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How to DJ in Second Life
Proud to be a DJ
Your DJ Persona
So you need a DJ name? Below are some tips on how to create your own unique DJ personality.
1. Use part of your "real" name as your DJ name. Combining either part of your last name or your first name with an animal, geographical location or other noun is a great way to start and can lead to some great DJ names such as DJ Kai Kitten, Dave Diamond, or Lorie London
2. Use a fictional location or character. Be creative and you can be the next DJ Madhatter!
3. Use the name of a movie or character from a movie. These can lead to names such as DJ Turbo or "The Godfather of Music".
Most of all have fun, be creative, and think of your favorite music genre serve as inspiration.
DJ Mise en Place
Before you can actually book your first gig as a Second Life DJ there are several things that you need to have "put into place" first. I have listed them in step-by-step format below for easy reading.
Step One: If you aren't currently a member of the online virtual community of Second Life, you can become a Second Life resident at no cost at www.secondlife.com. Simply go to the website, create a resident with a clever and catchy name, and download the program onto your computer. When you first enter into the Second Life world, you will find yourself at "Orientation Island" and can become familiar with the community through a series of tutorials created by the site developers.
Step Two: Besides the obvious component of a computer/laptop, you will need some essential DJing hardware - a microphone and a pair of headphones. I use a fairly inexpensive but more than adequate headset from Microsoft - the Lifechat LX-3000. Some DJ's use a stand alone mic with a pair of headphones but the choice is yours.
Step Three: The next step is to obtain an Internet radio broadcasting application (media player software). The two recommended applications to choose from in my opinion are either "SAM" which is a product of Spacial Audio Solutions and stands for "Streaming Audio Manager", or Virtual DJ. These two products seem to be the most commonly used by Second Life DJ's. Many of these products are compatible for both PC and MAC. Be sure to read computer requirements before purchasing. Websites for these products are: www.spatial.com and www.virtualdj.com. See the images below.
Step Four: Create your music library. I started out with about 1,000 songs when I first started to DJ online. Of course over the years my library has grown considerably as I explored different genre's of music and became more proficient in my craft. Chances are, if you are reading this, then you have a reliable library of songs from which put into your broadcaster that I mentioned above. For my "SAM" product, a click of the button transported all my music within my ITunes library, into the broadcaster. Some broadcasters may require additional steps to add music.
Step Five: Finally you will need access to an audio server. In order for your music to be played from your broadcaster to listeners In Second Life, access to a SHOUTcast (PC's) or Nicecast (MAC's) server is critical. There are many sources that offer SHOUTcast/Nicecast hosting. One such source in Second Life is digiSTREAM, which rents streams at a low monthly rate (rates vary depending upon the number of listeners you anticipate). This rental service allows audio content (primarily in MP3 or AAC format) to be broadcast to and from media player software such as SAM or Virtual DJ.
Once all of the five steps above are accomplished you are ready to begin your online DJ career!
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Ready To DJ
So now that you have all the things you need to get started, you are probably wondering how to actually get your first DJ gig? Below are some tips on how to get noticed and get your DJ career started!
1. Make sure that your SL avatar is aesthetically pleasing. Nobody likes to look like a "newb" and as a professional DJ, your avatar needs to look current. Ensure that you have a quality skin, hair, and clothes that not only are fashionable, but also consistent with your DJ persona.
2. Practice your craft. Being a good online DJ means that you can not only just play music (a jukebox can do that), but that you can entertain a crowd as well. Practice your voice overs BEFORE you get that first gig so you know what you are going to say before you HAVE to say it. Know your music well so that you are familiar with what songs flow well together and are certain to keep the people dancing.
3. Speaking of voice overs, make a great DJ intro that you can play when you take the stage. if you are uncertain how to make one, there are numerous people inside SL that can do that for you at a reasonable fee. Having a great sounding intro gets the crowds attention and adds a professional touch to your gig. See some of my voice over examples on my SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/daddy-babygirl-production/
4. Get in touch with clubs looking for DJ's. Club hopping to the trendiest clubs in SL is a good way to familarize yourself not only with your competition, but also the number of club goers as well. No one likes to play to an empty house, so frequent the clubs that gain your interest BEFORE you apply to become a DJ. Clubs that are looking for DJ's frequently post in a variety of SL groups of which you can become a member.
5. Talk to other DJ's. One way to find out information is to connect with the current DJ's throughout SL. People are very eager to help out a new DJ and you will be surprised at the wealth of information you have at your disposal.
6. Have fun! While you can earn money at being a DJ in SL, the number one thing that attracts people to DJing in the first place is a genuine love for music. Allow your love for music flow through your craft and your experience will soar.