5 Tips on how to break into Dj-ing and how to be successful within the music world.

Published: 15th November 2011
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Being a DJ can seem like the ideal job for any lover of music and many think that being successful in the industry can lead to a well-paid and daling lifestyle.

Obviously creating a playlist for you and your friends to enjoy may seen like good experience, but playing music to hundreds of club goers on a nightly basis is completely different.

Below I have provided 5 tips on how to break into the industry and more importantly how to become a successful DJ.

Get practice It will always be terrifying playing to your first audience this is why practise is key. Not just for composing nerves but also for feedback. It is good to see what works, what songs go together and if you set list is a hit. Don't spend time and energy working away on one set only for it to go down badly. Be creative and practise playing to as many people as you can, as they say practise does make perfect.

Spread your name Create flyers or business cards depending on the style of DJ you are, this will ensure your name becomes known within the local industry. Don't be too ambitious and try to achieve world domination overnight, being successful in your local area will give you a strong ground when trying to make your name elsewhere. Create social media pages so friends and fans can find out when your next gig is and for them to leave feedback and to communicate with you.

Have the right accessories If a someone has paid for you to DJ at their event make sure you provide, don't in all circumstances turn up not ready or prepared. Ask ahead so you know what equipment to bring with you such as leads, audio equipment and even stands for your turntables and mixers. Lighting effects can also improve any set giving the audience more of a live experience rather than just focussing to the music being played. Always ask ahead of a gig to know what is required of you.

Have the right equipment It is always vital to look and sound the part for this to happen you need to have the right DJ Equipment. Don't cut costs as bad quality products will sound bad and it is more likely to fall apart, which can be embarrassing when you are in the middle of a set. which can be highly embarrassing when you are in the middle of a set. Having the best equipment will make the most of your set and you can experiment more freely. I have met DJs in the past who have turned up to a gig with solely an iPod, this does not look professional and there is no skill in this type of "DJ-ing".

Play the right music If you are a young DJ trying to create a name for yourself in the music industry, you are more likely to be successful if you have your own style and genre. Drum and Bass,Garage and Dubstep Djs are emerging all over the country however if you DJ for events this type of music won't be suitable. Always listen to requests aswell if they have paid for your attendance, you should always listen to the music they want playing, it could help for future gigs.

DJing is a difficult industry to break into and have a successful career from, however it is achievable. It is always best to ensure you have the correct equipment with you at all times and for you know your industry.

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