Learning how to become a DJ is no easy feat. You still need to figure
out what kind of DJ you want to be, and how you are going to get your foot in
the door of a slightly over crowded industry.
One of the easiest ways to become a disc jockey is to do it
freelance, they call these party DJ's.
These are the bottom of the barrel DJs, there is nothing really wrong
with them, except the facts that other professionals might look down at them.
However, if they are good, not only will they find lots of work, but might even
be able to get their foot into the door of a club, and be a DJ there.
However, until that happens, they are usually found playing at:
- birthday parties
- school dances
These are some great places to start, because word of mouth travels
fast in just about any industry. If you are good, you will get lots and lots of
work, if you are bad, it just became a dead end.
There are a few things you are going to do if you want to make it as
Your own equipment:
- head phones
- vast collection of music
- CD decks
- turn tables
Basically, you need to walk into a sound equipment store, and buy
almost everything in sight. There are of course starter packages that you can
begin with, and add on to them later. They will basically get you everything you
need, just don't count on using them for long, because they are not the best
pieces to have, and sometimes can be incomplete.
You can actually have a load of fun being a part DJ, you get to meet
a lot of different and interesting people, and rack of a lot of skill building
Sure, a lot of people want to go with bands, but with the cost of
only a single person, you can easily undercut any band they want to choose. So I
wouldn't let that worry you any.
Once you get some practice in, you might be able to start getting
your feet wet else where, such as clubs. Being a party DJ is a great transition
to a club DJ as it uses a lot of the same skills as the other.
So learning how to become a dj just got a little simpler. And in the
process you have just started up your own business, with a potential low
overhead as well. If you can get some good word of mouth gigs, you will have it
set. Everyone has a birthday, people are getting married all the time, and there
are tons of schools that have dances a few times a year. Plus, don't forget
about other social events that you could work at. Your opportunities are huge in
this industry, you just need to be pointed in the right direction. And remember,
this is also a great way to get your foot in the door on the other side of the
industry, such as clubs, radio, or even video if you want to go that route.
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