In today's electronic dance music scene, it is absolutely vital that you learn to produce your own music. How many big-name DJ's can you think of that have gotten to where they are just by simply mixing music?
In order to gain popularity and success you need to learn how to become a DJ producer.
Let's start off by discussing 5 key points.
1. Train Your Ear
You don't have to be a musical prodigy in order to become a DJ producer. However, training your ear and learning musical theory will benefit your career. Start by learning musical scales and understanding how music is arranged.
2. Purchase A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
It will be impossible to become a DJ producer without the right DAW. There are numerous options out there. Make sure you consider them all before making a decision. I suggest downloading a few trial versions and seeing what you are most comfortable with. However, it's important to remember that sometimes less is more. Don't download every single plug-in and effect you can find. Try mastering a few at a time. Take your time and work slowly. DON'T BE AFRAID TO USE PRESETS.
3. Know The Basics of Mixing
Learn what it means to mix a track and to blend all the different elements of your song together. Know the difference between stereo and mono. Learn how to pan instruments and not crowd your song. These are all key elements that need to be mastered in order to become a DJ producer.
4. Rework An Older Track
Take a known song and put your own spin on it. This could mean a full remix or maybe even a mashup or edit. This is a great beginning step for all those who want to become a DJ producer. Get creative and think outside the box. It's usually easier to start working on an already established song than it is to start fresh. It will also be easier to market the song later because more people are willing to listen to something familiar over something completely new.
5. Be Patient
Nothing good ever comes easy. It will be a lot of hard work and a lot of hustle. Don't be discouraged if your tracks don't become a huge hit overnight. Keep working at it. Most of the big-name DJ's in the world had to put in the effort before becoming superstars. If you want to become a DJ producer then you must be patient.
You need to learn to produce music if you want to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Follow these simple tips and you will be on your way to playing in front of thousands in no time!