In recent years, a DJ has become an integral part of many events and even weddings. Gone are the days of hiring a band whose repertoire is limited by the instruments that they can perform on. But how can you take advantage of this growing trend of the 2000s and how easy is it to become a DJ? The answer varies according to your technological talents and also your budget. A good DJ can utilise any equipment and make a great show for their patrons no matter what they are faced with. So what does it take? How can you boost your love of music into a blossoming career? Here we will look at what it takes to be a cut above the rest and start your new DJ career off right!
There are plenty of reasons to start learning how to DJ. Maybe you want a change of career or perhaps you would like to perform for your family and friends at your own gatherings. Whatever the reason, it is not something you can simply pick up in a day. It takes practice and above all patience!
Get to know your equipment. When starting out you may not have the cash lying around to get a state of the art studio set up. This is not so much of an issue! Many quality DJs know just how to adapt to whatever equipment they are given. To do this, you can start small. Look into second hand gear and read the manual thoroughly. Get to know how to use the software as well as the tools of the trade, once you get to know one set of gear you will be likely to pick up most other. Some clubs will have access to their own equipment so being versatile is key to success if you are looking to make this into a career.
There are a few basic skills that you will need to grasp in order to be good at what you do. Beatmatching is a given, ensuring that the tempo, the speed at which the songs are playing, and the phase match so that both songs play at the same time in sync. Phrasing is also important and a familiar term for most people who have played a musical instrument in the past. It is basically the mixing of tracks at points in the songs where they make sense. Getting the hang of all of these skills will put you in good stead for your DJ venture.