How to Become a DJ
You can’t be a DJ without the proper equipment. But, that equipment is expensive, which is why I recommend you hold off on purchasing anything until you absolutely have to.
I’ve seen too many people run out and blow a ton of cash on gear only to discover a few weeks later that DJing isn’t really for them. Then they end up selling their equipment at a huge loss on OLX & Quicker. I will suggest you to buy basic dj equipments & second hand equipments from there. As you grow in this industry simultaneously you can upgrade your equipments. You can start practicing at home with these basic equipments.
- Two turntables or two players.
- 4-channel mixer
- Speakers for output.
- Mixing software (optional)
Select the type genre you want to play I.e you want be a dj who can play multiple genres or you can be a dj who specializes in a single genre. There are various genres which are mention below.
You need to be a music expert. Hit up your friends and consult the charts, YouTube channels of record companies and websites catering especially to DJs such as Beatport.
- Dark Alternative
- Drum and Bass
Learn the BPM of the songs you play. The beats per minute (BPM) of a song will determine how smoothly or easily you can mix it with another song.
Learn the intros and outros. Most dance songs will have an intro in which the music is going but the vocals are not at the beginning of the song and a corresponding outro at the end. Mixing usually means blending one song’s intro with the outro of another.
Cue up the second song. Have your second song ready to go as your first one is winding down. Use one hand on the turntable or CD player’s pitch to adjust speed (if your BPMs don’t match) and put the other on the crossfader, so that the first song’s volume decreases as the second song’s volume increases.
Transition between the songs smoothly. One of the most important parts of DJing is transitioning between songs, matching beats so that the beat remains constant, letting people continue dancing, uninterrupted. listen to the second song’s intro in your headphones, moving the pitch slider until the songs play at the same speed, and cueing the song simultaneously with the preceding song.
If you’re trying to break in to a particular scene, you need to make yourself valuable to that scene before you expect to start playing shows.There’s no one specific way to approach this. But, suffice it to say, if nobody knows who you are, you’re not going to get many gigs. Approach to get night club offer. It will used to club DJing, hooking up to a real PA, and small-scale promotion.In the bar/club world, it’s largely about who you know. That’s just the way that things often work. Befriend some like-minded people in the scene, and make yourself valuable to them.Find those people out there who think like you, for there’s power in that synergy. It’s amazing what can happen in the name of common interest.If you do it right, you’ll end up with some great new friends.Socializing is very important in this industry so begin with small gigs with a few people it will boost your confidence and if you went wrong somewhere it will not affect you much and next time you can rectify your mistake. Marketing yourself. In a gig if people ask for your contact numbers be ready with your business cards . Be in touch with the local djs, your professors in dj schools and dj communities on the internet as well as in real life it will help you to stay updated regarding up coming artists and tracks. Chances are there to receive some business from them.