Digital DJ Tips reader Scott writes: “I am looking at purchasing my first controller. I would like to get out there and DJ to a crowd ASAP – maybe even bars and weddings, as I love music although it would be useful to make some extra cash. My dilemma is that I like the idea of the Novation Twitch and its features but I am concerned that this may not be as applicable to the type of crowds I hope to entertain.
Reader Ben writes: “Hello Phil. I’ve noticed you frequently mention that you have a gig DJing at a beach bar, which I guess is akin to a lounge-type venue. I can’t seem to find much info on this type of gig. What can you tell me and your other readers about it in more detail?”
I’m not going to front. I’m a newbie to the DJ game, a newbie in his early forties. But I want to tell you what I already know: that if you get a gig in a bar, you should do everything you can to avoid being made to play from behind the bar itself. Here’s why:
Reader James Perez in Dublin, California writes: “I’m wondering if I should sell my NS7 and invest in some Stantons or Technics, as I’m now at the age of trying to break into the bar scene, and most DJs are telling me I won’t be able to use it and should try to get familiar with vinyl players.”
Digital DJ Tips contributor and laptop DJ Luis Paulo from Portugal tells us what he’s learned so far in his short career as a laptop bar DJ, and from a lifetime as a music lover…
Many DJs don’t take it on themselves to be responsible for the quality of the sound when they’re DJing, the balance and tone, how loudly or quiet they play; often to the point where they ruin people’s enjoyment, making themselves look bad in the process. Here’s how to avoid the traps of bad sound quality.