Many people wonder what it will be like for DJs post covid. I assure you and know for a fact, venues will be very eager to open again, but at first this may be at a reduced capacity, which means smaller parties, which means, from their perspective, keeping their expenses down. This means they won't want to throw thousands of dollars on big names, possibly over priced DJs, as the main reason venues paid big money for the big DJs was to attract a tonne of people, but at first, at least until COVID has well and truly passed, they wouldn't be able to pack their venues with people anyway, so venues will be looking more for local talent and I believe they will be very open to new DJs and fresh talent.
So the real question is, how do you get in, how do you get the shows, how do you be part of this new face of clubbing post Covid. I believe the best way to thrive in the local scene is to be part of it. I know from running events in Sydney, it wasn't like I woke up one day and thought, OH, I want to run a nightclub, I had been going to clubs for sometime and felt like I was part of the culture of the scene I was immersed in. By attending events, not only do you immerse yourself in the culture of the parties, but by doing so, you get ideas and inspirations and this, IMO, is the life blood of any successful endeavour.
So if you see a local event re opening there doors, get down there and support it and better yet, share the promoters flyers online and get your friends down their too. Get to know the people running the parties and do what you can to support them and then when you ask them for a show, instead of being some stranger, you have already established a relationship with them and this will increase your chances of them supporting you, because you are supporting them.
Let's face it, the venues have been doing it tough and need all the help they can get and I know for a fact they are sick of working with Djs that have a sense of entitlement - meaning Djs that expect this and that but outside of playing are willing to do very little to support the events. so I feel post COVID, there won't be a lot of room for DJs that think like that anymore - this is the old way of thinking, and there will be a new dawn and new opportunties for Djs that are willing to work with venues and help build the community and culture around their events.
Anyway, if you're keen to learn more about the club scene and how to break into it in a big way I have a bonus club pack course which is included in my club ready course with over 30 videos on how to make 100% sure you're club ready, how to prepare for club shows and I also include a battle plan on how to get shows, exactly what to say to venues and what it takes to get your foot in the door, and once in how to stay there and build a name for yourself as a DJ, so that's free with the CRDJC for a limited time so check that out, I'll link it in below.
With covid restrictions easing a tonne of my students are now getting shows in clubs and some of them have been asked to do a back to back DJ set. So in this article (video above) I will explain what is a back to back set, the different ways you can approach your back to back set, why the promoter would even ask you to do a back to back set, how to prepare for it and how to assure that when you both play you stand out and make an impact assuring repeat shows.
Have you ever used USBS in clubs and experienced problems? Or perhaps you haven't used club gear yet but you're open to it but not 100% sure how it works or maybe you've already jumped on club gear only to find the gear is not reading your USB properly and every time you load a track you can't see the waveform or BPM?
As many of you know I often take the positive thinking outlook side of things and I've actually done a whole heap of mindset for success videos that were really popular yet I wanted to share something I read recently that I think could really help you manage your expectations and feel victorious no matter what happens. The concept: negative thinking for positive results haha.
I love my job so much and one of my favourite things is listening to student mixes and giving them feedback. The majority of the time, I am blown away by how talented they are, and lots of the time I feel it's kind of like that grasshopper analogy, where the students have surpassed the skills of their teacher, which to be honest makes me really happy and to see so many of my students now landing residencies in clubs and getting really good gigs, it blows my mind.
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Not sure where to start? In this mini series I answer many of the questions beginners have about learning to DJ.