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How To DJ Fast | Learn To Mix In Less Time!

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to DJ fast and on top of that, get yourself behind the decks of the best clubs where you live?

Have you ever wondered about those DJs that appear to come from nowhere straight into the biggest and best clubs in your city?

How do they get there? Just who the hell are they!

When you’ve been slaving away behind your decks learning to mix harmonically, there are guys that come from nowhere to getting the best DJ gigs.

So how do they learn how to DJ fast AND get cosy with top club promoters?

I had a good talk with DJ Sean Gallagher about this.

We chat about our struggles DJing and how we wish it could have been easier. We talk about how girls try to get your attention when you become a DJ. We mention Mylo the electronic artist who suddenly started DJing in clubs with no experience and about how it’s much easier to learn with videos!

Sean’s a successful Canadian DJ who has rubbed shoulders with the top DJs in the industry: Pete Tong, Max Graham and even Tiesto have shared the decks with Sean.

As a result, he has some great insider information which can help you not only learn to mix fast but also get to know the right people and get them to give you gigs!

Sounds good?

Watch the video to find out more.

How to DJ Fast! An Interview with experienced Canadian DJ Sean Gallagher from Matt Challands

Find out MORE on the Pro DJ Mixing DJ Guide

How to DJ Fast – Interview With Sean Gallagher

MC: Sean how’re you doing?

SG: I’m really good how are you?

MC: Great thanks mate, thanks for taking time to talk to us

SG: It’s a pleasure, thanks for that intro

MC: You’re welcome. So Sean how about we start by say, talking a bit about you and how you got into DJing.

You’ve been playing with a lot of big names over the years. You’ve been warming up for some huge DJs. Tell us all about how it started, I’m sure that’s what people want to hear.

Becoming a DJ

SG: Well, I was in high school and I didn’t have many friends and I didn’t know that many girls and I really wanted to be cool, you know have that cool thing to do.

And so I sort of got into trance music. That was my thing, that was the thing I liked. I was listening to a lot of it and I was listening to Paul Van Dyk and Oakenfold and Tiesto and all those guys back in the 90s and basically my friends started saying “Well if you’re making CDs for us of all this trance music and stuff why don’t you just become a DJ”.

And then at the same time I bumped into an old friend from my past school on the bus and he said “Hey I just got some turntables, why don’t you come over and learn”. So we started messing around in his basement and we went from there.

MC: OK cool. And so that was the start of it all and then when things got pretty serious and you got into clubs I understand it took you a while from getting from there to getting the big gigs, which is what you played for years.

SG: Yeah well the first part of it is that it took me nearly 2 years to learn how to mix. Maybe a year and a half, 2 years. It was a really long process. We had fun in my buddy’s basement messing around you know, playing the music we loved, singing along and having his parents yell at us from upstairs. But we didn’t progress that quickly! So that was the biggest challenge.

MC: Getting further, what was the breakthrough? It was really hard work from what you said before. How long did it take you?

SG: Yeah so, after about a year and a half I could mix ok and it was really beat matching that took forever and I got to do a few tricks. It took me about 2 years before I got the point where I could put together a good demo CD and go out and get gigs.

And then I didn’t really know how to get a gig so I went out and handed round my CD to people in parties and clubs and stuff. There wasn’t much success with that so about a year later I find myself finally getting my first gig.

The best parts about being a great DJ!

MC: Quite a while then. And since then, thanks to a lot of hard work which you did (I imagine that you spent a hell of a lot of time doing this), what were the best parts of your DJ career?

I know you’ve played with tons of great DJs and you’ve got to know them personally, you’ve been around a bit. So, tell us a bit about that.

SG: My first big highlight was my first gig. And I’m sure you can relate to that Matt.

MC: So nervous.

SG: Yeah it’s so nervous but so exciting. I still haven’t been that excited about a gig since then. That was great at this club way out in the bad area of town that all my friends were there and it was a great soundsystem and I was opening for some local DJ.

And then a couple of years later I got to play a pretty big rave in my city here. There were about 5 thousand people at the stage I was playing at. It was just before prime time. That was great seeing 5 thousand people rock out to your music and freak out.

MC: Amazing.

SG: Yep, amazing. And then being able to hang out in the winter music conference, and the Amsterdam dance events. DJing there and hanging out with guys. Do you want me to name drop?

MC: Name drop a couple, go on.

SG: Pete Tong, Tiesto. Or playing before guys like Max Graham, Sander Kleinenberg, Armin Van Buuren. Being able to play with all those guys that I used to look up to from the dancefloor, like “Wow, the Gods” and there I am, DJing with them, hanging out with them. Pretty cool, and travelling, all that stuff.

MC: They would have told you a lot of things when you get to know them personally about how they got where they did and how they got so big.

SG: Definitely. You’d be surprised about what they do.

Do DJs get lots of girls around them?

