27 May How to become a mobile DJ
How to become a mobile DJ – Running a mobile DJ business is a great job for anyone who’s passionate about music and has a driven personality. Although a fun job, DJing is very demanding, and if you aren’t professional about DJing you won’t make it very far in this business.
With that said, with the right business strategy, a mobile DJ company can be more than a bit of fun on the side, it could be a full-time successful career.
1. Get to know the ropes by assisting an established mobile DJ.
You can also gain some experience by hosting your own parties for your family and friends which you can DJ at, or offer to DJ for free at friends’ parties, or at a school party.
2. Get yourself a business plan for your mobile DJ company.
Your business plan will help you stay focused, it doesn’t just tell you should do, it tells you what you shouldn’t do. Your plan needs to include types of marketing you will use (print, web, social media, etc…), how much money you will spend on your DJing equipment, how you will plan to finance and grow your business. figure out where the biggest demand is in your area, look out, for example, clubs and bars, kids parties, weddings, festivals, karaoke nights and family events.
3. Collect music.
You will need to have a wide range of music, on vinyl or as digital files. Collect music in as many different styles as you can, such as drum and bass, house, disco, trance and soul. It’s also wise to have the current top 40 so you can handle any requests that may be thrown at you. Make sure that all your music is legally obtained.
4. Buy or Rent your DJ equipment.
Obviously, this is the most expensive part of starting you mobile DJing business. The amount and type of DJ equipment you are going to need will depend on the type of DJing that you are going to focus on. For working in clubs or at weddings, you will need turntables, amplifier, mixer, headphones, speakers and lighting effects. While if you are going for karaoke, you will need a karaoke machine, monitors, CD-Gs (music for karaoke machines that includes the lyrics), several microphones, speakers and a written song list. You may choose to use a laptop computer for storing all your music and for mixing, which means you will also need mixing software and cables to connect your laptop to the speakers.
5. Promote yourself.
Pass out leaflets at pubs, bars and clubs, as well as local colleges. Create a demo CD or video (put both of these on YouTube or social media) to give to potential clients. Try and get to know other DJs and try to create a network of DJs who may help you find gigs.
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