We've been doing some research and gathering survey data from our awesome Pelonkey DJ pool, and here are some of the best tips we've compiled from the Pelonkey pros on how to really stand out as a performer and bring your DJ biz to the next level.
1. Always stay professional. By all means, have fun and be interactive with your client/crowd, but always be mindful and respectful of your surroundings and the people. Always maintain that excellent reputation for taking your art seriously.
2. Maintain composure, even in a stressful situation. There will be times where the equipment starts to malfunction, people with requests are up in arms about the music, etc. Just remember to keep calm, and look at the situation logically. This will help you be quick on your feet and let the negativity roll off your shoulders, ultimately producing a successful customer experience.
3. Keep the coals hot! In other words, don't let your name fade - constantly be promoting your events and marketing yourself on your social media handles. Keep the most popular ones updated: Facebook (events, weekly line-up, cover photos, event flyers, tag your clients when appropriate to promote, etc.), Twitter (smart use of hashtags, similar to Facebook), Instagram (post your event flyers here as well as pics from the event, tagging places and people as much as possible). Link all these accounts to save yourself some time. Keep your professional profile on Linked In up to date as well - scored a big, high-end gig? List it as an achievement!
4. Be known in the industry. Go to other awesome DJ's events, introduce yourself, snap a shot for Instagram, and make friends. These are great people to surround yourself with - not only are they into the same thing as you (music!), they vibe with all the people booking them and will help you become known (or for an experienced DJ, remain known) as awesome and worth hiring. These people are also your competition - learn from them. Constantly look for ways to boost your familiarity with the venues, promoters, events, and people in your industry. Never EVER put another DJ down.
5. Enjoy yourself! This is a fun lifestyle to rock, and your attitude about your DJing will reflect in your performance. So have fun, and don't be afraid to try new things!
Want to add some input? Feel free to comment or email Ciera@Pelonkey.com with your ideas!