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Ten tips for DJs that are just starting their career

Veteran DJ with 30+ years of experience Sebastiaan Hooft shares his top 10 tips for DJs that are just starting out their career.
Ten tips for DJs that are just starting their career

You might have friends who think you’re the next world-renowned DJ. But unless you have years of experience or a killer natural talent, you’ll likely need to start at the bottom.

A DJ career can be gratifying if you’re willing to do the work. ✏️ Here are ten tips to help you get started.

Do your research

There’s a lot to learn about being a DJ, from the technical aspects to the music itself. Do some research to determine what kind of DJing you’re interested in and what equipment you’ll need. Plenty of resources online to help you get started.

Find a mentor

One of the best ways to learn is to find someone already successful at what you want to do and ask for guidance. Many DJs are happy to help out up-and-comers, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for advice.

Get some experience

You’re not going to get booked for big gigs immediately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start practicing your craft. Plenty of smaller birthday parties or events would be happy to have you DJ, so start building up your portfolio.

Build a following

The more people know about your DJing, the more likely you will get booked for gigs. Use social media to get your name out there, and create a professional website to showcase your work.

Stay up to date

The music industry is constantly changing, so it’s essential to keep up with the latest trends. Follow industry news, listen to new music, and go to shows to see what’s popular.

Be original

While staying up to date is essential, it’s also important to be original. Don’t try to imitate other DJs – find your own unique style and sound.

Practice, practice, practice

The more you practice, the better you’ll become at DJing. Invest in some quality equipment so you can practice at home, and try getting gigs as often as possible. Be hungry.

Be professional

This industry is all about networking, so it’s essential to be professional in person and online. Be polite and respectful to everyone you meet, and be sure to follow up after meeting someone important.

Market yourself

Marketing is essential to any business, and DJing is no different. Make sure you have a good press kit and that you’re actively promoting your work.

Never stop learning

Even the most successful DJs are constantly learning and growing. Attend workshops and seminars, follow YouTube channels, read books and articles, and listen to feedback to help you improve.

👉 If you would like to learn more about entrepreneurship in the electronic music industry, please catch me at the 2023 MXT Conference in Groningen.