2015. júl. 29.

How to Become a DJ

“If you would like to become a DJ you should first of all ask yourself ‘Why?’
If the answer is anything else than ‘Because I love music,’ there is no need for you.”- DJ Paul van Dyk

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Learn how to become a DJ in this Howcast DJ video with Rock and Soul DJ School:

Video Transcript:
First of all, it starts by being a music lover and if you feel you are a music lover, that's a good start. I know there are a lot of people that start off with showing up at to party, listening to music and trying to come up with different mixes in their head, of mixing different genres and mixing different types of music together. That's how it starts, you know. You like, oh I got this idea, it think this song might go with this song, so like you becoming curious right. So it starts off with just the idea of wanting to mix music or wanting to mix various genres of music and then you start focusing on the hardware and the different various types of equipment that's out there. I know when I first started I was listening to the radio, that's what inspired me to wanting to become a DJ, listening to other DJ's. When I first heard Red Alert and Chuck Chill Out on the radio, I was, you know, scratching my head like, you know, what is it that they are doing. How is it that the music does not stop, that the music is continuous? And they are also incorporating some scratching. I did not really understand what exactly they were doing until I kept on asking myself that question in my head which led to meeting some people that actually had some equipment and they actually let me use some of their equipment. And from there, that flame, you know, was sparked inside me where I was just like, this is what I want to do. I want to learn how to use this equipment; I want to learn how to get my ideas out through the speakers so people can hear my mixing ideas and I can actually execute them. If this is something you want to get into, I would start by checking out different sites on the internet. Such as rockandsoul.com, see what they have, see if there is any specials, see if there is any deals. Don't just jump into it, try to maybe tag along or have a friend tag along with you that knows about the art form. They might be a DJ or a producer and they know about equipment and brands and stuff. I would definitely recommend the classes; I would definitely sign up for some classes. Give it a go, test the waters. If it is something that you definitely feel you have a connection with, by all means, pursue and follow that goal or that dream that you have. And I hope, you know, whoever sees this, if you do decide to take any classes here at rock and soul then I will be able to help you accomplish those goals in a short amount of time.

How do I Become a DJ?

When a young music lover says: "I want to become a DJ" these days, the usual response is "What kind?" As audio technology has exploded over the past two decades, DJs -- like their music -- have become multi-track. Some still play songs over the radio, interspersed with commentary, much as DJ legends like Alan Freed and Wolfman Jack did two generation ago. Others work in clubs, where they often become as much performers of music as purveyors of it.

In addition, there is also a type of DJ who makes house calls, showing up with a storehouse of music and a van full of equipment to entertain guests at house parties. And unlike the days remembered fondly by baby boomers, when music of all kinds found its way onto the top 40, today's DJ is often a specialist in a particular genre. A reggae DJ, for instance, may project a very different persona than one who is into hip hop or classic rock.

To become a DJ in the 21st century takes more than just a love for and knowledge of music. It also requires at least a working knowledge of sound equipment and computers. Moreover, the traditional radio DJ still needs to be an extrovert, because the job will undoubtedly include setting up "remotes" to broadcast from businesses and community events.

The best way to become a DJ hasn't changed, however -- learning by doing. Most colleges have their own radio stations, and many local stations offer internships. The rise in popularity of the career has also given birth to radio broadcasting curricula at many colleges.

The time-honored musical tradition of "paying dues" often comes into play here. In metropolitan areas with multiple radio stations, someone hoping to become a DJ often must settle for a low-paying job (or non-paying job) at one of the least popular, perhaps working with the "wrong" kind of music or venturing onto the air at off hours. Nevertheless, such opportunities still offer quality time with the vast array of equipment that will be needed down the road -- sound systems, playback devices, music mixers, microphones, computer files for storing music and all the rest.

Like many other creative fields, the broadcasting business is actually quite democratic. The owner of a radio station or club normally doesn't care whether an applicant has a college degree or "hard knocks" experience. Rather, the success or failure of the interview generally depends upon the quality of the audition tape the hopeful DJ brings along. "Don't tell me," the mantra goes; "show me."


A Beginners Guide to DJing

If you’ve made it a point to learn how to DJ, it’s time to take the next step and invest in equipment and accessories. Your laptop will be the star of the set so be sure it has a minimum of 25 gigabytes of hard drive space, multiple gigs of ram and USB connections, and a Core 2 Duo processor. Since you’ll likely want variety, include an external hard drive with at least a terabyte where you can keep compilations of music. Next, pick up a CDJ turntable, which will allow you to transport plenty of music without being weighed down by traditional vinyls. Have proper software with all of the DJ essentials to help sync the music and beat match. It should have track preparation as well as software mixers. When looking at DJ controllers, take special care to get a high quality one that includes performance pads, a filter fade, a sound card, and USB power.

Becoming a DJ requires networking with other local DJs in the area, being familiar with the local clubs and club owners, and researching the latest trends and techniques in the music-mixing world. Take steps toward becoming a DJ with information from a professional DJ in this free video on music production:

Video Transcript: Hey, this is DJ Hurricane here in South Beach Florida. In this clip we're going to talk about how to become a DJ. That used to mean that you had a profound love of music and that you collected records and the more records you built up you eventually started for people and you became a DJ. Now days there is a lot of technology and lots of ways to collect songs out there. Number two, get out there and net work with different DJ's. There is always techniques that you can learn from other DJ's. Just being n the clubs. If you want to be a Club DJ is a good way to get your foot in the door. If you want to be a battle DJ, definitely down load and check out all the latest videos on DMC championships. People like DJ Immortal, DJ ID, K-Razor have helped me a lot here on Miami Beach. We are always sharing and helping each other with whatever the latest mix is or the latest technique is to come out. Don't forget you want to get out and meet some promoters if you want to be a club DJ. You want to get out and rub elbows in the clubs that you want to spin in. Meet the DJ's. Give them a CD. There is many ways to become a DJ but most importantly hard work and dedication and lots of practice. Keep your ear to the street. Whats coming out, what's hot and what's new. This is DJ Hurricane, South Beach.

