Invest In Quality Earplugs
Yeah I know…YAWN.
Yeah you may laugh at this big dose of sensibleness now.
But do you really want tinnitus as a life long companion.
Answer: No Andrew, I really don’t thanks.
Correct, it’s miserable.
Thankfully I don’t have it, but a good friend does and it drives him nuts.
I’m not saying you ned to use them al the time, but when you get to the stage where you’re playing for a few hours on a booming sound system, you will want to dial down the volume now and again.
These days there are some great earplugs available that don’t simply muffle the sound but actually reduce all frequencies equally, so you’re still hearing your mixes exactly how they should be…just a lot quieter.
Graduate From The Bedroom
Someday in your DJ’ing journey, you’re going to decide that it’s no longer fair to spare the world from your genius mixes.
You are finally going to get out there and showcase your DJ skills.
Seriously, a DJ needs to play out.
People think my career started when I sent that tape to Renaissance. I’d actually been working hard for seven years before I got to that point. I was putting on parties and booking DJ’s around me to get my name on the flyer. I knew I had to do it for myself. I knew no-one was going to come knocking on my door. I knew it was up to me.John Digweed
If you stay stuck in your bedroom, you’ll never feel the joy of having a dancefloor in the palm of your hand.
So go out there and get gigs.
Wherever and whenever.
Consider no gig to be beneath you when you’re starting out. You’ll learn more in a few hours playing your cousins 21st birthday party than you will in a year twiddling away to the four walls of your bedroom.
This really is one of my very top DJ tips for beginners – if someone, anyone, needs a DJ, make sure it’s you!
Sure, if you’re normal, you’re going to feel pretty nervous the first time you play out. The first time I DJ’d out I had to use both hands to get the needle on the record I was shaking so much.
And you’ll probably get a bit nervous every time you DJ at a new venue.
Once you’re three or four records in, the nerves will be fading and you’ll be starting to wonder why you didn’t get out and do this sooner.
Be A Bit Different
DJ agencies are not short of mix tapes from people trying to be Martin Garrix. And they all end up in the same place.
Don’t be a DJ impressionist like so many others.
Simply playing the records you love, mixing them with other records you love is the first step in developing your own sound.
Whilst it may be simple, it’s also critical.
Start copying from day one and you’ll find it an increasingly hard habit to kick.
Just be yourself is definitely a great tip for new DJ’s.