5 Steps to Become a DJ: A Guide For Beginners

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Who doesn’t want to be that cool DJ guy or a sexy gal at a party spinning a couple of awesome vinyl house tunes? 

Since at least partying became cool in the UK, the DJ has held a special place in the hearts of everyone on the dance floor. Finding, spinning, and mixing the right song can set the tone; food and drinks go, but memories of music last forever. 

What a DJ needs to get started?

At the same time, getting started as a DJ is an intimidating task: not only must one have extensive musical expertise, but there is a whole range of DJ equipment and vinyl records on the market. And it’s not always easy to tell what you should buy to get started. 

For anyone hoping to hop into the mix, here’s a quick guide to what you need to begin:

1. First, if you want to do things right, you need two turntables. These will give you that classic look, and a turntable is probably the essential piece of DJ equipment you need to come off as a pro. There is a whole range of products out there but start here. 

Playing dancing vinyls is an excellent choice! It’s been used by DJs for decades, and you can’t go wrong with that. Make sure you have a good variety of dance music. For example, you can shop for electronic music vinyl records online for an infinite variety: from classic titles to the latest new releases and exclusive box sets. Playing a variety of good tracks instead of the same thing that all the other professionals are playing is a great way to make a name for yourself.

Next, you must have a mixer. When you’re starting, you’ll only need something basic. A mixer is a vital piece of DJ equipment and will turn you into a professional and not just the guy who changes records. Mixers allow DJs to crossfade or redirect non-playing musical sources. That will create transitions that move smoothly from track to track. With smooth transitions, you can set an entirely new mood for the people at your party. After you’ve set up your turntable, you’ll need to connect it to your fabulous new mixer.

Connect your new mixer to your headphones and your new speakers. Having great speakers will ensure the sound of what you produce sets the right tone, and your headphones will allow you to listen to what you’re creating without being distracted by everything going on around you.

Once you feel you’re ready to DJ professionally, go out and promote yourself. The good idea is to create a website with basic information about you and your skill, where people can contact you if they are interested. Also, print some leaflets and business cards that you can distribute to interested parties in your local.

That’s it! Once you have the basic setup, you have to start experimenting, turning vinyl discs, and mastering your transitions. It won’t be easy initially, but with the right tools and the right attitude, you will become a master DJ faster than your guests can say, “Hey, Mr. DJ!”

Resource: 5 Steps to Become a DJ: A Guide For Beginners

Author: Sarah Richad