4 Steps to More Purposeful DJing

4 Steps to More Purposeful DJing

Many of us got into DJing because we had a love of music, or we wanted to be in charge of rocking a party, or we were enthralled by the turntable mastery of someone like Q-Bert.

But that starry-eyed excitement only propels us so far. Most DJs will plateau and some point, both in regards to skill and in regards to career advancement.

Even a lot of “bedroom-only” DJs can feel stagnant and empty, watching their turntables collect dust in the corner and wondering if they are simply over that phase in their life.

What’s missing here is a desire to get serious about “purpose”.

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PDJ 020 – How to Pick a New DJ Controller

PDJ 020 – How to Pick a New DJ Controller


Episode 20 – Helping You Make a Tough Decision!

This episode is a sort of audio companion to go along with my recently released mega-article, Best DJ Controllers 2015: The Ultimate Guide. If you don’t have time to sit and read, you can listen to this version on-the-go!

In the past few years, the market has really grown for all-in-one DJ controllers. How does one even go about making a decision these days? What features are important? How much do I need to spend?

Whether you’re a new DJ, or a seasoned mixmaster simply looking for an upgrade, this episode will help you get the most for your dollar.

In episode 20, we discuss:

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PDJ 019 – From GOOD DJing to GREAT DJing

PDJ 019 – From GOOD DJing to GREAT DJing


Episode 19 – Let’s Do Something Great!

In this episode of the podcast, not only do I answer a handful of questions submitted by listeners and readers of the blog, but we dive into the topic of going from a good DJ to a GREAT DJ!

A little while back, I wrote a post (check the resource list below) titled “The 5 Traits Shared by Great DJs”. In this episode, I expand on this and explain how these traits can aid you on your path to becoming a great DJ.

In this issue, we talk about:

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Gaining Focus as a Beginner DJ (+7 Tips)

Gaining Focus as a Beginner DJ (+7 Tips)

Perhaps you’ve just gotten your first DJ controller or set of decks, and you’re wondering… “now what?”

Just about every day, I get an email from (or meet) someone who is wide-eyed and excited about being a new DJ… and also completely lost about how to go about doing it. They want to get started, but it’s intimidating.

One of the toughest times for a DJ is at the start of their journey. It can be a lot to take in: what exactly is the DJ doing? What is their role? How did they find an audience? What do I need?

You will quickly find out that simply showing up at parties and banging out some killer tunes is not enough to cut the mustard. There’s more to the craft (and the business) than that.

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10 Essential (and Free) Resources for DJs With Weak Promo

10 Essential (and Free) Resources for DJs With Weak Promo

There are many different kinds of DJs who play for many different kinds of audiences… but you won’t be able to find those audiences if your promotional game is non-existent.

Many DJs are intimidated by this fact. Who can blame them? They just want to play music. Who knew that you had to become your own media and promotions company in order to get anywhere?

To help lessen your anxiety, I’ve compiled this list of ten awesome resources which will help you put together your promotional materials, so that you’re well-prepared when they are needed.

Check out these awesome links, and get ready to step up your self-promotion!

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The 5 Traits Shared by Awful DJs

The 5 Traits Shared by Awful DJs

A few days ago, I posted an article titled “The 5 Traits Shared by Great DJs“. It only made sense to cover the other side!

In my experience as a DJ and occasional promoter, I’ve dealt with a lot of bad attitudes and ineffective methodologies. Many of these people, unfortunately, share a handful of common negative traits.

My goal today is to share 5 of these observances with you, in hopes that you will avoid these traps along your path to becoming a forward-thinking, self-propelled DJ and a positive force in your scene.

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The 5 Traits Shared by Great DJs

The 5 Traits Shared by Great DJs

We all have those DJs that we hold in the highest regard. Those elite few who seem to really “get it”, and present their music in such a way that it makes a real impact on us.

Many of these people share common traits, which are likely to contribute to the level of effectiveness and happiness they experience as DJs. My goal today is to put the spotlight on these, in order to help you find success and fulfillment as a DJ.

Below are (what I believe to be) 5 common personality traits shared by the most impactful and effective DJs!

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How to Begin DJing When You’re Broke as a Joke

How to Begin DJing When You’re Broke as a Joke

One of the more common questions I receive from readers and listeners of the podcast goes something along the lines of, “What’s a good budget DJ setup” or “How do I start DJing if I don’t have any money?”

It’s not surprising that this comes up often, because the modern DJ landscape is chock full of options. Once upon a time, your choice was simple: you needed two turntables and a mixer. If you were on a budget, you got the cheapest setup you felt like you could stand to play on. If you had the money, you got a pair of Technics and (probably) a DJM-something.

But now, the lines that define what a DJ does are blurred and confusing to newcomers… and this isn’t helped by the fact that there are not just turntables anymore. There’s standalone controllers, modular controllers, FX units, mixers with sound cards, sound cards, software… the list goes on and on. What does one actually need?

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PDJ 018 – Collaboration The Smart Way w/Jon Skinner

PDJ 018 – Collaboration The Smart Way w/Jon Skinner

Episode 18 – Let’s Stay Togetherrrrrrr!

Welcome back to the Passionate DJ Podcast, where in episode 18, we talk about collaboration with other DJs and producers. I decided to discuss this topic with Jon Skinner, who invented a collaborative tool called Music Gateway. This tool allows you to find the right person to help you finish your track, mix, or project… and gives you a collaborative space to get things done. Very cool stuff!

I recently went to the techno festival in Detroit (Movement), which I attend every year… and every time, I come back ready and inspired to knock over skyscrapers with my music. And every time, I find others who feel the same way. Collaboration is very much on my mind right now, so I am excited to present this episode to you!

In this episode, Jon and I discuss:

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