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Old 07-22-2014, 04:31 AM   #1
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Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

I've been producing edm/dubstep for a little over a year now, and since I'm taking a semester off from school, I think it might be a fun hobby to become a DJ and maybe I can even promote my own tunes a little. I have also been a musician playing in bands for about 8 years now, so I have plenty of musical performance experience.

What I don't know, is how the scene works, the standards as far as equipment, technique, etc. I would like to incorporate some elements of live performance into my sets when possible, via midi drum pads, guitar, etc. I just don't know what the norm is, as far as this stuff goes.
So, if any of you guys DJ, what do you use and how do you do it?
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

hey ho

im djing for about 5 or 6 years now.

The best advice i can give you is:
JUST DIVE INTO IT!

I was in a club and listened to this dj and the next day i said: i want to become a dj
I bought my DJ set up and just started to learn by myself without any tutorials...
Finding your own djing style will be a point of setting yourself apart from other djs.
You can start with vinyl (oldschool, and everyone will love you and think you are COOL), or with CD Players. I would seriously not start with traktor or any visual djing programm.
It fucks up your way of learning to dj. You will be always attracted to the visual waveform and not the audio.
Try to learn it by ear not by your eyes!

Now to your questions:

The scene:
its hard to get a nice residency somewhere, MAKE CONTACTS!
The setup:
PIONEER! i know, its expensive but its worth it!
I started with the Pioneer 400 Setup (2x CDJ400, 1xDJM 400)
i bought them used for like 1000 and i had them for over 2 years.
Headphones:

Low Budget: AKG k81 dj
High Budget: Sennheiser HD25-C2

What i use now?

3xCDJ2000, DJM900
Sennheiser HD25-C2 and Beats by Dre Mixr

I hope i could help you with this
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hey ho

im djing for about 5 or 6 years now.

The best advice i can give you is:
JUST DIVE INTO IT!

I was in a club and listened to this dj and the next day i said: i want to become a dj
I bought my DJ set up and just started to learn by myself without any tutorials...
Finding your own djing style will be a point of setting yourself apart from other djs.
You can start with vinyl (oldschool, and everyone will love you and think you are COOL), or with CD Players. I would seriously not start with traktor or any visual djing programm.
It fucks up your way of learning to dj. You will be always attracted to the visual waveform and not the audio.
Try to learn it by ear not by your eyes!

Now to your questions:

The scene:
its hard to get a nice residency somewhere, MAKE CONTACTS!
The setup:
PIONEER! i know, its expensive but its worth it!
I started with the Pioneer 400 Setup (2x CDJ400, 1xDJM 400)
i bought them used for like 1000 and i had them for over 2 years.
Headphones:

Low Budget: AKG k81 dj
High Budget: Sennheiser HD25-C2

What i use now?

3xCDJ2000, DJM900
Sennheiser HD25-C2 and Beats by Dre Mixr

I hope i could help you with this
Thanks for the reply!!!

Questions for you:
Is using vinyl/cds really worth it for an EDM DJ? Using something like traktor seems so much more efficient and easy. How does vinyl even work for digital music?
As for coming up with my own style, are there any guidelines or standards of what is expected of a DJ? I would like to add some elements of live instrumentation into my sets, but I don't know the norms or practicality as far as that goes.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:30 PM   #4
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

One additional question: To get gigs, do you need a booking agency or anything like that? I've been a musician for awhile, but have never done anything professionally, and I've seen some guys using them.
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Find a willing group of girls to train you up in controlling your excitement for the amount of FFFFFFM blowjobs you'll be getting as THE DJ.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:17 PM   #6
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

I would go out and get involved in your local scene before you start throwing mix CDs in people's faces. Show up to nights EARLY and offer to help setup. Then STAY LATE and offer to help tear down. Actually make friends with people. Don't come off all "Imma DJ GIMME A GIG". Also, lol@booking agents...for entry level gigs you aren't going to be playing a club or festival that deals with booking agents. You are wanting to look for some grass roots, local DJ nights.

And no. You don't need CDJs or need to play vinyl. In fact, in this day and age I would call it a waste of money if you are playing brostep, complextro, big room or any of the huge festival genres...none of your fans or the promoters will care.

Be humble. Be helpful. Be a real person. If you are doing it for any reason besides wanting to make people dance (or fist pump, as the case may be) don't even bother starting because you will end up disappointed.

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Old 07-26-2014, 12:11 AM   #7
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

Thanks for the replies!
Another dumb question: How much do entry level gigs pay? Now obviously not big bucks, which is fine because I'm not in it for the money, but I would like to cover my transportation costs, etc.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:15 AM   #8
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...you'll be lucky to get free drinks dude.

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Old 07-28-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
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Don't use The Air horn Sample.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:54 PM   #10
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Just another thought - I don't need to buy amps/monitors/pa system right? The venues should be supplying all of that?
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:07 AM   #11
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

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How does vinyl even work for digital music?
yeahhhhhhh maybe stay away from vinyl

hate to be discouraging and would normally never do it but if i were you id think hard about why you want to do it

then buy what you want to buy

oh and do some research... no offense but im not sure you fully know what a DJ is

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Old 08-03-2014, 03:27 AM   #12
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Expect to spend a bunch of money on equipment to start, and not to get paid for a while.

The best advice is that, when you are DJing, only play OutKast tracks. Mix them up however you see fit, but keep it to OutKast. Seriously.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:30 AM   #13
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yeahhhhhhh maybe stay away from vinyl

hate to be discouraging and would normally never do it but if i were you id think hard about why you want to do it

then buy what you want to buy

oh and do some research... no offense but im not sure you fully know what a DJ is

god bastardmasterbrown is back

soz bud
To be honest, I don't really know what a DJ is. All I know, is that its some guy who plays cool music to entertain a crowd. And you have to edit/align the tracks so the transitions are smooth and maybe throw in a mashup of two tracks.

My goal is to add some elements of live instrumentation into my sets, via drum samplers, midi keyboard, misa tri-bass, etc.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:35 AM   #14
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Also, I presume Traktor/Kontrol S2 is a good setup? From what I can see, its pretty popular.
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

Most booth set ups carry Pioneer CDJ's so buy at least one to learn the ropes on. Mix Mix Mix! Put out as many mixes of your material online as possible with maybe a radio show too. This should build up momentum with gigs being offered if you are good enough of course. Its all about contacts so get out and about in your local scene. The gigs will come if you spend the time learning to build a set.

Kit - you really need your own system at home! Dont rely on mixing in your headphones! It gets really loud in a club and monitors are not always best placed!

Good luck!
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Re: Thinking about becoming a DJ - Advice?

Just go for it man, i have a dream of it too! i absolutely love it, i make my own music but it sounds like shit so it doesn't really bother me, i have 2 cdj900s and a djm800 at home that i practice on.. not making a mixtape just yet, but once piece of advice i can give you is don't take the advice you get on here too seriously..

Get advice from people who want to be where you want to be, or have been!
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@ Martin Davies Serious question: you've been offered a gig or known someone that has been offered a gig because they put a bunch of mixes up online? Sorry, not trolling that just seems somewhat unlikely to me.

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come again the question doesn't make sense?
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come again the question doesn't make sense?
Opps. Wasn't meant for you ;p Edited my post.

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I just see an event and ask to be in it and then I'm in it. Also get contacts who host raves and gigs and whatnot, talk to the host and ask to be in the next one, simple and easy.

EDM doesn't need vinyls, it's about buying individual tracks from the webs with licenses or something.

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