Being a professional DJ can mean playing your banging sets at all sorts of weird and wonderful venues. From dingy, dive bars through to pumping clubs and all the way up to the main stages of some of the world’s premier dance festivals. But just how does one go about getting a DJ gig at a festival? Well there’s more to it than just crossing your fingers with a wish and a prayer!
Let’s take a look at some practical steps on how to land DJ gigs and festivals.
1. Practice Hard
If there’s one thing that all the big name professional DJs who play festivals have in common, it’s that they didn’t get there overnight. It took years and years of hard work, practice, dedication and determination. So practice hard, set aside some time every day (if you can) to practice mixing and get really smooth and good. That way when it comes time to submit your hot demo mix, it will sound tight and professional and hopefully catch the ear of a festival promoter. This also means that when it comes time to play a DJ set at a big festival, you’ll be confident in your ability to deliver the goods!
2. Start Producing EDM
Festival promoters often look for those with the freshest, phattest and most interesting sounds. This can often mean that those who produce their own music have an edge, because they bring something other than other people’s music to their set. One way to get a DJ gig at a festival is to produce dance music, so you can catch a promoter’s interest with your fresh new sounds.
3. Find a Way to Stand Out
In order to remain a cut above the rest (and trust us, there are heaps of people in line to play at the big name events), a DJ needs something that really makes them stand out. We’re not talking about jumping off tables into the crowd or anything silly like that, just something about yourself or your performance that will catch people’s interest. Promoters often book who is hot at the moment, so if you can think of something interesting or left-field that will make you stand out from the crowd – milk it to your advantage. One example could be getting a VJ on board to create a cool visual set to go along with yours – all in sync too! We’re sure you’ve got some dope ideas too.