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Explaining The Downside to Everyone Learning How to DJ

February 7, 2014

Note:  As someone who started DJing late in life, I hold no animosity towards newer people entering the game. This blog just states facts.

As technology creates an easier path to DJing, the world now contains more DJs than ever.  Yet,  a downside exists.

Borrowed from theguardian.com.

First, let me explain supply and demand.  Let’s say only ten people in the world knows how to DJ.  Yet, there’s a heavy demand for their services.  As long as some people can afford it, these ten DJs own the ability to charge extremely high rates.  The less available a product or service, the more you can charge…if the demand remains high.

Over time, more and more people learn DJIng.  As this goes on, fearing future competition, some DJs may not want others learning the craft.  Next, technology creates easier accessibility to DJing, creating even more DJs.  As more and more DJs enter the arena, rates go down.  As the supply rises, the price lowers.

I’ll be honest with you, I do not know if veteran DJs charge cheaper rates now.  Yet, I do know one thing.  The oversupply of DJs inspires venue owners to find the cheapest DJ available.  Many times, the arrangement involves offering free drinks instead of paying money.  Desiring to play, many DJs fall for this, just like I did.  A DJ doesn’t like the offer?  Another DJ will gladly grab it.  If an oversupply of DJs didn’t exist, many venues wouldn’t get away with this foolishness.   With a shorter supply of DJs, the cheap venue owner would be forced to pay more money, especially if high-paying patrons demand a DJ.

Now, we see the downside of everyone learning how to DJ.  Because of the oversupply,  pay rates for DJs go down.

Of course, standing-out lives as the DJ’s most powerful weapon.  Refuse presenting mediocre skills and more money follows.

Seven Important Reasons a DJ Should Blog

December 8, 2013

Some people recommend DJs having their own website, advice I agree with.  Done right, a website proves to be very beneficial.  Yet, I shall give seven important reasons why a DJ must start a blog.

1.     Blogs expose your services to new people:  On a blog, a DJ can advertise their services.  Many free blog sites don’t allow this.  So, the DJ may want to invest money in a self-hosted sited, a site where you yourself control the content.  Free blog sites are known to play the censorship game, which can lead to a blog being deleted.

2.    The DJ keeps a loyal fan base: When folks see themselves in a DJ’s blogs, the more likely they will keep coming back to the DJ’s night.

3.    Fans know more about you:  When people see the real you, they may respect you even more.  Of course, if they see you’re a jerk and don’t appreciate them, they may refuse returning to your nights.

4.    Opportunity to expose the music you really like:  Some people realize a DJ may play certain music as a compromise.  They may play a shitty song because the crowd likes it.  Yet, some folks are dying to know the music the DJ really likes.  They want to know what the DJ plays on their car stereo or what music they upload on their smart phones. This goes back to people learning more about you, the third benefit I mentioned.

5.    Opportunity to expose your mixes:  I’m a little shaky on this one.  If you want to expose your mixes, a blog will help you.  Yet, here’s the thing; many web visitors own a short attention span. Because of that, many folks may not be willing to listen to a whole mix.

6.    Unlike some websites, blogs are easier to post:  Websites you have to learn codes just to post a paragraph or two.  Not so with blogs.

7.    Venues respect you more. (At least, the smart ones do.):  Most venues welcome any publicity.  Because I can easily post it on Facebook, I usually don’t post upcoming gigs on my blog.  Yet, I always post details of how the event went on my blog.  If it was good, that’s good publicity for the venue.

There are other benefits.  Yet, because I didn’t experience them personally, I avoided posting them.  I have heard of people receiving free things because of blogs.  Companies give free products for bloggers to review. Plus I have heard of people making money from ads placed on blogs.  Like I mentioned before, I have never experienced that.  Still, it doesn’t mean that won’t work for other DJs.

So, there you have it, seven reasons for having a DJ blog. Digital DJ Tips lists more reasons. Hopefully, this inspires other DJs.

Five Real Reasons Why Your Favorite Bar DJ Is Now Gone

December 6, 2013

One night, you go to one of your favorite bars and you notice the DJ’s absence.  What happened?  Usually, not what you’ve been told.  Here are five reasons.

1. Responsibility for the night changed hands:  The DJ probably talked to a different person before gaining a spot.  As that person is no longer in charge of the night, the new person comes along and screw things up.   Sometimes, they may replace the DJ with mediocre bands or with another DJ.

2. The venue pissed the DJ off:  Some folks are skilled leaders.  Others aren’t.  Non-leaders need to sit down somewhere because they are prone to fuck things up.  If the DJ is bringing your venue money, why would you want to piss the person off?  How do venues do this? I’ll give an example.  First, some folks who think the world revolves around them complain about the music.  Some of these people show up once in a blue moon, or they rarely spend much money in the venue.  Yet, they complain when things don’t go their way.  So, what does the venue do?  They cater to them anyway and attempt persuading the DJ to the do same thing.  The DJ must now play music for people who don’t bring the bar much business.   Now, the DJ is pissed, pissed-off so much they leave.

3. The venue doesn’t respect DJs: I think live entertainment is overrated.  There.  I said it.  Nothing against musicians.  Yet, the right DJ can bring in as much money or even more money than a mediocre band.  Still, some venues desperately want to be seen as a live venue bar, even if it’s putting them in the hole.  If one now sees bands instead of the DJ, not respecting DJs is exactly what happened.

4. The venue is being cheap: If another DJ now plays, one may want to compare what this person is being paid compared to the last person.  If the new DJ is making less money, there’s the reason why the last DJ got fired.  The venue wanted someone cheaper.

Also, some venues think playing Pandora off a laptop can replace a DJ.  They do this by hooking a laptop up to the venues sound system. Why go this route? Again, the venue is trying to be cheap, which leads to the last point on why the DJ is gone.

5. The venue is having financial problems:  Of all the reasons, I’m willing to bet this is the main reason a DJ gets fired.  The venue itself may have pissed-off too many patrons, too many patrons that are now not returning.  Instead of admitting their screw-ups, the venue blames the DJ.  Some will even publicly badmouth the DJ.  Yet, the real reason may be the venue no longer can afford the DJ, one of the reasons they may all of a sudden want to play Pandora off a laptop.

So, there you have it.  Can DJ skills contribute to a DJ being fired?  Of course.  Still, experience tells me that is the least reason a DJ gets fired.  More than likely, one of the reasons I mentioned may be the real cause of the DJ’s absence.