If you’re thinking about becoming a DJ, there are a few things that you should consider when starting out. Obviously, money could always be an issue when you’re first starting. If your funds are low, your passion shouldn’t suffer. There’s always a way to pursue your passion! Here are some tips for how to start out as a DJ when funds are low.
You don’t need a heap of specialist gear when you’re starting out as a DJ. Most DJs will start out using things that they already have in their possession. Things like a hi-fi or even your TV’s sound bar or gaming speakers can get you started. If you’re able to find a way to plug an input from your DJ set-up into it, you won’t need those specialist monitors just yet. Those can wait until you’ve started performing and making some money to cover the costs of those monitors you’ve got your eyes on.
Getting the best and most expensive DJ software is obviously not a great idea to pursue when you’re first starting out (unless you can afford it). There are choices like Mixxx that you can use on either a PC or a Mac. It’s a free software and, when just starting out while low on funds, free is the best price you can get!
Although there is a plethora of free DJ software available for you to use, it doesn’t mean that all of the software is the best to use. Truthfully, there is a lot of poor DJ software out there. The same statement holds true for DJ gear. In a future post, DJ gear will be covered in depth. The least expensive option, in regards to hardware, is to simply buy a DJ controller. This is an option that provides more “bang for the buck”.
All of that said, the saying that “cheap is better” won’t always apply when considering DJ gear and software. You’ll want to build a learning curve into your profession. As you progress in your career as a DJ, you’ll find what works best for the types of gigs you’ll be performing at and what type of gear and software best fits with you as DJ. Sometimes, you’ll find that you prefer the more expensive gear and software and other times you’ll find that the less expensive version fits better. It’s all about what feels right to you as a DJ. If you’re happy with the software and gear you’ve got and are able to provide your audience a great experience, then that’s all that matters in the end.