• How to behave yourself as a professional DJ

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    How to behave yourself as a professional?
    This does not refer to being a professional DJ with a 2-year contract behind your back (although, that wouldnít hurt). Itís more about how you interact with the people around you, how you treat people on whose help you rely, those who depend on you and your loyal fans. Your professionalism (or lack of thereof) can seriously affect your performance as a DJ and is a useful thing to keep in mind.

    Your attitude matters
    There is an impression among people who deal with the music industry that DJs who act friendly and content with people tend to get more gigs than those who do not. That impression is true. Those open-minded, friendly people really have it easy (for the most part), but thereís no reason for you not to be one of them!
    All it takes is to watch your attitude and the way you may come off to others. From avoiding to insult or anger people by accident, to holding back when you want to do it on purpose, a friendlier image will go a long way with promoters and club owners, who may be considering every little detail about you before considering to invite to work with them again. There are tons of aspiring DJs out there who are looking for gigs and being unprofessional just puts you in a disadvantageous position.

    Having a generally positive attitude will help you with negotiations, promotional efforts, fan interactions, relations with staff and everything else a DJ must deal with. The industry makes it hard enough for everyone, so add your unprofessionalism into the mix for others to deal with.

    Donít double book yourself
    When youíre offered to show up at a high profile event for a very good payment, but youíve already been booked for a gig in a different club on the same date and time, what do you do? Well, whatever you may decide, here's what you don't do.
    Double booking is one of the worst sins a DJ can make. Itís completely understandable to do two events in the same day, done a few hours apart, if you can make to both of them. Showing up for one and suddenly deciding not to show up for the other is a different kind of story. It may even seem absurd now that youíre reading it, but make sure to remember your current feelings when a situation like that comes up and you have to make a decision. The least you can do as a professional DJ is notify one of the clubs that you wonít be making it and tell them how sorry you are.

    Control your emotions
    As a music artist, you are bound to feel greater emotions than most people and when you find yourself surrounded by other DJs, performers and artists, things can get complicated. Emotions are fine and can actually help you in your career, as long as youíre able to keep them in check. No matter what may be the reason, you canít lose control over your words and actions. If someoneís trying to provoke you, thatís one more reason not to give in. Be a professional, donít resort to petty insults and threats, or people will start to look down on you.

    Donít drink too much
    Seriously? Yes. Drinking is a big part of any music scene, but it can also ruin your performance. Everybody knows their own limits, but always seem to overestimate them in the end and it leads to their downfall. In some cases, a literal fall from the stage, which will seem a lot less funny to you than the crowd.
    As it happens with these kind of things, you can quickly lose track of the number of drinks you had in the feel of the moment and make a complete joke of yourself in front of others. Itís not as bad if you actually make people laugh, but in most cases, the outcome is much worse than that. The people youíve booked your gig with will definitely not be as understandable of your drunk behavior as fans who had a great time at the club. It can seriously damage your career and put your future as a DJ at risk.

    The same goes for drugs, which, unfortunately, are also prevalent on the music scene. Itís not about what anyone says or does, how things work or donít work. Itís all about your career as a DJ, so before you do anything you might regret later, think if itís worth it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to behave yourself as a professional DJ? started by limb View original post
    Comments 102 Comments
    1. gomezlouie's Avatar
      gomezlouie -
    1. JoshIkemire's Avatar
      JoshIkemire -
      Ha, most of this could be directed at Rusko for his show in Houston. I wasn't there, but I read about it.
    1. 7thChannel's Avatar
      7thChannel -
      Nice. Good suggestions
    1. BNasty510's Avatar
      BNasty510 -
      I like this its like a how to guide lol
    1. HRRSN's Avatar
      HRRSN -
      I think its great that you took the time to write that down. Thanks and yeah, too many artist get wasted before they perfom
    1. bruno3542's Avatar
      bruno3542 -
      great tips bro !
    1. DMN86's Avatar
      DMN86 -
      dito. ty
    1. EvoJonn's Avatar
      EvoJonn -
      Good Info
    1. Isaac Rife's Avatar
      Isaac Rife -
      most Professional DJs I have met in the columbus Area are pretty down to earth Cool dudes.
    1. Bankos's Avatar
      Bankos -
      Well done
    1. dartc's Avatar
      dartc -
      Everything you say here is so true! today i woke up with a feeling to know who to produce, i like the music so much, but until now i did not have the time to do it,, so here i am, starting something new in my life!
    1. RajatBhushan's Avatar
      RajatBhushan -
      good one
    1. williamedgar's Avatar
      williamedgar -
      yall must be new to this game
    1. limb's Avatar
      limb -
      Why Wiliam?
    1. Vass Vassusi's Avatar
      Vass Vassusi -
      Thats How I am, I Love My Fans But My Fellow DJs Think I'm Too Friendly Towards The Crowd.I mean the same people i'm treating politely are the same people who help pay my bills.
    1. Christopher Summers's Avatar
      These are very good pointers to consider if you are trying to be a professional DJ
    1. myboylundo's Avatar
      myboylundo -
      haha i feel like alcohol is one of my biggest challenges to make it and im 19 the rest is easy
    1. Ray Beccarelli's Avatar
      Ray Beccarelli -
      dont drink
    1. Dj Coh's Avatar
      Dj Coh -
      yeah that too loud...thanks by the way
    1. ezra's Avatar
      ezra -
      great article, completely agree... there are loads of dj do's and dont's on youtube if anyone needs more ideas....