Professional DJs get to ply their craft in many cool and exotic locations. Big name festivals, groovy little bars, house parties and of course nightclubs. The nightclub is the quintessential spot for any professional DJ.
The DJ is the master of ceremonies of the dance – the success of the night is made or broken by the quality of the music and the mixing. But apart from some serious track selection and mixing ability – a club DJ needs some gear. Let’s take a look at the ultimate club DJ equipment list.
Of course, no DJ would be anywhere without their weapons of choice – the decks. The industry standard at the moment is the Pioneer Nexus 2000. This sleek, advanced machine is worth a pretty penny but no club headliner would be seen mixing on anything else. When combined with Pioneer’s leading Rekordbox software (which can now connect via Wi-Fi!) they are truly a force to be reckoned with.
While some prefer to mix with vinyl turntables and digital DJ controllers, most club DJs use the Nexus 2000.
As well as a pair of decks, every professional club DJ needs something to blend the magic together. That’s where a mixer comes into the equation. A perfect match to the DJ decks mentioned above is the Pioneer Nexus 2000. With a whole stack of features including sync, powerful FX units and more this beast will really step up the game in the club.
When mixing in the noisy, crowded and chaotic environment that a modern day nightclub can be, hearing what you are mixing is of the utmost importance. That’s why a professional club DJ needs at least one foldback speaker, or probably even two. These should be positioned close to the, so they can hear their own mix without the interference that a larger sound system brings. And while we’re on that topic…
Being able to monitor the incoming track in a mix is an essential part of being a DJ. A club DJ needs a pair of headphones, and they need to be top of the line. DJ Master Course recommends either the Sennheiser HD-25 or the Pioneer HDJ2000 MK2. Both represent engineering perfection and precision and are perfect for mixing in a noisy nightclub.