What does it take to be a DJ?
Like any hobby or career, the most important thing for anyone pursuing their dream and passion is their dedication to it and their patience for it. If you want to be successful you have to be comfortable in sucking failing and getting turned down. It’s only through those ways that you can actually get better.
When those things do happen and they will happen. It’s totally up to you if you want to give up or keep going on. But I’m telling you if you keep going on if you be persistent and if you be patient good things will come. You just have to make sure that you learn from your mistakes you don’t give up and you always keep practicing. Even when you’re in the top and especially when you’re in the bottom.
Expensive controller or a budget controller for beginners?
Definitely go for the cheap old secondhand budget controllers. At this point in your career when you’re just a beginner you’re not really quite sure if DJing is a hobby or career that you want to go for so testing the waters is always a good thing. So buying your budget controller will help you decide whether you like it or not. If you don’t like it then it’s just a budget control you can always set it out again or you can just give it to a friend or keep it for display which is pretty dope.
Is scratching important?
Scratching is important as much as you want it to be. So for DJ’s like me who grew up seeing DJ scratch on turntables and do cool tricks on them. Then yes scratching is important but for people nowadays scratching, in my opinion, isn’t that important. What you see in the mainstream now are these EDM and producers were rocking the crowds and selling out festivals.
I don’t blame kids nowadays who want to pursue being a producer DJ because that’s what’s cool now. That’s what they see, what matters most though is how you think of it. So if you like scratching then yes go for it. Even if it’s not as important as it was before but if you hate scratching if you don’t want to pursue scratching and don’t learn it. Pursue other aspects of DJing. All I can tell you is that additional skills will never hurt your DJ. If you want to pursue scratching or producing or both then go for it. It’ll only help you in the long run.
How to stay updated with the latest tracks?
Well I do three things:
- I check my local radio station.
- I check my Spotify account.
- I check my DJ record pool and see all their top 40 lists.
So I look at all these lists and I get a better idea of what songs I need to play and what songs I don’t have to really download and play.