Latest Tip for WCS DJ's
Anyone can press play, but few can DJ…. Here are the 6 golden rules for DJs. Abide by these and you’ll be burning up dance floors in no time.
#1 BE ORIGINAL
Nowadays a lot of DJs are lacking originality. This comes from them wanting to have the best reaction to their sets, so what DJs tend to do is play the most popular tunes. They get the reaction they want, but at the end of the day you can’t tell them apart, and that’s corny.
#2 PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Practice makes perfect! Plain and simple.
#3 KNOW YOUR ROLE
This is probably the most difficult for a new DJ to absorb! If you’re an opening DJ do not – I repeat DO NOT – try to play the most banging set of your life. You’re the fluffer of the party. Get them warm and ready to go for when the head DJ comes. Don’t take it as a bad thing either, I love not being the headliner sometimes because I get to play a lot of tunes and test new ideas out. Same thing goes if you’re the headliner – if you’re not known for being innovative and trendsetting do not play like it at peak hour. The dancers want to rave so give them what they want, and kick some butt!
#4 PAY ATTENTION TO THE CROWD
A good DJ knows his surroundings. If the dancers aren’t feeling what you’re doing, switch it up. Don’t force feed them! This is the most singular problem with DJs. If they know nothing about how to read “the floor” then the DJ can’t possibly know how to control the vibe of the room. Don’t be that guy!
#5 MODIFY YOUR PLAYLISTS WEEKLY
We’re all guilty of having our “go to” tunes and sometimes it’s needed, but sometimes you end up playing the same mix over and over again (I, too, am guilty of this sometimes). Refreshing your playlists weekly forces you to play newer stuff and in turn keeps your sets fresher and updated…what a real DJ is supposed to do.
#6 DON’T GET WASTED
And last but not least! Some DJs have the super power of being able to rock parties sober. These amazing humans are hard to find, but the rest of us need some liquid courage to get us on the same wavelength as the party. A couple of drinks gets you loose and you’re ready to be a rock star…but if you don’t know your limit, you can be a complete and total idiot. Know your limit!