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Being a DJ - the basics & costs

Updated on June 27, 2012

Getting started

When starting your career as a new DJ you will need 2 things, which knowledge and hardware. The Knowledge to be a DJ can be split into two separate parts, which are what you already know about music, and what you will need to learn. You can pick up and develop your mixing skills including techniques such as scratching, beat matching, creating great sounding transitions and selecting music that fits and sounds good together.

You will need to develop a sense of rhythm and also a musical ear for the kinds of tunes that will play well over each other along with the ability to spot what makes a tune. A sense of rhythm can be your best secret weapon as you lean how to be a great DJ.

While your learning to be a DJ, you will need to dedicate a lots of time to develop a good feel for the music, and also for getting your brain into the groove. You might not be the best right away, but with lots of time and concentration, you will get there. To develop your musical ear a you will have to recognize which tunes have the best potential to sound good, and to be liked by your audience. With the experience, dedication, and the determination you can develop all the musical know-how you need to become a DJ.


As a DJ, the equipment you use will define you as much as the music you choose to play. The basic equipment you will need:

  • There are a number of ways to play your music, and every dj should be familiar with them all, they are the traditional record player, a cd player, an mp3 player, and also a laptop with DJ software.
  • Whatever way you play your music, you will need a mixer. This helps keep the party jumping, and smoothly shift one tune to the next.
  • You will also need your own set of headphones, to help you beat match the next up and coming records.

Setting up costs

Being a DJ can be an expensive business. You will have your original setup costs, and you might want to focus on buying the very best equipment. After you have done this the outlay won't stop there, there will still be the ongoing price of buying music, and keeping your knowledge fresh with what people are enjoying.

Knowing your music

What type of DJ will you be? will you specialize in a specific music genre, or will you cover a mix. This is an important question. I have spoke with wannabe DJ's who will say they have no idea they just like music. Anyone who says this is really not a DJ. You should be a professional in your genre, and its usually very easy to pick it. It will be the one that you already listen to and enjoy the most. The plus side of this is that you will already be following the scene of that music genre, and so you can play new released tracks, and give yourself and always ahead of the curve reputation.


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      DJRebelstar 4 years ago from England

      I like this hub as it looks at a different aspect. Equipment is very expensive really and it soon adds up, but once the initial outlay is done and if you get regular gigs you'll soon make it back (tip get good quality headphones!)