DJ; The Coolest Job In The World
For all those who have the correct aptitude, flair and are ardently in love of playing music for the gratification of others, in recent times, there a many career options in the music industry that have caught the fancy of aficionados. A DJ or a Disc Jockey is one such looming career option, so here lets take a look to , how to become a DJ.
WHO IS A DJ?
A disc jockey is a person who mixes recorded music as it is playing. Originally, the “disc” in “disc jockey” referred to gramophone records, but now “DJ” is used as an all-encompassing term to describe someone who mixes recorded music from any sources, including cassettes, CDs, or digital audio files on a CDJ or laptop. DJs typically perform for a live or broadcast audience, but DJs also create mixes that are recorded for later sale and distribution.
WHAT DJ’s NEED TO KNOW?
To have a thriving career as a much in demand DJ, you are required to be well versed with almost all types of music and its different notations. You are also expected to have complete knowledge of the many different types of musical instruments and systems. The proper use of the various types of equipment and most importantly, you should know how to correct the faults that may arise during the party. This is important because you may not always have a sound engineer to rely upon to do the job for you.
In general, disc jockeys do not need formal certification to find work. Obtaining voluntary certification in topics related to broadcasting, like production management or computer training, may be helpful.
- Deliver both scripted and live broadcasts
- Choose music playlists suited to a broadcast or event
- Interview guests, provide commentary or report news
- Independent DJs must market their skills and find new clients
- Stay informed of new developments in news topics, trends and current events
Most DJs are self-employed and work on a freelance basis, so salaries will vary widely.When you first start out and are beginning to build up your reputation pay may be low. Some DJs work for free to gain experience.With some experience you could earn around £200 to £300 per session.Successful, well known DJs who have built up experience and a good reputation, may earn £1,000 a session or more.
DJ SCHOOLS IN INDIA
The ever increasing growth of the broadcasting and entertainment industry has led to the establishment of a few institutes that now offer specially designed courses in disc jockeying. Some leading institutions which train DJs are:
- DJ Training Academy, Ahmedabad.
- Azaredo Acoustics, Mumbai.
- Spin gurus Spin Gurus DJ & Remixing Academy.
- Panache-The DJ School, Hyderbad.
- Splinters DJ School, Mumbai.