Summer where ever you are in the world is the peak of party season. Every weekend, clubs are packed to capacity with punters, swaying to the groove and filling the dancefloor. Nearly every other weekend there’s a festival, bush doof or outdoor day party with tunes a’ plenty and magic happening.
In fact, it’s peak season for the pro DJ as well! Someone needs to be responsible for mixing tunes together while everyone else mingles, dances and has a good time. Let’s take a look at how to get some professional DJ gigs this summer.
We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s well worth a repeat. Bedroom DJs will find it hard to get paying gigs by staying in the bedroom. Sure, staying at home to practice will hone your craft, but it’s getting out and about and making some solid connections that will land you gigs. Hit the clubs, festivals and day parties and make yourself known. Let promoters and managers know that you’re a DJ and you’re keen to get behind the decks and give the crowd your best.
To get an edge on this, consider developing some business cards. You can find free templates online and printing is often cheap.
Throw a Party
A surefire way to get a set is if you put on a party yourself. Approach a club, bar or other suitable venue with a pitch for a night. If you can guarantee them punters and drinks sold over the bar you’re almost certain to get the nod. Then it’s just a matter of selecting a lineup, and of course, giving yourself a set at prime time. If the night is a success you could find yourself with a residency, and at the very least another promoter might spot your skills behind the decks and offer you some gigs.
You could also put on an outdoor event. While this takes considerable planning and event management skills, even the biggest raves had the smallest origins.
Keep an Ear Out
You never know when someone is looking for a DJ. Join DJ Facebook groups and other social media accounts – often people post shout outs for available DJs. Listen in at the parties you go to. See if someone is hosting a small do somewhere and might need someone to spin some tunes. While the pay from smaller gigs is often less, it’s still a paycheck.