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Use the list I am about to share with you to ensure you’ll never turn up at a DJ gig ever again having forgotten something crucial – an embarrassing and (sometimes literally) show-stopping thing to do.
Having made a few cringeworthy errors in my time (forgetting my laptop power adaptor, and headphones, to name just two), I started carrying around a “kit list” many years ago, to refer to whenever leaving the house to head out to play a DJ gig.
Since doing it, I’ve never found myself missing something important at a gig.
Today I’m going to share with you what’s on the list, and why – and give you a chance to download your own list, that you can print out and pin to the back of your door – preferably to the very last door you close before heading out to your DJ gigs!
So download the checklist for yourself here before you read any further, and print it if you can – it’s yours to keep.
There’s room on the checklist for you to add extra things, and in the rest of this article, I’ll go through what’s on the list, and explain the thinking behind it all.
Why you need a checklist
A DJ gig is a high-stake thing. There are a crowd of people, and it’s your job to entertain them – and you can’t do it without the right tools.
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And just like once you’ve left your home and got on a plane to head off on holiday and realise you’ve forgotten your sunglasses, it’s too late (more about sunglasses later), it’s exactly the same with DJ gear and gigs.
For instance, It’s no good realising you’ve not got your laptop’s power adaptor and you’ve only got 21% power to play with, five minutes before a three-hour gig. (I had to get my girlfriend at the time to drive to the gig with it, she wasn’t pleased.)
Checklists are the best way to avoid silly mistakes like this.