I often get asked what makes a good DJ; this can be difficult to answer as there are so many variables to consider.
As a general description I would say good DJs are perfectionists; no matter how good they are they thrive to be better. They want to be the best and are prepared to do whatever it takes to become the best!
For the purpose of this post I have tried to break down and list the top five things in no particular order that I consider important to becoming a good DJ.
What makes a good DJ – Tip #1
A good DJ is one that looks comfortable behind the decks – they don’t stress about beatmatching, song placement, track selection etc. They know they have put the right amount of time into learning/practice and are completely comfortable.
You should never be able to notice a good DJ thinking behind the decks. Good DJs will look into the crowd and interact with the dance floor opposed to having their head buried in the mixer the entire time.
What makes a good DJ – Tip #2
A good DJ enjoys talking to others, meeting new people, networking and making new friends. They are usually first to arrive at parties and last to leave. They understand the importance of building a fan base and staying connected with that fan base.
What makes a good DJ – Tip #3
Good DJs understand that no matter how good they are and how much they know there is always more to learn. Put simply good DJs love to learn and practice – they understand that average DJs practice until they get it right and only the very best DJs practice until they can’t get it wrong.
A good DJ understands the importance of mastering the warm up set, so when given the chance they smash it out of the park and the right people take notice.
What makes a good DJ – Tip #4
A good DJ is prepared to start at the bottom, learn all they can and practice there butt off to get to the top. Good DJs believe in themselves and are prepared to do whatever it takes to live there dream; they also understand the critical importance of a quality DJ mentor.
What makes a good DJ – Tip #5
A good DJ is passionate about music, in fact they are almost obsessive about their music. They look high and low for the next big tune before it becomes the next big tune. They don’t worry about what others are playing and buying they only care about what they are collecting – they believe in their own musical taste and style and are not scared to take calculated risks if and when needed.
There are so many things that make up a good DJ, the most important of all is being prepared to put the time into learning and practice. Before you worry about doing anything else you want your skill level and understanding of the art of DJing itself to be second to none.
I hope this helps you understand what is involved in becoming a good DJ, if you have any thoughts of your own please feel free to share them below in the comments box!