The Business of Being a DJ

Music is at the core of many types of events. This includes weddings, receptions, retirements, parties, and a night out to have fun at a club. If you are a DJ, you can be the one in charge of keeping the crowd enjoying all of it. The type of event and the people who will attend can influence what you will offer.
The best DJ’s have a flexible side to them, and they customize playlists and information to fit the scene. You don’t want to have the guests all leaving early because they can’t take any more of that music you are sharing. The person who hires you should have the final say in what will be offered. They may have certain songs too that they request to be played during that event.
Quality equipment is an essential part of being a DJ and operating such business. You need to know how it all works, how to set it up, and how to transport it. The amount of time it will take to set it up and tear it back down should also be factored in when you give a price for the event.
Make sure you are well prepared for the event, and you have taken the time to create the ideal playlist. Thanks to technology, you can do this in less time. You may have several genres already collected and set up to use. As a result, you will be able to give them the best outcome while also reducing the amount of time you put into getting it all gathered and evaluated.
As a DJ, you will need to have a microphone so you can talk to the crowd. Getting them pumped up for the music, encouraging them to dance, and even telling a joke now and then can keep the energy level high. A good mix of music will help the pace, but you need to balance it. Don’t have several slow songs in a row or it can ruin the momentum.
Pay attention to the lyrics of songs too because they may not be appropriate in certain settings while being completely acceptable in others. You don’t want to cause a problem by upsetting anyone who is offended by what they hear from your playlist at that event. If you are in doubt, keep those songs out of the mix.
The way you treat people and the quality of what you deliver is going to influence the outcome for you as a DJ. It may be a side job that you do for fun and for the extra income. It may be your only source of income and your goal is to fill up your calendar with as many events as you can. Word of mouth is going to help you get those calls coming in and the dates filling up.
It is a good idea to have business cards with you when you DJ an event. Those who find your music and your energy to be of interest can take one. They can then call you to set up their own needs and to discuss pricing. It is a simple way to get future work from each gig you complete.