Course 6: Getting Your First Gigs

Getting booked to perform can be a daunting task. With so many talented competitors vying for the same gigs, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. One key factor is having a solid understanding of the industry’s standard setup, ensuring that your skills translate well from your home studio to the stage. Another important aspect is recording high-quality demo mixes that showcase your unique style and sound. But getting your mixes in front of the right people is equally important.

You’ll learn to transition from the DDJ-FLX4 to the CDJ/DJM, explore the key differences between these two setups, and highlight the advantages of using the CDJ/DJM setup. Beyond the music, having a good stage presence is nearly as important. Engaging with your audience is crucial, whether it’s through eye contact or body language. Dressing appropriately for the occasion can also make a big difference in how you’re perceived by your audience. You’ll also learn how to create demo mixes and we’ll discuss the various methods you can use to identify, connect, and pitch to promoters who are looking for DJs like you.

It’s essential to identify and build relationships with promoters who can book you to play. Of course, this process can be a bit overwhelming, and you’ll likely have to send out a lot of emails before you start seeing results. But once you establish lasting connections with those in the industry, the process of getting booked will become a lot less tedious. By following these tips and consistently putting in effort, you can increase your chances of landing those coveted gigs and advancing your career as a DJ.

Your final assignment in this program will be to create a 30-minute demo mix and reach out to 5-10 promotion companies. Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of the Live DJ program and have all of the tools to go out and find your gig,