First time DJing at a venue?

Discussion in 'Drum & Bass' started by graffitizax, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. graffitizax

    graffitizax Hauntr

    Aug 9, 2012
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    sup guys i was wondering how you lot started getting booked to play at shows and how your first show got booked/how it went. im fairly new to production but iv been djing for a while and have no idea how to start getting mixes out there and getting asked to play at venues. also would be really interesting to hear some stories of what happened at your first shows, anything go horribly wrong, were you shitting urself? peace

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  3. DJError

    DJError AKA Error VIP Junglist

    Mar 31, 2009
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    ok so this is my point of view - you wont get asked to play at venues, you've got to ask. The biggest thing iv'e learnt over the years is that you get out what you put in - seems pretty obvious and logical but you dont realise at first how much you have to keep circulating your mixes/bugging promoters/getting people to pass on mixes etc. You have to think that if your trying to get a set at a well known/established night theyve already got their residents playing on top of the booked artists which doesn't leave much room for the 'unknown' DJ's for that night, and the popularity of the night will clearly effect the amount of other DJs asking to play sets.

    This has lead to my conclusion that if you dont bring anything special to the table and you dont have much of an edge over your average DJ, you have to know the promoter a bit or at least have spoke to them. They're much more likely to book you if you've been to one of their nights and chatted to them a bit, just common sense really, if they just get a message from you on FB it doesnt look like your going much out of your way to get the slot your after. End of the day like most things, its who you know - im not saying completely but from experience it helps alot.

    To conclude get down to the nights and get to know the people running it, keep sending round your mixes and try getting as much exposure as you can (putting up mixes/tunes on soundcloud and sending it round to various groups etc.)

    I can remember one of my first sets at a squat, terrible set up - all the equipment (x2 turntables, x2 CDJ's and the mixer) were in their own seperate flight cases, I was playing only on vinyl and of course they were on the outside of the set up, so you had the mixer in the middle, two CDJs either side then the turntables. As you could imagine i was literally running too and from both decks because they were so far apart lol and then half way through (i dont know how) some button got pressed on the mixer and i wasn't getting any levels out of one of the turntable and just couldn't figure out what was up with it, with no sound engineer i just had to call it a day and let the guy after me go on early as he was on CDJs.

    Many scary stories like that but its all a learning curve - once you have something like that you know what to expect next time and how to solve it! end of the day most people in the club are so fucked they hardly notice when something goes wrong lol
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012
  4. Sicx

    Sicx Well-Known Member VIP Junglist

    Jun 13, 2009
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    Ah yes, the old 'first time playing out stories'....
    Luckily for me the first time i played out nothing went wrong at all, it was a small bar/club and i played out on an open deck night with 2 mates who worked there. Fairly open minded place, music wise, so threw down an autonomic/chillout set to a pretty much empty room. Actually went down well with the staff and the 2 guys who were nursing a pint downstairs. When things got a fairly lively (aka. when about 10 more people turned up) I played abit more upbeat stuff. Ended up playing for about 4 hours as no one else wanted to jump on the decks, luckily i was on Traktor so my supply of tunes was endless.
    My mate ran a jungle night at this place after and he asked me to play when he knew i DJed, luckily there was a promoter in the crowd who booked me for his next event, which, luckily, was at a bigger and better club, with more females...

    Like Kro said though, you need to put yourself out there. Social network is a wonderful thing, check out the clubs and nights in your area and ask the promoters to listen your mixes (which is what im in the middle of at the min) worst comes to worst they say no, but at least they know you then mix. Spam them enough and im sure eventually they'll book you just to shut you up
  5. charlie.joyce

    charlie.joyce Joy-c

    Jan 15, 2008
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    Just remember be many wana be rude boys. Just saying 'give me a set' blah blah. Manners don't cost a thing but they go along way.
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  6. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Currently Putins Koala VIP Junglist

    Oct 10, 2010
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    West London
    It took me 5 years of spamming and pestering to get a slot in a decent club - Cable. other than that i've played stacks of small bars/nightclubs/radios that were all building up in my eyes to playing a set at a decent club, and it paid off.

    Tbh I hate spamming so this could be proof in the pudding that effort needs to be made, I just hate people pestering me so I don't do it in return.

    My first ever set was in a tiny little bar, didnt have any technical issues, but everyone was playing records so it was as good as it could get.

    Just go out and enjoy it pal, took me a while to do that alone.