Get Your First DJ Booking With These Three Tips
WRITTEN BY PJ FRONSDAHL
FEATURED PHOTO BY WES CUNNINGHAM
Truthfully, there are quite a few steps to getting booked as an aspiring DJ. Often times spectators go to clubs or festivals to witness the glory of being on stage while mixing musical masterpieces for fans to go crazy over. Yet with the bright spotlight center stage, comes a great amount of dedication and many relentless hours of work. The good news is there are some tips of the trade that could help you become a successful DJ, faster.
Tip #1 – Be Professional
Right in the beginning of your career, you must treat your brand like a respectable business. Your character is your currency. Of course, becoming a DJ is about how consistently good your sound is, however, it definitely helps to be likable. Be flexible and easy to work with; no one likes to work with a tool, unless you’re in a garage. Once you have that all down, build a solid resume and grow your fan base little by little. Your DJ resume comes in the form of an EPK (Electronic Press Kit). This will include your history of shows played, track list, your manager, contact information, pictures and a brief description of the style you bring to the crowd. Creating a quality Soundcloud is highly encouraged and producing original tracks on a frequent basis is recommended.
Tip #2 – Support Local Events
It may seem obvious, but this tip should not be overlooked. DJs should pick the event they wish to play at and become active in the production as much as possible. This could include meeting the event coordinators, promoters, managers, resident DJs, or even the attendees. By attending and supporting the event, your face will be shown while your effort receives recognition. Stand out by putting in time to promote the night even if you’re not playing; volunteer your services at first. Creating the next headbanger or radio hit is a great accomplishment to aim for, but in the mean time, getting involved with shows is the next best thing. Stay consistent and persistent, your opportunity to shine will come sooner than you think!
Tip #3 – Develop Your Brand
The biggest reason to book a DJ for most shows boils down to how many people they can bring to an event. Having a social media following can be great to add to your profile, but the real value is how many people show up to your live performance. This translates to dollar signs for clubs and festivals. You can be the next Kaskade with your sound but if you’re not known yet, you won’t be booked. It’s a sad truth but don’t let it defeat you. Start small and locally, sample your music out to your friends on social media. Go network at local events and large festivals, maybe make some business cards to pass out. Start doing give aways to boost attention for yourself and for the music you create. From here, invite them to a show under your guest list or promotional link. DJing has a lot to do with social ingenuity. Get creative and add as much value to yourself as possible. If you’re really daring, host an underground rave, just don’t get caught!
Fortune favors the bold and chance favors a prepared mind. Take these tips with you, add your own remix to them, and become more desirable for frequent bookings. The goal with everything in life is to add value where there is an unmet need. When you solve the needs of fans and event coordinators, you will have no problem getting booked consistently.