Most people think that DJs just spin turntables for couple hours behind the decks in a club. In reality, a DJ is a multi-route person, working all week to increase technical skills, look for venues and organize transportation.
They sort tracks, update their gear and so on. Besides all of that, a DJ needs to present all the latest trends and hottest tracks. Here are some useful tips on how to stay updated as a DJ at all times with minimal effort.
Subscribe to Your Favorite Labels
Subscribe to your favorite music labels on YouTube. Create several subscription folders for different genres and sort each label accordingly. Next time, all you have to do is log in, click on a genre and you will have access to all the latest uploads.
Follow promotion groups on SoundCloud. Producers share their tracks this way to seek extra attention. We recommend only joining groups managed by the administrators, as these are more likely to contain professional quality tunes.
Follow Trending Charts in Beatport and iTunes
Check out trending charts. Top lists are usually divided into genres, so you don’t have to browse through all of the hottest tracks to find the ones that relate to you. The charts are usually made by the purchasing trends, so they are being evaluated by listeners and appreciated.
Also check out other artist’s charts. These are charts created and curated by DJs based on their personal taste. If you have a favorite act in your genre, there is a good chance you will find some amazing new material you would love to include in your next live set.
Use RSS Feeds and Readers
Let’s say you have found an interesting website or a blog that reviews the hottest music each week and you are impressed with their content. With an RSS feed you don’t have to visit the site each hour to check if there is a new post as updates will be sent to you.
One of the most popular and effective RSS readers out there is Feedly. It’s free and has lots of options to help you manage your feeds. For real time effect use the plugin extension for your browser. This way each time there is a new update, you’ll get a notification.
Sign Up For Label News Subscriptions
If there are some exceptional labels that you keep in your music catalogue, then subscribe to their news updates. The sign-up form is usually found on the homepage and takes just a couple of seconds to fill out.
You’ll now hear about their upcoming releases, current charts, new artists and other related information. Some labels also offer pre-orders and free downloads to subscribers.
Keep In Contact With Other DJs and Producers
Producers often send their material to DJs to promo or test at live gigs. To increase your contact list, ask a couple producers you like for permission to play some of their tracks live. They are very likely to grant you permission as this is great promotion for them. After the gig let them know how the crowd reacted. You never know, they might send you some more tracks in future.
Keep in touch with other DJs. Track exchanges between DJs is unusual, as they tend to see each other as competitors. After all, everyone wants to surprise the crowd with that exclusive, unreleased tune. But nowadays all DJs make personal mash-ups and bootlegs. Just be on their contact list and they might share it with you.