This blog is dedicated to the first timer that has his or hers first DJ gig coming up, and wants to make a great impression. Besides the playing of ones set there can be other factors to take into consideration when it comes to keeping a gig in the long term. These key points will help you achieve a better result on first impression for a DJ gig.
Get in early and socialise
This is an important one a promoter always likes to see a DJ get their that little bit early to socialise and make friends with incoming patrons. In fact a promoter would rather put a DJ on that gets there early and make more an effort, making people feel welcome, offering them a drink, and expanding their own network in the process. It is great representation for the club and is a way to get a patron coming back next time.
A good attitude
A DJ that is positive with a good attitude is what a promoter likes to see from a DJ. It brings great energy to the club and people want to be around DJ’s that is enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, it rubs off on other people and they are attracted to people with it. The last thing a promoter wants to see is someone who is completely full of ego and thinks they are too good to hang around the general public and say hi.
Bring quality people to a club
In my personal opinion, quality will always out weigh quantity to keep a great nightclub atmosphere alive and an audience of the right people coming back as regulars. Equality is the key here with a fifty-fifty ratio of men and women coming into a club. Numbers are important but it pays to bring in the die hard music enthusiasts, this is what makes nightclubs great and keeps them a float. Always do your best to bring the clean cut, well dressed passionate music enthusiast’s, not trouble makers looking for fights.
Play to your time-slot
This is a big one. Promoters cannot stand a DJ that does not play to their time-slot. Its quite common for the new up coming DJ to overstep the mark, and I have seen it quite often. The need to just want to get in their and prove them selves to everyone by playing tracks a level or two above what they should be playing. It can destroy the flow of the night, the next DJ set, and the night itself. If you want to keep a gig and impress a promoter, play to your time-slot. Show respect to the other DJ’s around you and work in with everyone.
Be the DJ that does more
Offer to do that bit extra to show you are in it for the night itself and not just you. It goes along way to help and lend a hand by putting up promo flyers before the night, perhaps even helping out with equipment to make sure everything is working right, before a DJ set. It can go along way to help build rapport with people, make a great lasting impression and put you in the good books with promoters to keep you coming back next time.