So you want to be a DJ, but lack skills and talent? Today's version of DJing is unlike other industries where it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of your craft. Give yourself a couple hours on YouTube and you'll have learned enough to challenge your idols.
A little talent can carry you a long way if you combine it with the right performance techniques. Our industry secrets will drastically improve your sets and thrust you into the limelight. You can put these into action almost immediately and see incredible results.
So without further ado, follow these 6 tips to be a better DJ to fast-track your way to the big leagues. Crowds everywhere will be talking about you and your reputation will increase with every set you play.
#1 Toss food items at your fans.
We can’t fully vouch for this tip, but we’ve seen it done before with positive reception. Fans actually seem to welcome the mess. In the EDM community, soft desserts are the most popular form of edible weaponry, so consider this when you’re deciding. To properly do this, you’ll need to make sure your crowd is tightly packed enough so nobody can dodge, duck, or jump out of the way.So when is the best time to execute this? When you are losing the crowds attention, you’ll know it’s time. Loop 8 bars of your favorite track and locate your item. Scan the crowd for a face that needs ruining and take aim.Pro Tip: when launching your food, make sure you account for the wind.[tweetthis]Want to be a better DJ? Toss food items at your fans![/tweetthis][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7G5Ms76K-Q][divider]THE SECOND TIP TO BECOME A BETTER DJ[/divider]#2 Take a selfie with the crowd.[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]s a DJ, you wear many hats. One of those hats is photographer. When you play a set, it's always a good idea to take a picture of yourself and the audience. It's great for sharing on social media and you always have an alibi in case something goes down.You’ll want to make sure the lighting guy turns up the house lights so everyone can be seen in the picture, so feel free to announce that on the microphone. Also make sure you countdown from 3 to make sure no one blinks in the photo.If you think you’re ready for some more advanced antics, throw on The Chainsmokers’ - #Selfie while you take the picture to really further your status.[tweetthis]Want to be a better DJ? Take a selfie with the crowd![/tweetthis][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0]That's two down and four more to go! Move on to the next page below![divider]THE THIRD TIP TO BECOME A BETTER DJ[/divider]#3 Have a signature dance move.[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]f your skills are mediocre, you are going to need to compensate by attracting the crowd’s attention some other way. An easy way to accomplish this is by having a unique dance move. The crazier the better.You’ll want to make sure that people are taking video of this move so that your reputation can benefit from it. If done correctly, you’ll become well-known for your dancing rather than your skills behind the decks, but still get booked as a DJ.If you need inspiration or want to see how it’s done, check out Korea’s own DJ Soda.[tweetthis]Want to be a better DJ? Have a signature dance move![/tweetthis][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLBDAsRmCs][divider]THE FOURTH TIP TO BECOME A BETTER DJ[/divider]#4 Grab a microphone, tell people what to do, and yell expletives.[dropcap size=small]Y[/dropcap]ou’ll want to arrange with the sound guy before you start your set to have a microphone nearby. Mixing music is never enough when you’re a DJ. To really elevate your status, it’s best to act as your own MC.We’ve studied superstar DJs closely to find the best times to do this during a set and here’s what we discovered – anytime is the best time. So whether you’re approaching a drop or just reached a breakdown, feel free to grab that mic! Now once you’ve got the microphone in your hand, it’s time to put it to good use.Commanding the crowd to do things always works well. Tell them to go crazy, raise their hands in the air, order a pizza, or anything you can dream up. The sky is the limit, so get creative and give your crowd a night they’ll remember. Oh, don’t forget to add a few f-words in your instructions to make sure people know who’s boss.Pro Tip: Don't drop the microphone if you are using it.[tweetthis]Want to be a better DJ? Grab a microphone, tell people what to do, and yell expletives![/tweetthis][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lSXhJ2ITQM]Don't worry, there's only one more page to go through! Move on to the next page below![divider]THE FIFTH TIP TO BECOME A BETTER DJ[/divider]#5 Stand on the booth.[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t’s not enough that you are already the center of attention. For people to respect you as a DJ, you’ll want them looking up to you. This tip only works in certain situations and requires some common sense. Before attempting to hop up on the table, platform or the piece of plywood spread between two speakers, you’ll want to make absolutely sure that it can support you. This is especially important if you are all hopped up on Red Bull and plan on jumping up and down like a mad man.Once you’ve checked your surroundings and are confident you've found something that can support you standing, climb on up. You’ll get a wicked crowd response and feel like you're king of the world.If you really want to get fancy with it, combine this move with some of the other tips in this list for maximum effectiveness.[tweetthis]Want to be a better DJ? Stand on the booth![/tweetthis][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItjXTieWKyI][divider]THE SIXTH TIP TO BECOME A BETTER DJ[/divider]#6 If all else fails, touch knobs.[dropcap size=small]Y[/dropcap]ou’ve seen enough famous DJs flawlessly execute this maneuver, so you should know exactly what to do. When you’ve completed the above steps and still have remaining time before your next synced track is due to be faded in, you’ll want to show the crowd that your keen ear knows exactly what equalizer adjustments need to be made.You’ll need all hands on deck to really display your capabilities, so if you are a DJ duo or trio, everyone is gonna need a knob of some sort. Now here is the tricky part — touch the knob and pull your hands away quickly while appearing to twist the knob. If you move the knob a little, that’s acceptable, but it works best if you don’t move the knob at all. Just touch and release.You’ll probably want to take some time to practice this in front of a mirror before taking it public.[tweetthis]Want to be a better DJ? If all else fails, touch knobs![/tweetthis][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh9C7nQHmII][divider]CONCLUSION[/divider]Well, that's all we have for you today. Stay tuned for our next feature – 17 Ways to Dress Like a Real DJ. Let us know how these tips work out for you and comment your favorite tips in the section below! Peace.NOTE: This is isn't serious advice.