So you’ve been spending time collecting music, you have spent time learning your skills and fine tuning new tricks, your skills are at a level you feel comfortable playing out, so now it’s time to make it happen.
Unfortunately at the beginner level, it’s not as straight forward as just heading down to the local club with a USB stick full of music! This maybe the case for the lucky few, but for the majority, the bar will ask you to “…bring your own…”
So what exactly does a DJ have to bring?
As a newbie DJ, you might find that you’re playing in a bar or restaurant rather than a club. If this is the case, you may find it is highly unlikely that the bar will have its own gear. It’s at times like these when it would be best to physically check out what set up they have. Maybe they have an amp and speakers fully wired in, maybe they have some connectors to plug into your output, maybe they don’t even know what they have? This is when you need to really check what you need.
It may be wise to head in for a practice session during the day to make sure you’re comfortable with the set up.
You may find during your search for an establishment to play that you also need to get hold of some speakers, stands and an amp. This invariably leads to the need for a car to ship all this stuff to the venue. It can soon mount up.
Once you have decided on which venue you can comfortably play knowing the gear you have available, you then have to bring one more thing: People.
You may find that smaller clubs or bars don’t have the funds or resources to promote their own nights and often rely on the DJ to become the promoter. You then realize that they asked you to play in order to increase customer numbers. If you show up alone or numbers don’t increase, it’s likely they’ll cut you from the bill and ask another DJ with more friends to take your spot.
Be prepared to “bring your own” and you’ll be in with a great chance to make some waves in the DJ scene.
Have you played out do the first time recently, what did you have to bring? We’d love to know, share your experiences below in the comments.