- Playing every request. It is almost unavoidable for people to come to the dj and request songs. The best thing to do is not become a juke box. Keep control of the music at the party and you control their view of your djing.
- Letting people take a peek at your music selection. These people are the same ones who will make requests. This can be even worse than people requesting songs. Again, their reputation as a DJ isn’t on the line, yours is! Keep control of the music.
- Worrying too much about mixing each song together. So many people who are new to DJing look like they just bought their mixing boards that day. Make sure you have a grip on the controls before you DJ any parties. Looking unprepared is almost as bad as sounding it. Practice makes perfect.
- Playing too loud. Many confident rookies will get so into their own music they forget it is a party. Think of guests like customers in your store. Do you want them to have to yell to carry on a conversation? Being too loud can cause the crowd to turn on you quickly, keep a good volume so that all you have to worry about is the music.
- Playing low quality files. As a DJ, there’s nothing worse than listening to low quality mp3’s played really loud. High quality audio with a nice EQ can help your sound tremendously. So many times people will actually notice the mix and compliment that so make sure your files are of good quality.
- Playing your most popular tunes too early. Think back to all the times you were out at parties… We’ve all had our fair share of those right? Did you ever feel like you wanted to dance when you first get there? Of course not. As night flows so the tunes should flow. Don’t be too worried about the empty floor at the beginning of the night.
- Drinking on the job. So many times you see rookie DJ’s who have been given the opportunity to perform at bars or clubs and they are being given free alcohol or cheap alcohol throughout the night. As a DJ it’s important to stay on the top of your game throughout the night, as to stay in control of yourself and your music.
- Not having the gear you need. Without proper cases and bins it can be easy to forget a crucial piece to your setup. Whether that be a cable or your computer. It’s always nice to have what you really need when you need it. It also can’t hurt to make a checklist of the gear you have and use that to make sure you have everything before you head to the gig!
- Not testing your gear before the gig. As a rookie it’s always good to make sure you are familiar with your gear. This can be crucial to knowing if you have everything you need or not and also knowing your way around your rig when the pressure is on!
- Not having the right size speakers for the event. Knowing the size speaker you need is important for keeping the crowd happy.
These are just a few ways to help the rookie DJ look like a pro on the dance floor! As you know, the better the gear the more gigs you get so feel free to give one of our representatives a call at 1-877-347-6423 or visit our website at www.seismicaudiospeakers.com to find your next big money maker! And remember, always practice “Safe Audioing”!
One thought on “10 Rookie DJ Mistakes You Want to Avoid”
As a person who is a DeeJay and a security guard who has worked in a large hotel I can really identify with the “don’t play too loud” faction, but often the person who hires you will keep telling you they want it loud ‘like a club’. You have to strike a balance. I ended up doing a reception in the hotel I had worked at for a long time about a year ago and had gotten complaints about just about every party they had in there. There were none about me. One of the main curses these days with inexperienced DeeJays is the accursed sub-woofer. If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment then you needn’t buy it. I have seen DeeJays with a pair of 300w speakers on a 200w amp running a 600w powered sub and everything as loud as it will go. I have even adjusted a few for them.