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  • #906
    willyb
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    hey i have been djin’ for about 1 year but i only do it when im home not at boarding school. im just using virtual dj atm, but thinking about gettin a $300-$450 dollar digital dj console. i have some vid on you tube. ” dj fab3l” but im goin to change me name to”dj willy-b”. but for the question, how long have you’s been djing for? and how many years before a gig. btw this webby is mint :O

    #1037
    DJ eengenious
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    I’ve been DJing for a year
    Started out on VDJ just like you.

    Before you start looking for gigs, it’s import to have a solid foundation. Really go back to the fundamentals. Learn how to count music in bars and phrases. Record sets and critique song transitions. Better yet, get other people to critique it too. Remember that song selection is more important than mixing.

    Most importantly, what are you going to do that sets you apart from other DJs? How are you unique?

    I started shadowing other DJs. I would spend hours behind the booth, watching and learning all the subtleties that go into DJing. When you’re confident enough that you have a good idea of the fundamentals, go ahead and get yourself a controller. Then practice, practice, practice.

    Then, work on marketing to get your name out there. But again, you have to set yourself apart.

    Let’s see. Late January 2010 was when I first decided I wanted to be a DJ. Had my first gig in May 2010.

    #1072
    Emma Partnow
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    Hello William :);
    I am Very Pleased to hear that you are Enjoying Digital DJ Tips; I find it an Amazing Investment of Time :);
    I have just been to your YouTube Channel and listened to 2 of the 4 Mixes it allowed me to (because of Country Restrictions?);
    It has been a little while since I used VDJ; but as you are Limited to Time (only being able to Practice outside of Boarding School);
    I was wondering if (for a little while) you could Take Advantage of the ‘Sync’ Button if VDJ has one; just until the ‘Sound’ of Beatmatching becomes Second Nature to you; as I Love the Effects you are using with VDJ; the Slowing down; Speeding Up; and the other Techniques you are using; and I feel that you have a Great DJ in you; because already you are Thinking Ahead about Unique Transitions between Tracks; but the ‘Beats’ of the 2 Tracks are not yet ‘In Line’ with each other; and I would Love for you to be able to pull that off; as Unfortunately we can only use ‘Cuts’ from one Track to another so many times in a DJ Set;
    I have been DJ’ing for 10 years now; and I Practiced for a year before I went out Live;
    Best Wishes;
    Emma 🙂

    #1196
    willyb
    Member

    DJ EENGENIOUS, post: 1026 wrote: (I’ve been DJing for a year)


    thank you for your help :). yer i need way for practise before i even think about going out live. but what did you do to get your name out, yo i no need like a big brother to help me out hahaa

    #1198
    willyb
    Member

    Emma Partnow, post: 1061 wrote: Hello William :);
    (I am Very Pleased to hear that you are Enjoying Digital DJ Tips; I find it an Amazing Investment of Time :);)


    thank you also, i think VDJ is a good way to start, but the marjor problem id that its on a computer/laptop, and you have 1 mouse, thats why i want to get a console to help with my transitions. and im not to sure why some of the videos are blocked haha, and i love that you are so supportive of me,Emma:) yer i havnt really had much practise on getting to mix songs and stuff yet but im getting the hang of it, i recon the best way to get good, is to watch and listen to other djs:)

    keep it spinning,

    Willy-b <3

    #1199
    DjSpekz
    Member

    Well I still consider myself a noob when it comes to Djing and I have about 8 months at it. My first gig was as soon as i started, Djed my friends frat party in school. It wasnt my best ever but I had the people dancing. Couple tips: 1. dont be nervous when in the dj booth, the more nervous the more mistakes you are going to make. 2. with even the smallest gig have a playlist set and ready for it. most times you wont stick to it but it will give you something to lean on just in case. 3. practice everyday and every hour. I started out with one mix that I did from scratch and that gave me more inspiration for more mixes. Now I have 5 that I have mastered. 4. dont be afraid to try new things and show your skills. one day I was bored in my dorm room and decided to go out to the hallway and dj for a bit. After 30 minutes so guys approached me and said that they needed a dj for a party that night. Landed a gig by just going out and showing people what i got to offer. Got 35 bucks free food and all the beer I wanted 😉

    #1000499
    willyb
    Member

    ^^^hahaaaa yer boi..yer cheers for tips hahaaa i always dj in my room untill like midnight 🙂 yer we have a social with another hostel (i board at school), i MIGHT have a shot then? hahaaa free beers yer thats hell mint 🙂

    #1202
    DjSpekz
    Member

    @willyb, yea man. Just talk to who ever is in charge of the social and give them a mix you made or show them something and you might get to dj in the event. Wouldnt hurt to try

    #1000500
    willyb
    Member

    @DjSpekz.. yer boy if i do, i will let you know how goes 🙂 i may even record the whole night? haha

    #1000502
    mr_john
    Member

    @ djspekz, no disrespect, but “don’t be nervous” is really bad advice. And by that I mean there’s no way not to be! And when you are nervous, and you keep telling yourself “don’t be nervous” you’ll just get nervous about getting nervous. Everybody’s nervous, it’s healthy. It means you care! :p I see what you mean though.
    Perhaps don’t obsess about getting everything perfect… I was watching a controller view of one of Laidback Luke’s sets, and he missed some of his cues a couple times, but didn’t even flinch, he just adjusted.. Made me feel better I’ll tell ya that much haha

    #1212
    willyb
    Member

    @mr_john hahaa yer its cool when you stuff up, but nobody knows its coz when your djin’ you kinda make it up on the spot ay:)

    #1213
    willyb
    Member

    willyb, post: 1187 wrote:

    hey were you able to watch, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CfsXE95iBk these are my better ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJy-XoO6Ljo&feature=related 🙂

    #1214
    willyb
    Member
    #1000550
    Emma Partnow
    Member

    willyb, post: 1203 wrote: @emma
    hey were you able to watch, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CfsXE95iBk these are my better ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJy-XoO6Ljo&feature=related 🙂

    Hello William :);
    I am listening to your ‘Bomb’ Mix at the moment :);
    And I have to repeat again; the ‘Stutter’ Technique you have Developed is Excellent :cool:;
    I was wondering if you are not Confident at the moment about ‘Beatmatching’ whether you could incorporte your ‘Stutters’ into actual Transisitions between Tracks; as that would work Really Well;
    After listening to the Mix I realise that the ‘Kid Kudi’ Track at the beginning; and the ‘TPain’ Track at the end; are the Same BPM; so if you were to Practice at Mixing these Tracks again; you would begin to be able to learn How to Beatmatch 2 Tracks from One to the Other – and you will Feel So Excited when you do it 🙂 :);
    Oh :(; the second video I can’t watch because of the Country I am in (UK); I don’t know Why YouTube do that;
    But; to carry on from the first Video; I like your Speeding up and Slowing down that you have got the hang of; and it is your ‘Own Creativity’ that makes you Decide when to do this; so you have Talent which is Really Important !
    Try the 2 Tracks I mentioned and Mix them Together and you will get the Hang of Understanding what Speeds Tracks are Originally Recorded at; and Tracks with Similar Speeds are Always Great Markers for us when we don’t want to do a ‘Cut’ (Stop Dead) Mix 🙂

    #1550
    willyb
    Member

    @emma,
    yer alright i will work on, beat matching. haha yer i wonder you carnt watch it aye? anyways thanks for the help i will, definatly improve with your help, in australia we only have 2 weeks untill schools holidays, and i wil bust out the VDJ and put up some more videos that hopefully you can watch? 😎

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