April 2016

dj-crowd1

As a DJ, your job is to inspire the crowd to feel something. Whether you want them to dance, raise hell, or find some romancin’, a good DJ gets the crowd going. They are depending on you to set the mood and keep the party going. But in order to inspire a room, dance hall, or arena full of people, you yourself have to be inspired, too!

This can be a daunting task when you’re first starting out. Been there, done that, hahaha. You can look online to find the gigs of other DJs, and I highly recommend doing so. It’s a great first step to get yourself familiar with venues, crowds, and other DJs. While this is a competitive business, it’s also smart to get in with the more established DJ crowd in your area. Be humble. Introduce yourself. You never know when someone is going to get sick or accidentally double-books, so you might be the go-to person in a pinch.

But what if you can’t make it out to a gig, or if there really isn’t anybody out there doing what you do (LUCKY YOU!!!)? What other options do you have? Since we live in an amazing age of digital sharing, there is a slew of places out there offering mixes for you to listen to and download. It really depends on what you want to spin and how much time you feel like spending on the internet. You can probably find anything if you look hard enough, especially on youtube.

To get you started, though, here are a few of my more DJ specific go-to places:

I have found a great selection of cool stuff on the site MixIr that really gets me inspired. There’s music there from all over the world, so you’re bound to find something interesting that will get your creative juices going. This is especially helpful if you’re doing a gig for an event where they’ve requested a type of music you don’t have a lot of experience with.

Another good place to check out is the DJ channel on SoundCloud, you get a nice list of stuff there too.  I especially like the downloadability of it. It’s great for last-minute gigs where you want something totally fresh on hand to mix with. There are a lot of options on that site, so I recommend searching around for awhile to be sure you’ve found all the cool stuff they have to offer.

The DJ list also has some cool stuff for your listening pleasure. They have over 25,000 house mixes available ALONE, and there’s plenty of other types of music too. Definitely worth a listen!

Also, check out the free music section of Club Starters. They also have music for purchase, which is handy. They organize them by categories and let you know what’s been popular so that you can stay up to date.

Some regionally famous DJs will also offer edits on social media, so it is worth it to check that stuff out too. It will give you an idea of what is popular in your market and what people are playing.

What are some of your favorite music sites? Did I leave someone/something out?