This may come across as a little bit of a biased blog, seeing I was a DJ before I was a music producer. But, what I have realised is that over my nine year period as a Melbourne-based DJ/Producer, I have had many people come to me to first see if their music they have made will work in nightclubs, so I believe this is a very important blog for any upcoming producer who wants to eventually get booked for DJ gigs.
DJ competitions, lets face it we all get excited when we hear about them, it’s a chance for a DJ to make a breakthrough in the music industry and potentially play more DJ gigs. I have had the pleasure of attending many and I have also been involved in DJ competitions in Melbourne as a youngster myself. In this blog, I want to help you with some of my personal experiences, some tips and what I believe judges and music industry experts look for when selecting a winner.
DJ mixes are like an employee’s resume for a job interview; they show experience, your style, sound, genre and give you an insight into who you are as a DJ. They have to be great to get the attention and keep the attention of people to rack up the plays, likes, gain fans and to get DJ gigs. In this blog, I will suggest ways that can help you create great DJ mixes. This is the way I do my mixes and has worked for me over the last 9 years of DJing, so I think this will benefit you.
If you're a beginner DJ looking to get your first DJ gig, or more for that matter, this one’s for you. I will suggest why you should take just about any DJ gig that comes your way, and I will also suggest the impact it will have on your DJ skills later down the track.
Many DJ’s can overlook the importance of a warm up set. Whether you are the first DJ at the beginning of the night or warming up for a pro international, here are some important key points to remember when warming up for a DJ, or playing an opening set.