How to prepare for a DJ gig
A few quick pointers to help make gigs run smoother
1. Make sure you have a clear understanding with the promoter or venue
When you speak to the promoter or venue that you are going to be playing your gig it's always best to have a clear understanding of what they actually expect from you. The last thing you would want is to arrive at the gig and play the wrong style of music. Some people you will work with won't always have an idea of what exatly they want so if you have an up to date mix demonstrating what you can offer then this generally tends to help.
2. Make sure you're prepared
Now I know this sounds like a very obvious point to make but lack of preparation will ruin any DJ gig. Make sure all the music you are going to be playing has been prepared properly. If you're using Pioneer CDJ's then makes sure all your music has been analysed in Rekordbox and the same for Traktor and Serato. Also make sure any cue points, hotcues and loops have been added so you have one less thing to worry about. Make sure your playlists have been exported properly if you are using rekordbox and always have your playlist on two USB sticks incase the CDJ's aren't linked.
3. Know your setup
If you're a mobie DJ then this won't really apply to you as you will know your own gear inside out so no need to worry but if you travel from club to club then its a must that you check before hand what equipment you're going to be playing on. There's nothing worse than arriving at a gig and finding a dj set up that doesn't match your requirements.
4. Arrive early
Arriving early to a gig is key on so many levels. Being early allows you to take your time and get a feel for the venue. It also allows you to hear whats working and not working for the DJ playing before you. It also keeps the promotor happy and if your planning on getting booked again then being early is always a plus.
5. Make sure you pack everything
Again this sounds really obvious but make sure you have everything you need to play your set. The last thing you want is to arrive at your gig and realise you've forgotten something. I always suggest making a checklist. The most common things that are forgotten are USB's, headphones and headphone adapters.
6. Have fun
Enjoy yourself, I mean this is why we all do it after all because we all love to DJ. No one likes to see a moody DJ in the booth, if it looks like your not enjoying your own set then the crowd won't either.
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