I love my job so much and one of my favourite things is listening to student mixes and giving them feedback. The majority of the time, I am blown away by how talented they are, and lots of the time I feel it's kind of like that grasshopper analogy, where the students have surpassed the skills of their teacher, which to be honest makes me really happy and to see so many of my students now landing residencies in clubs and getting really good gigs, it blows my mind.
I always say to my students what tracks you play and how much of each track you play is completely up to you and even though there are lots of things to consider when mixing tracks and building incredible playlists that make an impact, all of which is taught in full detail in my course which I'll link in below, but when it comes to playing live, being able to read a crowd and even the ability to observe, sense and direct the energy in the room with a goal of uniting everyone there and creating world class atmospheres is arguably one of the most importing things when it comes to having success as a DJ.
Ok first and foremost, never underestimate the power of setting goals or even intentions. I know I have said this before but life without goals is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the boxtop, and if you have no direction to head in then you are merely going through life reacting to what you see and experience and I'll be honest...
Many people wonder what it will be like for DJs post covid. I assure you and know for a fact, venues will be very eager to open again, but at first this may be at a reduced capacity, which means smaller parties, which means, from their perspective, keeping their expenses down.
Handling request and drunk people can be the catalyst for a bad night so in this video I will give you tips and insights on how to squash the issues before they arise...
In this video I will give you some tips on how to get out of sticky DJ situations like a seasoned pro.
I personally believe how far you get as a DJ is in direct proportion to how far you really think you can go. So honestly, do you think you can be successful?
This video is all about how you can get a name for yourself as a DJ and start getting shows because people know of you, as opposed to people knowing you personally because you attend their events.
Coming up with a DJ name can be a very personal thing and ultimately you want to come up with a name you are comfortable saying out loud. For instance something you feel good about when you say it and also something you don't have to explain the meaning every time you say it.
People are always asking me what should I expect to get paid when I play at events. This can vary a lot, depending on the venue and the event, so in this video I will break down what I think is fair pay and what you can expect to be paid when playing at different types of events and parties.
Being a great DJ doesn't mean being the best, it means much more. Our DJ students all have amazing goals that we help them achieve.
You may not be a superstar DJ yet but have no fear! There are undeniable qualities in almost all successful DJs. You will also find out...
All DJs have their own personal logo that represents them as an artist. It can be a creatively daunting task deciding on a logo that you're happy with but let's start from the very beginning. When should I get a logo?
Your position on a DJ line up should always be considered before you start thinking about what music you're going to play. It is imperative you play the appropriate music for the time you are booked for or it could be disastrous for the event and for yourself. How do you play to your set time?
The mixtape is the perfect promotional tool for DJs because it showcases your personal preference in music and your skills such as song selection and mixing ability. Before you start on your mix, ask yourself these important questions:
Which type of DJ do you want to be? The clearer your vision, the better your results will be as you can keep your focus on what you want. Depending on the environment and audience you prefer, you might want to consider the 4 main types of DJs:
The key to being successful at anything in life is to know what you want and why you want it. It is said, "life without goals is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the box-top".