Everyone has had, at one point or another in their life, a dream job in the spotlight that people around them have shot down. Whether it’s to be an actor, a singer, or even a DJ.
And here’s the thing, you can become a DJ without much of an issue. But making your DJ passion a full-time job and a successful career is harder. And becoming an actual famous DJ? Well, that’s harder yet again.
But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you need to automatically give up on your dreams! Sure, becoming a famous DJ is not going to be easy, but it’s not impossible.
I know for a fact that hard work and dedication really do pay off, and obtaining the right set of skills and taking the right steps, can give you the right tools to reach stardom.
Now, I don’t want you to set yourself up to unrealistic expectations. Even if you put in the work, it’s highly unlikely you will become famous overnight.
Sometimes it can take years. Sometimes it happens out of the blue because you just so happen to strike lucky.
The tips and tricks I’m going to give you to become a famous DJ aren’t a 100% guarantee of success, but they will definitely put you on the right track, and they will majorly increase your chances.
So let’s get started!
Steps to becoming a famous DJ:
The journey to fame can be slow and arduous, and you can’t skip straight to the top (unless you somehow have an insane amount of money and the right contacts). Instead, you have to go step by step, building up your skills, your brand, and your opportunities.
Here are the main steps you need to follow to become a famous DJ:
Get the right tools:
Getting the right tools to DJ is the absolute first step. After all, you can’t mix music without the right hardware and software!
When you’re first starting out, you probably won’t have the resources to get fancy equipment, but as you get better, you should aim to get better tools, as they really do make a difference towards the quality and end result.
You will need a mixing table or some kind of turntable or controller. And then, you will have to pair this with the right software in which to mix your tracks and create your music. Some mixing tables come with their own software, so look around and figure out what works best for you.
Practice, practice, and more practice!
Nobody is born being an amazing DJ. Sure, some people have a disposition towards it, which we call natural talent.
But trust me, practice is truly what makes perfect. You start at the bottom and you make your way up, playing around with the sounds and figuring out what your style is.
It can take a long time to perfect your craft, and even then, you will never stop learning and improving.
So if you are passionate about becoming a DJ, you need to practice, and then practice again, and then practice some more. Eventually, you will start producing tracks of good quality.
Share your music:
Once you’ve created quite a few tracks and mixes, you can start sharing your music and DJ journey. You can share on many different social media platforms, and you can get feedback from family and friends, as well as people from DJ groups and fanbases.
There are plenty of other people trying to become a famous DJ, and although it’s quite instinctive to be protective of your craft because they are technically the competition, you will grow a lot faster if you participate within the community.
Use feedback to improve:
Once you start sharing your music, not all feedback will be good. Learning to accept critique, and learning to stick by your style, is absolutely vital.
Unfortunately, if you want to reach fame, you’re going to have to grow a tough outer shell to put up with all the haters.
But I seriously encourage you to take on board all of the feedback you get. You’re going to DJ for an audience, so listen to what the potential audience is saying, and what it wants. You can take this to further improve your skills and refine your style.
Create a brand:
Once you’re confident in your style and skills, you need to come up with a brand. This includes a name, something memorable and catchy, and a brand logo or aesthetic. Something that can be related to you and your music, something that people will see and identify as you.
With this brand, you can share your music and DJ journey even more, and start collecting followers.
I recommend you share your music on platforms such as Spotify, Soundcloud, Facebook, YouTube, Mixcloud, and others.
You should also enter any competitions or DJ expositions that you come across, and take part in as many DJ events as possible so that you get an insight into the community, and start scouting out opportunities and gigs.
Grow your presence:
From then on, you just need to grow a significant presence. Be consistent in your online social media, and interact with followers and fellow DJ artists.
Collaborate with others, and this will increase your opportunities. Do not underestimate the power of networking and what it can do for you!
You should also, of course, keep producing music and sharing it, keeping an eye out for trends that are popular.
Some grow faster than others, but the more you grow, the more you will be noticed, and the more opportunities will arise. And some of those opportunities can be the ones that launch you into fame!