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How to get DJ gigs?

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Tyler Durden, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden TRIBE Member

    I've been out of the DJ scene for a while, and have been DJ'ing at weddings (sadly)...But sometimes I would really love to just play a house set for a crowd that aren't a bunch of complete morons. One of the last wedding's I played at, a guy asked me to play "Jump Around" by "Cypress Hill" LOL.

    So does anyone have any ideas on how to get DJ gigs? Is there any way to get hooked up with a booking agent?

    I've pretty much lost all my connections, so at the moment I have no leads. I've heard of people handing out demo's to bars, clubs etc. but that doesn't seem too useful.

    Unfortunately, I don't do blow, and I lack the vital sex organ that would allow me to sleep my way to the top, so those are out too.

    I wouldn't mind getting into the bar/restaurant scene provided they're more upscale places, and not the local firkin pub.

    Anyone have any ideas?
  2. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    you'll have to have a battle royale with the 20 or so current djs here struggling with the same issue.

    the only real answer i have is promote your own night. unless, you've got some production under you belt, then you may have a chance at getting a gig with another promoter.

    at least they asked a rap tune at the wedding you played. usually, it's neil young or neil diamond.

    no magic bullet, you've got to promote.
  3. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden TRIBE Member

    That's pretty much what I assumed...Hit the ground running, go to as many parties as I can, meet people etc. The unfortunate thing is that I'm married and have a full time job, so I don't have a lot of time for that, nor do I have the money to spend to constantly go out.

    Well if that's what it takes, I guess I have to be as hungry as everyone.
  4. PAUZE

    PAUZE TRIBE Promoter

    - Promotion will be your key to everything at the end of the day.
    - Facebook DJ Page/Myspace/Website/Podcast all help.
    - Above all and beyond make sure your skills are good as well. I have a lot of guys approach me with demo's who have been spinning with 1 year experience and have the most brutal mixes out there.

    I personally have struggled in Toronto for years trying to play parties. I played hard-techno for about 12 years from canada to brazil. When I got back from Brazil no one was doing techno parties except for Platform. Couldn't get in there if my life depended on it. Sent demo's attended all parties. Don't know the promoters super well but know many people who are tight with them and threw my name out.... Nothing.

    Found that Tech-House was a genre where I could fuse House (which is big in Toronto) as well as Techno (Repetitve Craziness). Now I am playing a hell of a lot more. So I guess style of music is going to play a key in getting you gigs as well.

    As derek mentioned, throwing your own parties helps too. I have a couple of club owners that let me do jams there every so often because they know they will get decent turnout. Every little bit helps to get your name out there!

    I also do the bookings for Zero Percent, so you can throw a demo my way if you like!

    Good Luck!
  5. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    the DJs (and producers) getting the most gigs get their gigs because they have been grinding it for years, and they do a lot of their own leg work - that is respectable. Even then, you see a DJ get a bunch of gigs, but they're not telling you many they were turned down from. The best way to start is to begin your own night, whether it be weekly monthly or otherwise. start small, and other promoters might see you workin hard. no one will hold your dick while u piss.
  6. Krzysiu

    Krzysiu TRIBE Member

    tiesto pose at every opportunity, it's the only way people will think you're a credible artist.
  7. rawd

    rawd TRIBE Member

    Become a porn star
  8. PAUZE

    PAUZE TRIBE Promoter

    This really isnt true anymore. I know of 2 djs that have been spinning locally for between 2 and 3 years and are booked like crazy. The people that are getting gigs are either going to all parties/afterparties or doing a super amazing job promoting themselves online.

    - One thing I found that helped out a lot was always having a STACK of cds handy. I try to give out 15-20 sets every party nowadays.

    Almost every weekend when I meet someone they tell me they have my cd in their car or home, this shows that the method is working somewhat!

    I wish they did the mixtape thing at record stores that was a great promotion tool back in the day! I miss Static!
  9. Jeffsus

    Jeffsus TRIBE Member

    The first rule of DJ gigs, is not to talk about DJ gigs.

  10. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    The way to get DJ gigs is to turn yourself into a self-promotion machine. You need to take your enjoyable hobby B2B artistic outlet and put it second to a constant program of forum spamming, Facebook inbox crapping, churning out generic mixes and "networking" at parties you'd rather not be at. When you no longer have any desire to play parties, that's when you'll see results.

    "We act like we don't need it, and they give us the shit for free."

  11. DaPhatConductor

    DaPhatConductor TRIBE Promoter

    you should come to my music workshop sept 18.

    trust me ;)

    the best way is NOT to beat people over the head with self promotion. that's just going to piss people off. it's a lot more multidimensional than that, and you have to make something people WANT first.

    FANS are the engine of your success.
  12. MOD ONE

    MOD ONE TRIBE Member

    Start producing tracks, and hopefully you produce a track that catches on where other DJs will play your music, which is a great way to get notice. I know a couple people that have done it this way, and they are doing great and getting gigs.
  13. PAUZE

    PAUZE TRIBE Promoter

    This is another biggie!
  14. Jeffsus

    Jeffsus TRIBE Member

    In June of 1999 I wrote both firmware and software for a prototype Yamaha DSP-A2070. I did this in collaboration with a Japanese hardware designer who later signed on. The point was to project what we marketed as "flyware" onto a floor full of clubbers. Our system is now in use in plenty of clubs in UK, NY, and a few in TO.

    It automates the DJ and saves money. Contact my agent for more details.

  15. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    ^^ hard working and grindin' it for a looong time - listen to this dude!
  16. Bumbaclat

    Bumbaclat TRIBE Member

    How old are you? What do you hope to accomplish with this? Is radically changing your life into club DJ going to mesh well with your married/day job life?
  17. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Try applying to spin at Smirnoff Wednesdays at Jack Astor's...that's how Deadmau5 started!
  18. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member

    yeah seriously you'd be better off married to a wedding planner/real estate agent, and go the J-Lo route...
  19. Ho||yw0oD

    Ho||yw0oD TRIBE Member

  20. tripleup

    tripleup TRIBE Member


    /end thread
  21. Krackajak

    Krackajak TRIBE Member

    Super greg.... #1!

  22. Ho||yw0oD

    Ho||yw0oD TRIBE Member

    Holy shit!
  23. unique2100

    unique2100 TRIBE Promoter

    This kind of shameless self promotion works too. :p
  24. Bacchus

    Bacchus TRIBE Promoter

    of course they did. it's a fucking wedding dude.

    Want gigs? Obtain a flux capacitor and build yourself a time machine.
  25. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Get your tapes in at X-Static so that people know your name!

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