There are many ways you can go about getting your first DJ gig– Firstly before you even consider your first DJ gig, you need to have put the hours of practice in your bedroom to make sure you are ready to make the most of the opportunity when it presents itself.
- An amateur practices till they get it right
- A professional practices until they can't get it wrong!
I’ve meet loads of people over the years that have made the plunge and invested in the full DJ set up and the one thing that makes the real DJ’s stand out from all the others is practice, and lots of it!
So let’s assume you have put the time and effort into practice and you’re ready for your first club DJ gig!
The first thing that you need to do is go out and inject yourself into the clubbing community or scene that you want to be a part of, and in particular the club that you want to play your first gig at. You not only need to inject yourself into that community but you need to become a part of it.
You have to be prepared to do whatever it takes
You could offer to help on the door, promote, hand out flyers, collect emails, pick up glasses, work behind the bar, pretty much anything to get your foot in the door.
Once you are in you need to gain respect by working hard and by being passionate about what you’re doing as well as your music and what you want to achieve with it.
I am a firm believer that you create your own luck, people will pick up on your passion and vibe and you will notice opportunities will start to present themselves. You will start to get invited to private house parties and start to build friendships with like minded people.
The entire time you will be giving out endless copies of your professional looking kick arse demo CD’s, right?...
Always have your headphones and tune’s ready to go!
Once you start becoming a familiar face at the club and the promoters and club owners start to feel your vibe and passion for the music and the club, it will only be a matter of time untill they get a DJ that doesn’t show up – by strategically putting yourself in the right position and at the right time you will get your opportunity, that is a guarantee.
DJ’s don’t turn up all the time, flight delays, double bookings, wrong dates, lack of commitment, car break downs, airport rides not turning up the list goes on. This is you backdoor entrance!
No matter how unrealistic or competitive it is getting in the front door, if you do the right things and are prepared to get your hands dirty handing out flyers or just generally volunteering your services to help the club owners and promoters out your time will come.
Are you ready?
The thing I keep going back to is that you need to be ready. Remember if you get a gig this way it is out of desperation, after all you are filling a slot at the 11th hour, so you need to be doubly ready to make sure that you blow the club owners, promoters and most importantly the dance floor out of the water with your confidence, charisma, music selection and seamless mixing.
If you’ve truly put the time in to being ready for your opportunity, you will be in a position to make the most of it, the right people will take notice and your DJing journey will have begun. The flipside - if you’re not ready your DJing journey will be over before it even begins.
This leaves two questions:
- Have you done the hard work and left no stone un-turned practicing in your bedroom?
- Are you prepared to get your hands dirty and do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door?
If you can hand on heart answer yes to both the above questions, then you know what to do! So good luck and as always keep me posted because it’s your success stories that keep me motivated!