MC: What I get asked a lot Sean, because as you know I DJ quite regularly, every weekend.

SG: Yeah, I know.

MC: Lots of people that I meet, especially boys, they ask me “Do DJs really get a lot of girls, is it really like that? Because that’s the reputation”. I always say that when you’re a little DJ it’s not really so much the case.

But when you get up to better levels you start getting bigger, important gigs at clubs then it’s a different thing altogether. What do you think?

SG: I think no matter what level you’re at, even if it’s playing at little house parties, or little bars or in a dark corner of the room, you still get more opportunities to meet girls when DJing than you would otherwise.

MC: Yeah.

SG: But even when you go to a house party people know who you are, they you know you’re the DJ. Eventually you might bump into a girl and she might already know who you are which gives you that little edge up of social value. And then if things go well who knows what could happen!

And then as you get into the clubs obviously people know you’re well connected. You’re basically leading the party, all the attention’s on you. Who doesn’t wanna be around that right? So yeah, girls come up and they want your attention and they try to get your attention and it’s fun.

MC: For sure. I do notice that when you get the big proper gigs you get kind of too much attention. You have to beat people away from your booth.

SG: You really do. It sounds funny but you get kind of tired of it! There’s a time for it, like after you’re done DJing it’s fun to be up there with all the girls and stuff. But while you’re playing you don’t really want it.

You may wanna have one girl in there dancing with you or a couple but yeah it can get a little bit crazy. But the other thing is that as you get professional gigs and start playing with other successful DJs and start playing the bigger clubs it’s a different type of girl as well. It’s better looking girls and more interesting people.

MC: Spot on!

SG: So that’s definitely one of the benefits that people talk about.

Pro DJ Mixing by DJ Sean Gallagher

MC: Tell us a bit about the number one best selling course that you created for new DJs on how to become a DJ.

It teaches you how to mix really well and in a much shorter time than taking DJ lessons which I never did, because it would have cost me a fortune to do that. I was stuck in my room for about a year learning to mix when I started, and it took me ages to get gigs! A bit like you.

What does your course do? As far as I understand it helps you learn to mix in a lot less time. Why did you write it? Start off by telling us about that.

SG: When I started actually getting those big gigs and hanging out with those big DJs and stuff, I quickly realised that these record label owners would develop a new producer.

So there’s 2 ways of coming at DJing right: you can be a DJ from the beginning or you can be a producer guy that’s in the studio just making music. And the way DJs make money and producers make money is by touring and playing big gigs because they’ll make 10 thousand dollars per gig or 5 thousand dollars a gig right.

So it’s in the labels’ best interests to get these producers DJing as quick as possible. And I saw these producers making hit records, and labels going “We gotta get these guys DJing as quick as possible” and they were using techniques that you don’t find online that you don’t find at your local DJ school.

I struggled for years, you struggled for years and that’s a pretty common theme right?

MC: Yeah.

SG: So I was just like, I wanna share this stuff about how to get DJing quickly. You can invest in a DJ lesson or you can invest in a course like mine and you can save yourself a year’s worth of time, or months worth of time.

And you could be playing gigs in 3 months instead of you know, messing around in your bedroom by yourself, so, I just wanted to help new DJs out there.

MC: It’s a great initiative Sean. It’s true, I did always wonder myself how..well I’ve known a lot of electronic artists being a DJ I follow most of them and how some of them would be what you described as being a bedroom producer.

I can name one, for example Mylo, going back a few years now. Mylo made an absolutely fantastic album and then he was DJing suddenly. And the guy had never DJed before, that was a fact! And he did live shows as well and I wondered you know, how did Mylo get into DJing and reading the crowd so quick?

It’s good to know that it is possible and that not everyone out there has to toil and sweat to learn to mix and then get gigs! You share some insider stuff on how to get gigs and network and get your foot in the door as well as learning to mix, right?

SG: Yeah it does. You go back to your point just a second ago which is that it’s unfortunate that people toil and sweat for 2 years because all the DJ forums you go on to, the advice they give you is to teach yourself and just struggle. It’s like that would be more pure or something.

But yeah there are techniques to learn how to mix quicker and how to scratch quicker and learn how to get gigs quicker. And so, my product called Pro DJ Mixing which teaches you all the mixing stuff and all the tricks, beat matching and everything you need to get mixing.

After that I have a video series called “Getting Gigs Guaranteed” and then I also have a series called “Pro DJ Fast Track” which teaches you how to get past anyone and how to find the promoters and get gigs, all that stuff.

MC: So insider information that people don’t find just like that in any book or anything?

SG: No, because most guys don’t want to share their information because if you’re in their city then you’re going to start stealing their gigs.

The response so far has been great. I’ve been selling this program for almost 2 years now and guys have been learning to mix and getting to the point where they can almost play in a club in a couple of weeks, you know a month. It’s a lot better than a year or two.

