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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: (more…)

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A major part of marketing yourself as a DJ is being where things happen and the annual Winter Music Conference (WMC) in South Beach, Miami is definitely one of the key events to market oneself. WMC has been running for over 25 years now and every March thousands of DJs, producers, vocalists, promoters, club owners, record company execs and music fans converge on South Beach to network, promote and of course….to party!  But with over 400 events in five days, it can be quite overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing. This March 2011 will be my eighth consecutive conference. While I have friends who have been going since the beginning, I’ve picked up quite a few tips over the last eight years to share with you. (more…)

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I just got back from playing in Atlanta where I witnessed true unity in Deep House.  Even in the largest American cities, it can still be very difficult to throw successful Deep House events. There are simply not enough fans to go around for several events on any given night. We’re all getting older and not enough potential, young fans are finding us. Atlanta is a smaller city than Chicago, New York and L.A. and they don’t have as many large scale Deep House events. However, once a month Stan Zeff throws an event called “Tambor” featuring some of the best producers/djs around today and people just seem to come together to support this special night by collectively creating an enormous amount of anticipation. (more…)

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If you’re trying to break into the DJ business or if you’re already in it and want to get more work, then you should already know you need a solid demo mix CD. Putting together the right mix is no easy task. In fact, it’s like a work of art. This CD will represent you, your style and vibe. It can turn someone into a new fan or even inspire another DJ. It can also turn someone completely off. So do you just push record and start mixing? Some do however I see things quite differently. (more…)

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I’ve been asked to write about how to find key contacts in the “scene.” This is subjective to your region and style of music that you’re looking to spin. It may be easier in some areas than in others. However, I assume that most DJs know and support their local scene. An aspiring DJ should be doing this already or their chances of landing gigs will be considerably low. (more…)

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Starting out is hard to do. Think about it, you have to convince someone to put you on when no one knows who you are and has never heard of you…..but it can be done. We’ve all been there at one time or another. So here are some tips to get you thinking. (more…)

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