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How To Be A DJ – 10 Steps To Success

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Knowing how to be a DJ can get you lots of places.

Money, loads of hot girls (or boys), new friends, travel but best of all…making people lose it on the dancefloor!

First of all, grab your FREE guide “Twelve Proven Techniques To Get Top DJ Gigs In Night Clubs”.

Who knows, if you make it big you may be making people dance at festivals and in concert halls one day.

Anything’s possible in your world.

Follow my tips on how to be a DJ and rock the best parties around.

1. Check yourself before you wreck yourself

how to be a DJIt’s no good DJing if you don’t love music and making people have a good time.

After all, the very essence of DJing is music. Unless you’re passionate about it and it gives you goosebumps to dance to your favourite tunes yourself, then it’s not for you.

If you love music and when people have a great time, then you have potential my friend.

2. Get some shit hot DJ gear

Naturally, knowing your DJ equipment and how to use it is the roadmap part of DJing.

Without decent gear, you won’t be able to express yourself or perform as you need to.

And getting good at mixing involves plenty of practice if you want to stand out from 2 dollar DJs that can be found at any cheap dive. 

Check out the DJ equipment guide

3. Get some cool DJ music now

You should already have loads of music.

But guess what.

If you want to know how to be a DJ, you’re gonna need to get loads more.

Luckily for you, I have some tips on how get the best music and then how to get to know it in record time. 

Find the best DJ music to play at clubs

4. Get yourself a DJ guide

Not a guide dog, I mean a guide to DJing.

If you’re really asking your friends how to be a DJ, and not just some muppet who takes a laptop to cheap drunken nights and doesn’t know how to mix, then you should get a real Guide to DJing book.

For just ten dollars (or £7, 8€) you can pick up the best and most complete sites anywhere.

This will pay itself back by the time you’ve read the first chapter.

You won’t be able to access my tips and advice everywhere you go, so make sure you have a real written guide to take with you.

It will serve you well. 

The best DJ guides you can find, reviewed by me 

5. Learn how to mix and beatmatchDJ turntables

Don’t think you can mix using your screen.

If your DJ software has any problems with the BPM (as it frequently does) you’ll feel a real tool when your beatmatching sounds like a fat slapper running down stairs in stilettos.

Learn to mix. Learn to beatmatch. This is a major part of learning how to be a DJ.

Start off by reading my advice on mixing

6. Play your first party

Before getting real gigs, you need to play at a few low key parties and get some feedback from friends.

Don’t risk messing up at a real gig. You need to know what you’re doing before that.

So offer to DJ for a free about ten times before pimping yourself out for the real thing.

Play at apartments, house parties, college parties, trailer park BBQs, wherever.

Even at warm up gigs, you’ll learn more than in your bedroom. 

How to play a warm up gig

7. Promote yourself

Once you’ve slapped on some hair oil and you can master your equipment and make people dance at house parties, it’s time to venture out.

You haven’t learnt how to be a DJ until you master this.

You’ll need some hot promotion tips and techniques to get your foot in the door and in favour with bar owners, club promoters and party freaks.

This is daunting at first but don’t worry, anyone can do it.

With some help. 

DJ Promotion Tips

8. Play your first real DJ gigDJ dancefloor

Yo so now it’s time. Palms sweating?

Good. I just hope you’ve done your homework and enough practice to be shit hot behind the decks.

Otherwise, you’ll make a monkey of yourself and everyone will laugh and point at you.

You don’t want that do you?

Luckily for you, I give you some FREE tips on how to master your first DJ gig. 

How to DJ at your first gig

9. Read the club crowd

Now this is what separates the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, the ladies from the little girls.

You need to read the crowd and know how to react to them.

Unless you can do this, you’ll be screwed and feel like a fool.

You don’t want to be putting on a tune which makes everyone walk off and leave in a bad mood.

The promoter will not only hate you, but you’ll never get another gig. And everyone will point and laugh at you. 

How do club DJs read the crowd and make ’em rave?

10. Make a name and keep improving

Once you’re at this point, you’re getting established.

You know a few people, have played a few gigs and are ready for more.

But don’t sit back and expect it to get better on its own. People forget about DJs like they never existed once they stop.

Don’t fade into the dark corner and stop playing out.

Start getting paid and getting more, different gigs.

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