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Step 2: Determining Your Goals
Do you have stars in your eyes? Want to start a business? Starting your own podcast? Are you just doing this for fun?
There are a lot of reasons that you may wish to learn how to become a DJ. The most important thing is to be completely honest about what those reasons are.
And since we’re being completely honest… don’t count on success, if your sole purpose is to get rich and famous.
That’s not to say that you cannot make money, nor does it mean that you shouldn’t shoot for the stars.
Many people become DJs, but very few become superstars. You have to hustle, you have to love it, and you have to work on it even when it sucks.
Standing out takes a lot of hard work, and a bit of luck.
Many people want to DJ because they love music and the idea of sharing it with a receptive audience. Many will attempt to use it as a tool to get laid. Some want it as a source of income.
Whatever the reason is, identify it so that you can act accordingly.
It’s not always sunshine and rainbows; there are some important considerations when deciding to actively pursue DJing as a “career”.
Step 3: Exploring DJ Software
It’s time to get your feet wet with some software, and get an idea of what DJing is like!
There are 3 main industry DJ platforms:
Rekordbox: Pioneer’s free music management software allows you to prep your library and export to USB, or play directly from laptop using Rekordbox DJ. Requires compatible hardware.Serato DJ Pro: Not only is it some of the most popular DJ software ever, but Serato’s new Practice Mode allows you to DJ for free with no hardware connected.Traktor Pro: This Native Instruments software supports loads of great performance features for EDM and hiphop DJs. It costs $99, but a free demo is available.
Many other great options exist. Virtual DJ, for example, claims to be the most downloaded DJ software on Earth. And it’s easy to see why: it supports the latest DJ technologies, it’s backed by a huge community, and it’s entirely free for home use.
Virtual DJ is also plug-and-play compatible with most DJ controllers, comes with a boatload of effects, and even supports video mixing and karaoke.
Other great options include djay Pro, Mixxx, and Mixvibes CrossDJ.
Of course, choosing a DJ platform is a matter of preference. But with some demoing (and a little YouTube research), you should be able to find the software that works for you.
See you back here again next week for a few more tips for DJ's