How to Become a Travelling DJ & Make a Good Living Doing It

While this is ultimately a blog about providing simple ideas to save money while travelling, I thought it would be equally as helpful to share some insight on how you can even make some extra money during your vacation or travelling. Saving money is one thing when planning to take a vacation but in order to increase your bank account, you need to get a little creative. Here’s a few tips from a DJ company I interviewed that travels regularly to offer their services in addition to servicing local events.

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The nightlife industry is one of the most glamorous and lucrative today. This has led to an increasing demand for DJs across the world. In addition to the fun that comes with it, becoming a travelling DJ can also earn you a lot of money. It is indeed possible to make a good living as a DJ. In fact, there are many traveling DJs that are already making a killing from this art.

To help you understand just how much money you can make as a travelling DJ, consider the likes of DJ Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Deadmaus. These three made a whopping $32 million, $46 million and $21 million respectively in just one year. But, how do they do it? Here are useful tips on how to become a travelling DJ and make a good living doing it.

Create a Game Plan

When reading this, you most likely have the basic training as a DJ already. You also know how to operate the equipment and software for this job. For convenience, it is advisable that you have your own DJ kit. Besides, you should also continue perfecting the art of spinning various genres as well as mixing your own music.

Once you have your own DJ kit and known how to make music, you can now think about how quickly you need to start earning from it. It’s also important to decide whether to focus on just a particular genre of music or cut across genres. When coming up with a game plan, consider working independently or with a reputable event company.

Work on Developing Contacts and Fan Base

Whether you choose to operate as a wedding DJ, birthday party DJ or club DJ that makes and spins records at bigger events, you will need a well developed network and fan base. Even if you have the best skills and the latest DJ kit but you don’t have contacts, you might still not earn a dime. To make a good living as a travelling DJ, work hard to establish beneficial networks.

Mastering the art of self promotion is integral to making money as a travelling DJ. Wedding and birthday parties DJs may not need to do a lot of networking. That’s because, attendants of such events do not necessarily come to listen to the music. The main agenda is to show appreciation and wish their loved ones best of luck. Interactions with their friends or relatives are also at the core of the event. As a result, even the pay for the DJs at these events is low.

To start making good money as a travelling DJ, you need to consider the available options when it comes to developing a proper network and fan base.

Here are tips to guide you:  

  • Prepare and submit your mixes to record labels, clubs, music promoters as well as other DJs. In addition to sending the mixes, make meeting with the record label owners and music promoters directly an obligation. Take time to make appearances at clubs.
  • Cultivate a unique image and style of music. Make your stage persona one hard to ignore and focus on delivering energetic performances whenever you get opportunities.
  • Present yourself as a business. For people out there to take you seriously, look like a business not just an individual. Get a good name, logo and theme that distinguish you from the rest. You can even create a name for your fan base. An example is the ‘Mellogang’ by Marshmello.
  • Make your music consistent. As a DJ, playing music is your main act. If you play music that sucks, you will definitely never get far. The best way to ensure consistency is by focusing on music that cut across the stereotypes. It is also important that you have people listen to your records frequently and give their opinions.
  • Get to the internet. Use the internet to make music and promote your brand. Create dedicated social media accounts where you share your records with the rest of the world. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud are great for self promotion, networking and generating extra cash.

Being a successful travelling DJ entails many things but raw talent, hard work, promotion, and a cool personality that fans love to identify with are the basic tricks. Also start to befriend other players in the industry including music promoters, record label owners, artistes and other disk jockeys. Being persistent will also make you a successful traveling DJ that will make good living doing it.