Is Becoming A DJ Still Worth it in 2020?

Every person who wants to become a DJ, their first dream is to play in front of a full crowd festival, have a top featured song on the billboards, or have lots of fans.

But before you can become rich and famous, or play music at Tomorrowland, the most important part is the journey, and how you arrive on the path to getting there.

Beating the competition

The most important thing is to pursue the thing you love doing, and if that's making a living out of music, and playing live in front of a crowd, then it is entirely possible.

Of course, there is going to be competition in every field of occupation, but remaining confident and constantly working on your craft is the key to deriving yourself from the rest.

But is it worth it to pursue a DJ carrier, over a different 'safer' career?

Going after a career in DJing is going to be riskier than a 'normal' career, but as they say: "if you don't play, you can't win". If you are a naturally creative person and have a good feel for music, then that makes you suitable for the job, making it worth it.

There are many DJ's who are making a living out of music, and there are even more people who are trying to.

But, the large number of competitors doesn't mean you can't make it work. Quality over quantity.

Key steps to getting better

My friend Mario Eddie - DJ/Producer told me about a quote he remembered reading before getting into performing on stage as a DJ; "you don't become a DJ on stage, you become a DJ at home".

Becoming better at music production is going to give you a huge advantage over most of the other 'hobby' DJs, who don't put a lot of their time into improving their skill and ability. 

No matter what it is you want to do, the beginning is going to be the hardest, so if you choose to become a DJ, take it seriously. I know the equipment can be expensive, especially if you don't have gigs yet, but don't get discouraged. Think of it as a challenge.

Choose your style, and keep building and developing yourself in that area.

A good DJ spends a lot of time listening to music. That is the only way you're going to get the feeling of what sounds good, what doesn't, and what song you can combine with another.

Doing mashups at the beginning is going to give you a good sense of what DJing is.

There are many pathways to success. You don't have to follow the path of another successful person. Believe in yourself and create your own way!

Updated: Apr 03, 2020

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