How to Start a DJ Business – What You Need To Consider
February 4, 2020 748 views
A Collection of Resources Related to Starting a DJ Business
If you have a passion for music, have a knack for creating a playlist that people like, and enjoy late nights and going out, then a DJ startup is an option for you.
This type of business doesn’t require a lot of startup funds. You need a decent amp, mixer, speakers, microphone, lights, as well as other optional equipment such as a fog machine, etc., and transportation to get to and from parties. These days, you can even use your smartphone to create and play your music.
For a very brief time, I dabbled as a DJ many years back, just before CDs were coming out. In those days, you needed turntables and cassette decks. My debut as a DJ was great: I had the crowd dancing nonstop, and the mix between songs was a hit. I found one of the main keys to having people dance and get into the music consists of the following:
You want the music to be heard, not blurred. Sometimes during events, I wonder if DJs listen to what they are putting out there. They think as long as it’s loud, it’s good. It must be clear, and at all costs, you have to eliminate distortion.
It’s important to have the right volume at the right time. Have you ever been to a wedding and the music was so loud during the meal you felt like cutting the power at the DJ station?
There are right and wrong times to play music. When people are dancing, the volume should be loud, when people are eating, you should have background music with the volume at an acceptable level.
The way you set up your speakers makes a difference for the quality of sound — this is something you want to pay attention to and get into the habit of mastering. The better you set up your speaker positions, the better the sound for your audience.
It’s very important to get the right song choice for the right venue, it’s obvious, but at times DJs play tracks that are inappropriate for the audience and wonder why the crowd isn’t reacting to the music.
When you get the right mix for the right crowd, it’s tough to get people off the dance floor.
You need to control the flow of your music and build up your list. You want to start strong and build your way up with your playlist. Don’t start with your best stuff and go backward down your list. You want to build and keep people engaged.
With any business you’re considering, you want to make sure it’s the right business for you. If you’re passionate about a business, product, or service, it will be a lot easier to become successful, and when you face a challenge, you look for ways to overcome it. If you have no interest in the business and are just in it for the money, you look for ways out whenever you are faced with a challenge.
When looking at starting a business, think of it this way: would you run this business for free, if you could afford to do so? If the answer is yes, then you’re following your passion. If your answer is no, then you may be better off getting into a business you’re passionate about.
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