What types of DJ are there?
What type of DJ are you?
As a DJ it's crucial to have a clear goal to work towards. In order to plan your DJ career you first need to truly understand what different types of DJs there are and how to become one. Choose a path that matches your ambitions and become the best DJ you can be! To help you, we have compiled a list of the various different types of DJs you will come across. Use this list to identify what type of DJ you are.
A radio DJ is someone who plays music on the radio. It doesn’t actually mean they mix like a club DJ, they might just be just selecting the songs and then talking between them. Radio DJs are also known as radio presenters for this reason. Sometimes radio stations play continuous mixes from other DJs too. The internet has made it possible for any DJ to have a try at running their own online radio show or station and many DJs now do it to promote themselves.
A mobile DJ is someone who takes their DJ kit with them when they play out. They are normally hired for weddings, birthday parties and corporate events. The downside of mobile DJing is that the DJ has to set up a lot of equipment including lights and a sound system. Mobile DJs play for the crowd rather than select music they themselves want to play. Mobile DJing can be quite lucrative with some wedding DJs charging thousands to play.
Club & Bar DJ
The most common DJ is a club and pub DJ. This is a DJ who goes and plays are various small and medium sized venues. They straddle the line between playing for the crowd and selecting their own style. They have to read the crowd and create a great atmosphere. Often smaller gigs like this are not the best paid but if you do many of them in a week, it can add up.
DJs who want to make it big in the music business learn how to produce their own music. When they start getting known for their own creations it opens the kind of gigs that a headliner would be known for, mostly underground clubs, raves, super-clubs and festivals. These people are known as artists in their own right.
The top tier of DJs is the international DJ. When a DJ has made a big name for themselves it will start to traverse borders. When they reach international fame they will get booked in many countries and be able to tour the world often with a team of staff supporting them. These DJs are paid the most in the industry.
How to become a DJ
Now you know what different types of DJ jobs their are you can select the one that fits with your own personal goals. For all of these types of DJ you need to learn how to DJ on industry standard equipment. If you're lucky enough to live near one of our studios in Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford or London you can enrol on our one-to-one DJ course. Graduates of DJ course get guaranteed DJ gigs to help kick-start their DJ career. If you don't live near our studios stay tuned for our upcoming online DJ course and follow our Facebook group 'The DJ Gym' for details!
How to become a DJ Producer
If you want to aim for the top and become an international DJ and producer and get the best and highest paid gigs you need to learn how to produce your own music. We have a range of one-to-one music production courses available on Ableton and Logic. Graduates of our course are able to release on LSA Records too!