How to Position Yourself for Gigs As a DJ

If you are already into disk jockeying, you might have already come face to face with the reality of how hard it can be to score a single gig even in one of the clubs in your neighbourhood. When you are starting out, your intention might not be to make money but to present your skill and art to your potential fans as well as gaining exposure and the experience to help you prepare for future opportunities.

Basically, there are only two ways through which DJs get gigs; either the gig will come to you which is rare if you are fresh in the industry, or you go out scouting for them, which is the best option if you are still trying to make a name and finding your place in this sector.

The best thing with disk jockeying is that gigs will always be there. They might be hard to come by in the beginning, but once you have carved your own path, you will have a hard time deciding which one to take and which one to turn down.

To help achieve your dreams, we have listed down great tips to help you score those gigs you have chasing for ages.

Tip #1: Give Mobile DJing a Shot

It might not seem like the most interesting thing to do, especially if your aim is to play in clubs, but starting with events such as birthday parties, weddings and other kinds of events is a good way to launch your career in this field. These events can actually be well paying, it all depends on what you are offering and how good you are at negotiating for what you want.

Tip #2: Use Social Media and Word of Mouth to Market Yourself

Never shy away from blowing your own trumpet. Make good use of your family and friends to spread a word about your gift and passion. Ask them to share some of your mixtapes on social media. Create posters with your contacts and post them online for anyone who might be in need of a DJ to see.

Tip #3: Gig for Free

Don’t ignore or bypass an opportunity simply because of money. Yes, the money will always be the single most reason why you are doing it in the first place, but free gigs offer you a golden chance to learn and gain confidence. It is never wasted energy. However, if you feel such an opportunity might not serve your interests, never try to force it.