The following are all helpful:
- Develop a love for music, listen to as much as you can
- Get yourself some DJ equipment to practice, practice, practice
- Listen to lots of mixes from your favorite DJs, study the way they pace their sets, observe how they change the mood over time, etc.
- Go out to clubs and watch great DJs in person – things are very different in a live setting on a big system, take note of how the room responds
- Keep listening to more music and practicing, record your sets and listen back to them
The biggest misconception many people hold about DJing is that it is primarily a technical skill, i.e. that learning how to beatmatch, mix, and apply effects are the trickiest or most important parts.
In reality, DJing is mostly about knowing a ton of music inside out and being able to understand how to stitch…
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