be a DJ?
DJ Jazzy Joe
So, You Wanna Be A DJ !
a noble thought and a noble profession. But, before you jump onto
the wheels of steel, ask yourself why do you ACTUALLY want to do it
? Is it the Jetsetting life of popular DJ’s, the wine &
the women, the glamour of it all or simply the money? Well, if it’s
any of those, please don’t waste your time and money because
you won’t last. Something I’ve always told aspirants is
that you’ve got to be crazy enough to want to be a DJ –
Sleepless nights, playing the same track 5,000 times and still getting
requested to play it, threats if you don’t play the request
next, unhappy neighbours, very few long time relationships cause you
don’t have time to maintain them and a shoe-string budget cause
whatever you make, it goes back into music, gear & clothes! If
that is something you can handle and with a smile, then please do
come in – otherwise it’s better to do something else.
Also, don’t just jump in because you ‘love music’.
Please analyse your interest in music and find out whether you want
to play instruments, sing songs or play and mix music. After all,
you're talking about some valuable years of your life.
sure that DJ'ing is where you want to go, start practising on your
own with whatever equipment you have - I began with a 2-in-1 and a
tape deck. Not too many artists are born with a silver spoon but they
all manage to create one – That’s the achievement. Once
you are ready to buy professional equipment, buy the best even if
it's a bit more expensive. It's better to wait & save to invest
in better equipment then to get cheaper stuff that won't give you
the right performance required for you to develop a professional style.
Believe me, I know of a lot of guys who started on substandard equipment
and could not stay around for very long because they just couldn’t
make the shift to professional equipment found in good clubs. Today,
they’re still on the same equipment and the same level as they
were 5 years back. So, value your talent and head for the right gear
if you want to be able to make a mark. Take the DJ profession very
seriously and be ready to work your butt off - nothing comes easy!
All the Big names that you see around today have been slogging it
for more than a Decade to get to where they are today – are
you ready for that level of commitment?
if you want to do it for the money, don't even try. Like all professions,
money is less in the beginning but once you start making your mark,
it gets better. Actually, better is a small term once you’ve
made your valuable contribution in someway – the amount that
Big DJ’s are paid just for one night is enough for a lot of
Doctors and Engineers to secretly wonder if they made the right choice!
Yes, money, fame, wine, women, music and loads of good times are there
but, only for the one who is ready to bare his soul and give his all
to the spinning wheels – Are YOU the Chosen One?