Starting a DJ Business 

Staring up a DJ business involves handing out business cards, creating a demo mix, advertising online through Facebook or MySpace, and networking with various customers and other DJs. Start up a business as a DJ, whether it be a club DJ or a wedding DJ, with information from a professional DJ in this free video on music production: 

Video Transcript : Hey, this is DJ Hurricane here in South Beach, Florida. In this clip we're going to talk about how to start a DJ Business. And the first thing you want to ask yourself is, "What type of DJ do I want to be?" Do I want to be a Club DJ? Do I want to be a Wedding and Bar Mix for DJ? You know, do I want to be a DJ that works at the malls and the stores? So you're going to have to approach every different type of client or starting a business in DJing's differently. The one thing that's true is you're going to need some business cards and you're probably going to need a couple of demo mixes showing off which skills you have and which you can really apply on the turn tables. Some great resources on the Internet to help you market your DJ business are things like Facebook, going.com, MySpace, Hi5, Twitter; you know I'm going to use them as DJs use them to promote ourselves. Every venue we go to, we're posting up, we're sending messages and inviting people to our gigs. We are posting up photos right from the gig from iPhone onto Facebook and Twitter. So these are things that help you build the fan base and a following and have people all week long checking out where you're spinning, what picture uploading and what new mixes you putting on Facebook or, or going.com. So definitely the Internet revolution is easy to start a DJ business and get some exposure and again, just don't forget it's music; have fun with it; rock the crowd. This is DJ Hurricane, South Beach.

How Do I Start DJing?

How to Become a DJ

Everyone loves a good DJ. And it's a great job -- you play music to enhance people's fun at clubs, parties and celebrations. There are even special schools where you can learn to become a DJ and get hands-on training. This is how you prepare to become a DJ:
  1. Be passionate about music. A DJ's entire professional life revolves around music and trends in the world of music. If you're not passionate about music, this is not the career for you.
  2. Develop a style of your own. DJs not only play music, they help create a party's or club's atmosphere. Most DJ schools recommend that students go to clubs and observe how the crowds respond to the music, the beats, the sound system, the lighting and the technical intricacies.
  3. Sign up for lessons. There are excellent schools that offer individual components or full courses in DJ training. Although this isn't essential, there are advantages to taking courses.
  4. Market yourself. Be sure to hand out business cards at every event you work. Start by working small parties and events. As you gain more experience, you're reputation will precede you, and you'll be able to work larger events and clubs.

Become A DJ – Make Your First Steps 

At Become A DJ we know what it takes to get started as a DJ and we’re experts at inspiring and educating others to take the necessary steps needed to begin what will become your new passion. DJing is without a doubt one of the most rewarding hobbies or even career paths you can imagine, and with the right support from the right people, you really can give your life a new direction within music. There is nothing more rewarding than playing music you love to people who want to hear it and being able to manipulate and deliver it in any way that your creativity desires. Some people never even get as far as touching a set of Pioneer CDJs, but those that do - never look back! There is a magic in DJing that is hard to find anywhere else, so if you’ve spent nights in clubs and bars amazed by the atmosphere created by your favourite DJs and wanted to taste that feeling for yourself – Become A DJ is fast becoming one of the go to sources for those wanting to get hands on with the DJing world.



There’s more to rocking a crowd than just playing what works on the radio. It takes style, extensive music knowledge, and a serious passion for making the music flow together perfectly, not to mention the willpower to stay awake for your 2:00 a.m. set time. We linked up with seven DJs who’ve not only perfected those skills, but also put their “spin” on things to really make a technique that’s exclusive to their turntables. Thankfully, they’re all willing to share their personal tricks of the trade.
If you’re looking to launch a lucrative DJ career, pay close attention to the knowledge these spin masters are spitting. Hopefully we’ll be profiling you after you take this advice and become the disc jockey of your generation.

"Read the crowd, but don’t let them control you. Nothing is worse than a jukebox DJ. Use the vibe and demographic of the crowd you are DJing to as a tool to keep the party rocking the best you can. Stick to your taste and brand in music, even in the worst scenario. That’s what makes you stand out. Anyone can stand up there and play what’s on the radio all night."

"I have learned that to be a successful club/event DJ, you need to learn how to read the crowd. This does not mean downloading the Top 40 tracks of the month since anyone can do that. To be a great DJ, you need to be the tastemaker, have your own style, and still understand what will and won’t work for the crowd you are playing to." 

"Study the greats. Look at all the DJs that came before you who play the same format of music that you spin yourself. Don’t sleep on the power of YouTube. Also, get a mentor, whether it’s studying them as a fan or actually hitting them up in real life if you have that connect. Learn BPMs, how to beat match, and different genres. It all correlates back to what’s happening now." 

"Not enough people pay attention to this since they’re always in a rush, but you have to study authenticity. Don’t copy someone’s playlist or only go with songs that are top 10 on the radio. Embrace the power of networking as well. It’s easy to be preachy and say, “No new friends,” but it’s not the way you get ahead. Embrace the power of receiving the same love that you give through mixing music."