Ben loves playing with turntables and dreams of turning our loft room into a man cave with a little studio and everything his wannabe-DJ heart longs for, but until we move into a bigger house or win the lottery, dreaming is what he can continue to do for the foreseeable future.
You know, DJ equipment is not cheap and therefore I think you should do you research before rushing into buying anything that you might not night or that’s not fit for your purpose.
A quick Google search proves that there is a lot of information out there telling you what you need to start out as a DJ, which gear to get and what might be a complete waste of money. The general opinion seems to be that it is worth investing a little more when it comes to buying your equipment.
You don’t have to spend thousands of pound, but to ensure that you are getting the quality you want, it is important to not buy the cheapest option on the shelf. You want gear that’s durable, easy to transport (just imagine yourself touring the nightclubs of the world) and most of all reliable – nothing is more frustrating than spending your hard-earned cash on a DJ and his equipment breaking down.
As a guideline, you should have a laptop with a good-quality music card and processor, a big international or external hard-drive and a mixing program of your choice. Ableton, Traktorare and Serato seem to be the big names out there, but they don’t come cheap. Look for demo versions and see which one works best for you before committing.
Invest in a good set of decks (try them out in stores to see, if you feel comfortable using them) to learn the basic beat matching techniques that you will need throughout your DJ career, no matter if on a hobby or professional level, and get yourself a decent mixer that helps you to smoothly blend your tunes together.
Add a good set of headphones, a separate powered amp and a set of monitor speakers and you should be good to go. Now there’s only producing the next summer hit and getting out there on your to do list, but practise makes perfect and it’s never been easier to get yourself heard than today. The internet is your best friend when it comes to self-promotion, so get yourself on YouTube and Spotify and share updates and new tunes on Facebook and Twitter. It will be hard work, but maybe you’re the next David Guetta?
This is a promotional post. Image by John Freshy via Flickr