DJ Music – Make DJ Music With Free Online Resources
When you know how to make DJ music well you have a great possibility of walking right into and DJing at any club in the world!
Think I’m exaggerating? No! It’s absolutely true.
How do you think the likes of Deadmau5, Cassius and Justice get to play and DJ wherever the hell they like?
It’s not because they sweated through clubs with their little DJ kits, reading guides on how to DJ and trying to mix.
It’s because they made a few dancefloor filling bomb-dropper tunes that electronic music fans around the world ALL know about!
That gives them license to DJ at Ibiza nightclubs, capital city top clubs and the best festivals around.
Make DJ music that gets played in 10 or 20 different countries and make it work. Then watch the offers for gigs ROLL in.
Get yourself an agent! You’re going to need one.
I discussed this in my interview with DJ Sean Gallagher recently. We’ve noticed how certain new music producers get huge gigs really fast and we were wondering how they learn to DJ so fast.
Sean teaches new DJs how to mix in just a few weeks with his course, Pro DJ Mixing just like these new producers who are suddenly playing gigs to crowds just a few weeks after becoming famous.
But if you start make DJ music yourself AND you’re good at it, you could well be one of those guys who gets amazing gigs right away!
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The Benefits If You Make DJ Music
Even if your tracks don’t see the same success that Justice, Deadmau5 and other artists do, even if you are relatively well-known or just well know to a few, there are still lots of advantages when you make DJ music.
Don’t be this DJ
Imagine, you sweat for years working your way into clubs as a DJ, competing hard with other guys to get a coveted residency. But you have no remixes or tracks to your name.
Then, on the day of a huge event, you get pushed aside because the promoter and owner want someone else to DJ instead.
They want a producer who’s only ever DJed once in his life to play instead of you! This producer has just made one killer track in his life, but everyone knows it and loves it!
This happens all the time. Regular DJs who don’t make their own tunes are forced to make way for producers whose music is known by everyone.
Don’t be that DJ who gets pushed off the decks! Make your own DJ music instead.
If you need a few reminders why you should start, I’ll give them to you:
1. Better for getting gigs
You can get club gigs a lot easier if you have a few of your own tracks.
Put yourself in the place of the promoter. They get emailed and called all the time by DJs claiming that they’re the next big thing. He or she will be reassured if you’re a DJ with a few tunes to your name.
As well as sending the promoter a link your DJ website and video of you mixing, you’ll throw in the links to your youtube tracks (where you’ve added some comments!).
Promoters are far more easily swayed by DJs with their own music.
As soon as you start making your first tracks, your status changes.
When you talk about your DJing, you’ll be able to introduce yourself as a DJ Producer. You’ll no longer just be a DJ!
This is better for you in terms of prestige. Add it to your business card, put it on your website tell it to your friends.
The DJ Producer is in town!
3. Chances of massive success
It doesn’t happen to everyone who makes DJ music by themselves, but some get to experience huge success.
Think of one hit wonder kings Stardust and their tune, “Music Sounds Better With You”. This tune went around the world and kept going!
I’m not saying you should aim to make a one hit wonder but you do have the chance of making the same impact that these guys did.
4. Better money
If you manage to sell 40,000 downloads of your cool track by marketing it yourself, you’ll be in for a nice payday.
You can keep the royalties and get as much as 70% of the cash back for yourself!
If you sell your tune for $1 and keep around 70% of proceedings:
70% of $40 000 = $28 000
Knock out 5 tracks a year and you’re doing ok!
But the real money is in the gigs you’ll get. As soon as you make DJ music and one of your tracks takes off, you’ll get offered gigs all over the world!
How long will it be before people forget Fatboy Slim’s first album?
Our musical memories are so good they seem to be better than any other parts of our memory.
And Fatboy Slim’s tracks will be getting played and danced to in 20 years time, I can guarantee it.
Imagine being the one that made those great tracks. You’ll rock and be remembered for years and years.
How to make DJ music – online resources
So where do you start when you want to make DJ music?
Relax and try not to get overwhelmed. Remember, you’re starting on a great journey here. Making your own music can be very rewarding and can open doors to places you never imagined.
1. Learn how to produce music
The first and most logical step is to learn some music production.
You won’t be able to just jump in and make your own tracks without learning all about it first.
It’s essential that you do this part properly because you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort in the long run.
Where do you go?
Start off with a great course to make DJ music online.
Easy Home Recording Blueprint teaches you how to make tunes from your own home!
Let’s face it, none of us want to spend the cash renting an expensive studio and for little in the way of results.
It makes much more sense to make your own tunes from home.
Have a look and see what you think.
2. Set up your home studio
As a DJ, I imagine you already have a decent amp and speakers at home.
You’ll need to use them, because now you’ll have to set up your own home studio.
First up, you’ll need to program some notes using a keyboard. It’ll be far easier for you to add in chords, notes and even beats using this. You’ll save a load of time.
You can pick up a mini keyboard for less than $50 these days on Amazon. This is all you really need.
Next up, get yourself some music software.
I use Reason, Recycle and Soundforge. Reason is the ultimate production software, Recycle I use to process and cut samples and Soundforge for recording vocals and sound samples.
You can also get other music software for production. Cubase, Protools, Sony Acid and other great applications exist.
What you use depends on your preferences once you’ve learned a few things about getting started in music production.
You may want to get yourself a microphone too.
What I use was highly recommended by an audio engineer. I do my own vocals and use the mic for other voice recordings, so for me it’s important to get a great mic to record with.
I use a Rode NT1A and I can recommend it to you too.
Since getting it, the quality of my vocals has improved greatly.
Clarity and lack of sound interference are the main advantages of going for a quality mic like this.
3. Get feedback on your tracks
Once you’ve done your first tracks, you should get feedback on them.
Being so immersed in your track means that you don’t have fresh ears to listen to it with. You may even dislike it for a while.
Getting neutral feedback from music forums and DJ messageboards will give you some ideas. Don’t act on every suggestion made by people, but if people are often saying that your track needs more bass, more clarity, more simplicity or anything else then it may well be the case.
Be open and be ready to take some comments you may not like. Remember that negative comments can make you a better producer.
4. Upload to youtube and promote
Once you’re happy with your new super track, make a simple video using software.
Which software do you use? I put my vids together using Camtasia Studio.
It has a 30 day trial period, so if you don’t like it just uninstall it. By that time though, you’ll have already been able to make a few videos with this software.
No need to make a big complicated video. Just add in basic footage, effects or even a few pictures.
Then, upload to youtube and push your views up, get friends to add comments and post links to your track on forums (don’t blatantly self-promote) and anywhere you can think of. You need views!
5. Time to release the beast!
When your tunes start getting more views then it’s time to release them.
Wait until they’re getting attention, comments and positive feedback on youtube.
If you have youtube members asking when you’ll release your tracks, it’s a sign things are going well.
That’s when you can release them using a distribution service.
They will get your tune on itunes, Amazon store, emusic and any other big music store in a couple of weeks for only a few dollars per track.
The great thing about these services is that once you pay the initial distribution fee (around $10) you own all the royalties.
So if your track gets picked up, goes viral, gets into a TV program and sells loads, you get to keep most of the cash (at least 70%).
The royalties don’t belong to some record company. The music remains yours and so does the money!
How do find one of these distribution services?
You open a free account with Tunecore. They are the most reliable and well reputed of services.
Go via my site and get a discount on your distribution fee for your first track.
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More resources to make DJ music
Hopefully this covers everything you need on how to make DJ music. Below are some more online resources that you might find useful.