How To Become A Successful Mobile DJ|
Posted on Monday, March 04 @ 22:34:01 EST by DJAdvantage
Topic: How To DJ
Being a mobile DJ can be a fun and rewarding business. But what does it take to be a mobile DJ and how do you get started? In order to become a mobile DJ, there are a number of things that you will need. Our list will get you going and on your way to becoming a successful mobile DJ.
- DJ Equipment - First and foremost, you will need to get your hands on some DJ equipment. As for what type of DJ gear to buy, you'll need a couple turntables, cd players or mp3 players. Speaker-wise, you can get some standard full-range speakers or get the powered speakers. With powered speakers, you won't need to buy a power amplifier. You'll also need a DJ mixer, microphone, headphones and various cables.
- Music - Music for a mobile DJ usually consists of a variety of different styles and genres (big band, jazz, top-40, country, oldies, Motown, R&B, rock, modern rock, classic rock, alternative, disco, techno, rap, hip-hop, Spanish, etc…). Ultimately, however, it really boils down to what your audience wants to hear. For most mobile DJs, this means A LOT of music.
- Skills - I know it's pretty obvious, but you'll have to learn how to DJ and be able to make any announcements. There are a lot of DJ books and videos out there that can give you pointers, but ultimately the key is to practice, practice, practice. Of course, you'll need to get your gear in order to be able to master your DJ skills. You may even want to DJ some free parties for friends to practice in front of a live audience and don't forget to use the microphone, even if it's just to announce the name of the next song. A mobile DJ can appear boring if they never say anything.
- Knowledge - As a DJ, it's important that you know about all types of music and the proper times to play them. This is key to creating the right mix of music, good dance sets and finding those special requests. Plus, you'll need to be able to read your audience and anticipate what they will want to dance to.
- Transportation - How are you going to get your DJ equipment to the gig? If you have a lot of DJ gear, you may need a truck, van or trailer to transport it all. Your Mini Cooper or ten speed probably won't do the trick.
- Preparation - One of the biggest things that people forget is that some level of preparation time goes into each party. This can be anything from purchasing tunes at the local music store to confirming the details of the event with the party planner. The mobile DJ does not just work the four hours they're playing music. Sometimes, you spend just as much time, if not more, preparing for the event.
- Marketing/Sales – To be successful, you will need to find people to hire you. A mobile DJ needs to be part salesman so that they can sell themselves and their services. They'll also need to be familiar with marketing in order to get the word out that they are available. If people don't know who you are and what you do, it won't matter how good you are. You won't be getting any business.
Advertising on the web can be an inexpensive way to get the word out about your mobile DJ business. Some online directories, like DJAdvantage offer a free link to your website (if you have one) and can help you get the exposure you need.
- Licensing and Insurance - This is optional for some, but a business license can make you look more professional in the eyes of potential clients. It also means you will be able to write off your business expenses (music, DJ equipment, etc...) on your taxes. DJ Insurance can be important in the event that your DJ equipment or music is stolen or if that shiny new mirror ball falls on one of the guests at the party and they decide to sue.