Mixing dance music is heaps of fun. It’s a great way to pass the time, relax and enjoy some favourite music. Often, when professional DJ’s get started out – they’re mixing in their home, in a spare room or even in the bedroom. From there it can potentially be a path of fame and riches – with a bit of hard work, a lot of dedication and heaps of practice of course. Today we’re going to be looking at how to create that cool DJ space to practice those DJ sets in your home.
Find a Space
The first thing to do is find a space that can be entirely dedicated to mixing. It could be a corner of the bedroom, a corner in the lounge or even out in the garage. Wherever it is, ensure that it is only kept for mixing purposes. It’s nice to have a space that you don’t have to set up and pack down every time the urge to mix strikes.
Set Up a Table
The next step is to find a table or other such surface to place the decks, controller, mixer and speakers. This may be as simple as folding card table or trestle table – while the craftier readers may like to alter a workbench or other sort of surface. It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it’s stable, safe and secure.
Sound Treat the Space
This may not be possible for everyone, but most everyday rooms in homes and flats aren’t designed for audio mixing. It may be worth picking up some specialised audio foam and placing it in the corners between the walls, above the mixing table and on the wall behind the DJ space. We realise that some people share homes and spaces – so this is only suggested if it won’t put anyone’s nose out of joint.
What cool DJ space would be complete without some decorations? A disco ball would be ideal – but there are other equally cool ideas such as fairy lights, artwork, laser lights and glowing things. This will make the space a dream to mix in, and will be sure to impress any friends dropping by! If you can, drag some couches and chairs into the space to chill out on in between DJ sets.
Think of other ways to make the space feel like it’s all yours. This could be a personal touch, some hanging banners or posters or maybe your vinyl and CD collection. Get those creative juices flowing and before you know it you’ll have your own awesome DJ space at home!