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How to become a superstar DJ: The basics


You’ve already got all the musical knowledge in the world and all your friends are constantly asking you what’s hot and what’s not. Have you ever thought about being a DJ? It might seem like a bit of a daunting task if you’ve never done it before but if you’ve got a good ear for music, who says you can’t?

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Nowadays, you don’t even need a set of decks to DJ at a party. In fact, having your mobile phone with you might just be enough. But if you’re looking to step it up a notch, here’s all the information that you need to get on the DJ ladder…

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Apps, apps, apps: There are some amazing apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android users (sorry Windows). We’re massive fans of the djay app, which incorporates songs from Spotify as well as your own music stored on your phone while edjing uses songs stored on your device as well as songs on SoundCloud and other streaming sites.

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Make Playlists: Playlists are a great way to train your ears and are a really great way to up your following. Get some inspiration from the ready-made playlists on Spotify and Apple Music, then put together your own collection of favourite songs and send it to all your friends along with a signed photo of yourself. Pretty soon, it’ll be worth loads.

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The internet is your best friend: There’s a huuuge variety of information on the internet about becoming a DJ. We’d recommend starting at Reddit, specifically the DJ section for all your initial and in depth questions. Trust us, no question is too silly. If you’re looking for more, YouTube is full of tutorial videos and advice from professionals so you’ll never be alone. Start off with this brilliant video from DJ/producer Cole Plante and go from there…

Practice Makes Perfect: Don’t worry about being totally amazing at first. DJing is an art that gets perfected over time and with practice. Take as long as you need and go at your own pace. Just remember to actually get your practice on and not just dance around your bedroom.

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Go to your local community radio station: If you’ve mastered the iPad and want to get a little bit more serious about things, local radio stations often specialise in helping young people get into DJing, radio producing and presenting. Check out this list of community radio stations and get in touch with the ones nearest to you. There’s absolutely no harm in asking.

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Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to selling out The O2 Arena in no time! When you do, don’t forget to let us know at @maximumpop.

Good luck!

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