DJ Etiquette with other DJs

DJ Etiquette Series Part 1 – DJ Etiquette with other DJs

DJ Etiquette Series Part 1 – DJ Etiquette with other DJs – In this two part series of posts, we go into the world of DJ etiquette. We explore what you can do to make your Djing experience a lot smoother. In this series, we go over etiquette with club owners, patrons, bouncers. In this post, we go over etiquette with other DJs.

DJ Etiquette with other DJs

The mistake most new DJs make is seeing other DJs as competition rather than potential opportunities for more DJing gigs. You should always treat other DJs with respect, this is much more likely to lead you to more DJing gigs in the future. Here are a few tips we recommend when you’re DJing.

Try to never set up your equipment when another DJ is DJing

If you start setting up your DJ gear in the booth while the DJ is still finishing their set you’re going to potential throw them off their stride. Also, the DJ is not likely to appreciate this and could cause tension in the future.

Bring a short mix CD in case a sound check is not possible. 

You can use the short mix CD to blend out the DJ on before you. You can set up while the short mix is playing and the other DJ is done. You should give yourself about 15 to 20 minutes.

When all else fails then try the following:

  • Try to leave a much time as possible, ideally, you need to leave 20 minutes or more.
  • Politely let the current DJ know you going to start setting your DJ equipment up. Let the DJ know that there is no need for them to rush, that you are just setting up in advance and they have plenty of time.
  • Don’t rush while setting up as not to distract the current DJ, if the DJ is in the middle of a mix make sure not to go near the mixer.
  • Make sure that when you are done, thank the previous DJ for their patience with you.

What to keep in mind when you’re opening for another DJ:

  • First thing is to know your place, you’re there to warm the room up. Show some self-control, by doing this you are setting up the headlining DJ to knock it out of the park. If you do this right it should lead to more gigs.
  • Unless you are asked, Never leave the next DJ 2 minutes to get there mix sorted. Make it at least a 5-10 minute track, this gives the next DJ time to transition.
  • Make sure not to leave the sound system at 10. This gives the DJ room to raise it if need be.
  • Make sure you leave the booth tidy, Don’t leave any mess or empty drinks lying around.


What to keep in mind when you’re coming on after another DJ:

  • Give yourself 5-10 minutes before you start to enter the DJ booth
  • Make sure to politely introduce yourself, make them aware of how longs left to your start time.
  • If any problems regarding set times come up, go straight to the promoter. At the end of the day, they should be able to sort it out.
  • When you are ready to start your set, politely let the current DJ know.
  • Make sure to get there early to check out the DJ before you start, this will help you get a feel for the room and crowd, this especially applies if you haven’t played the venue before.


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