How To Digital DJ Fast – Digital DJ Tips
Want to be in the DJ box, not looking up at it? With digital, you can – if you learn the secrets. This course will teach you all you need to know to get the DJ bookings and success you dream of. Pic: Harper/Smith
Digital DJing – DJing with laptops and controllers – has made achieving the “DJ lifestyle” easier than ever.
Do you want to play in your favourite bars and clubs, instead of just going to them? Get on guest lists across town? Be “the DJ” in your circle of friends? Do you dream of playing your favourite tunes to packed dancefloors of people who’ve come just to hear you?
Of course you do! And as you’ve already guessed, digital DJing can get you all of this, more cheaply and more easily than ever was the case for vinyl and CD DJs.
Trouble is though, with all the different systems out there to choose from, as well as digital music, DJing techniques and technical skills to master, it can be almost impossible for you – the new DJ – to know where to start. What gear is right for you? Where do you find the best music? What skills do you need? How do you plug your gear in when you get to the clubs? Hell, what does a DJ even really do nowadays?
Without proper answers to these questions, you’ll find it’s costly, time-consuming and frustrating to get to the stage where you can play a DJ set in public. It often used to take years for vinyl and CD DJs to master the basics, never mind play real gigs – and while it can be easier to get going with digital, you still need to practise the right things in order to do it well enough to play out.
And the harsh truth is that without getting to the stage where you can play confidently in public on your new digital gear, you’re never going to get the success you want. You’ll always be a bedroom DJ, dreaming about it yet getting no closer to it happening for you.
I’ve DJed in some of the world’s best nightclubs, and this course takes all of that experience and applies it to digital DJing.
Granted, I’d already been a professional DJ for nearly 10 years. I’d DJed at the biggest club in the world (Privilege in Ibiza), run and DJed at my own wildly successful UK club night for over a decade (Tangled in Manchester), and mixed on the radio (for Ministry of Sound internationally and Kiss/Galaxy FM in the UK). I was already living the dream DJ’s life I’d always wanted, and getting paid excellently for it.
But then I realised digital was the future, and knew I had to switch – and suddenly, I didn’t have a clue again! It took many, many months to get proficient as a digital DJ. Along the way, I ended up writing some of the very first digital DJ gear reviews (for IDJ Magazine in the UK) – because those guys understood digital even less than I did at the time! Slowly, through trial and error, I switched to DJing professionally with laptops and controllers… and have never looked back.
Since then, as well as DJing in “normal” clubs, I’ve played in some amazing places with my controller – places where you could never DJ with traditional gear: Beach parties, pool parties, impromptu raves, even in hotel rooms!
I’ve also taught hundreds of DJs about every aspect of DJing with controllers and laptops, countless of whom… Read more…