Finding Your Style Part 1: The Music
June 22, 2013
So everyone has their own opinion as to what makes a DJ and what the hardest part of being a DJ is. We all know it the DJ’s job to set the mood of the event, whether it be packing the dance floor with latest club tracks or playing some smooth sounds and a gallery opening, as well as everything in between.
Now that I’ve established what a DJ’s job truly is now comes the hard part. Discussing the hardest part of being a DJ and how to over come it. Most DJ’s will tell you that the hardest part of being a DJ is some technique that you must master, whether it is beat matching, scratching, proper mixing techniques or reading the crowd. Well, I’m going to call bullshit on that. You will learn all of those things as long as you stick it out long enough to become a professional DJ.
It is my opinion that the hardest part of being a DJ is to find your own style. All of the music and technique in the world wont help you if you don’t have your own style. Sure you’ll get jobs at bars doing the same thing as everyone else, but if you want to stand out and make it to the upper echelon of the DJ world you will not only need to learn as much as the technical side as possible but also how to put your own signature on it.
Now this might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised. The first step in finding your style is to decide what type of music your going to play. The easiest place to start is by simply playing what you already love to listen to, but the hard art comes when you are trying to chain the songs together.
… To Be Continued.