Tips For DJ’s
June 18, 2014
As I get more into the promoter side of things I realize that DJ’s could do things a lot better to get themselves booked. Here are some simple things that you can do to help yourselves when talking to promoters and clubs.
The number one thing you can do when you reach out to promoters is to make sure you have all of your information ready to give them when they ask for it, especially your social media links. If you have to set up bookmarks in your computer so you have them ready to go. Don’t make them search for them, don’t make them go to your webpage where they are listed. Send them a list of all the links (Your webpage, your facebook, your soundcloud, twitter, etc), your real name, your DJ name and your phone number.
Secondly be ready to give references when asked. A lot of promoters want to know what promoters you’ve worked for in the past. It might also be useful to have some of the digital flyers for events you’ve been on stored on your computer so you can quickly show them examples of events you’ve been on. Make to ask the promoters if you can give their phone number or email as a reference. They won’t appreciate a ton of calls during their busy day if they didn’t give permission.
The third thing you need to be prepared with is how much you want to earn to be a part of the event. If you are a starting DJ then you should consider certain things such as the exposure you’ll get from the event, will your name or likeness appear on the flyer, and the venue the event is being held. For a starting DJ getting the exposure of being on a high profile event or your name on the flyer can mean more than the $20-$200 you might earn from spinning another show that’s not as high profile. The same goes for spinning at certain venues. Having the opportunity to spin at some of the biggest clubs in your area could be worth a lot more than you might typically get from other venues. Consider the benefits (will this show promote more, will their be reporters and press coverage, will it be videos or televised?).
Always be professional and use proper grammar and sentences. Use spellcheck. Reaching out to a new venue or promoter is starting a job interview. Your first response could be the only shot you have. Be brief, courteous, and direct. Give your links or samples in your first email if possible.
Just a few things to keep in mind to make your life and the promoters lives easier. Good luck!