Now becoming a DJ is by no means an easy task, you cannot just simply walk up to a DJ booth and begin spinning tacks and mixing soundboards if you have no idea what you are doing. The art of a DJ takes learning and time, yet most importantly passion. If you are not passionate about music or finding your sound then you may as well give up before you have even tried as this is not the industry for you. Every DJ should love the music they play and have the drive to provide the best mixers and sounds in order for others to have a good time. Read on below for important tips that may help you if you are a brand new DJ.
Choose Your Medium
You may have already done this if you are an aspiring DJ, as we have already mentioned being passionate about music. Yet you need to decide whether you want to focus on traditional vinyl or a modern digital approach as a DJ. Many DJs will tend to opt with vinyl as it provides a much deeper sound quality and calibre of the artists that they spin. A vinyl-based DJ will personalise their collection and have a sense of cohesion in their song choices. Digital DJs on the other hand, focus on quantity as they can load thousands of songs onto a PC and are great for long events as they will never run out of songs!
Research Various Types of DJ
It is important to narrow down the exact career path that you want to go down in becoming a DJ. This is because there are many different roles within this profession. You have the ‘Club DJ’ this is the outsiders view of a stereotypical DJ. Another role is ‘The Performer’ and this is the type of DJ that people will pay to just see them work their magic at big events. They will usually have their own unique sound and popular songs that their large fanbase can dance along with. Artists like Calvin Harris and the late and great Avicii would fit this role.
The next type is the ‘Mobile DJ’, these are more relaxed and usually are part of a company. They DJ at events like weddings, parties and other celebrations, they are there to make sure everyone at the event can have a good time listening and dancing to the music. Now the final DJ is very different to the other 3, this is the ‘Radio DJ’. Now, this role is all about personality, you have to have the right voice and tone in order to be a DJ on the radio, between songs you must be able to carry yourself in a humorous way to entertain your listeners.
Learn Basic DJ Skills
With the wonders of the internet and videos online, there are many basic DJ skills that you can learn yourself at home. Some skills that you should learn as a beginner are the likes of beat matching, this is lining up two tracks to play at the same tempo and phase. Gain Control, revolves around the many aspects of volume adjustment. Phrasing refers to mixing your tracks together in ways that make sense to you.
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