Learn to DJ: Questions Beginners Always Ask

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At this very moment, hundreds of people are training to become DJs, and it is important to stay ahead of the pack. When an aspiring DJ is practicing to become a professional, it is natural for them to have questions.

It is, of course, possible to post questions on various online platforms and hope for an answer. However, in order to receive best answer possible, the better option would be to ask a professional DJ. Someone who has experience in both the art of DJing and in the business side of being a musician. And the best place to get answers? Joining a beginner’s course where you learn to DJ.

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How can I learn to DJ?

Essentially, it comes down to two simple categories: self-learning or training classes. For most people, self-learning can be a tiresome process; trying to figure out what one needs to do to progress can be frustrating. Sure, most of it’s free because YouTube has a ton of “how to become a DJ” videos, but lack of guidance, feedback and encouragement can wear down the most enthusiastic and hard-working student. Training classes taught by DJ professionals and industry powerhouses are an excellent option for beginner DJs because one can receive personalized, objective feedback from an experienced veteran. Personalized feedback is especially helpful because it will allow the student to focus on what needs to be improved, leading to rapid and steady progress. In MI Online’s DJ course Intro to DJing, students have assignments that need to be completed and uploaded during specific phases in the course. This gives course instructors the opportunity to check on their progress and provide the feedback to help them grow.

Will the right DJ gear help me learn better?

Learning on high-quality equipment will undoubtedly help. Having access to good turntables, new vinyl, high-quality over-the-ear headphones and other components can certainly make it easier to become a DJ. However, an inexpensive mixer and a used set of functioning turntables can also be sufficient to learn to DJ. The kind of gear you learn on will not determine the kind of DJ you become, so it is not necessary to have access to the very best tools in the beginning. It is more important to focus on getting to know the DJ equipment well so that it responds adequately to what you are trying to do with it.

What kind of equipment do I need?

Depending on the route you are trying to follow, there is an essential choice that needs to be made in the very beginning. Some DJs are eager to learn how to mix vinyl records. In that case, a simple two-channel mixer and a pair of direct-drive vinyl turntables will suffice. Up-and-coming DJs interested in EDM, house music or techno should look into purchasing media players such as Pioneer CDJs/XDJs instead of vinyl turntables. DJs who want to keep their options open in terms of style and who have smaller budgets can instead purchase all-in-one DJ controllers. These are usually paired with a laptop and provide incomparable ease of use while remaining relatively affordable. To sum things up, one of these three typical setups would be necessary to learn to DJ. There are several within these three main setup types and, while an entry-level controller can be purchased for under $300, the cost of a high-end CDJ setup can exceed several thousand dollars. The world of beginner DJing is an exciting one to be part of. With so many options and niches to choose, it’s a great place to start and specialize more as your skills and passion grow.


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