To continue to obtain and maintain DJ gigs in today’s market is not an easy task. The scene is flooded with many talented DJs and standing out can be difficult. I’ve have come up with five simple best practices for DJs that will always keep you in the game:
Always work on creating something new. If you’re a producer then create new music. If you’re a remixer then create a new remix. If you strictly DJ then make a new mix. If you’re also a promoter then create a new event.
Invest in your art. This includes studio and performance sessions, websites, photography, graphic design, studio/DJ equipment, CD duplication, and even continuing education. While there are many ways you can stretch a dollar by utilizing your resources, you’re still going to have to spend more than a few bucks.
Take your creation and share it with the world. Let people know what you’re doing. Utilize all the resources we have at our fingertips such as e-mail, text messaging, and social networking to promote our creations, music, and events.
Back it all up by working hard and treating every performance like its New Year’s Eve. Show people that you’re as good as you appear to be. Play to an empty room as if there are thousands of people there.
It’s important to support other artists. You can do this in a number of ways such as attending events, buying drinks and paying to get it, and buying music. You can also show support by charting other artists’ songs, providing positive feedback, acknowledging a good set, or congratulating them on a gig, award or other accomplishment. The main point here is to say positive.