With rise of EDM or Electronic Dance Music, the demand for being a DJ is also rising. With so many DJ schools coming up and so many different ways to be a DJ, it might get confusing. So here are five things you must know to be a DJ.
- What is DJing?
The basic job of DJ is to mix or make music which is danceable. The beauty behind DJing is that the DJ can make match his music to the expression of the audience and can make sure each and every one has fun. It is more than about matching and mixing beats. It is about being observant, reactive and empathic.
- How do you become a DJ?
It is not hard to start out being a DJ. But it is hard to stand out. To become a unique DJ you should determine your goals. Learn how to use a mixing software and invest in some DJ equipment soon. Make sure people know you are a DJ and promote yourself and increase your following. You can start off by playing at clubs and parties. There are different kinds of DJs and different specializations. Figure out what kind of a DJ you want to be and start such kind of music.
- What are the different types of DJ?
The categories in DJs are- The club DJ is usually the resident DJ of a pub or club, who plays music according to the feel and ambience of club. The performer is the DJ who plays in concerts usually. People come to see the DJ perform. The Radio DJ’s job is to play music on the radio by doing different announcements in between the full-on music curation.
- Determine your goals.
The first and the foremost step to be a DJ is to determine your goals and your plan to achieve those goals. To determine your goals it is necessary to have clarity on why you want to be a DJ. The different reasons determine what kind of a DJ you should be. One has to keep in mind that DJing is not a fast path to success unlike the popular belief. It requires hard work, and building yourself from the scratch to be famous all over the world.
- Explore different software and learn the basic skills.
There are different software to mix music, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The main industry software are Traktor Pro, Serato Pro and Rekordbox. Learn the basic skills and terms of DJing such as tempo, phase, beatmatching. For the best remixes one should be very observant of the different beats in both the tracks.