MC: You know what? This kind of stuff wasn’t possible 10 years ago. When I was learning, there wasn’t even youtube! I got a book, which was great at the time but it still took me a while. That’s probably why I learned to mix in a year instead of 2 years, because I had a good book.

If I’d had video courses it would have been a different world altogether. If I’d had networking stuff, as I wasn’t great at that stuff I admit, if I’d known that to start with I probably would have got to play DJ gigs in a couple of months and maybe would have started moving up a lot faster instead of a year and a half which is what it did take me. I wish I’d had that when I started.

SG: So did I and so do so many guys. And it’s really rewarding to see people actually using it and getting big gigs and seeing their dreams come true because of it.

How about digital DJs?

MC: For all these new digital DJs Sean, as you know things are evolving and we still have to know exactly how to mix.

As far as I understand from what I’ve seen of Pro DJ Mixing it’s 100% relevant for the digital DJ as well because digital DJs have to know how to mix. You also include some stuff about DJ software? 

SG: Yeah I walk you through Traktor which is one of the most popular pieces of DJ software.

And it’s really similar to Serato. Stuff like 

Ableton Live is a bit more intense on the producer end. So I don’t get into that because I don’t want to overwhelm people that are just getting started in DJing.Digital DJs

But the basics of DJing with software are the same, I mean you still need to be able to beat match and you still need to know how to read the crowd and select the right song and you know, pace the night and use phrasing and all these DJing techniques.

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re using vinyl or CDs or Serato or a laptop. So I do touch on that, but I teach the basics that you can use on any piece of gear.

MC: Ok great so that’s really important for anyone learning to mix basically.

I know this guy, he uses the sync button. Ok that’s nice for him, he can forget about the beat matching but he’s had it fail on him a number of times and he seemed a bit silly because he didn’t know what to do! And his mix sounded like a transvestite falling down the stairs! Relying on software is not the way forward.

SG: I agree and there’s so much more to that. DJing is much more than just getting the beats to match.

Like it’s choosing the right song at the right time. There are always intricacies that you need to learn that make a big DJ who gets the big shows.

There’s only one guy in the city who can get those big shows! So pressing the sync button just isn’t gonna cut it.

DJ Danny Rampling uses Pro DJ Mixing!

MC: Yeah, well put. So speaking of that guy who gets the big shows. I see that Danny Rampling says he’s tried Pro DJ Mixing, he’s tried the add-on courses and he thinks it’s great.

Tell us about that, I mean how did you get access to Danny Rampling? When I was a raving teenager in the 90s and a student, Danny Rampling was at the top level of DJing, you know?

SG: Yeah, he founded dance music in London. He’s one of the founders. Along with Oakenfold.

We have friends in common but I didn’t reach out to him or anything he basically tried the course himself. He tries to push himself to be a better DJ.

This is a guy that gets paid 10 thousand dollars a show and he’s still investing in courses to improve his DJing. So maybe you should be thinking…”Hmm, maybe I should be considering investing in my DJing.

MC: Perhaps!

SG: So he tried it, he sent me an email saying “I love your course, I like how you’re teaching it, you obviously really care and I just wanted to connect to you”. And I was blown away when I got that email. I was always a big fan like you you know!

MC: I grew up listening to his sets. I’d jump up whenever I heard him on Radio 1. And he endorses your Pro DJ Mixing product.

SG: Yeah he really likes it and he has a book coming out called “How To Be A DJ” or something similar to that right. He really liked the videos and he recommends that to anybody who buys this book so it’s pretty exciting.

Learning to DJ with video tutorials

MC: Well videos take a hell of a lot less time to learn with don’t they? I guess that’s the reason why you chose that right?

SG: Yeah I guess it’s easier and quicker to learn from a one-on-one right?

MC: Yep.

SG: That’s really expensive. You have to find your teacher and that’s really hard to do! Because most of the DJs in your school they won’t know the techniques that top DJs know, since they weren’t top DJs.

MC: No. Who are those guys anyway? I’ve never worked out who those DJs are. That’s why I never took DJ lessons.

SG: Yeah that’s the thing. Most of the guys in your city, they don’t really know what they’re doing right. And it’s really hard to find top quality teachers. Most of the DJs that really know what they’re doing they get paid so much they don’t have time to teach lessons! So, the answer is not many!

I wanted to create videos so you can watch them over and over again. It’s almost like you have me over your shoulder saying “No, try this”. It’s like and ongoing DJ teacher. I really like it.

MC: Great to speak to you Sean. Nice pair of headphones by the way.

SG: Yeah man. If anyone’s interested in my program, I can give followers of Matt a discount.

And Matt if you could provide a link below this video to the program, then people can go and check it out. You can go and check out the details of it.

MC: Ok thanks Sean, you have a good weekend.

SG: I hope my advice was helpful!

Find out more about Sean’s DJ Video Tutorials, “How To DJ Fast”

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