DJ

Disk Jockeys, also known as DJs, play music videos on radio shows, nightclubs, and public events. DJs mostly work with radio stations offering programmes, talk shows, and chat shows. They ensure that music recordings and commercials are played on time and often communicate with listeners via social media.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Tech Savy

  • Social

  • Passionate

  • Outgoing

  • Spontaneous

  • Audio mixing

  • Beat matching

  • Beat juggling

PROS

  • Traveling abroad and meeting people around the world who are all connected through this music

  • You get paid to party

  • As a DJ you are often privy to numerous free stuff, including, but not limited to: Drinks, T-shirts, cover charges, equipment and various assorted party favors

  • DJing is like a sport, if you are on your game you can find your groove; the pocket when you are in the mix and the crowd responds to every move you make

  • Over the years DJs have been responsible for new musical directions, advances in technology, fashion trends, and dance movements among other things. They are in a position to enrich culture on a number of levels, and are in no danger of fading away

CONS

  • You can spend countless hours breathing in dust bunnies while crate digging in some off-the-grid basement, damage your eyesight by staring at a computer screen until your eyes are dry

  • Competition is high and the pay is lousy

  • Not only do you have to be on your toes in the booth, you have to regularly play out, make podcasts, get your name on another flyer, make tracks, and tweet

  • The frequent travels can get monotonous

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Talent Buyers

  • Clubs

  • Concerts

  • Music Festivals

  • Promoters

  • You love playing with beats

  • You are critical of every tune you come across

  • Music is your safe place

  • You love a good dance party

  • Your music library is very diverse

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • When Tim Bergling was trying to figure out what his Dj name would be, he shockingly picked ‘Avicii‘. In Buddhism, this term refers to lowest level of the Naraka or hell. A realm into which the dead who have committed grave misdeeds may be reborn.

  • ‘Hardwell’ started his DJ career when he was only 13 years old and his first release was signed by a Dutch label when he was only 14. So as we all know, you must be 18 to get into clubs in Europe , which meant Hardwell had to be accompanied by his parents when he embarked on his first Dutch tour at the age of 14, and then constantly up until he turned 18.

  • Back in 2004 world’s famous Dj ‘Tiesto’ was the first DJ ever to perform at the Olympics.

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