DJ Controllers In Clubs: The Definitive Truth From The Top

Phil Morse | Read time: < 1 min
Club/Festival DJing Pro
Last updated 23 March, 2018


Frankly, Carl Cox could get away with DJing on an iPhone, so for him using a Traktor Kontrol S8 in big venues is probably always fine. But what about the rest of us?

So are you “allowed” to take your DJ controller into the club with you, or are you expected to use the gear that is provided for you – no matter what gear that is, or what state of repair it’s in? Do only “fake” DJs try to do this, or is it now accepted that DJing can be done on all types of gear?

It’s a question that rolls on and on, but if you want to know the truth about things, it’s usually best to go to the very top of the chain to find out what the consensus is there. After all, if it’s good enough for the true pro venues, then it’s only a matter of time before that’s going to become the truth everywhere, right?

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Clue: DJ Fresh is DJing here (on a controller) in the venue that we visited. But would they let YOU do it?

In the first video lesson over in our week-long Digital DJ Masterclass Free Training Event, we take our cameras into one of the most iconic venues in the world, and ask: Can you DJ with controllers in here, then?

Click here to get the full, frank answer – and to join 12,000 other DJs enjoying our biggest free DJ training event ever, running this week only.

So Pete Tong can get away with it, but can you really expect venues to be as accommodating to you when you roll up with your DJ controller?

Once again, click here to learn definitively whether or not your DJ controller is OK to DJ on in clubs.

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Finally, this just in: in what may or may not be #fakenews, it appears that Donald Trump has come down on the side of “use the existing gear” in the debate. 😉


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please don’t write in to us about politics, that last bit was just for fun. The real serious stuff is in the video, and you can watch that in the Digital DJ Masterclass Free Training Event.

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