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KLH
02-29-2012, 07:51 AM
Welcome to DJF!

So you're interested in learning the secrets of being a DJ... We can help you grow regardless of your skill level because there's always something new to learn. Still, the hardest thing to do is start.

First there are the basic questions that everyone has: What is a decent setup? How much is needed to start? What are the basic? What's a great DJ name? Where do I get music? It's hard not to be overwhelmed.

Don't worry. We can help you cut through the crap and focus on what you need to know and do. But first, answer this question: Why do you want to become a DJ? If you can't answer that, then it'll be hard to put up with the many obstacles and frustrations between when you start and when you perform for 100,000+ crowds.

Have your answer? Good. Now let's begin.

There are concepts that you should know before you buy or do anything. Read these threads and learn these basic concepts:

* DO NOT PIRATE! (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2552-RANT-on-Piracy)
* Copyrights - Know The Laws (US) (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?3263-Copyright-Information-Thread-Know-the-Laws)
* The DJ Ethos (rules that DJs should live by) (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2557-DJ-Ethos-(rules-that-DJs-should-live-by))
* Everything you need to know about DJ Names (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?844-The-Official-DJ-Name-Thread)
* Essential websites to know when starting out (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2559-Essential-sites-for-when-you-re-starting-out)
* MacOS or Windows - The Definitive Answer to Which is Better (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2583-Which-is-better-Windows-or-MacOS)
* What is the difference between a DJ and Producer? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2587-DJing-versus-Producing)
* Gain staging (aka Stay Out of the RED) (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2938-Gain-Staging-(aka-Stay-out-of-the-RED!)&p=34141#post34141)
* MP3 versus [Insert Audio Format] (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2946-MP3-versus-WAV-FLAC-AIFF-or)
* Should you take a course or learn by yourself? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?21949-Which-is-better-Learning-by-yourself-or-taking-a-DJ-course)

So now you know basic concepts, right? Let's switch gears to truly starting out:

* Where should I get music? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?35-Online-record-shops-Digital-amp-Vinyl-Master-list&highlight=pools)
* What's the best music? What should I play? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?21844-What-should-I-play-quot-quot-what-would-you-play-quot-quot-give-me-music!-quot)
* Essential equipment (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2655-Essential-DJ-Equipment-when-starting-out)
* Best Headphones? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?17955-Best-DJ-headphones-to-buy)
* What's the Best Controller? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?14902-Before-you-ask-about-the-BEST-controller)
* Core Knowledge and Skills (aka How to Start Out) (http://www.djforums.com/forums/content.php?190-Sigma-s-basic-guide-to-DJing-right)
* Great videos (DJ tutor) (https://www.djtutor.com/)
* I'm tired of practicing, so what's next? (http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthread.php?2577-So-you-ve-quot-begun-quot-being-a-DJ-Now-what)

If you've done the above, congratulations! You're getting closer to performing for that 100,000+ crowd!

Practice and Enjoy!

-KLH

Chay
02-29-2012, 07:52 PM
You should also add "Which DJ headphones" thread to your thread ;)

epik1
02-29-2012, 07:56 PM
KLH has become a pillar to the beginner section of the forum lol

cokaz
01-30-2013, 01:04 PM
This has came in ever so useful thank you KLH

KLH
01-31-2013, 07:17 AM
You should also add "Which DJ headphones" thread to your thread ;)
Good suggestion. I'll look into this.

EDIT: Link added.

Any other suggestions of topics to add?

-KLH

Krazy Grape
02-17-2013, 02:12 PM
I think a mixer topic would be good. As a beginner I would be very interested in that topic. Great thread by the way, it's very helpful.

Meer
06-18-2013, 11:08 AM
Great thread man

dj.warhol
08-07-2013, 03:57 AM
This is a nice compilation of useful information, I really appreciate this.
It is essential to know the laws, awesome you've included them, everything here seems so important, and it is posted in one place, great !
Great Job !

LetsDemize
09-23-2013, 12:59 PM
I am looking up to this! THANK YOU! i am going to get a Traktor Krontrol S2 and will be using this to my best!

diceallion
01-19-2014, 06:58 PM
Thank you.

KLH
03-29-2016, 06:37 AM
FYI

* The topic "DJing 101" has been removed due to Sigma deleting content.
* "Great videos (DJ Tutor)" added.
* The "Core Knowledge and Skills (aka How to Start Out)" link has been updated to the article instead of the thread.

oeyellow
09-19-2016, 11:31 AM
Also please you could add information on how DJs can protect their ears from hearing loss and Tinnitus

KLH
09-19-2016, 11:43 AM
Also please you could add information on how DJs can protect their ears from hearing loss and Tinnitus
Hmmm... I'll give that some thought. Good suggestion. Rep :tup:

DJSAMRAT
05-11-2017, 06:08 AM
Crossposts not allowed - Manu

thatben08
06-19-2017, 02:00 AM
Hi I was wondering where I can go to have people listen to some dj mixes I have made. I would like to get some feedback from random people!

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Manu
06-19-2017, 04:52 AM
Hi I was wondering where I can go to have people listen to some dj mixes I have made. I would like to get some feedback from random people!

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It goes like so:

http://www.djforums.com/forums/announcement.php?f=18




New requirements for posting in this section

As of October 2016, DJF has enacted a new policy. To post within the Mix Submissions or Track Submissions sections, members are expected to meet these requirements:

a) Accumulate 30 posts by participating in any area of the forum and,
b) Be a member in good standing for a minimum period of 30 days.

This includes posting links to your Soundcloud &/or Mixcloud accounts.

If you have any questions, please post your concerns within the Site Discussion section of DJF.

Octopussy
08-07-2018, 05:13 PM
Very helpful, thanks.

chuckjl
05-29-2019, 08:50 PM
good looking out for the ellaskins channel