drive discussions that make a meaningful difference in the industry.

Source: International Music Summit

Pressure of Work

Regrettably, by design, the music industry is fashioned to expose every player to the impact of mental health. The tension in the music industry is immense, with musicians consistently on the go, shuttling between strenuous tour cycles and away from families. Also, deadlines from labels can create a lot of anxiety, especially for new artists.

Warning signs

Within the music industry, the warning signs are glaring and the earlier they are addressed, the better for musicians. The oft ubiquitous use of substance abuse among industry players may look like a lifestyle but, in reality, it is an early sign of depression. While the industry seems to encourage drug abuse latently, industry players need to sensitise artists on the perils of drug and substance abuse.

Take care of your body, because it’s the only one you’ve got. There will be other gigs to book. Learn how to say “no” to commitments that do not offer value in exchange for your efforts. Schedule time for rest and relaxation. It’s OK to not be a “type A personality.” You do not need to be productive every waking second. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is slow down or rest.

Loss of Avicii and Keith Flint

Following the shocking and devastating loss of Swedish DJ and producer Tim Bergling, popularly known to as Avicii, and the recent heart-rending demise of Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, the music industry has come out to recognise the existing mental health problems in the industry.
The music business is purely a human enterprise. The players, by virtue of their celebrity status, are very vulnerable. Even the deaths of Avicii and Keith Flint shouldn’t have occurred if the industry could learn from the tragic suicide of Kurt Cobain. However, because of negligence and lack of direction, we are still discussing similar issues 25 years later. Leaders in the industry should focus on protecting the health of artists.

(Photo source: https://www.magneticmag.com/2017/08/avicii-announces-new-ep-avici/)

(Photo source: https://thequietus.com/articles/26160-the-cause-keith-flint-fundraiser)

Source: International Music Summit

How To Record Your DJ Sets by R&K

If you don’t have a SoundCloud/Mixcloud account updated of great mixes to back up your talent, it is going to be very difficult to get the gigs you may desperately want. DJs have come to us asking for help with recording mixes. So we go over some basics on recording mixes that would hopefully help you too.

Why is recording mixes a good habit for DJs?

Simple! It helps you get better at your craft. We’ve included a few tips to make the process easy. We advise every up and coming DJ to make it the habit of recording all their mixes. You may be contemplating about storage. However, the truth is nowadays; it’s incredibly cost-effective to store large files. Therefore, stop worrying about data storage and start recording. Storage should be the last thing on your mind when it comes to recording your mixes.

We’ve split up some of the potential advantages for recording mixes. They have been categorised into two groups for easy understanding.

1.Review, Critique and Improve

As a listener, you have a different interpretation of mixes you hear. This is different when you listen as a DJ. Therefore, try to listen to your mixes with the ear of a typical lover of music. So, this offers a unique opportunity to make assessments to your sound. You are not alone if you decide to do this. Some of the biggest artists use this trick to perfect their sound, especially true for DJ sessions in legendary clubs

Make it a habit to take notes while listening, especially when in the process of mastering a new technique. Listening back to your mixes can help you get excellent at recording the best mixes. Make no mistake. You would be surprised by the experience of listening back to your mixes. However, you’ll get used to it with time.

2.Share the mix:

I know sometimes you might feel sceptical about sharing your mix with your friends and family. Although well-intentioned, those closest to you can sometimes be your worst critics. However, this should not stop you from getting their opinions as it could lead to opportunities for gigs either for them or for those in their network. Also, Social Media is an excellent place to share your mixes and get feedback to help you grow your craft. Make it a habit to share every new mix on social media.

It is necessary to incorporate feedback from your audience when recording new mixes as this helps you evolve and most importantly deliver to the taste of your most loyal listeners.

3. Create an online DJ brand:

In the music world, mixes are somewhat a DJ’s resume when it comes to landing gigs. A lot has been written on the importance of crafting an online DJ brand. Your mixes play an essential role when potential clients are thinking about whether or not to book you. So it pays to have a decent portfolio of mixes. Keep this handy to present to your clients when required.

 How do you record your mixes?

If you don’t often record like most DJs, you find out that in the process of mixing, you would sound very nice only to end up feeling disappointed when you listen to your own recorded mixes. There’s nothing more frustrating than enjoying an inspiring recording session only to end up feeling discouraged when the recorded version doesn’t deliver on the expected quality. Always remember: “If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It”. Peter Drucker

One sure secret is to record often. When you get into the habit of continually record your live sets, you automatically develop an understanding of the precise improvements to apply to sound just the way you want.

We have put together two types of formats to record your mixes.

  1. Digital Audio Recorder – You would find this to be very common in high-end installations and studios, but they’re also portable versions. With priced tags of about £200, they allow you to record and send to an SD card. It is easy to transfer your recorded mix to your computer or Laptop and import your mixes to your editing software where all the magic happens. After which you can export as an MP3 file. So it is an excellent way of recording, especially when you don’t want to keep going back and forth to your computer.

2. Direct on your computer if you are using a laptop- If you don’t mind the disruptions of opening other sites while recording or are disciplined enough to stay focused on doing recording only. After the initial of setting it up, you can enjoy flexibility when it comes to sharing your mixes online creating content every time you play.

Links:

Digital Audio Recorder to buy:

https://www.zoom-uk.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h4n-handy-recorder

credits to: RavKan

R&K’s SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/rodrigo-kerol

 

How to Play in Ibiza?

Are you a budding electronic dance music producer or DJ and looking to try and have your big break in Ibiza? Perhaps you just want to be part of the magic and the spectacle of the dance music scene in its capital?

Either way, you’ve probably wondered for some time how to secure gigs in Ibiza. Well, in the following blog post, we hope to furnish you with some helpful tips and suggestions that may just help you to see your name in lights and have thousands of partygoers dancing the night away to your set of banging tunes.

It Doesn’t Hurt to Have Friends in the Industry

As with anything in life, trying to get success in Ibiza is a lot more to do with who you know than what you know. If you are friends with the right kind of people and they like you, you will find it very easy to get work. So, even when you are there on holiday and not necessarily thinking of your career, you should still be keen to make friends.

Network. Network. Network

Following on from the above, it therefore pays to network. The only way you are going to make it in the DJ and music business is to treat it like a business. And that means putting yourself out there and getting noticed. If you can play that side of the game well, you’ll get work. You could be the best DJ in the world, but if no one knows your name, can you really expect to get work? Even if you don’t go specifically to get gigs. You should go to Ibiza regularly and just become a regular.

Be Prepared

So, if you do go over with the intention of just attending as many club nights and parties as possible, to meet with as many people as possible, you should still come prepared with the bare minimum. Pack a USB stick or maybe even a few, with lots of songs. These should be songs that you’ve put together yourself or that you can create a DJ set with. There are always ad hock parties and events happening, even outside the bigger organised ones. So, you never know who might be in attendance if you are asked to play some music for partygoers.

Social Media is a Great Tool

In order to stay on top of all that’s happening, it’s important to use social media. It can be useful for building your reputation and increasing brand awareness for yourself. People can follow your story and get to know you and want to know you. Use the Net to Get to Connect with Other Musicians As well as getting to know people while you are out there, you could also use social media and other online platforms to get to know musicians and DJs you like. That is one way to get to know of any spots that come up and at least make those all-important connections.

 

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