DJing looks like a highly glamorous job from the outside with all the bells and whistles. Pulsating music, sexy girls setting the dance floors on fire and the hedonistic party atmosphere. But there is a lot more involved when you want to take up DJing as your profession, as an occupation that will allow you to live a comfortable life.
Too many starry eyed youngsters start out by purchasing all the killer equipment, mess around for a couple of months and then give up because they realize that DJing isn’t as easy as they first thought. Learning how to become a successful DJ takes a serious commitment to learning the fundamentals. It also requires a high level of patience and discipline to never stop learning and practicing no matter what hurdles you come across.
If you hit a hurdle don't get scared get EXCITED - because you're going somewhere!
First Step to Becoming a Successful DJ - Music
First and foremost you have to be a hardcore music fan that eats, drinks and lives for music. Not only do you have to keep up with all the old and new tracks in your chosen genre, you have to be on top of tunes that haven’t yet become all the rage, you need to be a leader.
Ideally, you have to go beyond popular demand and what other DJs are playing, and present your audience with new tracks to keep them hooked. For this, you may have to cut across genres, cultures, and experiment with musical forms and tunes that transcend geographical and cultural tastes, whatever it takes!
You have to keep listening to newer, different kinds of music, expand your collection, follow music and dance trends as well as keep up with the latest Djing technology. Keep learning, keep listening, keep practicing and keep experimenting, and only then will you be on your way to perfect the art of successful DJing.
Where and How to Start – DJ Equipment
An amateur DJ who is just starting off will require a mixer, 2 input devices (turntables or CD decks), amp and speakers, headphones, and a serious music collection. This basic DJ equipment setup is all you need to master the art of Djing.
Money Saving Tips
If you are cash strapped, you can always opt for second hand equipment and then graduate to brand new equipment when you’re more cashed up. Or you can befriend other DJs in your area and practice on their equipment in the initial phases.
Alternatively, you can use free mixing software such as Virtual DJ; this has all the functionality you need to get practicing straight away.
Practice as Much as You Can
It is only through relentless practice that you will gain the required skills to start creating perfect seamless mixes every mix. When it comes to learning how to become a successful DJ practice is king, never stop learning and never stop practicing.