If you’re stuck in getting the right equipment, if you’re not confident in your DJ mixing skills, or if you’re not simply putting yourself out there, this article will teach you how to pick and choose the right equipment, better prepare you mix sets to really get your listeners exited, and to successfully make you look like a pro. Something to keep in mind while you’re reading this article. Getting into DJing isn’t the cheapest thing to do. All the costs of the expensive equipment and marketing tools that make you look like a professional do add up so keep a budget and keep track of your expenses. Think of this as an investment on yourself.
Let’s assume you’ve never had any training and don’t even have the proper equipment to mix. The first thing you’re going to want to do is put enough time into finding the proper DJ Controller. This is incredibly important as sound quality and FX are determined by the grade of the Controller you’re using. Now there are a number of companies that provide a solid and reliable Mixer Controller, but with that being said they also sell beginner equipment that’s cheap but with cheap you get a lower level of sound quality and less options for creativity while mixing. On the other side those companies also sell pro level equipment that have top of the line sound and endless FX channels for literally unlimited creativity elements. As you can imagine the pro level equipment doesn’t come cheap and can range anywhere from 7K to 50K.
Once you’ve selected the equipment that fits you’re needs and creativity levels, you’re ready to plug in and start mixing right? Wrong. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as that, mixing requires music skills, time and patience. Before you begin, know the genre of music you plan on mixing. By this I mean know how long the drops of the songs last in terms of beats and measures, how long do the rises last, and how long are the intros and outros. Once you learn this you can begin mixing. For example in Electronic Dance Music, there are generally 126 – 128 beats per minute, with the intros and outros lasting 24 measures and 96 beats. The rise lasts 40 measures and 160 beats, while the drops lasts 16 measures and 64 beats. Knowing this information will help you how to successfully fade out from track A into track B and then from track B into tack C. Make sure that your BPM or Beats Per Minute are the same on the tracks you’re trying to mix, if not your mixing is going to sound like train wreck. It’s like mixing Beethoven and Katey Perry it can’t be done.
Once you’ve mastered the art of mixing you’re going to want to increase your exposure, it’s highly recommended that you begin a YouTube channel showcasing some of your mixing skills. This means investing in a good camera so your video quality is HD. People want to see what you’re doing while listening to you. How can someone see what you’re doing on the Controller if you’re using a bad camera with 2 megapixels. It’s also recommended you start up a SoundCloud account or another way to showcase your music without the video element. For this you’re going to want to have a professional picture so others acknowledge you as a professional and click on your channel. Be sure to also make an Instagram to show and tell your followers about any new and upcoming mixes and music coming out. This is also the quickest way to get followers and get people talking about you. Remember the more you mix and the more you post the more people have to look at. Have fun and keep practicing.