How to Become an Electronic DJ

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Electronically altered sounds of traditional instruments and savvy vocals is the definition of electronic music. The high energy music genres like House and Techno are still hot in the club scene and to be able to spin the music is a huge rush. Knowledge and skill will help you succeed in becoming a good electronic DJ.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 turntables
  • DJ mixer
  • 2 speakers
  • Monitor
  • Media (i.e. vinyl, CDs, or mp3s)
  • Familiarize yourself with the different genres of electronic music, such as House and Trance. You'll be able to determine the difference between each genre and have a preference as to what you'd like to spin specifically.

  • Collect and buy music from the genres you prefer to DJ with. Get your music on CD or MP3 at music stores online such as the iTunes Store. Ask other DJs for music to purchase or trade - maybe you have a track that they'd like or vice versa.

  • Practice mixing with your music by matching the BPMs (beats per minute) of each song and determining when to mix the next song into the one that's already playing. It's usually best to use the "kick" or bass beat as your mark.

  • Listen to and learn about other electronic DJs like Bad Boy Bill or Tiesto. Pay attention to how they program their sets and when they mix. Some DJs incorporate scratching and other effects which are exciting to listen to, but to be a good DJ, focus on being a good mixer.

  • Network with other electronic DJs and ask about guest spots so that you can get more exposure mixing in front of an audience.

Tips & Warnings

  • For more exposure in the electronic dance scene, listen to dance stations (online) for playlists. Attend the annual Winter Music Conference, held in Miami, and network with other electronic DJs and artists.

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