JOB SEARCH / AUG. 29, 2014
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How to Become a DJ


You know you have a passion for deejaying if your enthusiasm is fired up by turntables, vinyl discs, psychedelic lights and headphones. Disc jockeying is gaining popularity at a fast pace. There is an explosion of the nightlife in almost every city in the world. You won’t have to go too far to find a party or an event which requires the services of a DJ.

The Job

• Disc jockeys (DJs) remix, arrange and produce music for a wide variety of purposes and audiences.

• They maintain a good and solid understanding of music which determines their ability to entertain their target audience well.

• Professional DJs are responsible for understanding the taste of the crowd at hand in order to be the best at their job. It is much more than music production.

Work Environment

For those DJs who work at radio stations, their typical environment is a studio. During the time they are on air, they work solo in the studios or as part of a team. Research is paramount when it comes to disc jockeying hence the need for a research office space. Most of them have a small office used to conduct research.

DJs that service their private events often travel from one place to the other to provide entertainment in the form of music. Some of these places include hotels, banquet halls, residential apartments, homes and other places where private events can be held.


There is no specific educational requirement for a DJ. Professional disc jockeys have high school diplomas or college degrees. More often than not, they start their careers in radio stations as this gives them invaluable experience. Some of the qualifications for a DJ include;

• Understanding music, tempo, beats and tunes as well as how to engage the crowd is the key point of consideration.

• Keeping up with the constant trends in the music industry including genres and broadcast methods.

• An educational background in broadcasting, journalism or public speaking can be helpful in preparing DJs for their occupations. However, this career focuses more on the experience than educational requirement.

• The more experience you have as a disc jockey, the better your chances of getting hired. This is true especially for DJs that work independently or working for a larger organization.

Colleges Offering DJ Courses

To learn the fundamentals of DJing like equipment set up and overview, the process of mixing beats, use of club mixers and CD players it is ideal that you enroll to a DJ academy. There are a ton of DJ schools out there that offer these courses and more including;


Pointblank Music School London

Qualities and Skills

Passion for deejaying alone is not enough in determining if you are the best DJ. Look at some of the skills, qualities and interest that you must possess in order to be a DJ;

• A high level of confidence

• A great sense of timing and coordination

• A genuine interest and enthusiasm for music

• Outgoing personality

• Working calmly under pressure

• Ability to multitask

• A basic understanding of the technical equipment used

• Ability to think on your feet


The average salaries of professional disc jockeys are dependent upon talent and location of the individual at hand. It is quite difficult to mention standard figure as is the case with other occupation. DJs working and living in larger metropolitan areas typically earn more. According to the average pay for a DJ is $29.80 per hour.

Job Prospects

As earlier mentioned, most DJs work in radio stations and since there are a good number of those within each city, the need for disc jockeys is high. Competition is stiff as most people have discovered their passion for this career as well as how they can make an income from it. Nevertheless, there is always a job opening due to the high turnover.

Working on behalf of a variety of other clients as a disc jockey is another option. You can announce and play music at special events like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.

If you prefer self-employment, this career path offers that as well. Playing music at clubs, restaurants and bars while supplying your own equipment gives you a good platform to develop your DJ career

Final Thoughts

Sleep on your deejaying talent no more. You can convert the passion or hobby into something that is useful. Party while making a good income for yourself!

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