Complete Guide: How You Can Be A DJ

Today personality and profession of a DJ is becoming the new Pop or Rock Star, and more and more people decide to leap.  The first questions that arise to someone who wants to learn to be a DJ will be to be a DJ? Are there courses to learn to be a DJ? What is the necessary equipment? How long will it take me to learn and how much money does it cost? Because these and many others are the questions that we are going to try to answer in the complete way possible in this guide.

Let's be honest: to start being a DJ is not entirely complicated, and nowadays it does not take a lot of time to start making your first mixes of songs. However, being exceptional and standing out is not going to be easy and is something very few get. It takes much more to become a real DJ who knows how to mix one song with the next.

How to Start?

We will guide you through steps that will take you to learn everything you need to be a DJ. However, it is important to remember that while the steps are simple, they require dedication. Contrary to popular belief, learning to DJ is not an effective way to achieve success or be popular at night. It takes work, dedication, practice and a considerable amount of time. Success will come after this work.

There are many kinds of DJ 's and many different reasons for each of these types of DJs to exist. What do you want to achieve with this? The goal of all this will be for you to find a correct way to build your DJ career and learn the trade. Let's start!

1.       The Work Of The DJ:

Strictly speaking, a DJ is someone who puts pre-recorded music for an audience. If someone hires you to play and advance an iPod music list, at a cookout, you're a DJ. In this first step, let's review the types of DJs that exist today and what their primary job consists of. It is not a strict or closed list since it is possible that many DJs belong to several of these categories or that their roles are small modifications of these:

·         The Resident DJ in a Club/Bar

It is the DJ who has a recurring session in a nightclub or club. Each club has a different style, reputation, and audience which also means that the clubs vary in what they expect from their musical selection and DJ sessions. Typically, the job of the resident DJ is to keep the dance floor moving uninterrupted ... often by making extended mixes (transitions) between songs, or some other tricks to keep people's feet moving.

·         The Guest DJ

People are going to see this DJ because of who he is, his reputation, his music and what they think they can do behind the booth. It includes anyone who has gained some essential followers or fans and who will follow him wherever he performs.

·         The Mobile DJ (event or wedding DJ)

This is usually a DJ with an entrepreneur mentality, and it is typically the variant where you will have the most opportunities to make a successful living in this profession. his type of DJ often has to be compromised with musical requests, many times they will even ask you to play this or that musical style or not to play in particular type of music.

2.       Start Making Your First Mixes

Many people want DJ because they like music and the idea of sharing with a receptive audience. Some think it will help them get laid. Some want as a source of income. Whatever the reason, identify it so that you can act accordingly.

Start making your mixes at first. Take the first steps in the world of the DJ using some free software. Currently, we have at our disposal a large number of programs and apps with which to "play" in the DJ world for free or at a meager price and with which we get an idea of how the theory works without making large expenses.

3.       Basic Abilities

Many people will tell you that being a DJ is complicated. You will find DJ courses that involve dozens of hours, weeks or months to complete, books with hundreds of pages and an endless amount of resources on the subject. Let's be honest. Anyone can learn the basics to be a DJ in a short time. And when we say little time we are talking about a few hours. It is true that perfection will require many hours of extra practice, constant learning and a lot of effort and dedication. But the courses of DJ and similar that need months to learn to play surely only have one objective. Stay with your money.

4.       Learn Beatmatching:

It is the basis of the mix. It consists of synchronizing the songs so that both have the same "tempo" and can be mixed. Anyone who has played an instrument will know that the songs are divided into bars and that several bars together form musical phrases. When mixing songs, it is important to keep in mind these "musical phrases." The mix/volume consists in making one song go to the next through the control of the levels of individual volume.

5.       DJ Equipment: Controllers & Modules

Fortunately, today there is a wide range of possibilities and equipment. From simpler things and tighter budgets to more professional teams. A keyboard, a DJ program with which to click and a mouse is good to start, but there are many more things you can do without access or have some adequate software.

You can search for DJ controllers. The most modern all-in-one DJ controllers have everything you need to learn to perform a full DJ session. It includes an integrated audio card (audio interface) with what you only need to connect this equipment to your laptop or even in some cases can get to work by comparing to an iPad, tablet or mobile, so you can start making your musical set as a DJ.  Often an interface or audio card is also required, for all sound management, its launching to the speakers, its listening in headphones, etc. Some of these modular controllers will have this own built-in audio card.

The great idea behind a DJ is that of a figure that joins a musical expression with the wishes of a specific audience. It is not only the technical ability to know how to perform a beatmaching (synchronization of beats or beats) or the ability to scratch between two or more songs. It is about being an observer, connecting with the public and being reactive. In this guide, we will review all the fundamental aspects of the DJ world, and we will indicate what the first steps would be and everything you will have to learn and know if you want to become a professional DJ.

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