Want to know where you fit in among the overall readership of Digital DJ Tips? A few weeks ago we conducted our biggest-ever reader survey in conjunction with Native Instruments, who offered Traktor hardware and software as prizes. Nearly 5,000 of you took part in the survey, and today we have the results for you.
You probably won’t be surprised that 97% of you are male, but you may be surprised that the biggest single age group among our readers is 30-39 year olds. The full results appear below.
Reader survey 2012
Nearly half of our readers are in the United States and Canada, both due to the huge population of North America combined and – of course – to the recent explosion in electronic dance music (or “EDM”) in the US. By continent, though, there are about as many readers in Europe (of which the UK is our largest market, and of course which is no stranger to dance explosions itself) as in the Americas as a whole. Relatively smaller proportions of our readers are from Asia, Australasia and Africa, in that order.
It may surprise you to see all age groups represented on Digital DJ Tips, but not us – we’ve long known that as well as new DJs, starting out on digital, we have a huge audience returning to the craft as digital DJs many years after hanging up their headphones as vinyl guys. There are also plenty of DJs making the switch at all other age points.
Most of you class yourselves as beginner to intermediate DJs – no surprise really as our How To Digital DJ Fast beginner DJ course attracts a lot of traffic to this site. But we do have our fair share of advanced and expert jocks among us. It’s one reason why I think we’re so strong in teaching new DJs – there’s lots of talent on tap to chip in and help out!
Reflecting people’s skill levels, we’ve got DJs just starting out, DJs who’ve been doing it for decades, and everyone in-between! Again, the breadth of time behind the decks among our readers is something we really enjoy, as having such wide input enrichens the debate and makes our content ultimately more useful to all DJs, whatever their age.
Most of you DJ as a hobby, but a significant proportion of you are semi-pro DJs, with a reasonable number of pros among our reach too. I expect that “pro” category will creep up over the coming years, as many of our committed amateurs start setting up as pro DJs… then again, our readership is growing awfully fast, and I suspect most of the new readers are just starting out, so who knows?
It’s great when you’re in a big gang of music loving DJs, but that’s not always the case, and often DJs find themselves with only one or two other friends or mentors who are interested in what they do for a hobby or living. It’s when the answer is “none”, though, that we feel our forum, comments, Facebook page and training can really help to connect people who otherwise might have nobody they regular talk about their DJing to.
We wanted to know this to gauge the importance of our mobile site, as well as to find out how many of you potentially have a device you can DJ on that isn’t your laptop. The answers here confirmed our suspicion that we’ve got an awful lot of mobile device users, and that you’re very Apple-centric. Which leads us on to the next question:
Most of our iPad owning DJs are either already using a DJ app on their devices, or at least open to the idea. Of those who gave an absolute “no”, we think as hardware becomes more compatible with iPad DJ apps, that already relatively small number will drop further.
No surprises that Beatport comes out on top here, but it’s also clear that people have almost as wide a choice of preferred stores as type of DJ out there. I’d take some of the numbers with a pinch of salt though, purely because a lot of people don’t admit to piracy; I suspect that the percentage that thinks it’s OK to steal music is higher than the filesharing segment indicates, if the feeling I get from my day-to-day private interaction with DJs is anything to go by.
It’s one of the big skills of DJing nowadays, production – or rather, “production lite” (remixing, mashups, re-edits etc). It’s therefore no surprise that we’ve got an aspirational readership in this area – bluntly, to get on nowadays, you have to produce.
No surprise to see Ableton Live as the top choice for DJ/producers, as its clip-based workflow suits dance music fantastically, and it blurs the line between production and performance nicely too. FL Studio (formerly FruityLoops) remains a massively popular package, and rightfully so, as it often doesn’t get the props it deserves – many global hits have been made with this software.
Wow! Samples, effects, hot cues, sampling, remixing – there’s nothing you lot won’t have a go at to get ahead. any why not? The power of modern digital DJing software and the flexibility of the hardware means that whatever’s in your head is more than ever something you can at least have a go at getting onto the dancefloor. The days of simple beatmixing all night long do clearly seem to be something we’re moving rapidly away from as digital matures…
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